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The Twelfth Card (2005)

de Jeffery Deaver

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Sèrie: Lincoln Rhyme (6)

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The Twelfth Card is a two-day cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of uptown Manhattan as quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs try to outguess Thompson Boyd a man whose past has turned him into a killing machine as unfeeling and cunning as a wolf. Boyd is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem, and it's up to Lincoln and Amelia to figure out why.… (més)

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I dithered about the rating for this book. I ultimately enjoyed the book, but I got really tired of all the Red Herrings in this book. It's beyond absurd. I also don't think Rhyme has super human abilities that he can figure out what the true motive is beyond all of these people he investigates. I did love seeing Kara from the previous book in this one though. And we get to see some more scenes with Rhymes and Sachs that show them as a couple.

Rhyme and Sachs are called in by Lon Selitto to investigate when a young African American girl (Geneva Settle) is almost sexually assaulted at a museum. It honestly doesn't make any sense to me why they would be asked to look into what I think most people would consider a waste of their resources. However, we readers of course find out that a hired killer is out to murder this girl for reasons unknown at this point.

We are initially offered clues that perhaps the killer wants to kill this girl so she can not reveal some secret truth about one of her ancestors....and yeah. I maybe rolled my eyes at this whole line of questioning. And also at the fact this girl had letters from the 1800s in her possession and they had not fallen apart. And that her family member wrote better English than most Americans in this time period who were taught to read and write.

There is also some unfortunate stereotypes about African Americans in this one and good lord a whole thing about Ebonics (remember that mess?) that just made me tired. When I stuck to just the science pieces in this book I enjoyed it more.

The Red Herrings in all of Deavers books (The Twist) needs to stop though. At this point I am getting used to the fact that the team will end up being wrong at least 2 or 3 times. And that the murderer will become obsessed with either Sachs or Rhyme (it was Sachs in this one) and that Rhyme will put off going to the doctor repeatedly and tell himself it's not because he's scared.

The main thing I found interesting was that this book is taking place after 9/11 and that Rhyme goes into a whole before and after with New York City. He feels annoyed at the people and changes taking place. I wish that we had gotten more of that in this book. However, we really don't besides some throwaway lines.

We get some Lon is scared story-line due to him standing next to someone who gets shot and killed in front of him. I don't know how realistic I found it though. The guy has been around forever. We do get Dellray (I love him) and he is back in this one protecting Geneva. We also get a new face in the police department that I hope we get to see again.

We also get into the mind of the killer in this one (per usual) but I didn't find that aggravating or distracting like in previous books. Maybe because this one was developed as well as The Bone Collector was in book #1.

The ending of the book was a bit weird. We get a sense that Thom and others have collected Geneva a bit into their lives. I wonder if she will be back in future books or at least referenced. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This is another of the Lincoln Rhyme series. Not one of the best or maybe I'm just tired of them. I did read this one with my ears which made it a little easier to get through and I did get to the end. Someone is out to kill Geneva Settle, a 16 year old exemplary student. The first try was while she was doing research in a library. Lincoln and his group figure out nearly right away that the bag left behind to make the scene look like an attempted rape as well as a murder was just a front. This case took all manner of twists and turns before the end. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Okay. Story line and plot a bit tedious. ( )
  DannyKeep | Mar 10, 2020 |
His face wet with sweat and with tears, the man runs for freedom, he runs for his life. "There! There he goes!" The former slave does not know exactly where the voice comes from. Behind him? To the right or left? From atop one of the decrepit tenements lining the filthy cobblestoned streets here? Amid July air hot and thick as liquid paraffin, the lean man leaps over a pile of horse dung. The street sweepers don't come here, to this part of the city. Charles Singleton pauses beside a pallet stacked high with barrels, trying to catch his breath.
  taurus27 | Jan 26, 2020 |
Not as interesting as some of his other books. Trying to link a 140 year old mystery with attempted murder of a 14 year old girl seems stretching it a bit far. Are there really people out there who would kill to keep such an old secret? I did enjoy Geneva and her friend Keesha, and their pact to graduate and make something of their lives. What happens to Keesha in the end was disappointing and seemed stereotyped. As usual, the villains are the most interesting characters. Jax was entertaining, although annoying, and Thompson Boyd was intriguing. Are sociopaths made or born?

Parts of this book were interesting, parts of it weren't. And one too many confusing twists at the end. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
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The Twelfth Card is a two-day cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of uptown Manhattan as quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs try to outguess Thompson Boyd a man whose past has turned him into a killing machine as unfeeling and cunning as a wolf. Boyd is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem, and it's up to Lincoln and Amelia to figure out why.

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