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Eve Dallas is the main character of the In Death novels, a futuristic (circa 2058 AD) romance-mystery series by J.D. Robb, pseudonym for author Nora Roberts.
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Character of Eve DALLAS
Eve was found in an alley in Dallas, Texas. She was estimated to be eight years old. She had a broken arm, was covered in old blood, and had no memory. Unable to remember anything at all, her social worker named her and put Eve into a foster home, the beginning of Eve's life in the system. After reaching the age of majority, she has a big desire to move to New York City where she hopes to become a police officer. The dates of all her promotions are not specific, but it is mentioned that she became a detective, second grade in early 2051, and eventually, by the start of the series, is lieutenant in the Homicide squad.
Throughout the series, her memories return, mostly through a series of nightmares, revealing a history of incestual rape and patricide with her father, Richard Troy. It is revealed that he was raising her to prostitute her to child molesters. Her mother, Stella, was a prostitute and a drug addict and was occasionally beaten and raped by Troy, but hated her daughter. Eve finds out more about Stella in book 34, New York to Dallas.
It was implied that since Eve had lost her memory, she had forgotten her name, as well, but it is eventually revealed in Reunion in Death that the reason Eve cannot remember her name is because her parents never gave her one. The fact that no one in Dallas could track down her ID indicates one of two things: that either Homeland Security interfered and deleted her data, or that her parents never had her registered in the first place. For all intents and purposes, Eve did not exist in any records before she was eight years old.
After her relationship and subsequent marriage to Roarke, Eve is a much happier and, to some extent, calmer person; she is more willing to work with and depend on other people. They celebrate their one-year anniversary in Reunion in Death, in July 2059. Eve's relationship with Roarke is central to the series and her character (see below).
Eve's official residence is 222 Central Park West, New York, N.Y., with Roarke.
Eve is typically described as having whiskey-colored eyes and tawny hair, (which is usually poorly cut since she cuts it herself) and being tall and slim, with a distinctive dent in her chin. Her measurements are specifically revealed in Immortal in Death.
The latter two likely fluctuate throughout the series (it is mentioned in Holiday in Death that Eve has lost a lot of weight from injuries sustained in Vengeance in Death), but no numbers are given thereafter.
It has been noted repeatedly during the series that Eve does not have large breasts, which is in line with Eve's weight. In fact, in Naked in Death, Eve is not wearing a bra when she first has sex with Roarke and throughout the series, is not mentioned to wear one very often — even during scenes describing her dressing, presumably because she does not need one. In Promises in Death, it is mentioned that she prefers to wear sports bras. In regard to her face, Trina, Mavis's friend, occasionally does make-up for Eve, and has commented several times that Eve has very good bone structure. In Origin in Death, Eve's aide/partner, Peabody, comments that Eve's nose is 'chiseled' while they are in a body-sculpting clinic (and considering if she, Peabody, might do well to have a similarly 'chiseled' nose).
Eve is a fiercely dedicated cop; she initially has very few friendships and remarks that she can "count on her hands" how many people there are who really mean something to her. Roarke says to her in Memory in Death that for someone who intrinsically doesn't like people, there's no one more determined to find them justice.
She comments once (to Roarke) that she was never sick upon seeing a body at a scene (if she was sick, it was later), as she feels that there has to be someone who can handle it.
Eve prefers to do things on her own, as it has fewer complications that way, both in her personal and professional lives. For instance, Eve sleeps with Roarke — a suspect in her murder case — an act that jeopardizes her job. However, she does not tell Roarke, even when he calls and asks her if anything has happened. As for her job, she chose to be a police officer because that way she could have definite control over her own life, something she didn't have until she was eighteen. She initially has, and still does have, difficulty in opening up to and depending on people. For example, she doesn't tell Peabody that she was repeatedly raped by her father and that she killed him in self-defense until Visions in Death. For another example, prior to Roarke, she had no serious romances. In fact, her relationship with Don Webster implies that she had rare one-night stands as opposed to relationships.
Given Eve's past — her memories indicate that her father started raping her when she was around five or six — she is extremely sickened by experiences with rape victims and has more difficulty with these cases. Due to this, she desires to save children and greatly regrets their deaths; at the same time, she has trouble in dealing with live children. They generally confuse her and she desires to stay as far away from them as possible.
Her darker past aside, however, Eve is rough, often brusque in manner, tends to use a great deal of sarcasm, adores chocolate and coffee, and can be very considerate. She wasn't particularly good in school, but nonetheless is very clever and has excellent intuition.
The series is set in the late 2050s in New York, following a period of urban warfare sometime in the preceding decades that caused tremendous damage to cities and human populations across the world. Whites appear to be a minority in Eve's futuristic society; many citizens seem to be of mixed race, although none in Eve's close circle. Other planets have been discovered, and humans have built man-made worlds where they travel for holidays, and where the most dangerous prisoners are confined. Androids or "droids" are commonly used as mechanical servants or extra office labor. Food is often prepared (in situations where elegance is not required) by machines called "Auto Chefs." Many foodstuffs, including meats not for high-end or luxury tables, are created from vegetable products and other similar substitutes; some items, such as real coffee and chocolate, have become almost priceless due to their scarcity in the average market.
Major character and plot developments
Naked in Death: Book #1. In 2058, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, NYPSD, investigates a series of murders in which licensed companions are being murdered by old-fashioned weapons—guns. She meets Roarke at the funeral of the first victim. As the last person known to see the victim alive, he is her primary suspect. He flirts with her from that first meeting. When he sends her a gift of real coffee, it becomes a running joke through the series that she loves him for the coffee. He is her first romantic affair which scares her. Eve has little memory of her childhood but near the end of this book, she tells him that she was raped by her own father as a child and remembers nothing beyond that and being found in Dallas at age eight. Roarke tells Eve he thinks he is in love with her and at the end of this book while she still drugged she asks him to stay around. Summerset and Eve's adversarial relationship with him is launched in this book.
Glory in Death: Book #2. Introduces Officer Delia Peabody as a temporary assistant to Dallas. Dallas conflicts with Commander Whitney as he is friends with the victim's family, which also contains her prime suspects. Dallas struggles with her feelings for Roarke, refusing to let go of her apartment and staying there when he is on business trips rather than his home. Eventually, he gives her a diamond (which she wears under her clothing for the rest of the books) and she admits to him that she loves him. To help her move into his home easier, he replicates her old apartment in an adjoining suite to his office, giving her a luxurious home office that suits Dallas perfectly. He also cuts off all the remaining illegal businesses he had, knowing they would make Dallas unhappy. He proposes at the very end.
Immortal in Death: Book #3. Dallas and Roarke are planning their wedding; meanwhile, Mavis is in love with a designer, Leonardo, who designs Eve's wedding gown. Mavis is the prime suspect in the book's title murder. Finally, Dallas remembers the worst of the flashbacks, which show how she got away from her sexually abusive father: she killed him with a kitchen knife while he was raping her. Dallas and Roarke inform Dr. Mira, who in turns tells Whitney about it, who states that he will not pursue the murder. They marry just after the book ends.
Rapture in Death: Book #4. A series of suicides hit Dallas' radar as she suspects that they are murders. Dallas and Roarke come back from their honeymoon; Dallas has Peabody become her permanent assistant. Mavis almost becomes the victim of a man looking for a con, but to make up for it, Roarke puts Mavis's audition tape (which is good on its own) through the appropriate steps, beginning Mavis's leap to stardom as a rock singer.
Ceremony in Death: Book #5. Dallas is forced to pursue a case behind Feeney's back; he finds out, leading to a huge breakdown of relations. Roarke takes charge and tells Feeney that Dallas thinks of him as a father, as her real father is the one who raped her as a child. Feeney forgives Eve, and Dallas takes the blame for the death of the perpetrator to protect the real killer, Jamie Lingstrom, the brother of the second victim.
Vengeance in Death: Book #6. -Fall 2058- The murders in this book are revenge killings for murders that Roarke committed years ago, which ironically enough were revenge killings in themselves: he killed the men responsible for raping and murdering Marlena, Summerset's only child. Roarke was eighteen at the time of her death and had been taken in by Summerset six years prior. Dallas struggles with the fact that her husband is far from just any criminal—he killed people, but for a reason she agrees with. Her car is also bombed (with her mere feet away) and Roarke experiences the momentary horror of thinking her dead. Dallas also realizes why Summerset doesn't like her: she is nothing like Marlena, and he has always wanted someone like his dead daughter for Roarke. Despite this, she takes a hit meant for Summerset and sustains serious injuries. Detective Ian McNab and Detective David Baxter are introduced.
Holiday in Death: Book #7, December 2058. A man dressed as Santa Claus rapes and murders people who are seeking love through a dating service. Dallas and Roarke spend their first Christmas together. Peabody and Charles Monroe start dating, though they're mostly very good friends.
Midnight in Death: December 25, 2058. Silent Night Anthology, Book #7.5 Roarke's and Eve's first Christmas together. Dallas tracks down a serial killer who escapes from prison and is hunting down the people who are responsible for catching him and putting in prison; Including Dallas.
Conspiracy in Death: Book #8. Dallas is held under suspicion for killing a cop that hated her (mostly for being more successful than her), and her badge is taken away from her. Don Webster of Internal Affairs (the cop division that polices other cops) is introduced as a former lover of Eve's. Doctor Louise Dimatto is introduced; Officer Troy Trueheart is introduced.
Loyalty in Death: Book #9, February 2059. A terrorist organization is threatening New York City with a series of seemingly random bombings that first pull Eve and then Roarke into a desperate race against time. Peabody and McNab consummate their relationship; Dallas and Roarke defeat the perpetrators and disable the bombs in the last terrorist target (the Statue of Liberty) together.
Witness in Death: Book #10. A man is murdered on stage while Dallas and Roarke are in the audience. Dallas throws together an impromptu seduction for Roarke, mostly because she feels it is nice to do something for him every once in a while. Trueheart is seriously injured.
Judgment in Death: Book #11. The murderer of this book is a cop turned cop-killer, who was in reality manipulated by a very dangerous criminal who used to have business ties with Roarke before the latter cut them off. Because of this, he intensely hates Roarke, and extends the hatred to Dallas and tries to murder her several times. Dallas and Roarke argue over how to handle the case—her legally, him illegally—and eventually he forces his way into the case, infuriating her. They eventually agree to disagree and capture the criminal with Roarke's plan at Roarke's club, but with her people on staff. Dallas also has a flashback where she remembers that the criminal was once a business associate of her father's, whom her father stole money from before running off. In addition to this, Roarke has a fistfight with one of Eve's previous lovers, Don Webster, over Eve.
Betrayal in Death: Book #12. McNab, furious and jealous over Peabody's relationship with Charles and ignorant of the fact that they're really just friends, breaks up with her. Roarke discovers that his good friend who shows up coincidentally in the book is actually there to steal from his hotel, but his friend dies saving his life at the end of the book. He has a meaningful conversation with this friend during which he says that they had once listed the one thing in the world they wanted most, and at that time, Roarke hadn't been able to narrow it down to any one thing. However, he has now: Eve. Roarke is also utilized as an expert civilian consultant for the first time.
Interlude in Death: Out of this World anthology, Book #12.5. Commander Skinner tries to get Roarke for something Patrick Roarke (Roarke's father) did, but Eve won't allow it. Roarke goes over an investigator's notes on his father and realizes that his father was in Dallas the same week Dallas killed her father. Dallas remembers that her father was in a good mood that week as he had a deal going; they realize their fathers probably knew each other and likely had business together, although they don't know what.
Seduction in Death: Book #13. - June - McNab and Peabody get back together; Charles Monroe meets and immediately starts a relationship with Dr. Louise Dimatto. Dallas gets sick with a case of twenty-four-hour flu and Summerset gives her the medication, and they have a short discussion over Roarke's constant worry for Eve. Roarke establishes an abuse shelter, Dochas ('hope' in Gaelic), for women and children, and contracts Louise to work there part-time. Eve is pursuing a killer who stalks his victims via internet chat rooms, seducing them and getting them on a public date. Once on the date he slips them a combination of drugs, that both makes them do whatever he says sexually and makes them insatiable, while causing heart failure.
Reunion in Death: Book #14. Dallas and Roarke celebrate their one-year anniversary; the killer is someone that Dallas put away many years ago and came back explicitly to bother her. Peabody's parents visit and a connection is established between Dallas and Peabody's mother, while Peabody's father inadvertently intrudes on Eve's mind psychically, realizing Dallas was raped. Dallas and Roarke make a trip to Dallas to talk with the killer's stepfather, but while they are there, they visit the hotel where Dallas killed her father. The trip is extremely difficult for them both as she relives the murder fully, but is able to talk about it to Dr. Mira. She also remembers that her father had never named her; additionally, she remembers why her father kept her: he was planning on prostituting her out to child molesters, and she would in fact start working in Dallas.
Purity in Death: Book #15. Feeney is taken hostage and Dallas is the one who gets him out. Jamie Lingstrom comes back to aid with the case; McNab is temporarily paralyzed; Roarke cheers the deaths of the victims, who were child molesters and rapists; Dallas counters that murder is murder, even if the victims were bad people. Peabody is injured and Dallas cries over it, shocking McNab. Mavis tells Dallas that she is pregnant.
Portrait in Death: Book #16. Eve pursues a killer who takes pictures of his victims, poised as if in a photo shoot at the time of their deaths. Prior to this, Roarke thought that his mother was a disagreeable woman who was abusive and left him as a very small child, but he learns in this book (via a woman who works at his abuse shelter) that his mother was in fact Siobahn Brody, an eighteen-year-old girl who loved him desperately. His father beat her to death and tossed her body in the river (possibly the Liffey, as the event happened in Dublin), then changed Roarke's birth records to appear as if Roarke was another woman's son and a year older. Roarke regrets deeply that he hadn't killed his father himself (he has no idea who it was), but Dallas tells him that had he done so, he would not have felt any better: a powerful statement, since Dallas has done exactly what he regrets to no benefit. Dallas also has a conversation with Summerset, who broke his leg at the beginning of the book, and she realizes that he is the one who killed Roarke's father to protect him. Roarke also visits his mother's twin sister and his extended family, instantly gaining an enormous extended family of farmers who live peacefully in Ireland.'
Imitation in Death: Book #17, September 2059. Eve pursues a serial killer who imitates famous serial killers of the past, including Ted Bundy and Jack the Ripper. Dallas recovers memories of her mother for the first real time (she previously remembered a woman she wasn't sure was her mother, but that memory proves here to be accurate), realizing that she was a prostitute and a drug addict who hated her child and was planning to pimp her out. Eve's mother's name was Stella; her father is referred to as Rick (his name is really Richard). Dallas does not know if Stella is alive or dead, but she does realize that she has inherited her eye color from her mother. She keeps the memory from Roarke, though, afraid it will bring up bad memories of his own mother's death, until late in the book. Dallas also offhandedly comments about her experiences with a provider at the state school she attended when she was ten, who pinched Dallas up and down the arms, leaving bruises. In addition, Peabody finally takes the test to become a detective and comes in at #26 on the pass list; at the end of the book, Dallas and Peabody become partners.
Remember When: Book #17.5. A crossover book with Nora Roberts' typical hardcover romance featuring stolen diamonds, taking place in the first half of the book, which ends in the early 2000s. Roarke and Dallas track down the rest of the stolen diamonds in the second half of the book, which Roarke will subsequently legally buy (this purchase is fully revealed in Memory in Death (novel)). [(Later rereleased as "Big Jack" and "Hot Rocks"; 2 separate books)]
Divided in Death: Book #18. One of Roarke's employees, Reva, who is the daughter of his admin Caro is framed for the murder of her husband. Eve must find the real killer while dealing with government spy organization and protecting Reva. Roarke discovers to his fury that the Homeland Security Organization (HSO) was keeping audio surveillance on Richard Troy, Eve's father, the week that he was in Dallas, as he was a sort of informant for them. The audio record is missing for the night of the murder, listed as malfunctioning, though more likely because they destroyed it. Roarke discovers that furthermore, they knew Troy was raping the minor in his keeping, but due to the ongoing operation, HSO ordered that no course of action be taken and that they leave Dallas there, whereupon she subsequently killed Troy herself. His sole desire upon discovering this information is to hunt and kill everyone who made and complied with the nonaction order; however, Dallas asks him not to, and he complies because it will break their relationship otherwise. Additionally, the file states that Roarke's father was picked up at the airport by Troy (as discovered in Interlude in Death), the circle is fully realized.
Visions in Death: Book #19. Peabody is injured by the murderer. Mavis and Leonardo inform Dallas and Roarke that they want them to attend birth coaching classes. Dallas tells Peabody that she was raped by her father as a child. Dallas gets information from a 'sensitive,' Celina Sanchez, who gets visions about the crimes and the murderer.
Survivor in Death: Book #20. Dallas takes in the sole surviving witness, a nine-year-old girl, to the murder of her entire family, reminding Dallas strongly of her own horrific childhood. The child establishes a deep bond to herself, Roarke, and Summerset, before being adopted by Richard and Elizabeth DeBlass (from Naked in Death).
Origin in Death: Book #21. An extremely high-profile case (even more so than the others) involving illegal human cloning that technically leads to the next book. During the investigation of the murders of 2 revered and beloved medical professionals, Eve discovers that their work is really a front for a genetic cloning operation. Dallas and Roarke also fight their way through the perpetrator's base at the end of the book, though both are badly injured.
Memory in Death: Book #22. Eve's foster mother sees her on the news about the previous case and comes to NYC to blackmail Roarke for money in exchange for not releasing details of Eve's childhood to the media. Dallas is horrified to see this woman, who created Eve's hatred of cold showers by making her take cold baths and locked her in the dark. She is murdered after trying to shake Roarke down for money and Eve investigates.
Haunted in Death: January 2060. Bump in the Night anthology, Book #22.5. Eve has a paranormal experience with the ghost of a rock star, however, she refuses to believe it although she has some bumps and bruises to prove it.
Born in Death: Book #23. Mavis' friend goes missing just before Mavis' baby shower, hosted by Eve. Worried, she asks Eve to investigate. Eve is also investigating the death of 2 young people who work at one of the city's top accounting firms. The cases cross, when it is discovered that clients are involved in the abduction. Mavis marries Leonardo in the birthing room, and shortly thereafter gives birth to a baby girl, Bella Eve, nicknamed Belle. Due to Mavis pushing her into looking for a missing friend, Eve saves the friend who also names her son after Eve.
Innocent in Death: Book #24. Eve is suspicious and hurt by Roarke's meeting an old lover, Magdelana Percell. Percell, who twelve years prior was lovers and partners with Roarke for nearly a year, is in town to break up Eve and Roarke and win him for herself. Her presence and manipulations cause tension between Eve and Roarke for the majority of the novel. Summerset is aware of Magdelana's manipulative nature and warns Eve of the danger to her marriage. For the first time in their antagonistic relationship he indicates his support for Eve because of the depth of her love and commitment to Roarke. Magdalana's presence ends when Eve punches her unconscious and orders Summerset to discard her.
Eternity in Death: Dead of Night Anthology, Book #24.5. Eve inadvertently becomes a vampire slayer.
Creation in Death: Book #25. A serial killer named the Groom returns, intent on having Eve as his last victim. Eve and Roarke work together, but much of the emphasis is on Roarke observing his wife's skills.
Strangers in Death: Book #26. A double murder with striking resemblance to the idea of the Hitchcock movie Strangers on a Train compels Lieutenant Eve Dallas to pull out her A-game as "top bitch cop" once again. The involvement of a familiar LC with one of the killers introduces a small appearance by Charles Monroe and Dr. Louise Dimatto in which their relationship seems to be on rocky ground, but turns out that Charles changes his life around in order to propose to Louise, which she accepts. Eve and Roarke are chosen by Louise and Charles to be matron of honor and best man, respectively. Also a character is reintroduced from "Memory in Death", Tiko, a seven/eight-year-old who sells scarves, hats etc. on the street.
Salvation in Death: Book #27. Dallas and Peabody are on the trail of someone who killed a man posing as a priest. Introduction of Father Chale Lopez, who is mentioned again in Promises in Death. Ariel, a victim from Creation In Death whom Eve saved, bakes a stupendous cake for Eve as a thank you and unknowingly provides the perspective of New York Eve needs to solve the case.
Ritual in Death: Suite 606 Anthology, Book #27.5. A party given by an old friend is interrupted when a naked man covered in blood drops in.
Promises in Death: Book #28. Morris' love, Detective Amyrillis Coltraine, is found dead and it is up to Dallas and Peabody to discover who killed her and how it relates to the Ricker family. The chapter features the return of character Max Ricker, as well as the bridal shower/bachelor party for Louise and Charles. In the slowly evolving antagonistic relationship between Eve and Summerset, she earns his respect when she demonstrates her intuitive compassion for Morris. Also mentions Father Lopez from Salvation In Death.
Kindred in Death: Book #29. When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena's body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate. When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice. Eve is also the matron of honor for Louise's wedding - which will be held at Roarke and Eve's garden. Eve, although terrified, manages to organize everything as scheduled.
Missing in Death: The Lost, Anthology, Book # 29.5. a woman goes missing on a NYC ferry and Eve Dallas has to find her: if she isn't on the ferry and isn't in the water, where is she?
Fantasy in Death: Book #30. Bart Minnock—one of the owners of a virtual gaming company, U-Play is killed in the locked room murder mystery that opens this novel. Eve and her team struggle to understand how a virtual game player came to be decapitated in a sealed Holo-room. The team is about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction and the price of defeat is death.
Indulgence in Death: Book #31. Eve and Roarke celebrate their second wedding anniversary in Ireland. She returns home to a string of bizarre murders. The crossbow killing of chauffeur Jamal Houston in his limo in a La Guardia parking lot is followed by the death of high-rent prostitute Ava Crampton, found at Coney Island's House of Horrors stabbed with a bayonet. Other victims include Luc Delaflote, a celebrity chef who's harpooned, and Adrianne Jonas, "a facilitator for the rich" strangled with a handmade bullwhip.
Possession in Death: July/August 2060. The Other Side anthology, Book #31.5. Eve is possessed by the spirit of a dead gypsy. This paranormal experience gives her unwelcome help in investigating the disappearance of a young dancer.
Treachery in Death: Book #32. Peabody overhears a conversation while in the deserted locker room after her workout that indicates 2 cops are dirty and running a sideline business. She takes this information to Dallas who immediately sets about taking down the ring of wrong cops, despite their leader being the daughter of one of the NYPSD's most revered veterans. The team meets in her home to avoid leaks as they go against a ruthless opponent who has already killed to keep her secret.
New York to Dallas: Book #33. An intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas that takes her back to the city that gave her her name plungeing her into the nightmares of her childhood. Convicted serial-killer Isaac McQueen (taken down by Eve twelve years previously in her uniform days) escapes from Rikers and has two things on his mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.
Chaos in Death: "The Unquiet" anthology, Book # 33.5. Eve and Roarke return to investigate a series of murders connected to a brilliant young surgeon. Eve Dallas is the tough lieutenant hot on his trail, but this is unlike any case she’s ever been assigned―or any killer she’s ever pursued. A police sketch based on eye-witness testimony reveals the killer has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it make-up? Or is the explanation more sinister?
Dallas faces off against multiple suspects―all of them students of medicine capable of precisely slicing the ears, noses, and eyes of the three victims. But who had the motive? More importantly, what kind of rogue science are these healers practicing?
Celebrity in Death: Book # 34. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building. Now she's at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.
Delusions in Death: Book # 35. A blind date suddenly turns violent. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is dealing with an unknown killer or killers that like their death large scale and vicious.
Calculated in Death Book #36. An innocent accountant, the sister-in-law of a judge, is killed as part of a cover-up. The investigation takes Eve and the team into Roarke's world of big business to discover who arranged the hit. More people are murdered. Eve and the team set up an op to catch the killer at the premier of the Icove Agenda movie.
Thankless in Death: Book #37. NYC; Thanksgiving week, 2060. Twenty-six-year-old loser Jerry Reinhold snaps when his mother insists he get a job. Killing her feels so good that Jerry keeps his murderous streak going—while Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner race to stop him. Eve is also offered captaincy by Whitney, which she turns down, as she believes she is content with her current rank.
Taken in Death Mirror, Mirror anthology, Book # 37.5. Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she’s drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.
But Eve knows that there’s no time to waste on the past, and with every passing hour her determination to bring the children safely home strengthens. Eve and her team find themselves following an electronic breadcrumb trail left by a boy desperate to escape the evil witch. Their investigation into the kidnapper’s sordid past reveals violent coercion, ritualistic killings, and chilling bloodlust―making her terrifying plans for the children abundantly clear.
Concealed in Death: Book #38. Leading the demolition of a long-empty New York building that once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband uncovers two skeletons wrapped in plastic. And by the time Eve’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.
The victims are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.
Festive in Death: Book # 39. Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash. Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.
Obsession in Death: Book # 40. Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She—and her husband Roarke—are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.
But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…
With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate—and dangerous—psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall
Devoted in Death: Book #41. Eve Dallas tracks a young couple whose heated passion for each other is fueled by cold brutality.
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a fresh body in a seedy alleyway in downtown Manhattan, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—initials inside reading “E” and “D”…
In Arkansas, Ella-Loo and her recently released ex-con boyfriend, Darryl, don’t ever intend to part again. So they hit the road, but then things get a little messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.
As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lt. Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And, with her husband Roarke at her side, Eve has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve…
Wonderment in Death: Down the Rabbit Hole Anthology, Book # 41.5. You’re late for a very important date... Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser.
Brotherhood in Death: Book # 42. Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . . .
Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.
Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.
As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.
Apprentice in Death: Book # 43. The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...
Echoes in Death: Book # 44.
After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.
After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband―and walks into a brutal nightmare.
Their paths are about to collide…
When the young woman―dazed, naked, and bloody―wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve, still in glittering gown and heels, springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.
Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil” . . .
While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked―and that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife―this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:
What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next.
Secrets in Death: Book #45. Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.
The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.
The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.
Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know.
Relationship with Roarke
Eve's relationship with Roarke is integral to her character; she wants to depend on him, but as she remarks to herself in Immortal in Death, she is afraid of using him. However, as the books progress she learns to rely on his strengths and understand that she is not using him. (Roarke is a consultant several times). She loves her husband very much although she hates referring to him as her husband in public, as she originally felt that police officers should stay unattached. (Her primary example for this is Commander Whitney, whose wife terrifies Eve.)
However, there is no one that Dallas loves more in the world, and vice versa. He is the only man she ever spent the entire night with; he is also the only man she has ever loved romantically and he is the first person she has confessed to about the abuse she suffered from her father. In Innocent in Death, when a serious ex-girlfriend of Roarke's is back in town, Summerset makes the astute observation that despite her superficial flaws, 'You would do anything, no matter what the personal risk, to keep him from harm.' The same is true for him. Dallas suffers from nightmares, but they are usually not as frequent or as bad when Roarke is in bed with her; throughout the books, he goes on few business trips in order to stay with her as much as possible. When he is away on business Eve will either use one of his shirts as pyjamas or avoid sleeping in their large bed without him there.
Summerset comments to Roarke in Memory in Death that previous to Eve, Roarke would spend Christmas in exotic locations such as Fiji or Saint Moritz, but never at home. Roarke says of that time, "I was alone because there was no one who mattered enough to keep me here." Of her, he says, "But I needed her. The one thing, the only thing that could make this place home." Their need for each other is mutual, and they have proven several times that they would do anything for each other.
As far as every day life goes, Roarke enjoys buying copious amounts of jewelry, clothing, and expensive food — particularly real coffee, which is very expensive in the era of the books — for Eve, as he is quite conscious of the fact that before him, no one except her few friends really gave her anything at all. (After their first meeting (Naked in Death), Roarke sends her a little present. Mavis is there and thinks its jewelry; when she sees it is coffee, she says, "I don't care what the damn stuff costs a pound, Dallas. A woman wants glitter." Eve's response is "Not this woman. The son of a bitch knew just how to get to me. In more ways than one.")
To have her move in, Roarke semi-replicates her apartment in a suite in their home as her new office, adjoining his, and her friends are his as well.
Roarke is one of the richest men on or off the planet, if not the richest; he owns one third of the planet and its satellites. However, Dallas isn't entirely comfortable with the great amounts of cash he has. She's used some of it to her advantage (most memorably in bribing Louise Dimatto to help her and in acquiring sports tickets for the medical examiner and forensics for quicker results), but for the most part doesn't like the fact that people refer to her as "Mrs. Roarke" or assume that her husband's money must be part of the reason she married him. She does, however, appreciate the coffee.
In the end, they are a perfect match, two people who have grown to be a very steady couple throughout the series. While they face their challenges like any couple, they work through them and love each other very much. Not to mention that their private moments in the bedroom (and other parts of the house/hotels) are very sultry.