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A Century Of Great Suspense Stories
(editor) Berkley, Nov 2001, 29.95, 590 pp. ISBN: 0425181928 When I first saw the title of this book all I could think of was oh no, another saves the century for the ages with one more literary anthology. The Ancient Library at Alexandria could never have contained more papyrus than we have currently available some short story theme involving the century. Though I have fully enjoyed each of the previous collections leisurely reading them ov...
A Maiden's Grave
Along a deserted Kansas highway, eight deaf girls and their teachers are taken hostage by three prison escapees. FBI hostage negotiator, Art Potter, is called in. Over 12 suspensful hours, not only does Potter have to worry about the criminals inside, but also the the very people who are outside, either the media or the government officials, who all have their own agendas. Only in the exciting climax does Potter put the pieces together, solving an alm...
Bloody River Blues
This is the second book in a series with John Pellam, a location scout in the film industry. He is a character who always finds trouble without looking for it. In this novel he almost witnesses a double murder and the shooting of a police officer. The State and Federal police believe he saw the instigator of the killing when he looked into the widow of a car just before the incident. Pellam insists he could not see the person. A US attorney is despe...
Coffin Dancer
In this second book of the Lincoln Rhyme series, Lincoln who is a quadrapelegic joins Amelia Sachs in the hunt for the "coffin dancer." The coffin dancer is an ingenious killer who changes his appearance even faster than he adds to the list of his victims. So far they have only one clue; this assassin has a tattoo on his arm-of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a coffin. Rhyme, must rely on his wits and Sach's intuition to track the elusi...

Deaver booklist

Death of a Blue Movie Star
Deaver introduced his zany heroine Rune to his readers in ‘Manhattan is my Beat'. In this novel, Rune, though still zany seems to have acquired a bit more sense. She is now working for a couple of Australian film-makers, a step up from a video hire store. When she narrowly misses being killed as she is walking past a pornographic movie theatre which is bombed she decides to make a documentary film herself. Then her main contact, porn actress Shelley L...
Garden of Beasts
German-American Paul Schumann is one of those people who reside on the fringes of society. He is a World War I infantry veteran, occasional freelance sports writer and owner of a seedy boxing gym in New York City. But his main income comes from his occasional jobs as a button man (contract killer) for the local mob. While in the trenches of France he learned to become an excellent shot and to compartmentalize his conscience which enabled him to unemot...
Shallow Graves
Deaver's latest protagonist is a location scout, who checks out sites for movie sets. John Pellam has discovered the town of Cleary and decides it is perfect for shooting a film called 'To Sleep in a Shallow Grave'. He hasn't been in town long before he finds someone doesn't want him there. His mobile home is vandalised and his partner is murdered. It seems as if everyone who matters is against him when he is beaten up and drugs are planted on him. T...
Speaking In Tongues
Megan is kidnapped by the father of a young man who brutally murders a woman. Megans father was the prosecutor. The father kidnaps Megan with plans to have her replace his son who dies while in prison. The father is forced to physically and mentally harm others as Megan's parents decide she has been kidnapped and being investigating her disappearance....
The Blue Nowhere
This story begins with the brutal murder of a young woman, Lara Bigson. The Californian police think it was just any murderer that killed random targets, but soon realized that it was not a random murder with the average murderer behind it all. There was a genius behind it, a mind that knows how to infiltrate and seize control of any computer. The police know that he has crossed a boundary; he is using his skills now, not just for amusement, but to lure...
The Bone Collector
After years of living in a quadriplegic state, Lincoln Reams contemplates suicide before he depletes into an even less capable human, unable to speak for himself. Just as he has made up his mind his old life of law and order came knocking on his door, bringing with it a deplorable case of murder, torture and possibly a chance to feel alive again. In walks Amelia Sachs, local NYPD officer with an uncanny ability to make Lincoln feel as if he is looking ...

Jeffery Deaver list of books

The Coffin Dancer
The Coffin Dancer is the second installment in the Lincoln Rhyme series. The book centers around a killer-for-hire called the Coffin Dancer (called such due to a tattoo on the killer that displays the grim reaper dancing with a woman infront of a coffin). Also returning in this volume is Amelia Sachs, Lincoln's protege and lover. Together they must find the Coffin Dancer before he kills again. Forensic detail plays a large part in the plot. ...
The Cold Moon
Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic NYC detective fights the latest criminal mastermind killer dubbed he Watchmaker. Bodies start showing up across the city with old wolrd clocks left at the gruesome crime scenes. Rhyme kicks into action with his team as they collect evidence and postulate on the motives by what is and isn't found at the crime scenes. A lucky break comes when they get a witness who was caught propositioning a prostitute. Enter into the pictu...
The Devil's Teardrop
On December 31, 1999, a man opens fire in a crowded subway station. Around the same time, a note is left inside of a newspaper vending machine. It demands 20 million dollars or else more people would die. The FBI calls Parker Kincaid, a FBI retiree and an expert forensic document examiner. He needs to decode the handwriting on the letter to find the killer before he strikes again. This story stays suspenceful because of the four-hour limit the kille...
The Empty Chair
In this Lincoln Rhyme mystery, Lincoln faces his ultimate opponent: a kidnapper and murderer dubbed the "Insect Boy." But Rhyme is in for a surprise when he learns that catching a criminal is one thing...keeping him is another. Now Rhyme finds himself hunting a ruthless killer in the heart of a southern swampland. He is going head-tohead with his protege, Amelia Sachs, in a rivalry that tests the limits of both their experience and their love....
The Skin Collector
Forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme tracks a serial killer who murders his victims with a poisoned tattoo. Being in a wheelchair didn't stop police forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme from tracking down the so-called "Bone Collector" a number of years ago. It's the case that made his public career and those were crimes that also inspired a lot of copy-cat crimes. But none of them have been as nefarious or evil as whomever is behind a string of murders that tar...
The Stone Monkey
A famed criminologist, paralyzed from the neck down, Rhyme ccompensates for his disability with his brains-and the arms and legs of his beautiful protegee, Amelia Sachs. It is Amelia who 'walks the grid' for Rhyme, acting as eyes and ears for the famously difficult cases Rhyme comes by. Now the awe-inspiring duo returns in the Stone Monkey. Recruited to help the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service perform the nearly impossible, Lincoln ...

Jeffery Deaver novels

The Vanished Man
The Conjurer is a master illusionist and magician who makes Houdini seem like an amateur. He no longer performs publicly because a fire left him with horrible burn scars on his face and neck and lung damage so he can no longer interact with an audience. Instead of public performances, he kills people with his first victim murdered in an odd and vicious way, performing for an audience that exists in his own mind. Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme a...
Xo
XO is Jeffery Deaver's third book with protagonist Kathryn Dance. Dance is a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation and is a brilliant interrogator and body language expert. In this chilling novel, Dance must use her specific skill set to help her friend, successful pop country singer, Kayleigh Towne, to evade a killer. Towne's hit song "You Shadow" lands her in the spotlight, until an obsessive fan turned stalker warns, "I'm coming...