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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 bestselling High-Tech Thriller Trilogy, along with The Blue Nowhere and The Broken Window.

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ISBN-10:  1416549994
ISBN-13:  978-1416549994
Author:  Jeffery Deaver
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
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review by . October 23, 2009
This is another of best-selling author Jeffrey Deaver's more than two dozen very suspenseful mystery novels, the third with Kathryn Dance as its principle character. There are two main plots and a host of interesting sub-plots.  A killer taunts the police by displaying a cross on the side of a highway with flowers and with the date that he or she will commit a murder. This occurs several times. Senior Detective Kathryn Dance must find the murderer before there are more killings.  As …
review by . June 13, 2009
Roadside Crosses
    (3.5 rating) Deaver mines fertile ground for this thriller, the internet, where an astute and committed blogger creates a lively venue for his audience in Monterey County, California, to vent their concerns on politics, local interests and, most recently, a terrible accident that takes the life of two teenaged girls. The driver of the car, sixteen-year-old Travis Bingham, is the focus of a raging flame war, especially when the surviving girl is attacked by someone in a hoodie, …
review by . June 09, 2009
Deaver mines fertile ground for this thriller, the internet, where an astute and committed blogger creates a lively venue for his audience in Monterey County, California, to vent their concerns on politics, local interests and, most recently, a terrible accident that takes the life of two teenaged girls. The driver of the car, sixteen-year-old Travis Bingham, is the focus of a raging flame war, especially when the surviving girl is attacked by someone in a hoodie, the act memorialized by a roadside …
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