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Brazen Virtue (D.C. Detectives #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  5,895 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Grace McCabe was shocked to find her sister Kathleen living in a grungy D.C. suburb, supplementing her income as a phone sex operator after a bitter divorce. But with the company Fantasy, Inc. guaranteeing its employees complete anonymity, how dangerous could it really be? Grace was soon to learn the answer when she returned home one night to a horrifying scene that might ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Bantam Books (first published 1988)
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Titinha Scaeiro
Estou entre o 4 e o 4,5... Faltou, faltou... A força das personagens do anterior, gosto Ed mas é calmo demais, gostei dela mas não é a Tess! Senti falta da pitada de sal e adrenalina do livro anterior mas gostei! ^_^
Andreia Morgado
Já estava com saudades de ler um livro da Nora e mais uma vez uma história excelente desta autora .Adorei o Ed e a Grace e o romance entre os dois
A Victim of the Times
Writing murder mysteries has given author Grace McCabe a successful career, but when her sister is brutally slayed while Grace is visiting her in D.C., murder hits far too close to her heart. Struggling to come to terms with the woman her sister really was and who she is in the wake of her loss, a deep-seeded desire for justice starts to burn in her, even as a different sort of desire is sparked for her sister's neighbor, D.C. homicide detective Ed Jackson.

From the moment Ed
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Nora Roberts no defrauda!!

Creo que lo primero que hay que tener en cuanta es que este libro es del año 1988, como se pueden demorar 26 años en traducir un libro escapa mi comprensión pero hay temas que en esa época eran novedad y que hoy en día no llamarían la atención como las empresas de sexo telefónico, la venta de productos por internet o las hackers y otras cosas como que estaba bien visto que los protagonistas fumaran como chimeneas y las enfermedades de transmisión sexual que también era
This was my first Nora Roberts, above and beyond a string of J.D. Robb books I read a few years ago. Not what I was expecting.

I thought the books Nora Roberts wrote under her own name were romances. How can you call a book a romance when the heroine's sister is killed, and the mystery is catching the serial killer?

There was a romantic component, but it seemed secondary to the murder mystery. And, for me, the romance wasn't .... It just didn't work for me. I wasn't attracted to the hero, and I h
A fast read, but somewhat predictable. And the rape scenes from the bad guy's point of view were emotionally hard to read. Also, it's obviously one of her earlier works, which actually gives me hope as a writer, since her more recent books (Whiskey Beach, The Witness, The Collector) are very well done. Take that, self-sabotaging voice in my head!
This sequel to SACRED SINS shows how much Roberts learned between the two books about engaging the reader. Bestselling mystery author Grace McCabe loses her sister Kathy to a murderer. Kathy was supplementing her income by offering phone sex via Fantasy, Inc, and that is how her killer found her ... followed by other victims. The same team who solved SACRED SINS works this case, with Grace adding her inimitable style.

Grace is the main POV character, an engaging and dedicated woman who has some c
This book is the sequel to Sacred Sins. It was great catching up with the characters in the first book. This book was really good, and I liked it better than the first one to be honest. Until the ending. It was so rushed! I actually flipped forward looking for more. What happens to Ed and Grace? Does she ever admit how she feels? I just can't believe it ended with Grace shooting Jerald, Ed runs in a few seconds later, Jerald says some crazy things, they watch him die, an
Joana Americano
Great book, with to much mystery!! In love with the characters, in love with Ed :) I love the way that Grace deal with the situations.
Congrats, Nora!
I finished reading Brazen Virtue a few days ago, but just now I decided to do the review of it.

The story is based in Grace McCabe, who is a mystery crime novelist, and the death of her sister Kathleen, while she is on holidays at her sister’s place trying to fix their deteriorating relation.

They weren’t too close at all, and most of the times didn’t talk, and when they actually did, they didn’t know how to get close, what to say or how to act around each other.
Jelaousy, envy, anger and other bad
Another good read by Ms. Roberts. A sister comes to visit her sister, then returns home and finds her murdered. Luckily, the neighbor just happens to be a cop and whom Grace, the visiting sister just happens to have taken a fancy to. The murdered sister, recently divorced, moved back to DC from California, and has started working a teacher at the school they used to attend when they lived there growing up. She also takes a side job to earn extra money for a lawyer and detective because she wants ...more
Julie Barrett
Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
She teaches at the local religious school and works at night as a sex operator. She's gone through a divorce and her husband has the child.
She hopes to fight to get the child but that takes money, lots of it. Her sister comes to stay after her novel is released.
Story also follows the cop who lives next door, he's a detective and is on many local murder cases. They all lead back to the sex hotline the women work at.
One invasion the woman is able to fight off the man.
Sonia Cristina
Gostei muito, muito deste livrinho! Faz parte do melhor que Nora Roberts tem para oferecer, sem dúvida. Não só pelos protagonistas carismáticos e o romance que aquece o coração, como pelo caso de assassinato que investigam e pelos personagens secundários que constituem uma pequena família.
I just love this book and really want to marry Ed!! I think Ed's character is the best part of this book; he is completely adorable. The romance and the murder mystery were also terrific and Grace is a strong, appealing leading lady! The last few lines of the book are wonderful.
Ed Jackson is not your typical romance hero. The ginger-bearded detective is built like a linebacker and follows a vegan diet. He buys a dilapidated D.C. brownstone on a cop's salary and starts to renovate it thinking that when he's finished he'll find a wife to take care of and start a family with. He does not figure in the gorgeous, feisty Grace McCabe.
Grace comes to D.C. from New York where she is a writer of murder mysteries. She finds herself in the midst of her very own when the sister she
Brazen Virtue is well written suspense novel by Nora Roberts. As other reviewers have stated it is definitely dated. One thing that really stood out to me is the constant smoking, even in government buildings. Grace was a chain smoker and she smoked everywhere.
I didn't particularly care for Grace. She seemed shallow and self absorbed, and generally kind of obnoxious. Ed was a nice guy who was attracted to Obnoxious Grace. The intrigue murder mystery side of the book was really well done. But th
Early Nora Roberts. Reading it years after its publication, it's interesting to see how Nora Roberts style has changed. Not to mention the changes in technology in use in everyday life.
Ayu Wirdha
Agak aneh dgn NR menggambar-kan Ed, dia kan hero-nya tp serasa cuman sbg tempelan doang. Biasanya NR detail soal karakter, pikiran2 & latar belakang hero/ine tp khusus dgn Ed tdk sama sekali. Mgkin krn saya bacanya tdk berurutan, di novel 1 malah Ed banyak terlihat karakternya tetapi mengapa tdk dieksplot lebih dalam di sini? Penjahatnya sdh ketahuan dr awal, jd tinggal sabar bacanya saja bagaimana para detektif itu menangkapnya. Sampai akhir tdk dijelaskan penyebab anak ini menjadi serial k ...more
Having just finished Thankless in Death and enjoyed it, I thought I would read another by the same author. Granted, this is not futuristic, but a good author is a good author, right? Not always, it seems.

The two stories were just too similar: the bad guy gets sexually aroused when he kills; the male love interest is too good to be true; etc. If I had read it before Thankless, I may have enjoyed it more, but there is no way to know that.

I was also distracted by the inconsistencies. For example,
Ande Jones
Kind of dated
After reading the blurb, I was so drawn to it and couldn't wait to start on the book. However, as compared to other Nora Roberts' book, Brazen Virtue is quite a let down. The story is quite predictable as the perpetrator was revealed early in the first few chapters. It lacked suspense to keep me reading.

Also, I don't feel connected to the so-called romance between Ed and Grace. The arguments they had were quite repetitive and just seem like they were arguing for the sake of arguing.

Overall, Braz
Tak tak je knjiga! Nit smrdi, nit miriši! ...more
Aisha Oaktree
Originally Reviewed on the Bewitching Bibliophile

First Trigger warnings for those who need it. Because graphic scene involving sexual violence is in the first few chapters of the novel.

OMG this book is clearly an older book that has been republished, because the attitudes, the lack of cellphones, the smoking casually without people freaking out and telling the characters to quit, the discussion of typewriters, all of it dates the book, and yet murder never changes, the methods may advance but it
I love Nora Roberts. After reading the 1st book in the DC detectives series, I wondered if the series had been written much earlier in her career-something about the character development and a general feeling of incompleteness with the story. Turns out the series was written in the 80s. I think, had I read this series before reading her more recent work, I would have rated this one higher. I did like it, but it tends to pale in comparison to her more recent work. That said, I really enjoyed the ...more
Throughout this book I felt somewhat inside the setting, like if I was standing there watching this crazy situation happen. Maybe it was in the way Nora wrote this book. I have a fancy for mystery and this book helpfully hit the spot. Significantly this taught me was that ones power can sometimes be untamed and physco's live anywhere at any age. In addition to that I would never consider phone sex. Its not of any interest of mine, that side added spice to an evil plot of this childs mind to kill ...more
This was a big let down afterthe promise of book one. N.Roberts did her usual magic but it left me unsatisfied and a little annoyed because even though I really wanted to bring this in the fav list, there is nothing to be done when I can't connect to the charcters. I liked Ed in book 1. He's mountain of cute and weird but I feel like I've failed him inthis. It was supposed to be my last great,fast read before I'm forced to read harlequin romances before I'm ready due to a long schedule of over t ...more
Hoy vengo con sentimientos encontrados. Cuando leo una novela de Nora Roberts, sea del subgénero que sea, siempre espero encontrarme en ella una buena dosis de romance; luego, puede haber una trama principal o secundaria que rivalice con el romance, no me importa, es más, lo agradezco, pero el romance –bien desarrollado- tiene que estar ahí. Atrapada tiene suspense y romance, pero el primero se lleva todo el protagonismo y las alabanzas, porque me ha encantado y ha sabido engancharme desde el pr ...more
BRAZEN VIRTUE by Nora Roberts

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I had high expectation for this book, mainly because of the promising storyline, and that fact that Nora Roberts wrote it. BRAZEN VIRTUE is the first on my "no" list of her books. I found the book to be decent, but was it good enough to recommend to anyone? Not really. I felt that different parts of the story (suspense vs romance) were competing with each other and neither side got 100% effort put into it, both sides lacked greatly. The characters were ok
Es war, mit einem Wort, schön, diese Geschichte zu lesen. Die Autorin erzählt in einem lockeren, leichten Stil und getreu dem Motto "Fernseher an und zurücklehnen" konnte ich mich durch die Seiten tragen lassen. Literarische Kunstsprünge habe ich keine gefunden, aber Frau Roberts weckt Emotionen und mehr wollte ich hier gar nicht. Besonders die Szenen selbst beschreibt sie mit viel Liebe zum Detail, ohne dabei ausufernd zu werden. Sie zerpflückt ein Zimmer nicht in seine Ecken und Einzelteile, e ...more
I would be crazy to say anything other than, this book was out of this world....a great follow up to the Sacred Sins. I just could not stop reading. The story line was fantastic and they are so everyday... people are just like them, so believable and so wonderful. It would be a shame to end without saying I truly enjoyed reading both books...thank you Nora for the work you put into both of these books!

There is only one thing I have to complain about, all writers seem to think that after they get
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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