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The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver

The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
Jeffery Deaver
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Literature & Fiction
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A New York Times Bestseller

Bestselling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back. . . . Lincoln and his protégé, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case" - one that's 140 years old. The Twelfth Card is a two-day cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of uptown Manhattan as quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs try to outguess Thompson Boyd - by all appearances a nondescript, innocuous man, but one whose past has turned him into a killing machine as unfeeling and cunning as a wolf. Boyd is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem, and it's up to Lincoln and Amelia to figure out why. Deaver's inimitable plotting keeps all these stories - the past and the present - racing at a lightning-fast clip as we learn stunning revelations that strike at the very heart of the U.S. Constitution and that could have disastrous consequences for today's human and civil rights in America.

Jeffery Deaver is a five-time Edgar Award nominee and an Anthony Award nominee. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year. As William Jefferies, he is the author of several other novels. Jeffery Deaver is the author of many suspense novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Stone Monkey, The Devil's Teardrop, and The Bone Collector. Jeffery Deaver lives in Virginia and California.

  • Whiteseeker
Somebody is trying to kill Geneva, a black schoolgirl. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are trying to protect her and find out why she is in danger.
As usual in these stories, nothing is what it seems and it's only in the last pages that the truth is discovered. Geneva researches, with the help of Amelia, events that happened to one of her ancestors 140 years ago. The plot is thin and I found myself not caring one iota what happened to this ancestor and nor, for that matter, to Geneva herself. And why would a civilian forensic crime expert be allowed by the NYPD to lead an operation to protect a possible assassination victim? Come on, Mr. Deaver, this is laughably unrealistic. I do love the Lincoln Rhyme series, but this has to be the weakest one so far; not even close to The Bone Collector, The Skin Collector or the Vanished Man. 2 and a half stars, really.
  • Bukelv
I am a great fan of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels, this is the best I have ever read.
A Harlem high schooler, Geneva Settle is searching for anything she can find out about an ancestor, Charles Singleton who fought in the civil war. All she has are letters he wrote to his wife that an aunt gave her.
In the archives of an African American library she finds bits and pieces of his life in old periodicals. Thinking she is alone, she hears a man on his cell phone. Herein begins numerous attempts on her life. There are clues piling up that lead nowhere, suspects grow in multitude.
If you enjoy Lincoln Rhyme novels as much as I do, don't pass this one up.
  • Kelenn
I like a book that has a good surprise twist, i really do. And I've loved the previous Lincoln Rhyme novels in this series. But this book has SO many surprise twists, some of them coming after deliberate author deception and misdirection to send you to a different conclusion, that I got irritated at the blatant manipulation. I enjoyed the book, but this one gets dropped to four stars due to too many manipulatively deceptive twists and turns.
"The Twelfth Card" begins in an Afro-American museum-library. A skinny lass scrolls through a microfiche, absorbed in research for a high school term paper. Hidden in the bookshelves, a stalker creeps forward with dark intentions....

The Lincoln Rhyme novels resemble a Sherlock Holmes story, or an episode of the TV series "CSI." The killer eventually succumbs to rigorous examination of clues left behind.

Jeffrey Deaver's main characters stand out for two reasons: One is that the hero is paralyzed in all four limbs, a quadriplegic. The other is his female sidekick. In her cherry-red Camaro, Amelia Sachs races at incredible velocities to save the day, sharpshooting with her finger-sensitive automatic pistol; or in her white hazard suit, she walks the crime-scene grid and collects evidence. Audio-visual gimmicks allow Lincoln Rhyme to accompany her at the grid. He collates the data in a wheelchair, connected to his computerized laboratory. And of course Rhyme makes brilliant deductions.

Though this was my sixth reading of a Lincoln Rhyme suspense-mystery, Deaver still managed to create moments of genuine suspense as well as mystery. I did not, however, read the six books in succession. I advise against that. Deaver uses a formatted recipe, and if you read the stories in succession you will be saying, "This is just the same old thing." Allow a few months, if not a full year, between readings; read other authors; and understand that the goodness of these stories lies not in the sameness of their overall pattern, but in the variety of their details. Deaver tries to set his events in colorful locales, and he always gives salient qualities and personalities to his characters. He also provides historical, political, and scientific background. Details, details, details.

If you are pleased by interesting characters, by fairly plausible action sequences, by prose that reads easily and progresses at a fairly fast pace, or by a story with multiple twists, this novel has something to offer. Just remember to intersperse your Lincoln Rhyme adventures with books by other authors.
  • Rgia
I have always enjoyed the novels of Jeffrey Deaver, the author of The Bone Collector, the book upon which the movie was based. His plots have been well-developed and unusual, his characters seemingly real people. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are my favorites. However, this book's convoluted plot contained one or more red herrings too many. In the beginning and through the middle of the book I was fascinated, but by the end, I was tired and ready to offer up the victims and have the bad guys escape into literary oblivion. Still, I would recommend this book to Deaver fans and those who enjoy forensics and post Civil War history.
  • Sorryyy
Although Jeffrey Deaver is one of my favorite authors, I feel he is stretching the story out to give too many descriptive pages. I am interested in the story line, not the many references to Lincoln's accomplishments in originating criminalist's procedures. We have learned about that in many of the stories and that is sufficient.
However, I still enjoyed the storyline and recommend it to others. Just skim the parts you are not interested in. I did.