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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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Datamining insights add to the usual twists and suspense

  • Jul 19, 2008
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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 is involved.

Point of view switches to the real killer, a self-satisfied collector who attaches numbers to people before he adds them to his macabre - and extensive -collection. He's awaiting his next victim, a young woman whose life has been thoroughly mapped out, as has that of the designated fall guy.

While the police are none too happy about re-opening solved cases, Rhyme comes achingly close to nabbing the guy, managing at least to intercept his manufactured evidence and get the NYPD on board. His investigation leads to a huge data mining company with clients that encompass not just corporations but government - including the NYPD.

And when the killer realizes the law is on his trail he doesn't run - he fights - with all the data at his command.

The chase twists and turns as Deaver ramps up the suspense, cutting between characters and scenes. As the pages flip by, Orwell's "1984" casts a long shadow and the reader shudders to realize how the foundations of society (to say nothing of the individual) rest on electronic data more solidly than on the bedrock of the earth. Pretty scary - and a fun read too.

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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 . January 02, 2009
The Broken Windoe by Jeffrey Deaver
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 …
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 …
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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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