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Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2010
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“Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller.”
“Clever and twisted. . . . Don’t miss this one.”—Library Journal
“There is no thriller writer today like Jeffery Deaver.”
—San Jose Mercury News
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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 agent in-charge of the investigation, Kathryn Dance, stumbles into the world of blogging and internet gaming. This forms a fascinating and very interesting sub-plot.
The prime suspect soon becomes a teenager who had been viciously attacked on a blog thread. Travis had been involved in a fatal car accident. His character is systematically attacked on the blog by other students from Travis' school. It is these students who are now being attacked. The blog is hosted by a guy who takes pleasure in outing `injustice' `hypocrisy' and revealing `truth' about people.
Deaver examines a ton of issues in this novel, including the ethical implications of blogging and how people regard what is posted on a blog as `truth' without any thought that it might not be true; the intense speed at which rumors spread through blogging and the damage such rumors can cause.
Add the good writing and the wonderful twists, especially towards the end, then you have the ingredients of a great read.
This was a terrific mystery utilizing modern day technology. At no time did I feel as though the author overstepped the bounds of realism with the technological aspects of the story, as I have seen many authors do with supposedly poetic license.
As usual, Deaver has done a terrific job of writing a suspenseful tale. Unlike a lot of authors with multiple books published in a series, he seems able to seamlessly switch to a new 'spin-off' series with a fresh perspective on detective work. I love the Lincoln Rhyme books and now, I am truly enjoying the Dance books without feeling as though the author is doing repeats with new characters.
The Bad Stuff:
There is only one aspect that I didn't enjoy. A chapter would leave the reader hanging with an assumption of some kind, then the next chapter would completely change the assumption with a type of 'deux ex machina' (sp?). Then, Deaver would go back and fill in the 'holes' with how the main character finally deduced something. I understand that it is a suspense builder, but it happened too often that the reader didn't get to see how the brilliant deduction came about.
A terrific, fun read with a well-thought out mystery that keeps you hanging until the very end. Just when you think you have it figured out, think again.
I was disappointed with this novel and found it hard to finish. Deaver is the master of twists and turns and Dance is a character with potential. However, the action drags, the dialogue is inane and there are just too many last minute miraculous rescues. The computer tutorial did not help although the gaming sequences were not all that bad. There was also too much of the earlier Dance book contained here including the prosecution of her former love interest and the silly mercy killing storyline.So I'll put up a cross for this one and pray that the next book will be better.
Fortunately, the main plot is interesting enough, and there are the usual twists and turns we expect from this prolific author, although I'd wished that there would be more scenes involving Dance's skills at interrogation and less of her running around in the field.
Despite all the twists and turns, the solution is right there for you, but if you're like me, you'll probably have glided right over it without realizing it. And when you get to the reveal chapter, maybe you'll slap your forehead, as did I.