The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme Series #6)

The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme Series #6)

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The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme Series #6) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
XMan More than 1 year ago
For over the past decade, bestselling mystery writer Jeffery Deaver has astonished readers with the creation of Lincoln Rhyme, the fictional quadriplegic who, throughout the notorious series, has successfully answered the one question lingering from everyone's mind: how can you solve a crime that you cannot see? Throughout the books, fans have become aware of not only the elevated brilliance of the well known criminalist, but also of the love interest that he shares with his partner, Amelia Sachs. Despite of the some of the graphic crime scenes that two have had to encounter behind the yellow police tape, Deaver fails to deliver in THE TWELFTH CARD. In this sixth series entry, the duo take on a case that they have never took on before; one that has gone cold for 140 years. Throughout the entire case, both Rhyme and Sachs try in their best efforts to protect Geneva Settle, a sixteen-year old Harlem student who nearly gets ambushed by a crazed assassin in the beginning scenes of the book. By digging further into the investigation, Rhyme and Sachs later discover that the ruthless assassin may be after her because of a term paper she is working on regarding Charles Singleton, a former slave and an ancestor of Geneva's. Moreover, they find out that the madman who skulks Geneva leaves his calling card of the Hanged Man, the "twelfth card" in the tarot deck. They also discover that Charles witheld a devastating secret that he found to be too ahamed to reveal. Thoughout the investigation, questions linger through Rhyme and Sachs: Why is this crazed madman on the hunt for innocent blood? What secrets are lied within his calling card? And most important, what type of "secret" would Charles have had been veiling for all this time? Sad to say, Deaver disappoints his fans in this entry. Throughout the majority of the narration of the book, readers will become exposed with various slang that they will happen to find tedious. Such figures of speech impedes Deaver's main talent in psychological writing. As he did in THE STONE MONKEY, the author yet again fails to deliver what makes this series enjoyable for readers. A key literary element that seems to torpedo Deaver's attempt lies within the one-dimensional character development of not only Rhyme, but of also the majority of the other remaining characters. Througout the investigation, the interaction of characters made by Rhyme lackes the ecstacy that made the disabled criminalist popular. Without a doubt, Deaver fans will also get the impression of having their intelligence insulted. Thoughout the book, the author provides a myriad amount of historical detail based on hearsay rather than actual research. Fans will become annoyed by his deversion from the well-known police procedural into a tale of historical uncertainty. Sure enough, readers will realize sooner or later that the details provided in this book was not anything in which they have learned or studied in history class. THE TWELFTH CARD is yet indeed another disappointing attempt by Deaver. By the lack of character development and research, readers can certainly argue that this churning is actually a publication deadline rather than a piece of literature.
grandmommimi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down--loved it! Can't imagine how Jeffery Deaver's mind works! Wonderful!
trickbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let's start with the worst -- the narrator's clipped, serviceable treatment of this work passes, except for the many segments in which he is called upon to emulate dialogue by inner city youth. To hear Dennis Boutsikaris try to accurately use words like "phat" and "word" is like having a needle stuck in your head. However, Deaver's fine, compelling mystery makes this all worthwhile.
Alaric.Adair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good twisting plot and authentic characters. As an author myself the curse laid on me is that I usually work out the plot before it is revealed. Deaver managed to slip the bad guy past me in this book.
scuzzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book took a while to read but not because it was dull...apart from time, you find yourself early on reading slowly to take in the scores of clues and information being fed to you as not doing so will catch you out later when something is figured out.The story starts with an attempted murder of a teen girl in a public library, and soon escalates to a murder of the librarian and an injured bystander. The apparent motive is attempted rape, but then strangely takes on a cultish lead and then changes tack to a crime from 140 years previously. As I allluded to, you need to be on your wits with this one as the plot changes almost with every chapter with clues in abundance - but which clues are genuine and which are 'planted'? Enter the brilliant Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic expert which an attitude - if you have seen The Bone Collector, he was played by Denzel Washington...and as good as that movie was, this book is better.I have never read a thriller that throws you off the scent so many times and I challenge anyone to solve it before it is revealed...There is not much I can find wrong with this book - not ruined by romances, Hollywood staging, nor complex plotting. You do need to get up to speed with street talk quite quickly though as this book is riddled with it (being based in Harlem). The portrayal of the hit-man is done perfectly to the point you cannot help but admire by his murderous trade.A must read.
cathymoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deaver's quadraplegic forensic scientist returns to solve another seemingly unsolvable mystery. Although I didn't find the background to the crime particularly interesting - African-American history, Deaver's recurring characters and their development kept me interested until the end. I just hope for a more interesting mystery next time.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the comfort of familiar characters (Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs) doing what they do best...solve mysteries. Lots of twists and turns in this thriller. Loved it.
kingsportlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lincoln Rhyme is a famous criminalogist, known for solving the case. Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, he always gets his man. This case involves a 15 year old girl and a 150 year old mystery, but of course, he is equal to the task.
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very convoluted and fluid plot that kept me guessing. Thompson Boyd was a cool customer. Meticulous and careful, he led them around for a while, but then through Rhyme¿s equally meticulous and careful deduction, he was caught fairly early in the book. After a few chapters discovering who hired Boyd, I thought the rest of the story would focus around the older mystery. Wrong. It became unpredictable and pretty interesting. Not perfect, but a good outing for Rhyme & Co.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good entry in the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series. In this outing, a girl escapes from a potential killer and the gang must solve a 140 year old crime in order to solve the current mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to what we expect of Deaver. Try one of tbe earlier Linciln Rhymes thrillers. by aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book by this author i have read. Good pacing and believable charictors. Now i have to get the rest of the series. If uyou are looking for something to keep your interest look no farther
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