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Festive in Death
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Festive in Death
In Death Series, Book 39
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Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in this thrilling In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.
Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year's 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.
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Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in this thrilling In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.
Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year's 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.
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    Men, Sima thought, can't live with them, can't beat them to death with a nine iron.

    But a girl could exact some revenge, and she was a girl bent on just that.

    Nobody deserved a good dose of revenge—or a beating with a nine iron—as much as Trey Ziegler. The fuckball had booted her out of the apartment they'd shared, even though she had the same territorial rights to the place as he did.

    In the seven and a half weeks of their unofficial cohabitation, she'd paid half the rent, half the expenses, including food and beverage. She'd done all the cleaning (lazy bastard), all the marketing. And in that seven and a half weeks had given him the best years of her life.

    Plus sex.

    After considerable thought, in-depth conversations with close friends and confidants, two ten-minute sessions of meditation and six tequila shots, she'd outlined precisely how, where, and when to exact her revenge.

    The how involved that nine iron, an extensive collection of cashmere socks, and itching powder. The where was that one-bedroom apartment over Little Mike's Tattoo and Piercing Parlor in the West Village.

    The when was right fucking now.

    He wouldn't have changed the locks—cheap bastard—and didn't know she'd given a copy of her swipe to one of those friends and confidants, who also happened to be her boss, right after they'd moved in together.

    And if he had changed the lock, her friend said she knew people who knew people, would tag one up, and it would be done.

    Sima wasn't sure she wanted to know the people who knew people or how they would gain access to the apartment. But she knew she wanted in.

    So with her friend beside her for moral support, she pulled out her swipe key to open the main door to the apartments over the tat parlor.

    Her tequila-fueled grin spread wider when the locks clicked open.

    "I knew it! He'd never bother springing for the money to have me deactivated."

    "Maybe not on this door. We still have to see about the apartment." Her friend gave her a long, hard look. "You're abso-poso he's not in there?"

    "Totally. His supervisor sprang for the weekend seminar, been in the works for weeks. No way he'd blow it off. Free hotel room, free food, and a chance to show off for two days."

    Sima turned toward the skinny elevator, started to take off her gloves.

    "We'll walk up. Leave your gloves on, remember? No fingerprints."

    "Right, right. It's my first break-in." With a nervous giggle Sima started up the stairs.

    "It's not a break-in. You have a key, and you paid the rent."

    "Half."

    "He said it was half. Did you ever check for sure how much the rent was?"

    "Well, no, but—"

    "Sima, you've got to stop letting yourself get pushed around. What you were paying for the squeeze box up here probably covered the whole cha-cha."

    "I know. I know."

    "You're going to feel a lot better after you cut out the toes in his socks. Remember the plan—one sock from each pair, a little nip so it starts to unravel. You start on that while I put the itching powder in his moisturizer. Then we replace the golf club with the toy one, and we book. We don't touch anything else. In and out."

    "And he won't know what the hell. He's not going to golf until he gets somebody to pay the indoor fee, so that can't come back on me. The socks will make him crazy."

    "He'll figure it happened at the dry cleaners. He deserves it. A guy who has his socks dry-cleaned deserves it."

    "Yeah. And the itching powder? He'll go screaming to the doctor, figuring he's got a new allergy....

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    September 1, 2014
    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler had one of the best bodies in the business until someone bashed his head in with one of Trey's trophies. Now Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to figure out who wanted Ziegler out of the picture while at the same time finding Christmas gifts for her friends and helping plan her billionaire husband Roarke's holiday soiree. As Dallas and her partner, Peabody, dig deeper into Trey's life, they discover that not only was the personal trainer offering extra services to female clients, but the sleazy scumbag was also doping some of the women in order to take advantage of them. In between trying to find a murderer with whom she is beginning to empathize and dealing with the millions of details involved in hosting a Christmas party on the scale of a presidential inauguration, Eve is starting to feel less like NYPSD's toughest cop and more like Scrooge. Robb (Concealed in Death, 2014) keeps her nearly decade-long In Death series fresh and entertaining.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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