Drilled to the wall through the heart. Beaten and drowned in a river by droids. Stabbed through the heart with a stiletto. Poisoned with a pie. Suicide by hanging, induced by mind controlling virtual-reality goggles. Raped, sodomized and strangled with a Christmas garland. Bled by artificial vampire fangs. Bludgeoned with a Maltese Falcon statue. These are just some of the deaths in J.D. Robb’s bestselling series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke: “In Death.” Robb’s latest installment, “Thankless in Death,” is her 46th in the series, and by now Eve has dealt with a lot of creative carnage. Here, we pay tribute to the thrillers that have given us the ghastliest murderers and the most deranged demises that fiction has to offer, from Sherlock Holmes to Stephen King.