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The characters, as usual with Deaver, are little more than cardboard cutouts. Even Rhyme himself, a brilliant quadriplegic and former head of NYPD forensics, seems more a collection of characteristics than a man. But Deaver's cutouts are sturdy and well-constructed, and the book's plotting and pacing--featuring twist upon twist and reversal upon reversal--are nothing short of dazzling, reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best. Deaver proves himself an accomplished illusionist, misdirecting your attention with one hand while slipping a firecracker down your pants with the other. --Nicholas H. Allison
Liked all the twists and turns. Lots of thought went into writing this novel. Looking forward to the next novel in this series.Published 28 days ago by Carol
There were so many twists and turns I sometimes
Wanted to get in there and help. Very good read
And very difficult to put it down.
One of my favorite authors and characters..good story and mystery...this one quite involved...unusual
"super hero"...would recommend to my friends anytime.
A fun read that keeps you guessing. The book casts the villain as a professional illusionist. To help the police an apprentice magician is brought in and then the tricks begin. Read morePublished on July 13 2008 by G Man
This was my 2nd Deaver novel. I forgot the first one I started, but that should be no surprise. I didn't finish that one either! Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Steven Reads
I read almost all of his books and this is the best one to date! I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. Now, that's what I call suspense!Published on July 14 2004 by Victoria
This one seems to be getting high praise, but I think those reviews must be from established fans of Deaver or the genre itself. I found this novel to be extremely boring. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by bookworm
Some books don't abridge well, some do. I don't know if this one would, but this version is, simply put, awful.
This is a terrific reading of an awful abridging of a book. Read more
It begins at a prestigious music school in New York City. A killer flees the scene of a homicide and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by A. Vegan