Desperation in death

J. D. Robb, 1950-

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In New York City, 2061, the Pleasure Academy abducts young girls and trains them for a life of sex slavery. Thirteen-year-old Dorian escapes and Dallas tries to expose a sex trafficking ring.

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Robb, J. D., 1950- In death novel ; 55.
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
New York : St. Martin's Press 2022.
First edition
Item Description
Sequel to: Abandoned in death.
Physical Description
356 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
J. D. Robb, 1950- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This case hits especially close to home for New York homicide detective Eve Dallas. The evidence seems to indicate that Mina was a victim of a child sex-trafficking ring. The clues also seem to suggest that Mina might have been murdered by 13-year-old Dorian Gregg, but Eve believes that Dorian, along with Mina, was actually trying to escape from whatever hell in which they'd been imprisoned. Eve knows firsthand what it is like to be held captive as a young girl, and now she is going to make sure whoever did this to Dorian and Mina pays for their crimes. With the fifty-fifth gritty and completely gripping entry in her Eve Dallas series, Robb (Abandoned in Death, 2022) continues to deliver compelling thrillers with nerve-shredding twists and turns and featuring a gutsy protagonist, who takes guff from no one and investigates her way. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In 2061 New York, two abducted girls attempt to escape from the Pleasure Academy, where they are being trained for a life of sexual slavery. Mina is killed, but Lt. Eve Dallas encounters an injured Dorian stumbling desperately through the streets and is determined to put an end to the academy's operations. Billionaire husband Roarke can help (ultra-wealthy people run the place, and he's got connections), but he's concerned that Eve's boiling rage could do her harm. With a 750,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in 2061, bestseller Robb's solid 55th novel featuring Lt. Eve Dallas, head of the New York City Police Security Department (after Abandoned in Death), takes Eve and her partner, Det. Delia Peabody, to a crime scene in Manhattan's Battery Park, where a 13-year-old girl has been impaled through the chest with a spear of wood. Eve presses her identi-pad to the victim's right thumb and up pops the name Mina Cabot of Devon, Pa., who vanished from her home months ago while returning from soccer practice. The case leads Eve to other murders, abductions, and the disturbing world of child trafficking, besides stirring up traumatic memories from her own past. Since the principals behind these abhorrent crimes are identified early on, and Eve and company do little investigating as such (electronic devices readily provide needed information), the pleasure, as always, lies in watching Eve stride into danger and triumph over her arrogant adversaries—and in the rapport between Eve and her sexy, supportive, and staggeringly wealthy husband, Roarke. Robb once again delivers exactly what her fans expect. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Sept.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the Pleasure Academy after two girls attempt to escape with tales of being groomed for sex trafficking, in the latest addition to the long-running, New York Times best-selling series following Desperation in Death. 750,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a gripping new thriller that pits homicide detective Eve Dallas against a conspiracy of exploitation and evil..."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a gripping new thriller that pits homicide detective Eve Dallas against a conspiracy of exploitation and evil…New York, 2061: The place called the Pleasure Academy is a living nightmare where abducted girls are trapped, trained for a life of abject service while their souls are slowly but surely destroyed. Dorian, a thirteen-year-old runaway who’d been imprisoned there, might never have made it out if not for her fellow inmate Mina, who’d hatched the escape plan. Mina was the more daring of the two—but they’d been equally desperate. Unfortunately, they didn’t get away fast enough. Now Dorian is injured, terrified, and wandering the streets of New York, and Mina lies dead near the waterfront while Lt. Eve Dallas looks over the scene.Mina’s expensive, elegant clothes and beauty products convince Dallas that she was being groomed, literally and figuratively, for sex trafficking—and that whoever is investing in this high-overhead operation expects windfall profits. Her billionaire husband, Roarke, may be able to help, considering his ties to the city’s ultra-rich. But Roarke is also worried about the effect this case is having on Dallas, as it brings a rage to the surface she can barely control. No matter what, she must keep her head clear--because above all, she is desperate for justice and to take down those who prey on and torment the innocent.