Sunday, October 26, 2008

Book Review: The Broken Window

TitleThe Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Lincoln Rhyme)
AuthorJeffery Deaver
Tagsmystery, series, forensics, lincoln rhyme

The latest in Deaver's sries about Lincoln Rhyme, noted forensics expert who is paralyzed from the neck down.

In this book, Lincoln's cousin Arthur is arrested for theft and murder. To Lincoln's trained eyes, the evidence seems too perfect. So he and his team go looking for similar murders and find two. So who could have access to all the information that the murderer must know about both the victims he kills and the people he frames? Their eyes turn to one of the world's largest data mining companies, SSD. The killer soon learns they are aware of him and strikes back using all of his resources.

Deaver is a master of plot. He is well known for his fake outs, sending he plot into unexpected directions over and over. Sometimes they don't work as well, as one gets used to the device. Here they worked quite well. His plots are also more logical than many writers are able to manage. For example, in this book the major female character is in jeopardy, but what happened fits the character and story and doesn't come across as simply a device to get her in danger. True, she didn't get sufficient backup, but that too fits the character and she had no reason to think the lead she was following would be that dangerous.

Along the way Deaver provides a rather shocking education about how much data is being gathered on each of us and how it can be misused.

Good read, highly recommended.
PublicationSimon & Schuster (2008), Edition: Large Print Edition, Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date2008
ISBN0739497278 / 9780739497272

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