- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (23 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340960620
- ISBN-13: 978-0340960622
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.6 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Twelfth Card: Lincoln Rhyme Book 6 (Lincoln Rhyme thrillers) Paperback – 23 Jul 2009
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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)
The sixth thriller in the Lincoln Rhyme series, set in Harlem and featuring one of Deaver's most spectacular twists.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
A high school student is the target of a hit man. The million dollar questions are: who is the killer? and why is she being targeted? The case takes a strange turn once everyone realises she is researching her family tree and one of her ancestors may have a bearing on history as we know it.
Suddenly Rhyme and co are trying to find out what happened all those decades ago as well as keep young Geneva safe.
You'll be terribly disappointed to find out the conclusion of the case but the road there almost makes it worth it. Plus, there's another Rhyme book coming out soon and you dont want to be left in the dark when certain personal aspects creep in...:)
Read if you are an avid Rhyme/ Deaver fan only....
This one is unfortunately one of the 1 out of 10 that dont quite make the grade.
There is a schoolgirl being hunted by a meticulous hitman whose reasons for wanting her dead are unclear at first. Her story is unravelled slowly but surely and as we learn more of her we learn more of a slave ancestor of hers who may or may not have turned bad and whose own story becomes tied up with the plot.
There's no lack of ideas or of characterization, Deaver has yet to write poorly in these areas, but there is something awry with the pacing of the story. It just moves too slowly and repeats itself too often so that your mind begins to wander and your interest becomes lost.
Truth is there's a good story in here but it would probably have been to make the ancestors story the main plotline as it was the one with the most potential and plot and to have relegated the schoolgirls plight to the lesser story as this was repetitive and ultimately the less interesting of the 2.
Dont get me wrong, a half cooked Deaver story still kicks much of the competition into touch, it's just that he has written better and so in comparison this one looks somewhat undercooked.
In steps Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to help the police figure out why Geneva is the target of Boyd. Boyd is willing to sacrifice innocents to accomplish what he was hired to do. Who hired him and why? Is he working alone? Why has he become a person who feels nothing?
Another problem arises when Lincoln discovers that Geneva's parents are fictitious and she is living on her own. She is doing very well in school so no one suspects the real situation. Where are her mom and dad?
And, of course, there is always the side of the story where Lincoln's paralysis comes in. This time, he is exercising to attempt to create even a small amount of movement. Does all the hard work bring about what Lincoln hopes for? The twists and turns of this story kept me wanting to listen long into the night.
The reader, Dennis Boutsikaris, is adept at voice inflections and keeps the reader interested by not becoming monotone. He is clear and precise in his pronunciation of the words and does very well when reading the Black English Vernacular.
The Twelfth Card provides historical background on the civil rights movement and how hard life was for the black man. It also tell of what hard work and determination of a teenager can bring about and of Lincoln's constant struggle to gain even a little bit of freedom from the paralysis he suffers.
In this installment Rhyme is investigating why a man has been stalking a highschool student. Could it have something to do with the 140 year old death of the student's ancestor. I wont give away the plot but it takes off from here and leads the reader on a suspencful tale full of thrills and twists and turns! I highly recommend "The Twelfth cars" you wan't be disapointed!
I also must recommened "A Tourist in the Yucatan," underground thriller hit of 2005!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a typical Rhyme novel It is a decent read but got boring towards the end.Published 26 days ago by Flutterby Dee
Good, well rounded characters, can be read as a stand alone story, if you have never read previous stories.Published 3 months ago by Lelly
Jeffrey Deaver never disappoints. His Lincoln Rhyme series is literally one of the very best reads, mainly because he is like no other detective. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jean Lipscombe