Saturday, June 11, 2005

Next Read

[Pic Courtesy Jeffery Deaver Website]

Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme would probably qualify as fiction's most immobile protagonist ever. He is a quadriplegic paralysed from the neck down except for movement in one finger and is mostly strapped to a bed in his house. But with his assistant(and lover) Amelia Sachs serving as his eyes, arms and legs at a crime scene, the former criminalist continues his work tracking down criminals using clues found at the crime scenes. Rhyme was first introduced in Deaver's Bone Collector, which was also made into a movie with Denzel Washington playing him and Angelina Jolie as his assistant Sachs. Great movie by the way.

Deaver is an amazing storyteller with an uncanny knack of throwing in twists that completely blindside us. I had seen Bone Collector before but The Devil's Teardrop was my introduction to Deaver in print. Though not part of the Rhyme series, the story and the twists therein made me a fan and I've read all his books since then.

Deaver brings back Rhyme for latest novel The Twelfth Card. The novel seems to be about a killer's chase of a young woman, which also has some links to events that happened 140 years ago. It covers just two days as Rhyme tries to figure out the reason behind the killer targetting the teenager.


At 12:09 AM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

I've never read Deaver. I've seen people buying Deaver's books from Costco. Maybe I'll try once.!

Thanks Balaji.

At 1:03 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

narayanan, not sure what kinda books u read. but if u like fast thrillers with some nice twists, deaver's the man!

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deaver is pretty good..Stone monkey was a gripping read! Also like(d) Jonathan Kellerman a lot esp. his Devil's Waltz..but haven't read his novels for a while


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