I give up - I keep buying Deaver's books in hope that one day they won't annoy the crap out of me. The plot is not bad and much more believable than his last few books, but Deaver's need to beat you over the head with the same thing over and over is tiresome. I swear he went over the "evidence board" in it's entirety at least 3 times. Deaver's writing style is enough to get me to use the fast forward button. He's way too fond of adverbs.
Bottom line - this is the last Deaver book I waste my money on.
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loved it. you will be you lead down many skill full paths and kept on the edge of your sit.
This is one of the poorest plot developments that I have come across in a mystery book. Sure, there are the usual twists to throw the reader off the trail but the execution is where the problem lies. A generic solution becomes obvious to the discerning reader at about the time of the first plot twist. The author introduces an unrelated fact almost at the beginning and gives it a little too much emphasis to be missed. About two-thirds of the way through the book, things start to get repetitious and I was wishing the story would come to a conclusion instead of just another plot twist. As though the author sensed my wish, about three-quarters of the way through, Mr. Deaver changed his approach. Instead of having us follow Lincoln Rhyme and his merry band of followers, (who seem to be given unlimited release from the police force to follow and use police facilities for a civilian’s investigation), as they frustratingly try to catch the perpetrator, things change and we follow the perpetrator. To our ‘surprise’ the police are ready with a sting to save the day. Then we’re giving a concise summary of how Rhyme solved the case. It appears that Mr. Deaver is paid by the quantity of text up to a certain maximum and then rushed to get things wrapped up asap. I think the listener is owed better treatment than this.