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The Broken Window: Lincoln Rhyme Book 8 Hardcover – 24 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (24 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034093722X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340937228
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 24.2 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

You can find out more about Jeffery on his website, Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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another corker... precision-engineered to keep the reader turning the pages without a hitch (Evening Standard)

'As the Lincoln Rhyme series rolls along, the quadriplegic criminalist's cases keep getting more and more elaborate. The Cold Moon (2006) was extremely intricate, but this one tops it. Lincoln's cousin has been arrested for murder. The case seems airtight, but when he looks into it, Rhyme begins to suspect that he has stumbled onto an especially devious serial killer, one who uses cutting-edge data-mining techniques to steal the identities of his victims and of the innocent people he frames for his crimes. Rhyme is perhaps the best and smartest investigator in the game, but how do you catch a killer when you don't know anything about him, not even his name? If a large part of writing a mystery is like making a puzzle, then Deaver may just be the cleverest puzzle maker in the business. He has built his reputation on the strength of welldrawn characters; hyperrealistic dialogue (you don't read it, you hear it); and right-angle plot twists that are impossible (David Pitt)

'Rhyme still intrigues in his eighth outing, while Deaver's scarily believable depiction of identity theft in a tota-surveillance society stokes our paranoia' (Entertainment Weekly)

One of the great detective teams of contemporary crime fiction come storming back...Deaver never disappoints, and this novel shines (Mark Timlin in Independent on Sunday)

spellbinding complexity (The Times)

'When a thriller writer is as devoted to his audience as Jeffery Deaver is, he richly deserves his success . . . Jeffery Deaver's such a pro. In all his interviews, he explains again and again that he aims to deliver to his readers exactly the item they have ordered . . . The Broken Window is another corker. Deaver is fanatically disciplined about delivering to his customers... so that means the books are very determinedly plot-driven, full of close-packed twists and turns, shocks and surprises . . . Deaver exploits the device of making Rhyme physically immobile but mentally agile with great success...he thinks as well as ever, remaining fiercely committed to the old-fashioned discipline of forensic evidence...he's thus a step on from such great brains as Sherlock Holmes, or Mycroft, even less the man of action. Indeed he rather resembles the White Knight in Lewis Carroll: "What does it matter where my body happens to be? My mind goes on working all the same".'

Functional is precisely what Deaver wants his books to be - machines precision-engineered to keep the reader turning the pages without a hitch. So far the Procter & Gamble of the writers has sold 20 million books world-wide. You have to admire that. Because in his own way, Deaver's not merely a pro, he's quite a purist.

(Evening Standard)

gripping (Irish Times)

'Ingenious and scary.' (Psychologies)

'Deaver never disappoints, and this novel shines' (Independent on Sunday)

Praise for Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels (:)

The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

'On of the reasons why Jeffrey Deaver is regarded as a non-pareil crime writer is his skill with the opening chapters, and after this chilling overture, The Broken Window puts us once again in the crotchety company of Deaver's quadriplegic forensics consultant Lincoln Rhyme... All of this is handled with the pace and assurance that we expect from Deaver but the author has other tricks up his sleeve... such is Deaver's skill that everything comes up as fresh as new paint.' (Daily Express)

The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. (Daily Telegraph)

'This is a novel that will chill your blood on the warmest day of any summer holiday. Keep looking over your shoulder...' (Independent on Sunday)

'Jeffery Deaver is a master at crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity and sheer creative genius. And Lincoln Rhyme is one of a kind.' (Harlan Coben)

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Lincoln Rhyme returns in number one bestselling author Jeffery Deaver's new scarily contemporary thriller

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Fox on 20 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
All of Jeffrey Deavers books are thoroughly enjoyable and this one is no exception. Typically the plot twists and turns quickly. Although I have read most of his books and am used to his style he does still catch me out. Deavers attention to detail is remarkable, whether it is accurate or not isn't the point, the point is he is convincing. This book focuses on 'data mining' a company which collects and sells detailed information on the public for marketing and sales opportunities. Deaver doesnt judge just simply presents the argument for and against; police catching criminals vs invasion of privacy. But what makes this book so good is the interesting and enduring characters, especially the leading two Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. Their relationship has developed and with each book we learn a little bit more about them. Enjoy.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Clive on 23 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lincoln Ryme is almost back to early form from Deaver. This is an intriguing techno- thriller. An unsub has access to ultimate information on anyone, and uses this to rape and kill, whilst at the same time planting evidence to convincinly frame some unwitting patsy of his crime. Lincoln and Amelia quickly home in on a data mining company where most executives are under the spot-light. This gives a decent game of cat and mouse with Lincoln as the master of evidence Vs the man with ultimate knowledge of data. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kentspur VINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Producing good stuff a long way into a lucrative, far-fetched series is not easy, but Jeffrey Deaver has pulled it off with this engaging, pacy thriller and he deserves much praise.

This novel is about the hunt for a killer who murders people then - using identity theft and evidence placement - puts a sap in the frame for the authorities to incarcerate. It's a strong premise and, even though Mr Deaver shows it early, he effortlessly creates a strong narrative around the kind of people and organisations that could do this stuff to anyone. Each twist is well-camouflaged and impactful and the over-arching universe - that there are people out there who know everything about you - is well-described and, candidly, terrifying. The killer - when revealed - is not stupid or absurd. He's in there - if you get the clues - yet unexpected; kudos to Mr Deaver. The points made about how much anyone with access to an internet account and specialist knowledge knows about you are very well made. More than that, Mr Deaver delivers a paranoid vision of the world that matches the seventies 'Parralax View' and echoes more recent thrillers about how the 'net can destroy you, but in a more diciplined and clinical fashion.

The main weakness of the book is that it is part of a series and the 'good guys' in this very strong story are a wheel-chair bound forensic specialist - Lincoln Rhyme - and his partner, a fashion-model-turned-cop called Amelia Sachs. You almost wince as these characters - heroes of previous Deaver works - are re-introduced as they are so cliched and stupid. I am sure when Mr Deaver had to sell the first in this series, a profoundly disabled forensics guy was engagingly different for literary agents and publishers; now it feels contrived and ridiculous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Oxley on 18 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
The latest Lincoln Rhyme novel features the recurring Jeffery Deaver topics of identity theft and the individual's right to privacy. As a former lawyer, Jeff has long been concerned with protecting both civil and personal liberty and with the growth of intrusive surveillance by both governmental and non-governmental agencies.

'The Broken Window' features yet another unhinged serial killer, and develops into the familiar game of cat and mouse between Rhyme, the brilliant quadriplegic forensic scientist, and a very clever criminal sociopath. The killer is an obsessive collector of all manner of consumer goods - the detritus of everyday life - and has access to personal computer data for the victims he targets.

It begins with Lincoln advising the (British) Metropolitan Police on the apprehension of a global professional killer. He's then informed that his estranged cousin Arthur has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and the case against him seems cast-iron. Naturally, under the Rhyme microscope, flaws are immediately spotted and Lincoln realises he's up against a cunning killer who murders at will, then frames innocent parties after stealing their identity. He places the Met case on hold and diverts his considerable brainpower to the task of apprehending the guilty party, and freeing Arthur.

His investigation leads to a cutting-edge data mining company - Strategic Systems Datacorps (SSD) - who among other things, maintain comprehensive profiles of every American citizen, which they sell to companies targeting a particular demographic. SSD also have a full range of other software programs - both analytical and predictive - which they claim to have developed for the greater good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series are well known for their depth of factual information, clever plotting, great characters and many twists, and the Broken Window is no exception. Here, Rhyme and Sachs are pitted against a computer expert intent on wreaking havoc and leaving many dead bodies and framing many innocent parties. One of the latter is Arthur Rhyme, cousin of Lincoln, and best friend of his childhood. Through his detention, Lincoln is brought into the case. The complex plot features a data-mining company, the US government, internet rights activists and high level law enforcement. The technical details, as expected, are thoroughly researched and presented in great detail, which gives complexity and interest to the plot; Rhyme's predilection for physical evidence also proves invaluable and the two combine into a fast-paced plot with the trademark Deaver twists and turns. Along the way, there's perhaps more human interest than is sometimes the case in this series; Rhyme often muses on his childhood and his relationship with Arthur, as well as the causes of its breakdown; Sachs, meanwhile, remains heavily involved with Pam, a character who reappeared in The Cold Moon. Rhyme is also involved with the London Metropolitan Police in a case that features the perpetrator from the Cold Moon, and which provides a nicely open ending...

Excellent - read it!
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