Under the pseudonym J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts published her first Eve Dallas novel in 1995. With the In Death series, Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts the world over. This is Robb's first full-length Robb novel that does not feature 'in Death' in the title.
After reading most of the "In Death" series, I feel as though I know the characters, and can enter the books without any effort. The author's style is remarkable, her understanding of human nature very deep. In "Survivor in Death" a little girl is the only survivor of a family murder. She is taken in by Eve and Roarke for protection. The passage describing her farewell to her parents and brother is heartbreakingly innocent and beautiful. I remember that as a standout among all the scenes in the series.
As each book stands alone as well as being part of a series, there's no sense of loss if you start with a book other than the first.