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The Cold Moon Paperback – May 22, 2007
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About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the international, #1 bestselling author of more than twenty-seven suspense novels, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.
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The protagonists feature Lincoln and his usual cast of characters. Mr. Deaver has spent time with his protagonists and he has their personalities developed very well. There are a number of protagonists; the main one being the "Watchmaker."
It would be somewhat difficult to describe the "Watchmaker's psychotic storyline without introducing some spoilers. So, I'll not go there. I will say the novel is well worth your time.
I went with 4 instead of 5 stars. While the entire novel, I felt, was gripping and a real page turner, the end left me flat. Coming toward the end, I thought the story went a bit "over the top ." I found it too abrupt for an excellently written plot which proceeds it.
No graphic brutality or drag-you-down drama.
Interesting storyline with plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing.
Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking dialogue.
I will re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
"The Cold Moon" has excellent characters, described with concrete imagery. A few receive deep profiles. For example, the villain who is a big fat junk-food gobbling compulsive rapist. And the rapist's boss: a kind of supervillain called the Watchmaker. He's a meticulous perfectionist who manipulates crime scenes and has backup plans for his backup plans, leaving behind a school of red herrings to divert fishermen like Lincoln Rhyme. The Watchmaker is a genius, but so is Rhyme.
"The Cold Moon" has a new good guy, with whom I was especially pleased. This is Kathryn Dance, an agent of the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation), visiting New York to conduct a seminar. Just as the Watchmaker is not literally a supervillain--he has no superpowers--Dance is not literally a superhero. But she is like a superhero, with her advanced skills in kinesics. (The study of body language and verbal behavior in witnesses and suspects.) It's like she has telepathy. While reading "The Cold Moon," I learned that Deaver has written two subsequent novels starring Kathryn Dance ("The Sleeping Doll" and "Roadside Crosses"). I bought them.
Deaver's forte in the Lincoln Rhyme novels is his display of criminalistics, the scientific analysis of crime scene evidence. For this reason, even if his characterizations were flat and his prose amateurish--though actually they are just the opposite--these books would be interesting. Also, at least in "The Cold Moon," his plot has more twists and turns than the cables behind my PC. And the pace of narration is fast, especially with the formatting in the tall paperback (7.5" x 4.25", 656 pages, Pocket Star Books, ISBN-13: 978-0743491570, $9.99 U.S.). Slow reader that I am, I got through a hundred and fifty pages per day. I felt smart!
I do, however, advise moderation while reading these books. Though each one has something new, each one also has too much resembling preceding volumes. If you impulsively decide to read them all consecutively, you will get too much of a feeling that you are reading the same book over and over. I recommend reading them, but I strongly recommend allowing at least a couple of months to pass between each volume. Read other books during the interim.
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Like all the rest, it was written well, with solid third-person.Read more