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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (23 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340960639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340960639
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,978 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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Praise for Jeffery Deaver's novels (:)

The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

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)

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Lincoln Rhyme is threatened by his cleverest opponent yet in the seventh in the series.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. Newstead VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Deaver finally gets back on form bringing his signature to this great and clever thriller, not quite Coffin Dancer the best thriller ever written and the only book that made me miss my underground stop. The twists are beautiful the villains almost too many to keep track of but very good anyway. The villain this time is a suspect called the Watchmaker who is obsessed with clocks and killing people very very slowly to make them suffer for a reason that becomes clear later on in the book. Just when you think you have solved it you can be sure you have not and that there is yet another twist/book around the corner to proove you have not. This is 1000 times better than the previous attempts recently and I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By adam smith on 21 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having recently met with the author in person at a book signing, I remarked to him that the Cold Moon was the most preposterous book I had ever read - and, being a gentleman and a man of modesty, Deaver burst out laughing! I explained to him I meant it in a good way, which he kind of understood.

Anyway, back to the book. After the supremely disappointing Twelfth Card, Deaver is bang on form in this offering. He somehow manages to hold together a mulit-layered crime thriller, with the ever reliable Sachs & Rhyme heading up the task force to find the killer. Written in similar vein to the Vanished Man, with numerous twists and red herrings, Deaver brings about what can only be described as a fantastic plot, and at times, suspension of disbelief is hard to control. However, fans of Deaver expect the unbelievable, and this is what makes his novels, in the main, so thoroughly enjoyable.

Despite this, I actually believe Deaver is a far better writer when he turns his hand to subjects of seriousness - Garden of Beasts gives ample proof of that.

Finally, if any readers of this review get the opportunity, I would highly recommend going to see Deaver at one of his book signings - he is a most unassuming gentleman, and he spends as much time as he can with every person he goes to see him.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Those reviewers who have said that Deaver has been off form of late are not wrong. The storylines have been fairly uninspired and the relationship between his 2 main characters, paraplegic forensic genius lincoln Rhyme and his policewoman partner Amelia Sachs, had started to become stale.

With the cold moon we have a welcome return to the sort of form that Deavers fans have been waiting for.

Two people have suffered slow, painful deaths out in the cold snow covered streets of New York. What connects them is that both murders are meticulously planned to ensure as slow a death as possible and next to each victim a clock is left along with a piece of paper on which is written a poem.

Meanwhile elsewhere a wealthy buisnessman appears to have killed himself but all is not as it seems and his death begins to point to police corruption.

The 2 plotlines are well enough written and move along quite neatly but what sets this book apart from Deavers recent offerings is the changes that are rung. For the first time Rhyme & Sachs embark on 2 seperate cases, a new expert who specialises in human behaviour is introduced, a rookie cop introduced in the previous book has his development charted and the sometimes irritatingly smug and rude Rhyme is left rueing not listening to others and dismissing different, non forensic methods.

It's not in the same league as the blue nowhere or the empty chair but the cold moon is a welcome improvement and certainly an entertaining read. Hope you enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2006
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I believe this is the seventh of the Rhyme-Sachs escapades but I regret to say, as a dedicated fan and owner of fourteen Jeffery Deaver novels, that this particular franchise is in danger of running out of steam. From a technical point of view it is awesome, a masterpiece with highly impressive accounts of police tactics and forensic research, with the psychological science of kinesics now added to the mix. But if there is such a thing as showboating in crime fiction writing then Deaver may be guilty of it, because this tale has more twists than a fistful of fusilli and I for one am growing slightly tired of it. In a way, the first of the many twists was most welcome, because the first story (there's more than one, in effect) was so by-the-numbers Deaver fare that I was almost crying out for the `shock surprise' that would change the direction of the tale completely. The thing is, there's fiction and there's fantasy - not only are the plans of the bad guy - the Watchmaker - rather less than credible in their complexity, but the foresight of Lincoln Rhyme in being able to thwart him is even more so. It's as if the baddie's too bad to be true, and the good guy's too good - or at least has incredible detective skills that border on mind-reading.

If anything, our immobile hero Linc takes something of a back seat (or wheelchair) to his established partner Amelia Sachs and a newcomer to the series in the form of a female kinesics expert (Kathryn Dance - note the musical innuendo again) who just happens to get deeply involved in this case while visiting New York from her native California. Come to think about it, Dance is `on her way to the airport' for the entirety of this novel, but keeps on putting it off to another day.
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