Memory in Death

Version: Unabridged
Author: J. D. Robb , J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Eve Dallas is one tough cop. She’s got no problem dealing with a holiday reveler in a red suit who plunges thirty-seven stories and gives new meaning to the term “sidewalk Santa.” But when she gets back to the station and Trudy Lombard shows up, it’s all Eve can do to hold it together. Instantly, she’s plunged back into the past, to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized girl - trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits in front of her, smiling.

Trudy claims she just wanted to see how Eve was doing. But Eve’s husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise - and his suspicions prove correct when Trudy arrives at his office demanding money in exchange for keeping the ugly details of his wife’s childhood a secret. Barely restraining himself, Roarke shows her the door - and makes it clear that she’d be wise to get out of New York and never bother him or his wife again.

But just a few days later, Trudy’s found on the floor of her hotel room, a mess of bruises and blood. A cop to the core, Eve is determined to solve the case, if only for the sake of Trudy’s bereaved son. Unfortunately, Eve is not the only one to have suffered at this woman’s hands, and she and Roarke will follow a circuitous, dangerous path to find out who turned this victimizer into a victim.

Reviews (8)


Written by Katherine M. on June 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Second time through on this series. The best narrator I have ever heard!

Memory in Death

Written by Angela Jones on May 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another intense read. J.D. Robb knows how to keep you guessing. I think she goes over board with the sex but it is not unusual in this series.

Memory of Death

Written by Lorraine Sauter on April 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book has both mystery and humor. The characters are well defined and even though this is writen in the future, its easy to see yourself taking part in the investigation. As for the humor, there where several times that I laughed so hard that people next to me must have wondered if I was OK. I would love to hear any of the stories that featured Eve and Roarke that came befor this one, or any that will follow.

Memory in Death

Written by Anonymous on September 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great job by JD Robb. I absolutely love this series so much that any other is just plain boring. Of course, a lot of this is due to the narrator. She does a fantastic job of changing her voice so much that you actually start to believe it's different characters. When listenting to a prior book, I knew right away it was Peabody, before she had even been introduced, just by the way the narrator changed her voice. Keep up the good work - you are spoiling us for any other writer!

Memory in Death

Written by Anonymous on June 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A good story, but a bit long. After awhile, the story gets boring and you just want it to be over. Another book that would better in an abridged version.

Memory in Death

Written by Anonymous on June 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was another great JD Robb-Lt Eve Dallas novel. This particular story gave the reader a little more insight to Eve's past. Detective Peabody provides great comic relief and the narrator does a great job changing her voice and varying the tone to distinguish characters.

Memory in Death

Written by Anonymous on May 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved it...J.D. Robb(aka.Nora Roberts) can sure write a book. I have never been so taken with anyone's writings before as I am with the In Death Series..I have read everyone of them, except this one I tried something different, I listened to it and it was just as great...smiles. I don't give 5 stars that easily but when it's a book that takes me away and lets me enjoy a good read or listening time like the In Death Series has I just can't help it..its one of those books you can't put down..smiles. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good job J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)!!!!!!!!

Memory in Death

Written by Anonymous on May 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Maybe it was the reader, but I found this book annoying. Eve came across too obnoxious. And with less Peabody in this book, Eve became tedious.

Author Details

Author Details

Robb, J. D.

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Robb, J.D.

Creation in Death, published by GP Putnam in November 2007, is the 25th book in the futuristic police procedural series about a Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department. What started in 1995 as a three-book experiment by a then unknown author named J.D. Robb is now a series that keeps readers waiting with bated breath for each installment.

More than a decade ago it wasn’t public knowledge that the genius behind J.D. Robb was best-selling author Nora Roberts, but readers were immediately taken with Eve Dallas’ integrity, strength and heart and her burgeoning relationship with the mysterious Roarke.

The Gothic Journal hailed Robb’s work as “a unique blend of hard-core police drama, science fiction and passionate romance” while The Paperback Forum called it “a fantastic new detective series.”

Since then, 18 of the 25 J.D. Robb titles have landed on the New York Times Bestseller List. And Innocent in Death, the February 2007 release, hit the bestseller list in the number 1 spot.

J.D. Robb was a product of numbers: by 1995, there was a surplus of Nora Roberts’ titles to be released by her publishers and she continued to create more. Reluctant to publish romantic suspense books similar to what she was already writing under a pseudonym, Nora had been playing with the idea of a strong, idealistic woman on the NY police force in the future. J.D. Robb was born. The initials were taken from Ms. Roberts’ sons, Jason and Dan, while Robb was a shortened form of Roberts.

She wrote a three-book arc that had Eve Dallas solving three different murders, but winding its way through all three was the continuing thread of her relationship with the mysterious billionaire Roarke that started in the first book when he was a suspect in a high-profile case.

Looking back from the vantage point of the release of the 25th book in the series, Nora commented, “I think we saw solid potential with the release of the first book. Enough, at least, for everyone to say: Okay, let's do three more.”

She continued, “For me, the emotional investment clicked during the first draft of the first book. I really fell for the characters, and hoped the readers would respond to them so I could keep writing the series.”

A series with a continuing, and growing, cast of characters gave Nora the chance to explore the people she created and peel the layers off book by book. Eve and Roarke were about to get married at the end of that initial three-book arc and are on their honeymoon as the fourth book opens. This afforded Roberts the chance to explore a marriage through the subsequent 19 books to the delight – and despair of some readers.

Those readers have been vocal about their desire to see the couple have a baby or for Eve to become a captain in the department. A baby, explains Nora Roberts would change the way Eve does her job – which is physical and emotional to the point of exhaustion. The answer to that frequently asked question is that a baby would mean the end of the series. As for a captaincy, it’s always possible.

Besides the exploration of the marital state, the cast of characters has grown as Eve, very much a loner in Naked in Death, has opened up her circle to include a partner, her fellow officers and a domineering butler who came along with Roarke. Again, readers have become addicted to seeing what’s going on in the secondary characters’ lives and when there isn’t enough of a particular favorite, they love to ask “Why not?”

“It's the story – it’s always about the story,” explained Nora. “It's gratifying when readers fall for secondary characters and want more. Sometimes there is more--and sometimes there just isn't. If a character has a recurring role, then he or she will pop up--as a cameo or in a more active role--when the story calls for it.”

It wasn’t until the 12th book in the series, Betrayal in Death, that the publisher fully acknowledged that J.D. Robb is indeed Nora Roberts. In the fall of 2003, the two parts of the Nora Roberts whole joined together to write Remember When. The first half was a Roberts’ romantic suspense set in the present, the second half was a Robb In Death that saw Eve picking up a thread that relates to the first part of the book.
Each In Death book now carries the banner: Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb. What started as an experiment is now firmly a part of the Nora Roberts phenomenon.