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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C7A02GI
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A Textbook Case: A Lincoln Rhyme Story Audiobook – Unabridged
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I actually enjoyed it more than a full length novel, as I got into and out of it in a night, and was quite pleased with resolution. A great read for those familiar with the series. For newbies, I suggest reading a few full-length Lincoln Rhyme mysteries before reading this short story. You will appreciate it that much more.
Lincoln Rhyme is renowned for his forensic knowledge but even he is tested when a recent murder is buried, literally, in evidence. The perpetrator has attempted to cover any evidence they personally left in the smartest way possible; by flooding the scene full of incidental evidence. Extremely smart, except he detailed that exact scenario in his highly prominent forensic textbook. The more digging his team does in uncovering the relevant pieces of evidence, the greater Rhyme's suspicion that someone may be using his textbook against him to get away with murder.
I've read eight of Jeffery Deaver's 'Lincoln Rhyme' novels but this is my first short story of his. His books always contain a mystery so skilfully constructed it's almost as if you're watching a puzzle slowly disassemble itself as you turn each page. All of his novels are quite large and the disassembling takes time so I was interested in seeing how well he's able to build a mystery with so few pages. Admittedly it doesn't have the same flair that his full-length novels have but it was still an enjoyable and quick read. Any of the Lincoln Rhyme novels work fairly well as a stand-alone, but if you're a newbie to Deaver's works I'd recommend A Textbook Case to give you a glimpse at what he's capable of.
The book starts out with one of the most impressive crimes scenes I have ever read, and Deaver leads you in as such. That little lead in sets the stage for a great short, that had me flying through pages. I wont give anything else away because I don't want to ruin any aspect of this story, so just read it. You will not be sorry.
As to Deaver's skill in misdirection and plot twists they are clearly evident in this story. Again, I tried to think like Deaver and tried effortlessly to figure out who the killer was, and again I was wrong. Deaver even had a little bit at the end saying this character was a suspect and ruled out, it was almost like Deaver knew I was going to try to out think him and he anticipated my deductions. A great story and one I highly recommend to everyone who loves a good mystery. Plus the characters are wonderful.
At the time, I thought I was buying a novel; but when I noticed that the whole shebang was not much longer than the sample, I thought something was wrong. I even went back and read it again from start to finish. Then I checked Amazon a realized that it was only a short story. While Mr. Deaver had released short story collections before, I'd never known him to release a single short story before. It was, for me, a big fan of Mr. Deaver AND the Rhyme series, not enough of a good thing, but still an interesting story.
This story reminded me a lot of his first book in the Rhyme series, The Bone Collector, in that it has the "will he find her in time?" suspense that Collector had and it is grisly (though perhaps not as much) as I remember Collector being.
I suppose you can't fault a short story for ending too soon or seeming to have a bit of a rushed or pat ending, but that is how I felt. It didn't ruin the story for me, but it didn't exactly put the cherry on top of the sundae either.