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The Broken Window by Jeffrey Deaver

The 8th Book in the Lincoln Rhyme's Series by Jeffrey Deaver

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An insidious villain who brings creepy to a new level.

  • Apr 19, 2011
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I am a big fan of Jeffery Deaver and specifically of his Lincoln Rhyme series, so I always look forward to reading one. I have read nearly all of the Rhyme series except for the newest books in the series, so I have seen Rhyme face some incredibly creepy villains (usually serial killers). This time, the killings may not have quite the shock value of, say, The Bone Collector, which was so graphically violent, but the killer and his methods are just as scary/creepy due to the insidiousness of the villain.

You see, this villain doesn't just kill people. First, he steals your identity, then he kills someone, then he plants evidence from his crime in YOUR home and gets YOU arrested for a murder you did not commit. No one will listen to you because, well, the evidence doesn't lie--nor does the computer, which the killer uses to manipulate the data to make the case seem air tight.

They call him "the man who knows everything" because he somehow knows that you bought a new pair of sneakers last week--what brand and what size--the prints of which will show up at a murder scene...or that you bought duct tape two days before a murder involving a victim being duct taped. You have no idea what he knows about you, and how he may use it to frame you for his crime.

How do you fight a villain who is always several steps ahead of you? That's what Lincoln Rhyme and his team must figure out. They've never faced a killer like this before and they'll have to rewrite the rulebook to catch him...before more innocent people end up dead--or in jail for a murder they did not commit.

I found the book very interesting but maddening--I guess it's the Libra in me that was more upset about innocent people being framed for the killer's murders than about the murders themselves. It definitely makes you think about how reliant our society has become on computer data and how there may be a lot more about you that is publicly available than you ever suspected.

I didn't find this book as exciting, perhaps, as some of the other Rhyme stories, but it was certainly interesting and I was invested in seeing this killer stopped and the people whose lives he had ruined vindicated. The very nature of the story created so much frustration in me, and perhaps that's why I wasn't quite as WOW'd by it as I often am by Deaver's books. Still, an excellent read.

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August 03, 2011
Wow. This villain sounds really cool! I like interesting villains who are clever like this. It has definitely peeked my interest!
 
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review by . February 05, 2010
"1984" and "Brave New World" gave us a brief glimpse of the world they feared we were creating but "The Broken Window" takes it over the top. Every reader will shiver as they come to grips with the realization of just how much the state likely knows about their life.       In "The Broken Window", Jeffrey Deaver has pitted Lincoln Rhyme, his famous paraplegic forensic consultant, against his most elusive foe to date - "Unsub 522", …
review by . May 05, 2009
Criminologist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhymes has been estranged from his cousin Arthur for years. When Arthur is arrested for the murder of a young woman, Arthur's wife implores Lincoln to help. The forensic evidence against Arthur strongly links him to the murder, but Lincoln's paramour Amelia Sachs is suspicious that everything is so clear-cut and suspects Arthur has been set up. She and Lincoln, with the aid of NYPD, learn Arthur isn't the first person who has been framed for a murder he didn't …
review by . May 02, 2009
Criminologist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme has been estranged from his cousin Arthur for years. When Arthur is arrested for the murder of a young woman, Arthur's wife implores Lincoln to help. The forensic evidence against Arthur strongly links him to the murder, but Lincoln's paramour Amelia Sachs is suspicious that everything is so clear-cut and suspects Arthur has been set up. She and Lincoln, with the aid of NYPD, learn Arthur isn't the first person who has been framed for a murder he didn't …
review by . January 02, 2009
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review by . September 24, 2008
I look forward to Lincoln Rhyme novels, so I was happy when my number finally came up at the library for Jeffrey Deaver's The Broken Window. As a technology geek, I *really* got into this story line. I'll grant that there was some level of "literary licence" taken in the plot, but it's still an unsettling look at what's going on with data mining and personal privacy.    Rhyme, the quadriplegic genius who takes forensic crime science to a new level, gets involved in a new case …
review by . July 19, 2008
Data mining and identity theft drive the fast-paced plot as quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and his partner/lover Amelia Sachs attempt to clear Rhyme's estranged cousin, Arthur, of murder charges.    A look at the slam-dunk evidence suggests to Rhyme, a consultant for the NYPD, that someone may have framed Arthur. A little more digging produces several other cases - closed, the supposed perps jailed - with the same anomalies. If he's right, some sophisticated identity theft …
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In bestseller Deaver's entertaining eighth Lincoln Rhyme novel (afterThe Cold Moon), Rhyme, a forensic consultant for the NYPD, and his detective partner, Amelia Sachs, take on a psychotic mastermind who uses data mining—thebusiness of the twenty-first century—not only to select and hunt down his victims but also to frame the crimes on complete innocents. Rhyme is reluctantly drawn into a case involving his estranged cousin, Arthur, who's been charged with first-degree murder. But when Rhyme and his crew look into the strange set of circumstances surrounding his cousin's alleged crime, they discover tangential connections to a company that specializes in collecting and analyzing consumer data. Further investigation leads them to some startlingly Orwellian revelations: Big Brother is watching your every move and could be a homicidal maniac. The topical subject matter makes the story line particularly compelling, while longtime fans will relish Deaver's intimate exploration of a tragedy from Rhyme's adolescence.(June)

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Product Description

Bestselling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller.

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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0739497278 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781416549970 (hbk.)
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: June 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover: 432 pages, Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
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