Search Results: "Jeffery Wilds Deaver"


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THE LESSON OF HER DEATH by Jeffery Wilds Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 1993

"Deaver (Mistress of Justice, etc.) combines academic malfeasance, small-town police department politics, and family melodrama with all the requisite mystery and suspense for a double dose of pleasure."

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MISTRESS OF JUSTICE by Jeffery Wilds Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The detective plot (torpid theft and, eventually, homicide) and the (far more engrossing) merger plot finally do come together, though not in time for Deaver (Hard News, etc.) to do either one justice."
When a promissory note for $25 million due to a client bank is stolen from hotshot lawyer Mitchell Reece's office in Hubbard, White & Willis, he turns to an unlikely source for detective help—aspiring jazz pianist/paralegal Taylor Lockwood. Read full book review >

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HARD NEWS by Jeffery Wilds Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 17, 1991

"Peerless entertainment for those who like 'em gaudy, manic, and totally awesome."
Rolling-stone punk naif Rune (veteran of two paperback mysteries) embarks on a crusade to free Randy Boggs, who's done three years in Attica for killing Lance Hopper, head of the news network for whose Manhattan affiliate she's been grinding a camcorder. Read full book review >

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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 STEEL KISS by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Fans savvy enough to ignore the ill-advised extras and keep their eyes on the duel between Rhyme and Unsub 40 will be treated to all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."
The latest of Lincoln Rhyme's fiendishly inventive antagonists is a killer who rails against rampant consumerism online, then hacks into the Internet of Things to murder New Yorkers who've grown too attached to their computer-driven toys. Read full book review >

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THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance."
Remember Merrily We Roll Along, the Sondheim musical out of Kaufman and Hart that began with its climactic scene and worked backward to the beginning? Deaver's borrowed the same concept and juiced it with assorted felonies, nonstop suspense and his trademark braininess. Read full book review >

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XO by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"A serious page-turner that would have been even better if it had ended a hundred pages earlier."
A country singer/songwriter who's getting unwelcome attention from a devoted fan provides kinesic specialist Kathryn Dance, of the California Bureau of Investigation, with her third extra-twisty case. Read full book review >

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THE COFFIN DANCER by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"For everybody else: irresistibly overheated melodrama, with more twists than Chubby Checker. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic criminalist of The Bone Collector (1997), returns to confront the uncannily resourceful killer who's been hired to eliminate three witnesses in the last hours before their grand jury testimony. 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 >