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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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The man who knew everything

  • Jan 2, 2009
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Lincoln Rhyme is back, currently working a case in London with Inspector Longhurst of the Metropolitan Police. The Reverend Samuel G. Goodlight, a protestant minister from Africa, is an informant in a drugs-for-arms scheme. A man named Richard Logan is hiding in London, and a snitch, Danny Kruger, who gave up selling arms to work with the police, is trying to track Logan.

In the middle of his case, Rhyme gets news that his cousin Arthur Rhyme has been arrested for the murder of a woman and the theft of her high-priced painting. Lincoln hasn't spoken to Arthur in years, and only a phone call from Arthur's desperate wife Judy causes him to grudgingly "look into it". Working the case with them is powerful NYPD Captain Joe Malloy, and young Officer Ron Pulaski returns to assist.

The evidence against Arthur is concrete, but Arthur insists it was planted to convict him. Working with the evidence, Rhyme needs to find out how the perp (who he nicknames "522"), could have gotten so much information on Arthur to plant such incriminating evidence. He turns to SSD (Strategic Systems Datacorp), a data mining corporation. CEO Andrew Sterling seems cooperative, opening up to Officer Pulaski the world of information - information you didn't know they were gathering about you. Once thing is for certain, "522", a serial rapist and killer, seems to have connection somehow with SSD, and its up to Lincoln to find out who he is, how he gets his information, and when he will strike next - before he strikes too close to home.

"522" is one of Deaver's most criminal villains to date. He's a shadow in the network, the man who calls the human race "sixteens" (you'll find out why). He's as sick and twisted - and intelligent - of a criminal you could ask for in a mystery/thriller. Deaver engages the reader with chapters told in first person by "522", giving us a glimpse into the twisted mind of a psycho. Lincoln and Sachs are in top form in their pursuits, and just when you think 522 is "made", he slips away once again. There's a surprise at the ending too, regarding Lincoln's London case. This is one of the better 'Lincoln Rhyme' books Deaver has written. The angle of Data Mining is very interesting, and Deaver provides some websites in the Afterward for those curious minds who wish to pursue more information on the subject. 'The Broken Window' kept me up late into the night, reading to find out what happens next. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
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review by . April 19, 2011
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 …
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 . 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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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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