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Origin in Death (In Death #21)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  14,661 ratings  ·  436 reviews
Set in 2059 in New York City, the #1 bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. In this newest installment, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.
Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Berkley (first published 2005)
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4.5 Stars! 21 books in and this series it's still going least for me!

What I love most about this series is the character development. Not only are the crimes imaginative, and the police procedures interesting...this one had a strong sci-fi element... and the characters aren't one dimensional. They're personalities are getting stronger, and they are coming into their own. From the beginning of the series to this book, about 18 months have past, and the pace in which the characters are
**Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt**
Roarke and Eve are discussing the arrival of his relatives from Ireland!... OMG, hilarious!

"Should we have something separate for the children, do you think?"
"What?" Eve frowned at him as she poked at the food on her plate. Oh, that. Hell, I don't know. You're supposed to know how to do this stuff."
His face was a mirror of his frustration. "And how am I supposed to know how to do something I've never done before?" He scowled into his wine. "It's unnerving, that's what it is."
"You could contact t
Another awesome read! Emotions, suspense, super evilness, good bad guys, sweetness, some twists, action, surprises, family and a good ending. Another great read that had me burning through the pages. The relationships were great, humor had me laughing or snickering, tight spots had me holding my breath and the ending left me with a smile. A super good book in a series that gets better and better. Can't wait to read the next! Enjoy!
What the *&^% did I just read? Surely our tough, intelligent police Lieutenant did NOT just have a meltdown hissy fit over her partner making her a salon appointment. O.o

And on WHAT planet would a person, man or woman, regardless of their upbringing, reach the position of Police Lieutenant and have absolutley NO concept that she should dress professionally to go interview powerful people???

This book is so amateurly written I keep wanting to reach for a blue pencil. The dialog is stilted - wh
Aly is so frigging bored

Everyone should read this book, everyone! It doesn't matter if you read the ones before and don't know the characters, you can catch up along the way... The mind-fuck of this story is just too great to pass up!


This book has a lot of...

...and although I'm scared of these situations, I loved it!

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It’s very hard for me to find a book that it’s not good in this series by J.D. Robb! “Origin In Death” is definitely one more great book and, I have to say, that this story is the most sci-fi so far. I know that all the series is sci-fi, but the subject in this one is the cloning so as you can see it’s sci-fi for sure.

This bo
Possible tiny spoiler at the end of 1st paragraph...

I think what I liked so much about this one was twofold. First, as always, Robb's social commentary is superb. She takes issues that are on the burner today and pumps them up for 50 years in the future. And sometimes the look we get is excellent (gun control, birth control, same-sex marriage and interracial relationships a non-issue) and sometimes it's downright scary, as in this book where the focus is on genetics and cloning.

I also liked the
In some ways this "in Death" book is possibly the best of the series in that it really emphasizes the futuristic element of the books while maintaining the mystery and romance aspects. The premise on which the book is based is fantastic and hopefully will always remain pure fantasy, but it has you reading as fast as you can to find out what will happen next. Once again you know who the killer is early on, but do you? Only in the most superficial way. As the action develops, you learn more and mo ...more
One of my least favorite j.d.robb's because the scheme eve undercovers is too grand. though the robb books are all wonderful because they effectively transport you to the future, in this work robb leaves the realm of plausibility or merely does not adequately explain a confusing and rambling plot that seems too large for the reader's imagination too follow, or at least not adequately handled by the author.
Eve handles the murder case of a well-known doctor who was one of the biggest names of modern medicine and seemed to be above reproach.

Eve doesn't buy the good doctor's squeaky clean records and after a lot of digging eventually uncovers a side project that is even worse than what she had imagined.

The doctors involved in this hidden project focused on genetic manipulation and their experiments crossed a lot of lines regarding human life.

Eve and her team struggle with the moral issues this case b
Kathleen Debidart
I'm an avid fan of the "In Death" series. Besides the stories in themselves, I enjoy the ongoing personal stories of all of the "characters" in the books. Cops, murder, sci-fi, sex, humor- what's not to like?
I like this book more and more every time I read it. Scary thought that this science could actually happen - maybe not by 2059, but still ...

Two thumbs up and 5 stars!
Katie Reus
One of my favorites so far in the series. Previous books in the series have dealt with a lot of emotional growth with Eve and Roarke (which I love) and I found that this book was a lot heavier on the mystery. And it was soooo good. I couldn't wait to find out what happened. There were heavy moral and ethical issues in this book and I was impressed with Eve at the end. I don't always agree with the way she views the world (though I respect her standards) but in this one I was really impressed and ...more
ANOTHER FIVE STARS!! This woman is on fireeeeeeeee! Robb/Nora Roberts you freaking rock!


"Spite, financial gain, thrills, emocional satisfaction. Murder always offered a reward. Why else would it remain so popular?"

Aunque el comienzo fue un poco lento, la trama se retoma poco a poco y llega a ser excelentemente ES-PEC-TA-CU-LAR. Eve es la encargada de la investigacion sobre el asesinato del Dr. Icove, un doctor respetado en la comunidad medica internacional pero con muchos esqueletos y experiment
4.5 Stars

This book is one of the few so far in this series that has really given me the shivers. I do like crime procedural TV shows so it takes something to creep me out like Origin in Death did. Things start off normal with Eve interviewing a starlet who was beaten by her lover right before she killed him with a knife, but then the story is thrown for a loop when a doctor is killed in his office at the very hospital Eve is visiting. This begins a complex and eventually shiver-inducing mystery
It's Thanksgiving season in the year of 2059 and New York City's top homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas is investigating the murder of Wilfred B. Icove, a world renowned and esteemed cosmetic surgeon while also trying to deal with her first ever familial holiday celebration. The murder investigation reveals connections between this respected physician and extremely controversial and unethical genetic manipulation and experimentation. The genetic science and the moral and ethical implicatio ...more
This may be my favorite J.D. Robb book. It incorporates a lot of my favorite elements of the In Death series, and it's some decent science fiction (who'd've thought!) to boot. Despite taking place in the 2050s, the series normally doesn't use much science as a jumping-off point: advanced technology mostly manifests in ways to solve or commit crimes in more complex ways, and to show off some neat Jetsons-like inventions I admittedly covet (AutoChef, will you one day be mine?), but Robb doesn't us ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Ren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Roarke, oh, Roarke.. Err, I mean In Death fans!
Recommended to Ren by: Roarke
Re-read October, 24th 2011

Others than this book deserved 5 stars, just for (my) Roarke alone *cough2*, Origin in Death's story is about the biggest sin and taboo for human life. Which made this book so interesting, and with the basic questions : "For the name of science, is it okay to break taboo? Is it okay to break God's law?"

Origin in Death not just about murder or killing. Its more than that. The basic of this story is really, really have science fiction theme, and maybe we all familiar with
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#21 in the Eve Dallas - In Death series. In a departure from the usual plot arc, Eve does not spend her time determining the identity and location of the bad guy. She is convinced from the start who committed the murders. Instead of being a murder mystery, the book is an essay on the subjects of eugenics, human cloning, gene engineering, etc. an ongoing sub-plot concerning the arrival of Roarke's family from Ireland to celebrate Thanksgiving with Dallas' friends and police colleagues. A dependab ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Another great one. I am just happy as a clam with this series, and this narrator... Just plain happy. I'm kinda getting ready for Mavis to pop, too. I love all the sidekick-type characters and overall story arc (really, I'm already at #21? And still going?)...

This one was quite the brain bending puzzle. Not quite what I expected, but oh boy, did I like it!
Celia Powell
You know that when a doctor gets killed, and his life seems to be squeaky clean, that something's going on behind the scenes. Eve Dallas, detective extraordinaire, is suspicious and begins digging into the good doctor's past. The resolution to the mystery is satisfyingly creepy, the banter is good, and Eve's incredibly wealthy husband Roarke gives her a fabulous leather coat which made me long for a fabulous leather coat of my very own. (That has absolutely nothing to do with the book, but it di ...more
Actually my copy is a hardcover - one of those 2/$10 things at Walgreens. Not really important.

I thought I should read at least one book by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). I'm glad I did. I may have to read more of her books. This one was a page-turner that I couldn't put down. If her others are as good, she's a good author to follow.

Inside were the lists of books by J.D. Robb and by Nora Roberts. I was interested to see that she wrote a book "with" herself - one listed by Nora Roberts AND J.D. Ro
I don't know what it is about this series but I love it!
Fanny Roswita Ria
Oke, baca series yang ini antara kagum dengan ide penulis dan serem jika dunia penuh dengan klon \(~_~)/
Membayangkan sebuah keluarga terkhusus suami yang punya istri diklon menjadi 3 orang itu berasa sang suami apa ga stress yak? Apalagi ditambah si klon-nya itu tinggal 1 tempat bersama

Cerita ini berawal dr kematian tokoh fenomenal dlm dunia kesehatan, pemenang nobel perdamaian, penggagas kesehatan nomor wahid, dokter bedah yang begitu dipuja, semua karyanya dikenal di mata dunia, dan tak satupu
This book has it all - a mystery, a red-hot male supporting character,a flawed heroine with lots of moxie, and plenty of sex. (If reading sex scenes bothers you, they are very easy to skip).

I am not a fan of alternating points of view, particularly when the killer reveals his/her identity with a quarter of the book remaining. The surprise was definitely spoiled but I suppose many of Roberts, I mean Robb's, fans don't read this series for the mystery. They read it for Roarke.

I like Roarke, to b
Katy M
Family ties. Mind blowing.

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Good job on the proofreading, Penguin.
J D Robb (Nora Roberts) is one of the few authors I reread. Everything about the "in death" novels is quality writing and defies genre labeling.
From the relationship between Dallas and Rourke, the mystery/thriller storyline, an extremely strong female role model, the secondary characters, the setting, well, everything, you just can't wait for the next one. Robb shows that a woman can be strong and
This was probably one of my favourites, I have to say. The story progressed nicely for me, and took me on many twists and turns - most definitely one of the biggest cases Eve has taken on. It compelled me from the start to finish.

One of my favourite parts, however, came in the form of a single line of text:

The traffic was angry as a constipated lion.

Brilliant, just brilliant. But seriously, I couldn't stop laughing at the absurdity of the line, and how Roberts actually thought of putting that i
Crazy plot line. Very sci-fi. I rather prefer it when J.D. Robb writes ridiculously convenient, futuristic, somebody-should-really-invent-that-in-real-life type of technology into the story. Purely speculative indulgence of course, yet super fun to think about. I mean, I'm still trying to get my head around how an auto-chef is supposed to function. If the auto-chef really stores all those food options in one machine, the dimensions of the machine must be big enough to store all those ingredients ...more
In the prologue of this 21st entry in Robb’s In Death series, we witness an unnamed doctor administer a lethal injection to a five-year old girl. Watching, in silence, is the doctor’s teenage son. As we listen to the final thoughts of the child, we realize that she is being terminated, not to ease the final ravages of a fatal disease, but because she has failed some crucial test. She is simply not good enough, not close enough to perfection for the man she calls “father.”

By the end of the first
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline.
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Other Books in the Series

In Death (1 - 10 of 42 books)
  • Naked in Death (In Death, #1)
  • Glory in Death (In Death, #2)
  • Immortal in Death (In Death, #3)
  • Rapture in Death (In Death, #4)
  • Ceremony in Death (In Death, #5)
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“The doll, Dallas. You know, Barbie doll. Jeez, didn't you ever have dollies?"
"Dolls are like small dead people. I have enough dead people, thanks.”
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