The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's foremost kinesics -- body language-expert. She and Deputy Michael O'Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report.
As the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes. Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in MMORPGs, Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims, some of whom Kathryn is able to save, some not. Among the obstacles Kathryn must hurdle are politicians from Sacramento, paranoid parents and the blogger himself, James Chilton, whose belief in the importance of blogging and the new media threatens to derail the case and potentially Dance's career. It is this threat that causes Dance to take desperate and risky measures...
In signature Jeffery Deaver style, Roadside Crosses is filled with dozens of plot twists, cliff-hangers and heartrending personal subplots. It is also a searing look at the accountability of blogging and life in the online world. Roadside Crosses is the third in Deaver's best-selling High-Tech Thriller Trilogy, along with The Blue Nowhere and The Broken Window.
Please note: Part three of this audiobook consists of The Blue Nowhere.
©2009 Jeffery Deaver; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
No where in the review of this book did I see a disclaimer that I was buying a 20 hour long book that was made up of 6 hours of a book I had already read. I am very disappointed in Audible for this reason I am thinking of getting my audio books elsewhere
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I wish this book was better; its like reading a manual on body language rather than a novel; haulting prose and absolutely horrible because of the writing, not the narrating) to listen to. The narrator did the best he could with the material. I'm off Deaver forever; I couldn't evev finish it. Don't waste your money
If you liked "The Blue Nowhere" or "The Broken Window" by Deaver then downloading this book is a no brainer. It has all the elements he puts together so well in his books with the surprises at the end. It is well thought out, well researched, in depth, not too long, and well... what else can I say? It is a good book to listen to. When I downloaded it, the book came in three parts. I did not realize it at the time, but part three is the abridged version of "The Blue Nowhere" so you get 2 for the price of one if it is still offered on Audible. Both books are well worth reading.
Jeffery Deaver's "Dance" character continues to amuse. However, Michele Pawk is a reader, not a narrator. Excruciating listening. If Deaver's books continue to list her as "narrator", I will read rather than listen.
I found this book and the bonus that follows rather average. It was entertaining enough that I didn't stop listening, but did not find it as engrossing as some of the better audiobooks on Audible. I've truly enjoyed Deaver's work in the past, so was caught off guard by the **yawn** content. If I were an editor and this was a first effort, not even sure I'd publish this story that never makes the reader care much about the characters. If you're in for a long commute or otherwise need diversion, it will do. If you're hoping for great, gripping prose or intellectual stim -- nope!
I almost didn't get the book because of the disappointing reviews - but being a Deaver fan I decided to make my own decision. Glad I did! Good story, and for those with kids who play online games, it's a good education about what your kids are doing. I didn't realize that the 3rd part was a bonus book, but found that story to be entertaining as well. Maybe it's just the geek in me showing, but I would say both stories are entertaining and worth listening to. Thanks for the bonus Audible, I enjoyed it!
I liked Deaver, but this book is not up to his best. The story started out with an interesting premise, but soon became bogged down in trifling details about the Internet and social networking sites -- that anyone with a computer today already knows. A primary reason fans read this book is to get insights into kinesics via Kathryn Dance -- but there was too little of this. Add the long-winded descriptions, idiotic adolescent dialog, and the annoying narrator and I couldn't finish the book. I suggest Michael Connelly instead.
I really enjoyed the book as I do with most of the Jeffrey Deaver novels. The research that went into the book was very good and I found myself wondering "Wow, could this really happen?" Of course the answer is YES! There were some disjointed link that were wrapped up in the end and I'm looking forward to seeing if the Professor is a recurring character. I too was very disappointed to find the book ended after just 2 parts and that part 3 was another book. I was afraid to start it, thinking that it was a 6 hour preview and that I would need to buy the remainder. I haven't listened to the bonus book that now appears in the description. I feel cheated out of 6 hours!
I'm not sure. It's an easy listen, but the resolution left me unsatisfied. Part of the fun of a mystery is being given the clues to solve it. This didn't happen here. Too much information is given after the fact -- a la Scooby Doo.
Probably, but it will be dependent on good reviews.
The voices of the teenagers were a little too childish.
Frankly, the book could've used a rewrite to deal with structural problems. There were twists and turns but, as mentioned above, not enough clues dropped throughout the narrative to make the big reveal satisfying.
Love history, thought provokers, mind benders, enignmas, and people that are faced with diffucult moral choices.
Oh yes, I will be listening to Deaver more. This one just fell flat in the middle when we realize that the Murderer never actually had killed anyone. I also was looking for the more technical side of Deaver. He is so detailed with the methodology of crime solving, and this one lacked most of that quality and detail that I so loved in his related works.
She did a fine job. No complaints.
I saw a roadside cross.... I should have kept driving.
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