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Best-selling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller. To save the life of a young girl who's being stalked by a ruthless hit man, Lincoln and his protege, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case", one that's 140 years old.

The Twelfth Card is a two-day cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of uptown Manhattan as quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs try to outguess Thompson Boyd, a man whose past has turned him into a killing machine as unfeeling and cunning as a wolf. Boyd is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem, and it's up to Lincoln and Amelia to figure out why.

The motive may have to do with a term paper that Geneva is writing about her ancestor, Charles Singleton, a former slave. Charles was active in the early civil rights movement, but was arrested for theft and disgraced. Lincoln and Amelia work frantically to figure out what actually happened on that hot July night in 1868 when Charles was arrested.

Deaver's inimitable plotting keeps this story racing at a lightening-fast clip. With breathtaking twists and multiple surprises, this is Deaver's most compelling Lincoln Rhyme audiobook to date.

©2005 Jeffery Deaver; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Well-written, suspenseful." (Booklist)
"Lincoln Rhyme, Deaver's popular paraplegic detective, returns in a robust thriller that demonstrates Deaver's unflagging ability to entertain." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Orvetta
  • Kingsland, GA, USA
  • 09-08-06

The Twelfth Card - Excellent

I love all of Jeffery Deaver's "Lincoln Rhymes" novels!! As soon as I am about 3/4 of the way through one I am anxiously awaiting the NEXT one to be released! I can hardly wait for them. He has a wonderful writing style that keeps you on the edge till the last minute and I just love the exhilaration. Lincoln and his merry band of cohorts are a riot, but Linc always has the last word! He is very funny, and serious at the same time. It's splendid the way Jeffery can write like that. I wish I had a quarter of his talent. Thanks Jeffery for another great book!! :)

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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History in a mystery.

This is an unusual story of a smart, lonely, black high school student being stalked by a killer and her past. Deaver uses real history of 19th century NYC to make a really good modern mystery.

Dennis Boustsikaris is one of my favorite narrators, but I think he struggled with the Ebonics and black accents. He doesn't get in the way of the story, however, so I rate this performance a 3.5.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I found it really entertaining!

This is only the 2nd review I've ever written, but when I read the negative comments, I just had to put in my two cents' worth. I found this a highly absorbing book to listen to. It isn't the best of his books, and I did anticipate most (but not all) of the plot twists. Even so, with my 3 hour near-daily commute, it kept me glued to my iPod each time I climbed in the car. I thought the narrator did a really nice job with the voices. For sheer entertainment, I felt this book was a really great value.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • Wethersfield, CT, USA
  • 08-23-05

Not Deaver's Best

I'm a staunch Deaver fan, but this one just didn't have the zing of some of his previous novels. The last minute resolution left me thinking 'huh'? Did Mr. Deaver run out of time and need to finish up? I hate when that happens.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Twists and Turns Take You Through a Good Story

Deaver hits a home run with this story AND Dennis Boutsikais is a great voice actor. You will enjoy both the story and the narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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classic Deaver

As always Jeffrey Deaver captures and then hold one's interest to the very end. I listen as I drive to work. Wanted to stay in the car all the time until this one was finished

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good but not Best!

This 6th in the Lincoln Rhyme was enjoyable and it is always like visiting old friends to read another one in this series. I do not rank this one in the top 3 of this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Beep Beep

This reminded me of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, and I don't mean that in a good way. There was busting a manequin instead of a person, electrified door knobs, poison gas, bombs, shoving someone under a bus, shooting of course, beatings, knives, various booby traps, and on and on. Instead of interesting plot twists, these were just cheap plot distractions toward what I figured out early on anyway. I was not expecting great literature, but this was downright silly.

The narrator kept saying jewlery instead of jewelry and that drove me up a wall.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Good plot twists

Jeffery Deaver does a wonderful job writing Lincoln Rhyme mysteries, and this is one of the finest yet. Why would anyone want to kill Geneva, a bright, sweet, very plain school girl from Harlem? Is it because of an ancestor, a case of mistaken identity, a drug deal gone bad? All these and more are reasons criminalist Rhyme and company must explore. Follow closely for what you think is may not be at all, and what you think is not, or what you don't think of at all, may be the clue you need to solve this mystery. Kudos to Dennis Boutsekeris, whose name I probably misspelled, for his excellent narrative. It goes a long way toward making this a 5* book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Edward
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 08-15-05


I am only half way through the book but I'm having difficulty following the story line. Skipping from character to character with mindnumbing cultural detail has detracted from a typical mystery. Also the plot is so tenuous (but immediately obvious) its difficult to develop any intrigue.

12 of 19 people found this review helpful