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Origin in Death (In Death #21)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  18,565 Ratings  ·  591 Reviews
Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.

A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in
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. Their personalities are getting stronger, and they are coming into their own. From the beginning of the series to this book, about 18 months has passed, and the pace in which the characters are
Apr 23, 2017 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Perfection. Does it exist? Can it be manufactured? And if it is being manufactured, who is behind it? Who is gaining from it?

Another great read. Book 21! Honestly, I don't know how she does it. I will definitely take a break after this one ... read something a bit lighter.

The doctor kept a secret, and secrets were what haunted. Secrets were what hurt. She should know.

"It was death that brought me and Eve together, and as frothy as it sounds there are times I feel as though that was when I too
Aug 04, 2016 Jilly rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
There are so many stories of men trying to build the "perfect woman" that you have to question the lack of insight and self-awareness of these guys.

The perfect-created woman of the 1980's.

The perfect-created women of the 1990's

1970's & 2000's (the Stepford Wives)

At least she gets to kill people...

I mean, come on, guys, it's not like you are all so great and we are letting you down with our "imperfections". It's a two-way street here.

Of course our "perfect man" is a cookie. It makes complete
Jul 13, 2017 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary

Since the beginning of the series I was expecting this issue to come up! And here it is!!!
It’s really creepy to think that this leitmotiv is a very old one! And here it was explored very well!

Still, apart from this very thorny idea, there’re, as always some really funny moments! Which is why I love this series!!!

““But it’s programmed in, Dallas. They don’t live or think.”
“They want you to believe that. They talk to each other through their little chips and boards, and are probably plotting to
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Can't Go Wrong With In Death STars

This book was completely "out there" even for a futuristic series like In Death but it was so freaking exciting that it didn't matter.

Still waiting for Eve to get over her issues though!
Aly is so frigging bored
May 26, 2013 Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing
2nd Read from November 1 to 16, 2015

1st Read from August 19 to 24, 2013

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!

Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness

The storyline seemed a little to far fetched to me. I liked the concept but felt like the plot was a bit too over dramatized,especially around the last 20% of the book.

The book ending quite abruptly and a lot of my favourite characters made much less of an appearance in this book than the others in the series.

So; A 3 stars.
Ann Lou
Jul 24, 2017 Ann Lou rated it it was amazing
After 21 books I would have to say that absolutely nothing could go wrong in this books. They are brilliant. They riveting. They are my newest addiction.

So, with book 21 it's a bit different from the other installments. It's unique. And I don't know what to make of myself at this but when I found out the motive for the killings, I was rooting for the killer.

Basically, the father of reconstructive surgery and his son is killed efficiently and in a controlled manner. Eve is the primary and found
Sep 01, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016
A prominent Cosmetic Surgeon is found dead in his office, a scalpel in his heart. As Detective Eve Dallas investigates, she begins to believe the killer was a professional. The doctor's records are coded. What was he hiding? Who would want him dead? As Eve uncovers records of young women being treated by the doctor and his son, she begins to suspect that they are selling these women into prostitution. But when the younger doctor turns up dead, Eve recognizes that she was wrong about what the doc ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Caro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-death
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!
**Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt**
Mar 12, 2013 **Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt** rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
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
Jan 14, 2016 Ira rated it it was amazing
This one rather spooky..
And this book will make Eve's popular rating higher up, lol and Nadine become famous later in the series!:)
Nov 10, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, in-death
Even more than the previous in the series, I couldn't put this down. The action picked up very quickly from the first page, and through some nice plot twists and turns, came a delicious climax, of which the build-up hit me like a hammer blow. Including a bunch of off-case things was an excellent touch and had me grinning, and I agreed with more use of the side cast in this book. The final battle as it were was a tad farcical, but fit well in the theme of the book. The resolution didn't really re ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
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 ...

Lots of action and bantering in this one. Great dynamics among all the key players!

Two thumbs up and 5 stars!
Dec 15, 2016 Belles rated it it was amazing
Well written and intense, even though I found the underlying events to be distasteful (as the author meant them to be).
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
May 12, 2011 Kara-karina rated it really liked it
One of the best books in this series (and I'm telling this to you looking back from catching up to almost all of them). Very convoluted, futuristic plot worthy of a movie. There is a huge moral battle, many emotional moments and an incredible ending. The consequences of this book will echo in many more books in the future so you can not miss it! Roarke and Eve come very close to dying. Very much recommended.

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Одна из лучших книг серии с сюжетом, заслуживающим полноценного превращения в кинофи
Berls (Fantasy is More Fun)
Not my favorite, but still damn good :) definitely has the creep factor!
In a private and heavily secured facility closing a case, Eve and Peabody are stunned hear Eve's name over the paging system. Rushing to find out why, they're surprised to find they've been called to attend renowned cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, Sr., He's definitely been murdered and it looks like a professional job.

Eve and her team search but can't find a motive. Convinced no one that age had no blemishes in his past, Eve and her team dug deeper. Discovering incomplete information pu
Connie N.
#21 in the continuing In Death series, perfectly narrated by Susan Ericksen

This book focuses a lot more on the murders and the related police work, with less emphasis on the family dynamics, although that's certainly not ignored, by any means. But the real story is the investigation that Eve conducts and the amazing situation she uncovers about a Nobel-Prize-winning scientist and his legacy, which turns out to be illegal and immoral. She struggles a bit with her past, but it's really a small par

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
May 10, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2008 Steph rated it it was ok
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.
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?
Vicky (the Blowtorch-Wielding OotCDCB™)

Not creepy at all...
Renae, Lady Disdain
Honestly and probably the most over the top of any In Death novel. Too far-fetched by far. Also probably the most memorable. So it goes both ways. What a premise, though.
Kathy Davie
This story is a major case in Eve's life and, again, repeatedly, she comes to the rescue while in between her crimesolving, she and Roarke learn how to celebrate with family.
Jan 10, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This one was one of those where I read the end set piece and I was like, "WTF are you CRAZY??!" So improbable, and deliciously addictive.
Erin (Bluestocking Bookworm)
Aug 12, 2016 Erin (Bluestocking Bookworm) rated it really liked it
I pretty much picked out everything that happened very early on, but I liked the different side of Mira we saw here, as well as all the questions the book raises.
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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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