I always enjoy Deaver's crime novels and this one was no exception. This is one of the Lincoln Rhyme novels that I have had on my bookshelf for several years but hadn't gotten around to reading. I thought this one was great and included some inventive plot twists - it really had me guessing. Deaver has a knack for leading you down one path only to change it unexpectedly. He managed this several times in this novel! I would recommend this one.
Jeffery Deaver are always a masterpiece of modren crimology. I enjoy all the series of Lincoln Ryme & I love the strong female police Amelia Sachs she really gets to do some good work in this book.
The book is dedicated to Christopher Reeve.
Unlocking a cold case with explosive implications for the future of civil rights, forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and his protegee, Amelia Sachs, must outguess a killer who has targeted a high school girl from Harlem who is diggin into the past of one of her ancestors, a former slave. What buried secrets from 140 years ago could have an assassin out for innocent blood? And what chilling message ishidden in his calling card, the hanged man of the tarot deck? Rhyme must anticipate the next strike or become history-in the bestseller that proves "there is no thriller writer today like Jeffery Deaver".
Reading Deaver's books, one realizes what a talent he has for creating such intelligent plots and making his stories quite believable. This story never loses steam as it runs headlong down the tracks.
Follow quadriplegic detective Lincoln Ryme and Amelia Sachs as they pursue Thompson Boyd. He appears to be an innocuous man but his past proves otherwise. Now he is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem. The motive may have to do with a term paper that Geneva is writing about her ancestor, Charles Singleton a former slave. Can they stop him in time and save Geneva? Another one of my favorite authors. Deavers books are always exciting and hard to put down, as is this book. If you've never read any Jeffery Deaver you must read this book!
If you care for anyone who has a chronic disease of any sort, then this book will speak to you in so many other ways than just a simple mystery story.
Deaver writes a very compelling story, and illuminates the struggle and hope of a detective trying to choose life over physical battles with himself.
Another spectacular story from Jeffrey Deaver, this book has many subplots and will keep you interested and guessing until the end of the story. I love reading a good book while also learning something of historical significance.
Deavers continues his tradition of excellence in the latest Lincoln Rhyme novel. Just when you think you have it all figured out - along comes another "180". (If you read the book, you'll understand the literary significance of the "180".) His grasp of the areas he writes about and his ability to bring them to life are really astounding.
Jeffery Deaver writes another great Lincoln Rhyme novel. This one is about Geneva Settle, a 16 year old black girl who is researching her ancestor, Charles Singleton who lived during the Civil War. He was active in the early Civil Right movement but the newspaper report tells of his arrest for theft. While Geneva is at the Black History Museum looking at the micro fiche tapes, she is attacked by Thompson Boyd. But Geneva is smarter than Boyd. She sets up a mannequin in her place and runs.
In steps Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to help the police figure out why Geneva is the target of Boyd. Boyd is willing to sacrifice innocents to accomplish what he was hired to do. Who hired him and why? Is he working alone? Why has he become a person who feels nothing?
Another problem arises when Lincoln discovers that Geneva's parents are fictitious and she is living on her own. She is doing very well in school so no one suspects the real situation. Where are her mom and dad?
And, of course, there is always the side of the story where Lincoln's paralysis comes in. This time, he is exercising to attempt to create even a small amount of movement. Does all the hard work bring about what Lincoln hopes for? The twists and turns of this story kept me wanting to listen long into the night.
The reader, Dennis Boutsikaris, is adept at voice inflections and keeps the reader interested by not becoming monotone. He is clear and precise in his pronunciation of the words and does very well when reading the Black English Vernacular.
The Twelfth Card provides historical background on the civil rights movement and how hard life was for the black man. It also tell of what hard work and determination of a teenager can bring about and of Lincoln's constant struggle to gain even a little bit of freedom from the paralysis he suffers.
Another great book in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Rhyme is like a dog with a bone; he will not let go until he has what he wants..all of the clues coming together in a beautiful climax to solve the riddles of crime.
I think Lincoln Rhyme is my favorite detective. In this book he really does a great job at helping a high school girl track down the man who wants her dead. It was scary, I couldn't put it down. Deaver did an awesome job with the magic and his descriptions on how it works. Love this book.
I hope they make this one into a movie, as well. Following Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs is an enjoyable read. It is so easy to be drawn into Jeffery Deaver's world within the pages of his novels. Husband and I both completely were taken with this one as well!!
Excellent plot line with a twist at the end. Not as much forensics as previous Lincoln Rhymes books, but very good character development and interaction. Another good summer read, if you don't mind staying up all night.!!
An assassin is after a young African-American girl, but why? Does it have something to do with the research she is doing on one of her ancestors? What is the secret that someone doesn't want uncovered?
This is another great thriller from Jeffrey Deaver featuring the recurring characters Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs (made popular in "The Bone Collector"). I found this book very exciting and better than the last couple of Deaver's novels.
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Had to quit reading it, it was so boring and badly written. By that I mean it was 75 percent explanation, 20 percent dialog and "showing" through action (a good thing), 3 percent exciting action, and 2 percent character development. Ugh.
I'm not much of a mystery reader, but since Jeff Deaver is a highly acclaimed mystery write, I thought I'd try it. I especially enjoy books that go back to past generations of a family. He's a good writer, but I still prefer non-fiction.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs must outguess a killer who has targeted a high school girl from Harlem who is digging into the past of one of her ancesters, a former slave. Very intersting reading and a real page turner.
Another book from the Lincoln Rhyme collection, this one follows the story of a 16 year old girl in Harlem investigating the story of her ancestor's "crime" 140 years ago. Rhyme and Sachs are on the case again, with a few interesting twists.
A Lincoln Rhyme novel. A young high school girl has uncovered some information about an ancestor from the Revolutionary War era, which could be financially detrimental to company. Rhyme has to try to catch a hired assasin and figure out why the young lady is targeted.
Unlocking a cold case with explosive implications for civil rights, forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and his protegee, Amelia Sachs, must outguess a killer who has targeted a high school girl from Harlem who is digging into the past of one of her ancestors, a former slave. What buried secrets of 140 yrs ago could have an assassin out for innocent blood? And what chilling message is hidden in his calling card, the hanged man of the tarot deck?
It's been a while since I read one of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme books. This is the sixth in the series. I have never read them in order, and it doesn't seem necessary to do so; there's enough backstory sprinkled in that a new reader won't lack info about the characters. In THE TWELFTH CARD, the brilliant and quadriplegic forensic detective is tasked to solve the attempted rape of a teenaged girl. Of course it doesn't turn out to be as simple as that. I enjoyed reading all the details of the analysis they go through; every couple chapters Deavers shows us the big evidence chart they put together.
I did feel as though this book required more suspension of disbelief than I needed for other Lincoln Rhyme books. The story starts with teenager Geneva Suttle being attacked in a small museum while doing research. She escapes and reports it to a patrol officer. Suddenly there are police everywhere, and they call in Rhyme and his team to "run the scene". The reader knows something momentous is happening, but in NYC an attempted rape gets major police attention? My mind was busy trying to wrap around that instead of going along with the story. Of course it all quickly escalates, but still. I also had a big question about Geneva's living arrangements towards the last third of the novel, and couldn't figure that out either, but oh well. Like the TV show BONES, it doesn't help your enjoyment to be too critical.
Deaver throws in a number of interesting twists to the action, maybe more than it really needed, but still rather fun. You know something is left when it looks like they've wrapped up the case but there's still 100 pages to go. Rhyme and partner Amelia Sachs are interesting characters, the supporting case felt real enough, and Geneva is very appealing as a smart kid determined to better herself.
This is a great book...very interesting...UNLOCKING A COLD CASE DEALING WITH CIVIL RIGHTS, FORENSICS EXPERT LINCOLN RHYME and his protegee, Amelia Sachs, must outguess a killer who has targeted a high school girl from Harlem who is digging into the past of one of her ancestors, a former slave. What could a hundred year old story have to do with this 21st century intrigue...read on. *
*this book has some curling on cover and pages. If this is a problem for you, don't order this one. It is still in very readable condition.