Search Results: "Jeffery Deaver"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BROKEN WINDOW by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"On the plus side, the master criminal, instantly forgettable on his own terms, will tap into many paranoid readers' twin bogeymen: identity theft and government surveillance."
It's a must-solve case for quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme when his cousin is arrested for murder. Read full book review >

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THE STONE MONKEY by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 2002

"So many incidental pleasures that it seems ungracious to note that, like Rhyme's last case (The Empty Chair, 2000, etc.), this one seems detached and synthetic, like a five-finger exercise for some awfully busy fingers."
An expert but oddly uninvolving thriller in which a murderous Chinese smuggler of illegals tracks the survivors of a disastrous Long Island landing, hotly pursued himself by a galaxy of cops directed by quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme. Read full book review >

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SPEAKING IN TONGUES by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2000

"Scorchingly one-dimensional: a ruthlessly efficient formula thriller with nary an ounce of thought on its bones."
Deaver takes a break from his Lincoln Rhyme blockbusters (The Empty Chair, p. 254) for a kidnapping story that packs just as much suspense but a lot fewer moving parts. Read full book review >

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THE EMPTY CHAIR by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2000

"Dozens of twists and a couple of first-class shocks, but it all trails off like an endless fireworks display that keeps exploding into bangs and blossoms even after you've started to look for your car. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild Main Selection.)"
Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic criminalist who recently knocked 'em dead at the bijou (The Bone Collector, 1997), is back, sweating to rescue a pair of kidnapped Tarheelers from the insect-loving kid who's snatched them. Read full book review >

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THE SKIN COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 2014

"It's reassuring to think that as the bad guys grow ever more ingenious, so does Rhyme. And indeed, so does Deaver, though not necessarily in such a good way."
Even the genre's leading magician has his off days, as Deaver shows in this over-inventive yet highly derivative sequel to The Bone Collector (1997), The Cold Moon (2006) and quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme's other adventures. Read full book review >

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ROADSIDE CROSSES by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2009

"After 15 years as the master magician of the thriller, Deaver seems to be opting for a less demanding formula."
Kinesics specialist Kathryn Dance's second case (The Sleeping Doll, 2007) gives her more chances to show her special expertise, but to less effect. Read full book review >

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THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"More proof that your first Deaver, before you've learned the formula, is likely to be your favorite."
More thrills from the genre's master prestidigitator (The Broken Window, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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GARDEN OF BEASTS by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Just the thing for readers who'd like to channel their frustration over the current geopolitical mess into the traditional American values of cleverness, adaptability, and vigilante violence in the best of all possible causes."
Deaver's latest sabbatical from his Lincoln Rhyme series (The Vanished Man, 2003, etc.) sends him back before WWII to a Day of the Jackal remake with a good-guy assassin. Read full book review >

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A CENTURY OF GREAT SUSPENSE STORIES by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"A fair enough ragbag, if you don't take that title too seriously."
This latest anvil-weight anthology of 36 stories, all but 5 from the last half-century, is both perfectly fine and deeply flawed. Read full book review >

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THE BONE COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"Deaver (A Maiden's Grave, 1995, etc.) marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to a turbocharged plot that puts Benzedrine to shame. (First printing of 100,000; film rights to Universal; $100,000 ad/promo)"
A quadriplegic criminalist hunts the most elusive quarry of his career: a serial killer who leaves clues at each crime scene allowing the cops to head off the next murder—if they can decode them in time. Read full book review >

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PRAYING FOR SLEEP by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Overlong, overheated, wildly uneven, but undeniably throat- clutching: Halloween for grownups. (First printing of 50,000)"
Deaver (The Lesson of Her Death, 1993, etc.) hurtles through the 12 hours following the escape of enormous, schizophrenic Michael Hrubek as he makes his way from Marsden State Hospital to the home of Lisbonne Atcheson—the woman who testified against him at his murder trial. Read full book review >