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Imitation in Death

In Death, Book 17
Written by: J. D. Robb
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
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Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

Now Dallas is in pursuit of a murderer who knows as much about the history of serial killers as she does. He has studied the most notorious and the most vicious slayings in modern times. But he also wants to make his own mark. And he has chosen his victim: Eve Dallas. And all Eve knows is that he plans to mimic the most infamous murderers of all - starting with Jack the Ripper.

©2004 J. D. Robb (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the critics say

"Edgy and raw." ( Booklist)
"Robb's energetic prose and hard-edged dialogue will keep readers engrossed." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Love the series and the performance!

I'm a long time fan of the in Death series.
This book not only had a killer plot that really captured you but there was also a lot of character development in this book. you gain a deeper understanding of both Dallas and some of her relationships.

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  • Holly Helscher
  • 2008-11-20

The Saga Continues

Eve Dallas continues her career as a top notch cop who, this time, is after a serial killer imitating the most famous serial killers of all time. As always, JD Robb weaves an interesting mystery while continuing to develop the returning characters. We learn a bit more about Eve's past. Peabody takes the next step in her career - and personal life. And last, but not least, Susan Erickson seems back on her game by reverting back to the original voices that made the characters so beloved in the audio series.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuriko
  • 2011-06-12

Great even the 2nd time around

I am slowly buying the series with audible.

There is soo many volumes in the series and I tend to forget the details, so it is a lot of fun to reread and enjoy them all over again.

I forgot how much Peabody was nervous about taking her detective test, the many and interesting red herrings(all of them looking suspicious)and the side story of Roake and Eve's mother. Also, i love the home cookout scene where Eve meets Mira's daughter for the first time and has a heart to heart. It was really touching.
On to the nextone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-07-23

Just keeps getting better!

5 Stars! J.D. Robb does it again. Seventeen books in and this series is still going strong!! It never gets old for me and it just keeps getting better. Roarke and Eve are so comfortable in their relationship, it makes me smile. I love the way they tease each other, Eve comes off as so aloof and annoyed, all the while loving it when Roarke irks her into submission. The passion and desire they have for each other gives me the warm fuzzies. On this particular case Eve brings Roarke on board as a consultant and whenever that happens it just adds a little extra to the read. The more Roarke...the better. Along for the ride are the crazy love birds, Peabody and McNab, Eve's rock...Feeney, and the lovely Dr. Mira. All that and another amazing plot, with a psychotic killer, tense moments, as Eve whittles away at the clues to find justice for the victims!!


Susan Erickson is phenomenal as the book's narrator. She nails the voice for each character, and injects the right emotion and inflection, making an already thrilling read...EVEN BETTER!!

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  • Charles
  • 2010-09-11

Poor Imitation not Flattery?

OK, I loved the book. The title of my review has more to do with a comment an the murderer's performance at some stages than on the book itself. The last book advanced Roarke's history and this book advances Eve's. Possibly because murder and death are just part of life, but I somehow sense that the ongoing revelations and development of the character's lives are a parallel of aspects of the main plot. I find that this is subtly and interestingly done. I listen to the stories several times and notice little gems and aspects that I was not aware of before. I find that feminism is not overdone in the books and Robb (Roberts) provides a fairly balanced view of the sexes. Although I am a man, I am happy that Dallas offers a fairly good, albeit imperfect, role model for woman as competent and tough, but not beyond using her feminine wiles. I have noticed that the psychological hypotheses of the characters show a more pop psychology touch, whereas Myra's analyses are more professional, a disparate perspective of expertise that offers an interesting touch that gives the characters greater depth. I have tried to read the series from beginning to end, with some tangential journeys. I enjoy the series very much.

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  • Sarah
  • 2016-02-10

Love it!

One of my favorites, going through the series again start to finish! Bring on the next book!

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2019-03-03

evil imitation

A perp imitating serial killers pits himself against Dallas.
Peabody signs a lease with MacNab in Eve’s old building and takes the Detective test.
Meanwhile, Roarke has mixed results with an Ultra Mega grill following a BBQ at the Mira’s.
My favorite quote is from Eve to Nadine: ”bring the donuts; leave the camera”.
Ericksen does a great job of narration.

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  • Lady Chaps
  • 2019-01-06

Rape warning

I found some of this very hard to listen to. The rape descriptions were just a little too graphic for me. I found myself getting upset and had to stop listening for a while. I don’t care for books like this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-10-26

Best Series

Eve Dallas has to be my all time favorite series.
Do yourself a favor start at book 1 and read them all. Each are different and captures you in the first chapter, characters develope as the books progress
well worth your credits.

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  • Tanya T.
  • 2018-10-23

I loved it. sad when it was over. on to the next b

I loved it I'm so sad that was over very good book on to the next book

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  • Mrshnymffn
  • 2018-06-24

Copycatting

Summer 2059, in this story had some great history lessons about previous serial killers very fascinating. While the latest killer is imitating other killers he leaves notes for Eve. it was a great puzzle. Delia is studying for her detective padge. Susan Erickson gives so much emotion to her characters voices, she is amazing ⚘⚘