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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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Data mining makes your life an open book to whoever has access to it...

  • Sep 24, 2008
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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 that's personal. His cousin Arthur is accused of a murder that he swears he didn't commit. The evidence begs to differ, however. Everything at the crime scene and in Arthur's personal life points in exacting detail to his involvement. There's some bad blood between Rhyme and his cousin, and he's not all too keen on getting involved in what appears to be an open-and-shut case. But he softens a bit and decides to ask a couple of questions. What he finds is that the evidence is *too* perfect... almost as if everything was staged to the nth degree. He's also able to find a few other murder cases that share the same "perfectness", despite the protests of the accused. The investigation leads to a data mining company, Strategic Systems Datacorp, who has a seemingly infinite amount of information on nearly everyone in the US. But their operation is shrouded in secrecy, and too many people seem to be deathly afraid of crossing swords with them. If someone at the company had detailed information about what the victims and accused bought, where they went, and what they did, they *could* create perfect crimes. Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs have to determine who at the company had means and motive. But if the hunted has all of Rhyme's information, just who is the hunted and who is the hunter?

I liked this on a couple of different levels. From pure story and plot, I had a hard time putting down the book. The identity of the killer stays nebulous for a large part of the book, so the suspense stays at a pretty high level. The other facet of the story is the whole issue of data mining and personal privacy. If all the information that's collected about you is gathered in a single place, your life literally becomes an open book. Not only do they know everything about you, but they can start to predict what you might and might not do with surprising accuracy. I think you can draw the inference to today's society. While it's true (I hope) that an actual Strategic Systems Datacorp doesn't exist, it's no longer outside the realm of possibility. This is a very good thriller with some interesting concepts to mull over.

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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
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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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