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Brazen Virtue (D.C. Detectives #2)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  5,279 ratings  ·  138 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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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
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
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.
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,
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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
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

My Thoughts:
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
Virginia Markhart
Pretty sure I had read this previously. Not worth the second read. I had a tough time getting through it. Our leading lady is a murder mystery writer. When she come to visit her sister, she finds that the sister is moonlightling as a phone sex operator. Sister gets herself killed. Meanwihile the hunky detective next door falls for our leading lady while trying to solve the mystery of the phone sex killer.
I was surprised that I hadn't read this book before. It is one of her older books and is kind of like a sequel to the first book of hers that I ever read, Sacred Sins, so it had some of the same characters. Grace McCabe is a murder mystery writer who goes to visit her sister Kathleen in Washington. Kathleen is recently divorced and struggling to get custody back of her son. In order to hire a good lawyer and PI,she works as a teacher and moonlights as a phone operator for Fantasy Incorporated. T ...more
Dolly Sapra
Not impressed.. Having read a lot novels from her already, i was expecting more, a LOT more.. there is no mystery, we know who has done what quite early on and the chase to catch the man does not have any twists at all! If i am reading a murder-mystery or a thriller, I want to feel the rush, which unfortunately was missing from this one. i dont think i'll remember anything from this book afyer a while.
Es buena pero he leido mejores de Nora Roberts para ser de ella me dejo esperando mas, casi desde el principio se sabia el final quien era el asesino solo faltaba que establecieran el como, la parte romantica dejo mucho que desear... pero bueno le doy tres a lo mejor si lo hubiera leido de otra escritora que no me gustara tanto no fuera tan critica quien sabe....
This is a fast-paced mystery with engaging characters. The book is dated, however, so readers have to get around the way the airport and computers are depicted. Nonetheless, the story is gripping, and I liked the fact the main character is a mystery novelist. The insights into her mind were well worth reading. I'll be looking for the first book in this series.
Now this one, in contrast to Skin Deep, ages far better. It was written in the same year, and it contains material that definitely dates it -- everyone's smoking, for instance! in public! INSIDE! -- but those are elements of milieu and not of mechanics. He's a DC homicide cop, she's a mystery writer whose sister is the first victim of a serial killer preying on phone sex workers. If you ignore the white-washing of the phone sex industry -- excuse me, the "fantasy conversation" industry -- and gr ...more
BRAZEN VIRTUE - D.C. DETECTIVE #2 - (Grace and Ed) Grace's sister is killed. Ed and Grace join forces to find killer in D.C.

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 h
A famous writer, Grace, comes home to help her sister, Kathy, who has had a difficult divorce. Kathy works part time as a call girl, selling phone sex.

Grace meets Kathys next door neighbor, Ed, and the air starts to frizzle. The neighbor is a cop and that comes in handy when Kathy is murdered. Together they search and find the murderer.

Not one of Nora Roberts best. I didn´t connect at all with the characters. I just found them stiff and dull. And they are smoking all the time. But as this is a v
Not a fan of how Kathleen's character "progressed" throughout the book. i felt like Jonathan's and Kathleen's romance was conceived well before the seat of the book; they didn't quite fit with anything else in the plot
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of 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. During her
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