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The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver

The 7th Book in Jeffrey Deaver's 'Lincoln Rhyme' Series - Crime Fiction

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Introducing Kathryn Dance, kinesics expert and human lie detector

  • May 14, 2010
Jeffrey Deaver's seventh Lincoln Rhyme novel "The Cold Moon" (following "The Twelfth Card") treads the path of his now well-established pattern of fiendishly intricate multiple plots, red herrings, superbly realistic dialogue, continuing focus on developing characterization and wonderful attention to the detail and minutiae of forensic investigation. This time, Lincoln Rhyme and his erstwhile lover and partner, Amelia Sachs, square off against a villain they're calling The Watchmaker. This is a psychopathic serial killer with a definite penchant for a very unique and very gory method of executing his carefully selected victims.

The Cold Moon also introduces a new character to Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme universe and it looks like she's a winner. Kathryn Dance, a consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation is an expert in kinesics, reading body language; modulations in a person's speaking voice; physical, mental and emotional non-verbal communication; gestures; facial expressions and so on. In short, she's a human lie detector and she's very, very good at her work.

Suffice it to say that Sachs, Dance and Rhyme are up to their proverbial behinds with the twists and turns of tracking down this latest brutal, psychopathic killer. And Sachs' emotions are doubly twisted when she is assigned for the first time as lead investigator on a homicide and suicide investigation that seems to point at corruption within her own police force. As always, the political machinations of an internal police investigation always place the career of involved officers perilously close to the edge of disaster.

Not the best entry in the growing Lincoln Rhyme canon but, as a confirmed long time fan, I'd suggest that even a medium day with a Jeffrey Deaver thriller beats the pants off of whatever's in a distant second place. And I'm certainly looking forward to seeing much more of Kathryn Dance. Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss

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The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver
Brand new Detective third-grade Amelia Sachs has been assigned her first solo case; looking into the suicide/suspected homicide of a man named Creeley.  She uncovers another homicide among precinct 118, and ties the two together.  During her investigations she discovers many of the 118 hang out at a bar called The St. James, and even worse, suspects a ring of bribes and extortion involving officers from 118.  Interviewing retired cop Art Snyder, Sachs is devastated by the news that …
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On a frigid December night, an eerie pattern emerges from two equally brutal murder scenes, where a killer's calling card is a moon-faced clock that seemingly ticked away the victims' last moments. From his wheelchair, criminologist Lincoln Rhyme tracks the Watchmaker, a time-obsessed genius. With every passing second, the Watchmaker is moving with razor-sharp precision to his next act of perfectly orchestrated violence -- and Rhyme can't afford to have his trusted partner, Amelia Sachs, distracted by a daunting homicide case of her own. Up against a brilliant madman, Rhyme and Sachs are locked in a blood-chilling race with their deadliest enemy: time itself....

About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the bestselling author of The Sleeping Doll, The Cold Moon, The Blue Nowhere, The Bone Collector, The Empty Chair, The Devil's Teardrop, and fifteen other suspense novels. His book A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was made into a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.
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ISBN-10: 0743491572
ISBN-13: 978-0743491570
Date Published: (May 22, 2007)
Format: Paperback: 656 pages, Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches

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