Random Questions About the Books

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  • wont on: May 25, 2018 at 3:28 pm #2358

    I was semi-watching a movie last night, my husband had the remote, and I saw something, IMO, ID related. The movie was ‘Patriots Day.’ It was about the Boston Marathon bombing, with Mark Wahlberg as the star. When one of the two assailants was in the emergency room at the hospital, clearly critically injured, one of the police was trying to verify his identity. The doctors were trying to save the guy and wanted him to get out of the way. He insisted he had to do this now. It only took two or three seconds. He had a handheld device, looked a little like a walkie-talkie. It had a screen. He pressed the guy’s finger to a spot on the device and it ran his prints instantly and verified who he was. I don’t recall seeing this before. Possibly I wasn’t paying attention, I don’t normally watch such violent movies, but I instantly thought of Eve and how many times we’ve read of her doing this type of ID check. Amidst all the chaos in the emergency room, I was thinking how cool that was. Nora again!

    Quinlan73 on: May 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm #2348

    Don’t know, but it does make you wonder who the Candy Thief is…sounds like a slick boy is keeping his thieving skills intact.

     

    I think Rourke Industries probably manufactures and maintains autochefs. And like modern vending machines an outside company (also Rourke owned, no doubt) stocks cop central’s autochefs

    ElectricOutcast on: May 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm #2347

    I just finished a reread of Dark ID. In the last few pages, Roarke and Eve are having pizza in her office at Central. Plus, Roarke gives her a Pepsi from her AC. She didn’t know her AC had Pepsi. She mentioned all the grief she gets from vending machines. Roarke was aware, and said that’s why she now had it in her AC. So…who stocks her AC? And, how would it be stocked without her knowing? She didn’t seemed surprised about the pizza, but I don’t recall her mentioning it before. I’m pretty sure she would see that the AC didn’t run low on coffee, but, again, how did Pepsi get in there without her knowing? Any ideas?

    Don’t know, but it does make you wonder who the Candy Thief is…sounds like a slick boy is keeping his thieving skills intact.

    wont on: May 17, 2018 at 3:58 pm #2346

    I just finished a reread of Dark ID. In the last few pages, Roarke and Eve are having pizza in her office at Central. Plus, Roarke gives her a Pepsi from her AC. She didn’t know her AC had Pepsi. She mentioned all the grief she gets from vending machines. Roarke was aware, and said that’s why she now had it in her AC. So…who stocks her AC?  And, how would it be stocked without her knowing? She didn’t seemed surprised about the pizza, but I don’t recall her mentioning it before. I’m pretty sure she would see that the AC didn’t run low on coffee, but, again, how did Pepsi get in there without her knowing? Any ideas?

    AJ on: April 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm #2332

    Here’s an article that talks about average word count for books:

    https://thewritepractice.com/word-count/

    For books of this genre, according to the article, the average is 80,000 words.

    ElectricOutcast on: April 14, 2018 at 8:40 pm #2331

    General question: on average how many words are in a single In Death book? I know it’s normally twenty chapters but I don’t know if it’s 45,000 words or 60,000 words.

    wont on: March 31, 2018 at 2:34 am #2319

    I think the high rise condo would fit. Or, as I suggested, living in one of his hotels. IMO, no way would he have lived in his office. If he was on a financial level to buy and renovate that mansion, he would never have settled for living in his office. No couch with a pull out mattress would have been good enough.

    Also, he probably had Summerset over by this time and he would have to have a place for him. The only question (for me), would be where Roarke lived. How many of his hotels did he have eight or nine years ago. His huge office building, did he have that nine years ago. I think not. He’s buying and selling real estate almost on a daily basis. So, it would be hard to  know. We never get to read any memories from him of the time before he lived in his mansion. At least not of his time in NY.

    I hope Nora goes back at some point and visits those memories.

    ElectricOutcast on: March 30, 2018 at 8:43 pm #2317

    Likely scenario, he already had plenty of money to buy it and renovate it right around the time when Eve joined the academy. I think it probably had some early 2000’s furnishings but it got abandoned during the Urban Wars so it probably took some time for everything to be upgraded and while that was going on, was living in a high rise condo in the middle of the city that was more designed with the current apartment trends.

    But another theory I’ve been having and I’ve been thinking about putting in my own story, what if he had a fancy couch with a pull-out mattress or a bed similar to his secret office with the Unregistered and he just lived in his office while the building was worked at. (Personally I’d probably go nuts if I lived in my own office.)

    wont on: March 30, 2018 at 3:22 pm #2316

    There really isn’t an answer to this question, just something else to ID-geek about.

    Have any of you ever thought about where Roarke lived before his current mansion? I’ve forgotten how long he’s been there, but I think it’s something like seven, eight or nine years. Which means he bought it, renovated and moved in at a very young age. I seem to remember something about his buying this property and doing extensive renovations which makes sense. It’s a very old house, and I doubt it had an indoor pool, gym and all the necessary electronic upgrades he wanted. Renovations on this scale could take a year or more. Then you have the endless furnishings to decide on and buy. Plus, all the improvements to the huge outdoors.

    Would he have lived in his hotel? The fanciest one of course. Did he own another property in NY? A house? A condo? Wherever he lived, if it wasn’t the hotel, it couldn’t have been on par with this house. This had to have been a huge step up.

    He’s so associated with this mansion, I’m just curious as to what came before it.

    One more thought. Wouldn’t you love to know his thoughts when he finally moved in? When he’s driving through the gates every day. He would have tangible evidence of what all he had accomplished. Such magnificent proof of him getting out of the Dublin slum and away from his father.

    Just thinking.

    wont on: March 27, 2018 at 2:20 am #2305

    Without question he would have still become Roarke. He was driven. He had goals and was already on his way to meeting them. If anything, if Marlena had not died, he would have accomplished more sooner than he did. He never was going to be with her. Even if Summerset would have approved, and I’m not sure he would have, Roarke did not love her except as a sister. I can believe her death, and the manner in which she died delayed him, he would have wanted to be there for Summerset, but only temporarily. I think the revenge he was surely plotting fueled his desire to get up and out. He would not be denied.

    ElectricOutcast on: March 27, 2018 at 1:30 am #2304

    Someone asked a question on Facebook today and I don’t know if it’s been touched on before: Do you think Roarke would be Roarke if Marlena had not died? Like would he still be witty, slick and everything else between?

    Personally I think he would but the process would be a little slower.

    ElectricOutcast on: March 9, 2018 at 4:09 am #2298

    Betrayal question: I’m kinda surprised that after Eve found out about Roarke letting Mick go, she didn’t resort to hitting him or slapping him in the face for it. And for the record, I think spouses being hit is wrong on both genders, which is probably why I never enjoyed Innocence and I wouldn’t have enjoyed Betrayal if that scene happened. But I always wondered why Eve didn’t resort to using cheap shots like slapping Roarke in the face after letting Mick go?

    ElectricOutcast on: January 19, 2018 at 12:02 am #2229

    So I’m in the middle of writing a chapter for my Ghost in the Shell/In Death crossover and I got a Conspiracy question to ask:

    I didn’t make Eve resign per se, I instead wrote in that she would be taking a leave of absence from the NYPSD.  Even though they were looking at her for a murder they knew she didn’t commit, would she have the legal right to resign or take a leave of absence and go work someplace else?

    wont on: January 17, 2018 at 3:14 am #2228

    LOL! You are right. I will lean on the feeble excuse of not having read Naked for some time for the reason for confusing those rooms. Even though they did sleep together that time he did revealed his private office, I still thought that was significant he let her in even that much. Everything about that office was illegal. I’m not sure if it was arrogance on his part that he felt nothing could touch him, or he just had trusting vibes from Eve. This is pure conjecture, but I wonder if he would have taken Magdalena into the private office? They both were criminals in tandem for the entirety of their time together. Would he have allowed her to know of that room? Of course, he was personally worlds away from where he was when he was with her before.

    One more thought. And I hate this. If Roarke had not been with Eve, had never met her, when Magdalena returned, do you thing he would have slept with her? Resumed a relationship with her. Not criminally, but personally? I think not, but, it may have been more difficult for him to refuse her.

    Debbi on: January 17, 2018 at 2:35 am #2227

    On the flip side, he, IMO, trusted Eve from the very beginning. When she came to his house that first time, before they slept together, he took her into his private office. I always thought that was a huge leap of faith for him to show her that room. He had just met her, and she was a cop!! So, from the very start, his relationship with Eve was different. I still hope at some point Nora will give us a few glimpses of Summerset’s POV during this time. I would love to know how appalled he was at the growing relationship of Roarke with Eve. And, especially would like to know his thoughts when Roarke told him they were getting married! LOL!

    All good points, wont.  I assume you mean the weapons room, not his private office.  That didn’t happen until after they started “having a romance.”

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

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