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The Twelfth Card (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel) Mass Market Paperback – April 18, 2006
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"A master of ticking-bomb suspense." -- People
"Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels . . . are masterpieces of modern criminology." -- Philadelphia Daily News
"Deaver's labyrinthine plots are astonishing." -- The New York Times Book Review
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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A Harlem high schooler, Geneva Settle is searching for anything she can find out about an ancestor, Charles Singleton who fought in the civil war. All she has are letters he wrote to his wife that an aunt gave her.
In the archives of an African American library she finds bits and pieces of his life in old periodicals. Thinking she is alone, she hears a man on his cell phone. Herein begins numerous attempts on her life. There are clues piling up that lead nowhere, suspects grow in multitude.
If you enjoy Lincoln Rhyme novels as much as I do, don't pass this one up.
As usual in these stories, nothing is what it seems and it's only in the last pages that the truth is discovered. Geneva researches, with the help of Amelia, events that happened to one of her ancestors 140 years ago. The plot is thin and I found myself not caring one iota what happened to this ancestor and nor, for that matter, to Geneva herself. And why would a civilian forensic crime expert be allowed by the NYPD to lead an operation to protect a possible assassination victim? Come on, Mr. Deaver, this is laughably unrealistic. I do love the Lincoln Rhyme series, but this has to be the weakest one so far; not even close to The Bone Collector, The Skin Collector or the Vanished Man. 2 and a half stars, really.
However, I still enjoyed the storyline and recommend it to others. Just skim the parts you are not interested in. I did.
The Lincoln Rhyme novels resemble a Sherlock Holmes story, or an episode of the TV series "CSI." The killer eventually succumbs to rigorous examination of clues left behind.
Jeffrey Deaver's main characters stand out for two reasons: One is that the hero is paralyzed in all four limbs, a quadriplegic. The other is his female sidekick. In her cherry-red Camaro, Amelia Sachs races at incredible velocities to save the day, sharpshooting with her finger-sensitive automatic pistol; or in her white hazard suit, she walks the crime-scene grid and collects evidence. Audio-visual gimmicks allow Lincoln Rhyme to accompany her at the grid. He collates the data in a wheelchair, connected to his computerized laboratory. And of course Rhyme makes brilliant deductions.
Though this was my sixth reading of a Lincoln Rhyme suspense-mystery, Deaver still managed to create moments of genuine suspense as well as mystery. I did not, however, read the six books in succession. I advise against that. Deaver uses a formatted recipe, and if you read the stories in succession you will be saying, "This is just the same old thing." Allow a few months, if not a full year, between readings; read other authors; and understand that the goodness of these stories lies not in the sameness of their overall pattern, but in the variety of their details. Deaver tries to set his events in colorful locales, and he always gives salient qualities and personalities to his characters. He also provides historical, political, and scientific background. Details, details, details.
If you are pleased by interesting characters, by fairly plausible action sequences, by prose that reads easily and progresses at a fairly fast pace, or by a story with multiple twists, this novel has something to offer. Just remember to intersperse your Lincoln Rhyme adventures with books by other authors.
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