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The Broken Window

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8
Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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Lincoln Rhyme and partner/paramour Amelia Sachs return to face a criminal whose ingenious staging of crimes is enabled by a terrifying access to information....

When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

At the behest of Arthur's wife, Judy, Lincoln grudgingly agrees to investigate the case. Soon Lincoln and Amelia uncover a string of similar murders and rapes with perpetrators claiming innocence and ignorance - despite ironclad evidence at the scenes of the crime. Rhyme's team realizes this "perfect" evidence may actually be the result of masterful identity theft and manipulation.

An information service company - the huge data miner Strategic Systems Datacorp - seems to have all the answers but is reluctant to help the police. Still, Rhyme and Sachs and their assembled team begin uncovering a chilling pattern of vicious crimes and coverups, and their investigation points to one master criminal, whom they dub "522".

When "522" learns the identities of the crime-fighting team, the hunters become the hunted. Full of Deaver's trademark plot twists, The Broken Window will put the partnership of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to the ultimate test.

Solve another case with the Lincoln Rhyme series.
©2008 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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another good story, but a little thin

As much as I like Dennis Boutsikaris, Edoardo Ballerini does a better job giving each person his own voice, especially Rhyme's terse, curt, acerbic, no-nonsense insistence.

This timely story has data mining as the central theme. How much privacy and freedom are we willing to sacrifice for convenience and information? Sachs was not as fully-fleshed as normal, there was none of her arthritic knees nor scalp and cuticle-tearing behavior--she was just a minor, good crime scene investigator. In fact, none of the characters were as fully here as they are in other stories.The ending did have a humorous conflict among entities.

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DO NOT BUY THE AUDIBLE!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The written version of this book is incredibly good - the Audible version royally sucks. It doesn't match the print version in the least. Save your money!

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Not a fan of this narrated. He emphasized and inflected incorrectly throughout the story. Just not a fan.