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A Textbook Case: A Lincoln Rhyme Short Story (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Deaver
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When a young woman is found brutally murdered in a parking garage, with a veritable mountain of potential evidence to sift through, it may be the most challenging case former NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme has ever taken on.

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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Story 22 April 2013
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Lincoln Rhyme's phrase 'walking the grid', where examination of every square inch of a crime scene will reveal evidence, no matter how miniscule, that will point to the villain, is severely tested in this short story. A young woman is found murdered in an underground car park. Amelia Sachs is sent to investigate. The area surrounding her has been obliterated by materials designed to obscure any evidence of the killer. The amount of collection boxes and bags is on a par with an episode of mass destruction. Rhyme finds the case as frustrating as any he can recall. A meticulous analysis of the subject matter and possibilities leads Rhyme to believe someone is using his classic text on 'Evidence Collection and Analysis' to cover their tracks.

The interaction between Rhyme's factual evidence-based approach and Sachs's psychology and policing of crime make for a formidable team. They are thorough in their own complementary ways as the tension builds to apprehend the culprit who has the hallmarks of a serial attacker. Working on minute leads, the plot is far from straightforward, absorbing with plenty of action, brainwork and some neat twists, the major one is cleverly unseen. Young police officer Marko works with Rhyme and Sachs in a diligent and engaging manner and adds to the book's character.

Jeffrey Deaver has written an enjoyable and suspenseful story. The format worked for me and is tremendous value. A short preview of his next novel 'The Kill-Room' is an addendum and is much anticipated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 22 April 2013
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Typical Lincoln Rhyme but over a bit TOO quickly (I know it's a short story).

Filled a gap though, and Lincoln is getting some use of his limbs (not a spoiler, it's said very early on).
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2.0 out of 5 stars THIS CAN'T BE A JEFFERY DEAVER 11 May 2013
By Clive
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Jeffery Deaver is, by a country mile, my favourite detective author. I have read everything he has ever written, including all of his excellent short stories, and have never, ever, been disappointed. Now I'm fairly smart (well, I think I am so that's OK!) and I have never, not once, worked out the 'baddie' or, in the odd case, the ending before the final section of a JD book. It's deliciously frustrating to know that he can beat me time after time, no matter how much I study his style. I would read a set of map directions if JD wrote it and, yes, I have pre-ordered his next gift to mystery readers.

But 'A Textbook Case' is different. It is short. Very short. But, then again, Mr Deaver is no stranger to the undervalued skill of compressing a wonderful plot and brilliant characters into fewer words. This book is all over the show. It's muddled and confused and then, at the end, it's as though JD has got to the end of his allotted word count and has thought "Oh, better end it now". And then there is the event that has changed my life. For the first time, I guessed the villain early on (OK, it was a guess and not a true identification, but it's still the first time for me). JD always puts the clues there for you but so skilfully that you just don't see them until it's too late; I've even immediately re-read some of his books just to make sure that he didn't cheat me and, sure enough, he always wins fair and square. But not this time. The critical clue was wafted through the plot but in such a clumsy fashion that I spotted it straight away. Even the usual 'red herring' was glowing crimson and stinking to high heaven.

If you've never read a JD, then this will just be an average, if very short, read. But, honestly Mr D, for us fans, I wish you'd never bothered.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable case and over use of brand names 22 Feb. 2014
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It has been a long time since I read any Jeffrey Deaver, but I loved books like The Bone Collector and The Coffin Dancer. I have read SciFi and Fantasy almost exclusively for a few years, and thought I would give this short story a try as a change.

I thought some of the conclusions the detective came to about broken light bulbs (among other things) were fairly contrived and not at all the most logical explanation. The use of brand names was rife throughout and quite jarring. Seeing as I read fantasy set in worlds where brand names do not exist I may have lost touch and this might be a normal thing in books set in the modern world, but felt to me like product placement and broke the suspension of disbelief that lets you forget you are reading a book, and not living through someone else's experience.
I cannot remember the end to this story even though I read it a couple of months ago. I read Coffin Dancer about 12years ago and still remember it quite vividly. I haven't read enough to say he has lost his touch, but this certainly isn't one of his better efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Written like a movie pitch 6 May 2013
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I love Jeffrey Deaver, I wanted to find him equally capable of writing short stories as full-blown novels but unfortunately I was disappointed. This is not a good short story, it is more like a pitch for a movie of a book he will write after he writes the screenplay. None of the trademark twists and turns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Lincoln Rhyme Fans 10 Sept. 2013
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This is a Lincoln Rhyme story with all the necessary Deaver elements, and characters. Even though it is quite short it is up to the usual Rhyme standard, and I was pleased that it caught us up on Lincoln's health, which has been improving. A must for Lincoln Rhyme and Deaver fans.
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