#15: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

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The next episode in our backlog is from September 2017 – for Jess’ choice, we read Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (also known as Nora Roberts). Naked in Death is the first novel in J.D. Robb’s In Death series, a sci-fi crime/mystery storyline. We talked about how the concept of consent has changed since the 90s, how much the romance genre needs some new protagonists, how terrible peoples’ predictions of technology were when this novel was written, and we decided that Eve Dallas would be played by David Caruso if the series made it to TV.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Not only did this novel integrate futuristic technological advancement, it also imagined social and judicial progression in terms of sex work and gun control. Do you think the novel presents legalized sex work in a positive light? Are there aspects of Robb’s mid-21st century society that are problematic?
  2. Given that Naked in Death was written in 1995, do you think that J.D. Robb’s prediction of future technologies was at all accurate? Consider that the book’s events are set in 2058.
  3. J.D. Robb is the pseudonym of Nora Roberts. Other famous female authors, like J.K. Rowling, have written under male or gender-ambigious names. Why do you think that is, and is it still necessary in 2017?
  4. This question is about the romance in the book with Roarke. What did you think of their relationship? How do these romantic scenes play out in today’s discussions on what consent looks like?

Our theme song is Balance of Power by Mr. Bitterness and the Guilty Pleasures, which we found on freemusicarchive.org.

Happy reading!

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