- Paperback: 596 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ome
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439101094
- ISBN-13: 978-1439101094
- Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.4 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 451 customer reviews
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Dennis Boutsikaris's reading of Deaver's latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller is positively chilling. When the quadriplegic detective's cousin is arrested for murder, it seems to be an open-and-shut case, as plenty of forensic evidence links him to the crime. But Lincoln discovers that the real killer is framing others for his killings by manipulating intimate computer information. A deadly game of cat and mouse pits Lincoln; his partner, Amanda Sachs; and the rest of his NYPD crew against an adversary who is consistently one step ahead of them. Boutsikaris's reading is excellent, but he really ratchets the intensity when performing the passages told from the killer's point of view. His delivery fully embraces the cold, calculating mind of the murderer, imbuing his seemingly dispassionate thoughts with an underlying sense of barely controlled rage and menace. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 14). (July)
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As the Lincoln Rhyme series rolls along, the quadriplegic criminalist’s cases keep getting more and more elaborate. The Cold Moon (2006) was extremely intricate, but this one tops it. Lincoln’s cousin has been arrested for murder. The case seems airtight, but when he looks into it, Rhyme begins to suspect that he has stumbled onto an especially devious serial killer, one who uses cutting-edge data-mining techniques to steal the identities of his victims and of the innocent people he frames for his crimes. Rhyme is perhaps the best and smartest investigator in the game, but how do you catch a killer when you don’t know anything about him? If a large part of writing a mystery is like making a puzzle, then Deaver may just be the cleverest puzzle maker in the business. He has built his reputation on the strength of well-drawn characters; hyperrealistic dialogue (you don’t read it, you hear it); and right-angle plot twists that are impossible to predict. There is no one quite like Deaver—or like Lincoln Rhyme. --David Pitt --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Broken Window is another in the Lincoln Rhymes series, where the brilliant and wheelchair-bound detective from the Bone Collector matches wits with a killer who causally destroyed a man's life by stealing his identity, just to see what it would be like. From there, the killer, known as 522, moves on to killing people in order to steal from their collections to add to his own.
Lincoln Rhymes can only use his mind to catch killers, since his back from broken in the line of duty, yet he manages to do his job as well, or better than most able bodied law enforcement officers. With the help of Amelia Sachs, the police officer he used to help him catch the killer in the Bone Collector(a movie made with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie), Lincoln immerses himself into the world of information, and is shocked at how pervasive it is on our lives. Lincoln finds that Sachs finds has 500 pages of information on her, as if she can have no secrets in today's world.
How do you catch a killer who can trace you through IFD tags(sewn into clothes to keep track of them in stores) GPS on phones, and in cars, savings cards that supermarkets use to track their customers buying choices, and of course credit cards that show where we are and what we buy. The killer that Lincoln faces has access to all of a person's information which he uses to draw his victims in close, before they realize that they really don't know him.
What makes this book so chilling is that it could easily happen to anyone at any time. As tied into technology as we are, having your identity stolen can literally destroy your lives in no time. George Orwell's Brave New World is here now.
While all the information on technology was fascinating, the repeating of the facts grew tedious after awhile, which is why I only gave this novel 4 stars instead of 5.
I just hope that Deaver never decides to put that devious mind to use doing the real crimes, rather than just writing about them! His plots are invariably so twisted and intricate that he could no doubt easily get away with whatever he chose to do; I am always amazed at his depth of knowledge of forensics, and - scary thought! - the criminal mind!
The only thing that I find really irritating in the Rhyme books is his constant detailing the crime "board", where all the information concerning the crime, perpetrator(s), victim(s), etc. are endlessly updated for the reader. I frankly find it just a bit insulting, and definitely boring; I have finally reached the point where I generally skip over the later ones. Does he think we are too simple to remember? I'm 75, and have no problem remembering the progress of the evidence gathered. However, that is a relatively minor issue, especially when the excellent writing of the story is considered. Highly recommended!
But it is with this specific topic that I also got a jolt, a wake up call. Data mining, a subject I never thought much about, is shockingly real and pervasive. I don't want to know what I now know, as I don't have any idea how to protect my own details from public, computer driven exposure.
In an ironic sense, this story is about a hero and his gang of friends who try to outwit the forces of technology as used for gain or evil; they must use technology to win as well, with the added benefit of good luck, human endurance, loyalty and intuition. Such a good book, well done.
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