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The Cold Moon (Lincoln Rhyme Series #7)

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Close, But No Cigar.

    You're the lead investigator of the largest police department there is. One of the most important cases of your career lies at your own fingertips. Imagine yourself trying to chase a villan who is obsessed with everyone's own natural enemy: time itself.

    Great characters. Stories with a assortment of twists and turns. Nefarious bad guys who intend to avenge themselves from their endurance of rather sentimental losses and setbacks. And not to mention stories that are told from a variety of perspectives. All of these mentioned above are the many strengths of bestselling mystery writer Jeffery Deaver. Nonetheless, these particular strengths he does not quite deliver in THE COLD MOON, making his 7th entry in the well-popular Lincoln Rhyme series.

    In similarity to his previous entry THE TWELFTH CARD, Deaver yet again makes another departure in the notorious crime series. Only this time do readers have to swallow down a variety of story lines all at once. In this entry, our heroic disabled criminalist, Lincoln Rhyme, along with his longtime partner and lover, Amelia Sachs, are on the trail of the Watchmaker, a meticulously cunning villan who leaves at each of his murders his own calling card; each of them a moon-faced clock ticking away the victims' last seconds. At the same time, however, Rhyme struggles in keeping Amelia motivated into further pursuing the Watchmaker case. Now promoted as a lead detective, Amelia pursues a homicide case of her own. But soon enough, the duo later discovers that both of their cases are related.

    While in pursuit of the Watchmaker, Rhyme meets Kathryn Dance, a kinesics (body language) expert with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Despite their opposing views with regard to their own pursuit of crime, the two form an awkward, but clever, alliance with each other. It's only a matter of either hours, minutes, or seconds before the Watchmaker strikes again. For 48 hours, Rhyme, Sachs, and Dance are on the hunt for one of the most cunning serial killers that they've ever come to face.

    THE COLD MOON has quite a few pros that Deaver fans will tend to find to be both delightful and clever. For starters, he does a better job on keeping his readers guessing regarding the various twists than THE VANISHED MAN, one of the earlier Rhyme books. In that one, the twist and turns came to a point in where they were getting to be a little predictable and tedious. The biggest advantage of this entry is they way Deaver creates a climax into the series. What makes it so clever is his creation of Kathryn Dance. With her debut and not to mention her opposing pursuit of crime, it cleverly changes the readers' perspective of how they view Lincoln Rhyme's way of thinking.

    Yet though the book contains some rather good literary elements, it does nonetheless contain the bad ones. Unlike THE VANISHED MAN, the novel's hook is not quite as strong. Readers thus will fing reading it to be a little bit of a chore in some of the scenes. A few of the twists that come forth later in the book will have readers questioning its credibility. In addition to that, they will also find them to be a little wierd. The main flaw that topredos THE COLD MOON is that Deaver bends the main principles with villans a little too far. Throughout the story, the Watchmaker works with an accomplice in order to commit the killings. Although it appears to work in few of the scenes, it does, however, contradict the main rule regarding how villans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Almost a Four but...

    The book was really slow until about the middle then it became a nail biter. The twists and turns were amazing and I can honestly say that I didn't see a darn one of them coming however...the twists kept coming and coming until I was just tired and wished the book would end. But still I didn't see anything coming and that's worth the price of the book alone. Amelia's side story was great too. And I loved Kathryn Dance as well as the Watchmaker. I could see him easily becoming Moriarity to Rhymes' Sherlock Homes. It's a bad guy that you don't want to get caught because he's just so cool but at the same time you just know you shouldn't be rooting for him. Good read. Recommended.

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