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A Maiden's Grave [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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5.0 out of 5 stars top ten list Feb. 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read roughly 90 books per year, all fiction, and generally in the same genre, and this novel has remained on my top ten list for many years. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I found it to be gripping from cover to cover, and could easily have stayed up all night in order to read it in one sitting. Despite this being one of his "early works", I still believe it to be his best. He manages to produce real fear and suspense without cheap thrills and gore. The characters are well drawn, and easily understood and related to. And hey! My wife loved it too. We keep a copy in our "library" to loan out to friends, and probably always will. We don't typically read a book twice, but we will both do so with this one. Guaranteed. Hey, and it's really cheap!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop entertainment Feb. 4 2004
Format:Hardcover
This nail biter of a thriller involves a hijacked schoolbus carrying eight deaf school children and two teachers. Sound familiar? Mary Willis Walker's "Under the Beetle's Cellar" develops a very similar premise. Both books even include an asthmatic among the kidnapped children.

But in Deaver's skillful hands, the story works again. The two protagonists are Arthur Potter, senior FBI negotiator, nearing retirement, and Melanie Charrol, a young, timid deaf teacher whose lonely passion is music. The three kidnappers are prison escapees who have already killed three people before holing up in an abandoned slaughterhouse with the terrified hostages. Potter works against time to get inside the head of their leader, Lou Handy, and derail his threat to kill one hostage every hour until his demands are met.
Meanwhile, state officials have their own agenda, as does the press, and their machinations ratchet up the suspense in several different directions. And, inside, Melanie fights her fears, holding onto an image of Potter (who she has glimpsed outside) as inspiration, and works feverishly to save at least a few of the girls.
Deaver's characterizations - the outbursts of rebellion and tears among the children, the gleeful coldbloodedness of Handy, Potter's feverish analysis and risky gambles, Melanie's terrified bravery - hurtle the plot forward, while the slaughterhouse atmosphere is dank and cold, and the action is non-stop, right up to a couple of switch-back twists at the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plodding, Not Worth the Effort to Read! June 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series and eagerly picked up A Maiden's Grave. Unfortunately, this novel simply isn't the same calibre of the Rhyme books.
The plot involves the kidnapping of several young deaf girls who are held hostage at an old slaughterhouse in Kansas. The main character in the book is Arthur Potter, an FBI hostage negotiator; he's accompanied by the standard techno-geek, the mousey assistant who faithfully logs info on the bad guys, and the stunningly gorgeous ex-model assistant Angie. For fans of the Rhyme series, you'll recognize this Amelia Sachs-clone immediately...the only change is the hair color.
The villains are interesting, but not enough is shared about them to keep this reader interested. Most of the book is spent slogging through countless scenes of tech-talk, political in-fighting, and the developing "relationship" between one of the deaf women and the hostage negotiator. This plotline alone strains the credibility of the book.
All in all, it appears that Deaver has done his research, but the plot is hackneyed and too drawn out -- I've even lost count of the number of times the hostage negotiation team "bursts into applause" at the slightest "accomplishment" of the hero, Potter.
If you like police procedurals, read A Maiden's Grave. If you want an engaging novel, you'd be better off reading the Lincoln Rhyme series. And for the ultimate hostage negotiation novel, check out Robert Crais' "Hostage" -- that was a phenomenal read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! May 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I started and stopped this book about 3 times, due to other circumstances. But once I got momentum going...WOW. A true thriller, with a little violence tossed in.
I thought it was better than The Bone Collector, and on par with The Coffin Dancer (another great book).
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly gripping May 5 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book i believe is one of Jeffery deavers best books. It is a book that you are unable to put down beacuse you are always wondering what is going to happen next to each of the characters. The story line is amazing!!! If you do not like any of his other books you will definately like this one and get hooked on it no problem. It is one of the books you must read by Jeffery Deaver.!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! May 3 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was amazing one of the best I have read so far form the author. It was a book that you could not put down for second because you always want to know what is going to happen next. This book is a book that you can not put down and is a brilliant insight into how you negotiate with the hostage taker to get out the hostages all in one piece. The characters are amazing in this book. It is nothing like any of the other books he has written!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deaver Dithers, but WOW! April 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Deaver's love of excruciating detail has certainly exasperated many readers caught in his exciting stories: come ON!! Get on with the story!!!
I am not going to spoil the ending of this novel for you (you're welcome). Simply allow me to say, the plot really picks up just when you think all the dust has settled.
So find a comfortable chair for the long haul, and happy reading!
PS: If you read at night, you will probably want to turn on ALL the lights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning suspense thriller
It was a while ago that i read this book, and it was my first of Deavers. Since then i have bought every single book he has ever written, and have read all but a few of them. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by RachelWalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning suspense thriller
It was a while ago that i read this book, and it was my first of Deavers. Since then i have bought every single book he has ever written, and have read all but a few of them. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by RachelWalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning suspense thriller
It was a while ago that i read this book, and it was my first of Deavers. Since then i have bought every single book he has ever written, and have read all but a few of them. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by RachelWalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Terror and death in a Kansas wheat field
"A Maiden's Grave", authored by popular mystery/crime thriller novelist Jeffrey Deaver ("The Bone Collector," "The Coffin Dancer," "Praying for Sleep") was first published in 1995. Read more
Published on March 12 2002 by Mike Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars All Night Page Turner
Jeffrey Deaver is the master of suspenseful page turners, and this book delivers. Like Lincoln Rhymes, the lead character in this book is not a lovable guy. Read more
Published on March 5 2002 by Ladyslott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is one of Deaver's best works. The plot is very strong, with many twists. The setting is almost another character in this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2002 by Tarheel Golfer
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