- Series: Kathryn Dance
- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (December 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781439156384
- ISBN-13: 978-1439156384
- ASIN: 1439156387
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 281 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012
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"Thriller Award-winner Deaver's excellent third novel featuring Kathryn Dance (after 2009's "Roadside Crosses") takes the California Bureau of Investigation agent on a vacation . . . plenty of surprises and red herrings complement developments in Dance's problematic relations with boyfriend Jon Boling and Det. Michael O'Neil . . . Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, the leads of Deaver's other series, make cameo appearances in a novel sure to please fans of both."--"Publishers Weekly"(starred review)
"Fans of Deaver's celebrated sleuthing marathons will wait with bated breath as this onion is peeled to disclose multiple layers of deception, betrayal and triple crosses."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Written with Deaver's usual keen eye for dialogue and character and featuring his customary right-angle plot twists, the novel will be a sure-fire hit with not only his legion of fans but also with readers who have yet to sample a Deaver novel. And Deaver fans who have felt that the Dance novels aren't quite as sharp as his Lincoln Rhyme series might have to think again. This may be the most compelling of the Dance books."--"Booklist"
"Deaver is a master of manipulation. "XO" delivers more twists than a bag of pretzels, and just when readers believe they have everything figured out, another surprise awaits them."--Associated Press
"Deaver's infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical, and devilish, all of which apply to "XO". It's Dance's toughest case, and one of Deaver's best books."--"New York Times Book Review"
"In his new thriller, "XO", Jeffery Deaver gives his readers triple or quadruple their money, with more twists, turns, and doglegs than an East Tennessee back road. . . . Just when you think you've finally hit the straightaway in "XO", there's another series of hairpins in your path."--"Knoxville News-Sentinel"
"Just in time for poolside season, Jeffery Deaver gives us "XO". . . . Deaver's talent will keep you plugging away."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"In XO, Deaver challenges the reader, entertains the reader, and satisfies the reader. If every successful book is a notch on his computer he has just added one more mark."--HuffingtonPost.com
"Sharply drawn characters, fully realized protagonists, and unexpected plot twists will keep readers guessing until the very last page. Deaver is one of this country's most popular writers and he proves with his latest book that he is at the top of his game."--TucsonCitizen.com
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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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XO had plenty of surprises and plot twists, it was just such a disappointment to have a detective from whom you don't get to learn the secrets of their "specialty" (such as kinesics).
The story is basically about a young and very successful country music star who is being stalked...people around her are being murdered. Before each murder, there is a warning using lyrics from one of her songs. I do recommend this book.
The story takes us into the world of country music in a changing distribution/production environment and, as always, Jeffery Deaver is filled with interesting information to flesh out the background. He knows this world and he knows music and the technical details of instrumentation and public performance.
The problem (for me, at least) is that this is primarily a Kayleigh Towne novel rather than a Kathryn Dance novel. Kathryn is on the fringes of the case and the putative stalker is so skilled that she can make little use of the kinesics which are at the heart of her skills as an investigator.
There are some complications with her personal life which add interest to the story and there is a cameo appearance by Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs and Lincoln's caregiver, Thom. These help sustain our attention. There is also the standard triple-reverse, 90-degree turn-filled ending.
There is no such thing as a bad Jeffery Deaver novel, but this one begins a bit slowly and belabors the country music dimension. (The perp is repeating lyrics from Kayleigh's songs and shaping his actions by them; the novel includes the lyrics from all of the songs on her new album, including the cover art.) The success of the novel turns, in part, on the reader's interest in Kayleigh, her experience, her music and the ways in which her personal life has become intertwined with her art. That story is told well. I simply wanted more Kathryn.
For country music fans, however: check out[...] for information on the XO album and the free download.
As for XO, it was a typical Deaver book with twist after twist which is the thing that I like most about his novels. Some of his past ones have been too difficult to figure out but this one was more on a level playing field. I am not a fan of country music which was a big part of this book but it didn't stop me from enjoying it. Along with the perp mystery, I do like how he has a created a side story that ties to Kathryn's personal life.
I see that the reviews for the book are not so good. This wasn't his best from a 'gotcha' standpoint but if there wasn't an author's name on the cover then I would immediately say this is a Jeffery Deaver novel. I recommend this book for anybody who has enjoyed his twist-filled books of the past.
Disclaimer: I've read pretty much everything Deaver's written. So it's quite possible I may just be growing tired of his shtick. Regardless, if you've never read Deaver and want to give him a try, I urge you to go back and grab any of the early Lincoln Rhyme novels. DON'T start with this one.