- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 475 KB
- Print Length: 64 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 April 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMUVT2K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 203 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Textbook Case: A Lincoln Rhyme Short Story (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The usual Lincoln rhyme/Amelia story. Started well built up nicely then ended in a rush. The ending could have been a bit more spread out and it would still qualify as a short... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evelyn Flanigan
This is a fairly easy read. It's the usual Rhyme story; murder, evidence and some action. Not a bad read, still prefer the novels!Published 5 months ago by Bibliophile Book Club
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