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Roadside Crosses Audiobook

Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

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

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-29-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Katherine Dance is a Great Series"

    I bought this because I enjoyed The Sleeping Doll so much. The characters are great and I love how Deaver writes Dance as an investigator. Like most every Deaver novel, there are really surprising twists that either keep you in suspense or eager to understand what has transpired.

    Michelle Pawk does a great job with all the characters. She gets a well earned 5 star rating for me.

    I give the story 3 stars because I found the subject matter, (blogging and cyber bullying), a bit trite and boring. Deaver more than compensates for this with his talented character development and storytelling.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-10
    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-10 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "a painful read......don't waste your money."

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-30-09
    Michael 08-30-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Deaver Winner"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-12-09
    Chris 07-12-09
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    "Roadside Crosses"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M Jane Anchorage, AK, USA 07-09-09
    M Jane Anchorage, AK, USA 07-09-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Passes the Time, BUT...."

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 06-29-09
    Dawn 06-29-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Don't miss out on a good story and a free bonus!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer WA, United States 06-29-09
    Jennifer WA, United States 06-29-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Bogged Down in Minutiae"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William S. Jacomb Santa Clarita, CA 06-24-09
    William S. Jacomb Santa Clarita, CA 06-24-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Good book, but not 20 hours"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toni Grissom 01-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Dated..."

    Probably, my least favorite Deaver book. I struggled to get to the end and found myself relieved when it was over.
    The Dance character is interesting, but this book is just a mess. First, it HEAVILY incorporates technology and techno-speak into the storyline. It really dates the novel in a BAD way...in a way that makes it hard to listen to the story. I don't mind reading books set in the past...but, in this case, it just feels outdated. The biggest issue is the author's constant reference to the "synth" world... meaning, synthetic world, as opposed to internet/virtual world. Obviously, the author thought this was the right terminology or, someone advised him that it was back in the day...but, I don't recall that being a thing even in the early days of online gaming, blogging. etc... in any case, it drove me nuts.
    Second, the storyline is just REALLY hard to believe. I love a mystery and can suspend my disbelief and sink into a good book as easily as the next gal, but WOW...there are so many situations and plot twists that leave you muttering, "HUH?" OR "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING" under your breath. I don't want to spoil anything, so that's all on that. But, just...wow. it was bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 06-22-16
    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 06-22-16 Member Since 2012

    Like??What? What I read is obvious..I am a computer programmer from before we had computers (APL anyone?) I just saw a coyote in our canyon

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    "frustrating "

    spent a large part of the book chasing a suspect no one had seen and there was no evidence against. he was never alleged or suspected...just the kid who DID it. guilty or not, it is bad form.
    I'm disappointed in the Katherine Dance series, though I'll probably listen to them all anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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