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Just Roarke, as far as I know. Big money there. Kind of guy that touches shit and turns it into gold bricks. --Ryan Feeney


Roarke's EducationEdit

Formal and Informal Mentions Edit

  • "I could barely read my name when I was six. Then I came across a battered copy of Yeats. An Irish writer of some note. I badly wanted to figure it out, so I taught myself."[1]
  • "Not if I could help it." (When Eve asked if he attending school at the age of six [age actually would have been five].)[2]
  • "Here and there, in my misspent youth." (On where he learned use manual controls [a keyboard] on his computer console.)[3]
  • "He was quite brilliant. I learned a lot from him, and I like to think he from me."[4]
  • "I'm not a child requiring lessons in manners any longer."[5] "You took care of me, and you taught me." (Said to Summerset)[6]
  • "No. School and I had a poor relationship." (About whether or not he went to college.)[7]
  • "So when he [Summerset] told you what to do, when he educated you, housed you, set the rules, you went along .... And then he becomes family. Father, mother, teacher, doctor, priest. The ball of it."[8]
  • "Bloody prisons, really [schools] ... Not that I spent a great deal of time inside places like this. At least not until Summerset took charge of me. He was rather insistent about attendance ... I always like geometry."[9]


Roarke's Skills Edit

Art/Culture/Fashion/Society/Travel Edit

  • He's got one of the finest art collections in the world.[10]
  • Roarke has opinions on, and often selects clothes for Eve to wear.[11] According to Eve, Roarke needs a dress up droid.[12] Roarke loves shopping, having exquisite clothes, and a great many shoes.[13]
  • "Men's clothier," Roarke told her with the smallest sneer of disdain. "Somewhat second rate ... Darling, I'm going to have to corrupt you. It's only too much if they're inferior clothes."[14]

Business Edit

Business Administration and ManagementEdit

  • Almost every morning, Roarke starts his day with newspapers, financial reports, and data.[15]
  • [A] man who ruled a business empire with a scope beyond reason.[16]

Interpersonal Skills/Human Resources/Public RelationsEdit

  • He knew how to handle people, parties, meetings, his very complicated wife. He knew how to run an interplanetary empire, and still carve out time to dabble in murder cases.[17]
  • "I've some experience with manipulation."[18]

Computers - Electronics and Technology Edit

  • Roarke overrides elevators.[19]
  • Scanners – Audio and video (bugging) devices to override scans in privacy booth (before meeting Ricker – "I designed the system myself and have already tested it.") [20]
  • E-man (electronics guru) – In Jamie's opinion, Roarke was the ultra mag e-man.[21]
    • Roarke has written several computer and holo-room programs.[22]
    • Roarke programmed Eve a holo-model of a sector of New York in less than twenty minutes.[23]
  • VR-goggles – Roarke personally worked on and approved the design, initialed the schematics. The unit's been in development for more than a year, and he spot-checked every stage at one time or another through that period. His hands are all over it.[24]

Current Criminal Skills in Use Edit

  • Roarke has a secured, unregistered system in his home, office, and other properties. These systems are hidden from CompuGuard and he uses his computer skills to avoid detection.[25]
  • Roarke may carry burglary tools with him at all times;[26] frequent cases throughout the series of tampering with security/breaking and entering/illegal entry.[27]
  • Roarke also illegally carries weapons throughout the series. (See Criminal History)

Engineering Edit

Architectural Engineering and Interior DesignEdit

  • Roarke was reviewing blueprints of a recreational center and made a note to amend the dimensions of the center.[28]
  • Roarke designed his hotel office at the Roarke Palace Hotel.[29]
  • He began to refine construction plans on another sector of Olympus Resort. He was going to build a river.[30]

Automotive EngineeringEdit

  • Roarke helped design the Stargrazer 5000X.[31]
  • Wanted to have a look under the hood of Eve’s new vehicle. When she refuses, he asks, since she won't let him 'play with it', she could at least let him drive it. He states that Eve's got more power under her with this vehicles and, while it could be a bit more elastic on the turns, it handles well enough and lateral is fairly smooth.[32]

Explosive Devices Edit

(Knowledge and Practical)

  • At the first bomb site in Loyalty in Death, Roarke identifies politex accurately (like what is used in space construction); he says it was probably from a [bomb] remote.[33]
  • On the raid at the Icove Center, Roarke brought along boomers; as he was able to be ready with them quickly, within minutes, he had them on hand in his home.[34]

Fighting Edit

Regarding Roarke, Feeney said, "The man can handle himself, Dallas. Nobody better."[35]

MarksmanEdit

  • According to Feeney, he knows how to use [guns].[36]
  • "I'm an excellent shot ... I'll be happy to demonstrate for you when you come to see my collection."[37]
  • He considers it something like a hobby and has been known to show off his skill, 'like a kid in an arcade'.[38]
  • Roarke carried a civilian issue stunner, obtained from security (perfectly legal), in Ritual in Death.[39]

Hand-to-handEdit

  • He and Eve frequently spar.[40]
  • Roarke has a real knack for hand-to-hand.[41]
  • Roarke wrote a martial arts sparring program and defeated his opponents in nineteen minutes, twenty-three seconds (his first run took twenty minutes and fifty-eight seconds – comparatively, Eve [who has had training and is interested in the art] completed her first time out in twenty-one minutes, forty seconds).[42]

Languages Edit

Languages mentioned in relation to Roarke. It is unknown how many languages he reads, speaks, or understands.

  • Chinese (Mandarin - a handful of basic words)[43]
  • English
  • Gaelic[44]
  • Italian (some)[45]
  • Japanese (seen with what looked like a Japanese newspaper open on his monitor)[46]
    • For a meeting in which some German was used, Roarke used a translator.[47]

Mathematics Edit

  • Roarke has an understanding of Geometry and always liked it ('betweenness' and 'vertex' have much to do with graph theory and networks in mathematics; it includes elements of algebra).[48]

Pickpocketing Edit

  • When Eve said he never mentioned pickpocketing as one of his skills he said that she had never asked. She asked him to remind her to ask, and ask a lot.[49]

Piloting (expert handler air/land) Edit

Robotics Edit

Security Systems Edit

  • Expert on security.[56]
  • Five or six years ago, Fixer worked on a little device for Roarke; a security probe, a very cleverly designed code breaker (Roarke designed most of it though Fixer had some interesting input).[57]
  • Roarke designed gate security at his home. "Gate security is very thorough. Roarke designed it himself."[58]
  • On someone being able to breach his security at the Roarke Palace Hotel and who might be able to do it (other than himself), Roarke says, "Not many. I was the best."[59]
  • As far as compromising security systems Roarke says, "I was top of my class, so to speak."[60]


References Edit

  1. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), pp. 235, 236
  2. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 236
  3. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 242
  4. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 90
  5. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 178
  6. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 197
  7. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 57
  8. Origin in Death (ISBN 0-425-20426-X), pp. 107, 108
  9. Innocent in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15401-0), pp. 286, 287
  10. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 10
  11. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 141; Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 192; Innocent in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15401-0), p. 122; Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 224, 225; Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 10
  12. Origin in Death (ISBN 0-425-20426-X), p. 197
  13. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 224
  14. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 240
  15. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), pp. 163, 221
  16. Reunion in Death (ISBN 0-425-18397-1), p. 52
  17. Origin in Death (ISBN 0-425-20426-X), p. 110
  18. Purity in Death (ISBN 0-425-18630-X), p. 110
  19. Conspiracy in Death (ISBN 0-425-16813-1), p. 359
  20. Judgment in Death (ISBN 0-425-17630-4), p. 319
  21. Purity in Death (ISBN 0-425-18630-X), p. 134
  22. Reunion in Death (ISBN 0-425-15518-8), p. 347; Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 264
  23. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 280
  24. Rapture in Death (ISBN 0-425-15518-8), p. 192
  25. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 236
  26. Conspiracy in Death (ISBN 0-425-16813-1), p. 340; Ritual in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22444-1), pp. 14, 15
  27. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 101; Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), pp. 252, 253; Conspiracy in Death (ISBN 0-425-16813-1), p. 340
  28. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 239
  29. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 53
  30. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), pp. 177, 180
  31. Conspiracy in Death (ISBN 0-425-16813-1), p. 274
  32. Visions in Death (ISBN 0-425-16813-1), pp. 270-272
  33. Loyalty in Death (ISBN 0-425-17140-X), p. 116
  34. Origin in Death (ISBN 0-425-20426-X), pp. 320, 329
  35. Judgment in Death (ISBN 0-425-17630-4), p. 330
  36. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 10
  37. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 47
  38. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), pp. 144, 145
  39. Ritual in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22444-1), p. 15
  40. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 129
  41. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 295
  42. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), pp. 215, 267
  43. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 114
  44. Vengeance in Death (ISBN 0-425-16039-4), pp. 262, 263
  45. Reunion in Death (ISBN 0-425-18397-1), pp. 335, 336, 339; Born in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-21568-5), pp. 212, 213
  46. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 163
  47. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 61
  48. Innocent in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15401-0), pp. 286-288, 297
  49. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 282
  50. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 264
  51. Reunion in Death (ISBN 0-425-18397-1), p. 328; Visions in Death (ISBN 0-425-20300-X), p. 336; Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 241; Origin in Death (ISBN 0-425-20426-X), p. 228
  52. Ceremony in Death (ISBN 0-425-15762-8), p. 129
  53. Visions in Death (ISBN 0-425-20300-X), p. 146
  54. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 171
  55. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 193
  56. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 103
  57. Loyalty in Death (ISBN 0-425-17140-X), pp. 91, 92
  58. Loyalty in Death (ISBN 0-425-17140-X), p. 123
  59. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 270
  60. Innocent in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15401-0), p. 285

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