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July 2002 Issue

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Special Feature:

 

2002


Nora Roberts

 


Nora Roberts
a.k.a. J. D. Robb

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There's Something About Nora

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the disciplines of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn't spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn't reading or making up stories. During the now famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they've expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men has given Ms. Roberts a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she's been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry.


An Interview with Nora Roberts

PNR: Naturally any reader of would recognize Nora Roberts as a prolific, best selling author in the romance genre. Still when discussing speculative fiction, most paranormal romance readers will focus on the J. D. Robb In Death futuristic suspense series. Many may be unaware that you have written at least a dozen romances with paranormal elements since the late 80s. Have you found that the Roberts and Robb books attract vastly different audiences, or do have you seen a significant amount of crossover?

Nora R .: I don't think they are vastly different audiences -- most are looking for a good story. Many Nora Roberts fans have followed over to JD Robb, and some quite bluntly say that the Robbs are now their favorite books. There have been some readers who started the In Deaths because they found them in the Mystery section and were intrigued. It was quite a few books before the "Nora Roberts writing as" tag was used on the cover of the In Deaths, so many readers didn't know the connection before they started the series.

PNR: You've written time travel, ghosts, fairies, and witches, in series romances, single title novels, and anthologies for Silhouette and Berkley/Jove. What inspired you to write these kind of tales? At any time did you feel you were taking a risk?

Nora R .: The beauty of the romance genre is that you can write ANY genre within the romance framework. I didn't consider the types of books you mentioned as risks at the time I was writing them. I wrote the stories I wanted to read and was fortunate enough that readers enjoyed them.

PNR: Your most recent Three Sisters Island trilogy is your second witch series. In both series your characters have been witches by heredity rather than by choice. What influenced you to go in that direction?

Nora R .: No influence really, it's more my basic enjoyment of stories about families and the game of what if. What if there were cousins who happened to be witches? What if each had a talent stronger than the others? I keep asking until I have the answers.

PNR: Both The Donovan Legacy stories and the new Three Sisters Island novels are contemporary romances, yet they are quite different in flavor. The former trilogy was a Silhouette mini series, the latter of course are full length single title romances. We understand that your career goals have led to an amiable parting with Silhouette, much to the regret of many readers I'm sure. Do you feel a more generous word limit gives you more freedom to explore your characters? What are the advantages and/or challenges of each format?

Nora R .: It's more a matter of pace than word limits. In the structured world of category, you need to tell a story quickly. In a longer format, I can tell the story more slowly. In both cases, I use that pace to flesh out my characters fully.

PNR: Your series frequently revolve around family, legend, and legacy. The Three Sisters Island trilogy is no exception. The heroines, as we said, are all hereditary witches, and each is a descendant of one of the original three sisters who founded the island. They have also been designated to fulfill a prophecy laid down three centuries prior. Could you set the stage for our readers with the events which set their legacy in motion?

Nora R .: A spell that protected Three Sisters Island for nearly three hundred years is near its end. Now three modern descendents of the founders of the Island have to face and accept their own destinies in order to save Three Sisters Island.

PNR: What inspired the occupations you chose for each of the three women?

Nora R .: It's another example of asking what if -- Nell, Ripley and Mia fit the answers.

PNR: There is something I am curious about. Zack is the older brother of Ripley Todd, island deputy, and the descendant of the one called Earth. How is it that Ripley has power, and Zack does not? What is his reaction to discovering that the woman he is falling in love with is a witch?

Nora R .: It's just that hereditary roll of the dice. But he's fairly comfortable with the power found in the people he loves.

PNR: Ripley's confrontation with the darkness is perhaps the most dramatic of the three. She is tempted by power, both her own, and the dark power of her enemy, as was her predicessor. She had tried to suppress it for decade, and now must find a way embrace it and control it. Like Earth, she must struggle to find the difference between justice and revenge. This scene is so powerful that I could practically sense the electricity in the air. Was this conflict fun to write? Did it come easily, or was it a challenge for you?

Nora R .: Fun isn't always the word that comes to mind when you are in the throes of finishing a book. LOL Each of the climactic scenes in the Three Sisters trilogy had their own power and force, which I certainly felt. If I don't feel that power, the readers certainly won't.

PNR: The final tale of the Trilogy is FACE THE FIRE. This is Mia Devlin's story. One of the nice things about a series, is that by now the reader is quite familiar with Mia's character, and the events that have transpired to make her what she is, before they even crack this book. Our sympathies are already with her when the man who broke her heart returns for her a decade later. How difficult was it to make Sam Logan sympathetic?

Nora R .: Sam Logan was hugely conflicted when he left Mia, by understanding his confusion, I could make him sympathetic.

PNR: The hardest thing for me as a woman to understand is why Sam is puzzled at Mia's reluctance to involve her heart in their relationship having been once burned. How do you get inside the head of your heroes?

Nora R .: Never really thought about it, it's a matter of knowing all your characters -- male and female. It could be that as a woman always surrounded by men -- five brothers, two sons, one husband -- I've made a lifelong study of them.

PNR:
I have to ask this question for all of our futuristic fans. You have a new In Death novel coming out in late September I believe, entitled PURITY IN DEATH. What new mystery will Eve and Roarke have to solve? What are your plans for the future of this series? Will you continue writing them as long as there is a readership for them, or do you foresee attempting something new somewhere down the road?

Nora R .: In Purity In Death, Eve faces a computer virus that is driving people to violence, seemingly moving from machine to man. I plan to continue to write about Eve and Roarke for the foreseeable future -- I'm having too much fun to stop.

PNR: What is next from Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb?

Nora R .: Purity In Death will be out on Aug. 27. Then in November, Chesapeake Blue, the story of a grown up Seth Quinn, will be out in hardcover.

Novels by Nora Roberts

MAKING MAGIC - NEW! THREE SISTERS ISLAND TRILOGY

Jove Books
June 2001
373 pages
ISBN: 0515131229

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DANCE UPON THE AIR

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she's finally found refuge from her abusive husband -- and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago . . .

But even in this quiet peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café -- and begins to explore her feelings for the island Sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him, for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she's so carefully created could shatter completely.

Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse -- one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women -- and the nightmares of the past haunting her every step -- she must find the power to save her home, her love . . . and herself.
~ back cover copy


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Jove Books
December 2001
346 pages
ISBN: 0515132020

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HEAVEN AND EARTH

Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff's deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them -- which, lately isn't all that often. She's perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her -- and though she tries hard to hide them, she can't get them under control . . .

Distraction soon arrives in the form of MacAlister Booke -- a researcher who's come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island. Right from the start, he knows there's somthign extraordinary about Ripley Todd. It's not just her blazing eyes and sultry smile. There's something else. Something he can detect, but she'll never admit. Fascinated with her struggle with her amazing abilities, he becomes determined to help her accept who she is -- and find the courage to open her heart.

But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. for Three Ssters shelters centuries of secrets -- and a legacy of danger that plagues them still . . .
~ back cover copy

NEW!

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Jove Books
May 28, 2002
368 pages
ISBN: 051513287X

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FACE THE FIRE

Mia Devlin knows what its like to love with your whole heart -- then watch your love walk away. Years ago she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared -- and determined to live without love . . .

The new owner of the island's only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia's affections. He is puzzled when she greets him with icy indifference -- for the chemistry between them is still sizzling and true. Angry, hurt, and deeply confused, Mia refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns in her heart. But she'll need his help -- and his powers -- to face her greatest, most terrifying challenge. And as the deadline for breaking the centuries-old curse draws near, the must take the first steps toward destiny -- and come together to turn back the dark . . .
~ back cover copy


GHOSTS AND REINCARNATION


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Putnam Pub Group
October 15, 2001
HC ed. - 432 pages
ISBN: 0399148248

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MIDNIGHT BAYOU

Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted—and obsessed—with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up, Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

Determined to restore Manet Hall to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room, relying on his own labor and skills. But the days spent in total isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing visions of days from a century past, and experiencing sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief—sensations not his own, but those of a stranger. Local legend has it that the house is haunted, and with every passing day Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows.

Only the companionship of alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina too has her own surprising connection to Manet Hall—a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret that's been buried for a hundred years.


TIME TRAVEL - THE HORNBLOWER BROTHERS


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Silhouette
2 in 1 romance
September 2001
505 pages
ISBN: 0373484410

TIME AND AGAIN

Reissue of SIM-313, December 1989

He was stranded in the present, but time traveler Caleb Hornblower's biggest predicament wasn't returning to the 23rd century . . . It was leaving behind beguilingly innocent Liberty Stone, who'd shown him a love more powerful than "Time Was".

Reissue of SIM-317, January 1990

Cynical Jacob Hornblower had followed his brother, Caleb, into the past, hoping to lure him back. But once captivated by Liberty's spitfire sister, Sunny, he discovered that even for a romance-resistant man of the future,"Times Change".

A GHOST, A FAIRIE PRINCE, AND FATE - THE GALLAGHERS OF ARDMORE


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Jove Books
November 15, 1999
384 pages
ISBN: 0515126772

JEWELS OF THE SUN

Determined to re-evaluate her life, Jude Murray fless America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish folklore--and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past...

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Athough he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes--and in Jude, he sees a woman who can both soote his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her--while they create a passionate history of their own...
~ back cover copy


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Jove Books
June 30, 2000
367 pages
ISBN: 0515128546

TEARS OF THE MOON
A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of woman and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story-one of loneliness and desperate longing?

No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use-least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician.


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Jove Books
December 5, 2000
369 pages
ISBN: 0515128554

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HEART OF THE SEA

Darcy Gallgher has always believed in the pull of fate, the magic of legend...and the importance of money. She longs to find a rich man who will sweep her way--into a world filled with glamour and andventure, and the exotic life that is her destiny...

A wealthy businessman with Irish blood Trevor Magee has come to Ardmore to build a theater--and uncover the secrets hidden in his family's past. He thought he had given up on love long ago, but Darcy Gallagher tempts him like no woman ever has. She's gorgeous, intelligent, and she knows what she wants--and he's more than willing to give it to her. But as their mutual attraction flares into passion, they look into their hearts--and find out what happens when you truly believe...
~ back cover copy

MORE MAGIC - THE DONOVAN LEGACY

ANTHOLOGY

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Silhouette
November 1999
581 pages
ISBN:037348397X

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Previously released as:

CAPTIVATED


ENTRANCED


CHARMED

THE DONOVAN LEGACY

"Captivated"
Silhouette Special Edition #768
Silhouette Books, September 1992

Nash Kirkland always researched his movies thoroughly, even if that meant talking to people who thought they were vampires, werewolves, or could talk to ghosts. His horror movies were loved by all and his next was about witches. The best source to talk to was Morgana Donovan, a self proclaimed witch. The minute they met Nash knew that Morgana was indeed different but a witch. But Morgana knew that in order for them to ever be together she must show him that witch or not, she was as normal as the next girl. Now the two must come to terms with their differences and fears in order to claim a love meant to be.

 

"Entranced"
Silhouette Special Edition #774
Silhouette Books, October 1992

It was true that Sebastian Donovan found lost children but P.I. Mel Sutherland just didn't believe in psychics. And she was determined to keep her eye on Sebastian, while they searched for a stolen child. Sebastian could understand Mel not believing but her wouldn't put up with her bad attitude. Mel felt herself falling for Sebastian but wasn't sure if the two could make it work. But the two work together to find the child and find that their love is destined.



"Charmed"
Silhouette Special Edition #780
Silhouette Books, October 1992

When Boone Sawyer and his daughter, Jessie, moved next door to Anastasia Donovan, he didn't realize that he would meet a woman who looked like she was right out of one his books. Boone didn't quite know how right he was, for Ana was a healer. She spent her protecting herself from the cruel, but when Boone touched her she knew that he was the one man she would love the rest of her life. But when Ana must use her gift to save another, can Boone deal with her gift and claim a love for all eternity.


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Silhouette
Intimate Moments #961
November 1999
ISBN: 0373079613

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ENCHANTED
Lovely, guileless Rowan Murray felt drawn to brooding Liam Donovan with a power she'd never imagined possible. And his breathtaking kisses convinced her he felt the same. But she soon realized her darkly enigmatic neighbor was as elusive as the mysterious wolf she'd seen lurking about her cabin. Liam was tormented by indecision. He understood he had no right to love Rowan, knowing what lay ahead. but the allure of her beguiling innocence overpowered his will until he could resist no longer. And he knew, if he was ever to make Rowan his, he had no choice but to reveal his incredible secret.

MAGICAL ANTHOLOGIES


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Jove
March 1998
359 pages
ISBN: 0515122416

ONCE UPON A CASTLE

Four enchanting, new tales of castles, spells, and happily-ever-afters...

Once upon a time...

A bewitchingly beautiful lady casts a thousand-year love spell on the man of her dreams--and unleashes a nightmare that only true love can conquer.
- Nora Roberts' "Spellbound"

A Gypsy's prophecy spells love when an unlikely pair join to fight the unltimate evil--and find themselves in their own battle of hearts.
- Jill Gregory's "Castle Doom"

A young American travels to England to free her father's friend from a fatal curse...and discovers a helping hand from a charming, handsome spirit.
- Ruth Ryan Langan's "Falcon's Lair"

With the help of a meddling sorceress, a brave young princess sets out to save her kingdom--and wins the heart of a dashing warrior along the way.
-
Marianne Willman's"Dragonspell"
~ back cover copy


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Jove
December 7, 1999
368 pages
ISBN: 0515127000

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ONCE UPON A STAR
The light of a star illuminates the depths of the heart...

"Ever After"
Nora Roberts
Wearing an ancient star pendant, an enchanting woman jouneyes to an otherworldly land -- and introduces a skeptical stranger to the magical powers of love...

"Catch a Falling Star"
Jill Gregory
Forced to marry a barbarian to save her embattled kingdom, a young woman invokes an ancient spell -- as an unexpected passion consumes her heart.

"The Curse of Castle Clough"
Ruth Ryan Langan
While appraising the contentents of a hunted castle, a beautiful professor uncovers a shocking series of secrets -- and falls in love with a desperate lord who's fighting to save everything he holds dear...

"Starry, Starry Night"
Marianne Willman
Rescued by a mmysterious man on a stormy night, a lovely lady is drawn into the tragedies of the past -- and finds that true love always stands the test of time...
~ back cover copy


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Jove
October 31, 2000
357 pages
ISBN: 051512947X

ONCE UPON A DREAM

When it comes to love, there is no such thing as an impossible dream...

"In Dreams"
Nora Roberts
Drawn to a castle in the forests of Ireland, a beautiful young woman becomes the link to a stranger's past and the curse that has trapped him forever in the eternity of his own dreams...

"The Sorcerer's Daughter"
Jill Gregroy
The fate of a captive wizard depends on his lovely daughter - and the intentions of a spellcast adventurer who dreams of a priceless, treasure, and a love that could be the greatest award of all...

"The Enchantment"
Ruth Ryan Lanigan
In an abandoned estate on a storm-swept night two strangers seek refuge -- only to discover tht their most ellusive dreams of romance are as enchnated, and as real, as true love itself...

"The Bridge of Sighs"
Marianne Willman
While visiting Venice, an American art appraiser becomes haunted by dreames of a lonely young girl -- a vision that illuminaties a tragic past, and a future of endless love.
~ back cover copy


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Berkley
January 1, 2002
ISBN: 0425183181
304 pages

A LITTLE MAGIC

In “Spellbound,” a beautiful lady casts a thousand-year spell on the man of her dreams—and unleashes a nightmare only love can conquer…

“Ever After” follows an enchanting woman as she journeys to an otherworldly land—and introduces a handsome artist to the transforming power of love…

“In Dreams” links a young woman to a stranger’s past—and to the curse that has trapped him forever in the eternity of his own dreams…


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Jove
October 3, 2001
400 pages
ISBN: 0515131660

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ONCE UPON A ROSE

Love blossoms like the luscious petals of spring’s very first rose…

"Winter Rose"
Nora Roberts
On a remote island cursed with eternal winter, a young queen heals a wounded soldier—and warms her heart with the joys of true love…

"The Rose and the Sword"
Jill Gregory
An exiled princess’s last hope for recovering her lost kingdom lies with the embittered prince she is pledged to marry—a man as impossible as he is irresistible…

"The Roses of Glenross"
Ruth Ryan Langan
Sheltered in an abbey in war-torn Scotland, a lonely lass tends a haunted rose garden—while a heroic soldier basks in the pure glow of her love…

"The Fairest Rose"
Marianne Willman
Embarking on a dangerous quest to win the hand of a princess, a bold Irish warrior falls for the one woman who has the power to save his life—and hold his heart…
~ back cover copy


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Jove Books
September 28, 2002
384 pages
ISBN: 0515133868

ONCE UPON A KISS

Love, passion, and desire. It all begins with a kiss.

"A World Apart" by #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts
A ravishing medieval Demon Slayer arrive in twenty-first century New York to brave a strange new world--and a man who will be her destiny.

"Impossible" by Jill Gregory
The battle between two warring families becomes a battle of the sexes when a bewitching beauty finds herself kidnapped by her sworn enemy.

"Sealed With A Kiss" by Ruth Ryan Langan
Her father may have given her hand in marriage to a fearsome warlord, but it's his trusted warrior who captures her heart...

"Kiss Me, Kate" by Marianne Willman
A lovely American inherits an English manor and her dreams of romance come true when she meets an enchanted prince. But is he her one true love?

Futuristic Suspense Novels
by J.D. Robb

~synopsises from the Penguin Putnam website unless otherwise indicated.


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Berkley
July 1995
320 pages
ISBN: 0425148297

NAKED IN DEATH
In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder...

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about--except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.


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Berkley
December 1995
320 pages
ISBN: 0425150984

GLORY IN DEATH
The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provided Eve with a long list of suspects--including her own lover, Roarke. As a woman, Eve was compelled to trust the man who shared her bed. But as a cop, it was her job to follow every lead..to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous.


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Berkley
July 1996
320 pages
ISBN: 0425153789

IMMORTAL IN DEATH
She was one of the most sought-after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted -- even another woman's man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas put her professional life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamour, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming passion for youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could fulfill any desire -- for a price . . .
~ back cover copy


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Berkley
October 1996
ISBN: 0425155188

RAPTURE IN DEATH
They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common--and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games--where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...


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Berkley
May 1997
336 pages
ISBN 0425157628

CEREMONY IN DEATH
Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside her home, Eve takes the warning personally. With her husband, Roarke, watching her every move, Eve is drawn into the most dangerous case of her career. Every step she takes makes her question her own beliefs of right and wrong--and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil...


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Berkley
Oct 1997
384 pages
ISBN: 0425160394

VENGEANCE IN DEATH

When technology links the law and the lawless, predators and prey can beome one and the same...

He is a techno-savvy madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit.. always solved moments too late to save the victims' lives. Lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past -- a secret shared bt none other than Eve's husband, Roarke...
~ back cover copy


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Berkley
June 1998
336 pages
ISBN: 0425163717

HOLIDAY IN DEATH
No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love--and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal...


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Berkley
Apr 1999
400 pages
ISBN: 0425168131

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CONSPIRACY IN DEATH

At a time when human nature remains as predictable as death, a killer plays God-and puts innocent lives in the palm of his hand...

With the precision of a surgeon, a serial killer preys on the most vulnerable souls of the world's city streets. The first victim: a sidewalk sleeper, found dead in New York City. No bruises, no signs of struggle. Just a laser-perfect, fist-sized hole where his heart had once been. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is assigned to investigate. But in the heat of a cat-and-mouse game with the killer, Dallas' job is suddenly on the line. Now her hands are tied...between a struggle for justice-and a fight for her career...
~ back cover copy


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Berkley
Oct 1999
368 pages
ISBN: 042517140X

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LOYALTY IN DEATH


1999 P.E.A.R.L.
WINNER
BEST Futuristic

An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the "corrupt masses." And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back. It's her city...it's her job... and it's hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit... before the city falls.
~synopsis acquired from There's Something About Nora website


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Berkley
March 2000
368 pages
ISBN: 0425173631

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WITNESS IN DEATH

When a celebrity is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas take a new place in crime -- as both officer and witness to murder...

Opening night at New York's Globe Thearter turns from stage scene to crime scene when the leading man is stabbed to death center stage. Now Eve Dallas has a high-profile, celebrity homicide on her hands. Not only is she lead detective, she's also a witness -- and when the press discovers that her husband owns the theater, there's more media spotlight than either can handle. The only way out is to move fast. Question everyone and everything ... and in the meantime, try to tell the difference between the truth -- and really good acting.
~ back cover copy


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Berkley
September 2000
356 pages
ISBN: 0425176304

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JUDGMENT IN DEATH

When a cop killer cuts loose in a club called Purgatory, New York detective eve Dallas descends into an underground criminal hell...

In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill htat pushes ever Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot. Purgatory's a last chance for atonement where everyone id judged. Where you ultimate fate depends on your most intimate sins. And where on cop's hidden secrets are about to plunge innocent souls into vice-ridden damnation...
~ back cover copy


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Berkley
March 2001
368 pages
ISBN: 042517857
9

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BETRAYAL IN DEATH

Detective Eve Dallas investigates a homicide on familiar grounds: her husband’s hotel—and finds herself up against a murderer with a passion for the finer things in life—and death…

At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown— and steps into her worst nightmare. A killer leaves her dead, strangled by a thin silver wire. He’s Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this twisted case, knowing the killer doesn’t help solve the crime. Because there’s someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive. And Eve must face a terrifying possibility—that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke…


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Berkley
September 2001
368 pages
ISBN: 0425181464

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SEDUCTION IN DEATH


2001 P.E.A.R.L.
HONORABLE MENTION
BEST Futuristic

Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

Detective Eve Dallas is playing and replaying the clues in her mind. The candlelight, the music, the rose petals strewn across the bed—a seduction meant for his benefit, not hers. He hadn’t intended to kill her. But now that he had, he is left with only two choices: to either hole up in fear and guilt. Or start hunting again…


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Berkley
March 2002
384 pages
ISBN: 0425183971

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REUNION IN DEATH

A birthday bash sets the scene for a frightening reunion with a killer from Eve Dallas’s past…

At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over a hundred friends and family shouting, “surprise!” It was his birthday. Although he had known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise was yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead.

The woman’s name is Julie Dockport. No one at the party knew who she was. But Detective Eve Dallas remembers her all too well. Eve was personally responsible for her incarceration nearly ten years ago. And now, let out on good behavior, she still has nothing but bad intentions. It appears she wants to meet Dallas again—in a reunion neither will forget…


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Berkley
August 27, 2002
384 pages
ISBN: 042518630X

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PURITY IN DEATH

Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable - like spikes drilling into his brain. And it is getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door and started swinging...

The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice, and Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved.

And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Eve starts racking her brain for answers and the courage to face the impossible...that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man...


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Jove
Nov 1998
352 pages
ISBN: 0515123854

SILENT NIGHT

J.D. Robb's "Midnight in Death" features Lieutenant Eve Dallas hunting for an escaped serial killer...

Susan Plunkett's "Christmas Promises" brings two lovers back together as they search for a missing child...

Dee Holmes's "The Unexpected Gift" is a tale of a woman and her son, who discover the spirit of the holidays after finding a "body" in their backyard...

Claire Cross's "A Berry Merry Christmas" delivers a special message to a young orphan...
~ back cover copy


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Jove
Aug 2001
368 pages
ISBN: 0515131091

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OUT OF THIS WORLD


2001 P.E.A.R.L.
Honorable Mention
BEST ANTHOLOGY

Love, Supernatural Style

Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today’s hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch’s desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you’ve never been before….

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