on June 7, 2005
This is only the second Jeff Deaver Novel I have read, the first being the "Bone Collector" a few years ago. No excuse as to why I have not read more Deaver as I liked "The Bone Collector" and I liked this novel "the Twelfth card." The author has a wonderful talent for for the unexpected twist and or turn that makes this kind of book fun. He also does a great job of developing his characters and writting bvelivable dialog. I think the quadraplegic Lincoln Rhyme is just great, a tough exterior but a big marshmellow inside. And an insperation as to how he handles his Handicap.
In this installment Rhyme is investigating why a man has been stalking a highschool student. Could it have something to do with the 140 year old death of the student's ancestor. I wont give away the plot but it takes off from here and leads the reader on a suspencful tale full of thrills and twists and turns! I highly recommend "The Twelfth cars" you wan't be disapointed!
on November 3, 2005
I've read all Jeffrey Deaver's books and this is the best yet. Deaver's a master with a plot line and his characters ars always believable and interesting. The only flaw for me has been the extensive blood-and-guts descriptions that seem to be required in modern mystery novels that aren't "cosies". This book is different compared with his previous work, as the emphasis is less on gore and more on the prevention of a crime. Geneva is a heroine you can care about. The plot still has all the required twists and turns, but mixed in with the mystery story are fascinating aspects of New York's and US history. (Did you know that the US lost over 500,000 men during the Civil War, which is still more than in all other wars combined?) If you would like a Deaver novel that is less creepy while just as gripping and interesting as usual, this one's for you. Enjoy!