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
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.
This was was the most difficult audiobook I have have ever listened to. I started it last years sometime and stopped in the middle of part 1. So I finally decided to give it another try and finally finish it. I felt as if I just threw away time. The reading of all the emails and "http://..." really wore me out. Not to mention the story was just boring to me. *sigh* And then I thought, oh part 3 will wrap this up with a twist... not! It was another story that made no sense to me. Whose bright idea was that?
I'm glad I didn't read the other reviews here before I bought the book because I might have changed my mind about getting it. I really enjoyed the book. Although I can't say it was outstanding, it was entertaining. The extra book was a surprise though. I'm only an hour into it and I'm a bit bored. I don't care for the constant defining of every computer term that comes up. I'm glad to hear this one isn't up to Deaver's normal high standards. That makes me definitely want to go back and buy some of his previous novels.
I have read and enjoyed all Deaver's books and this one felt like he dashed it off in a hurry...a little kinesics, a little romance, a little computer/synthetic world drama, loose plotting and dumb twists. Too many characters that are undeveloped. Huge disappointment. Awful narrator. Of course I downloaded it twice, because the first time I got..."The Blue Nowhere" by Jeffery Deaver. HUH??? THinking this was too wierd to be believed, I downloaded it again and the problem was fixed. How that mistake was made must be a great story.
i enjoy listening during power walks, so an excellent story tricks me into longer healtier walks - this was excellent
I purchased this book before any reviews were posted and just now got around to posting my own review. I will just have to echo other reviewers that put this book a couple of steps below a normal Deaver. I have enjoyed his various books including the Rhyme series, both in Audible and hardback book forms. The Dance series has proven to be less exciting for me than some, but like others the narrator here is enough to stop buying the series altogether if she continues. She has to be a second grade teacher in her other life.
The surprise extra book was okay. But, since I generally buy long format books for long trips, I wasn't too pleased to find that I had bought a medium length and a short book instead of one long. Others won't have that issue I'm sure.
Hardcore Deaver fans won't be able to resist no matter what the reviews say, but don't be surprised when you aren't that happy with this purchase.
I wish I had read the other reviews, or at least listened to the preview listen, before downloading this book. Forget the fact that Part 3 is a different book altogether - the first two parts were all I could take of this narrator. . . like fingernails on a blackboard to me. She sounds like Mommy reading a fairy tale to her kids. Her normal voice was palatable; but any time she did a character, especially children or men, she sounded like a cartoon. Sorry to be offensive - but this lady needs to find another line of work.
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