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Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance Series #2)

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Jeffrey Deaver, author of the great Lincoln Rhymes mysteries, has another hit series with the Kathryn Dance police procedurals

The Chilton Report blog, owned and operated by Jim Chilton, opens up a discussion thread dubbed Roadside Crosses, which questions why an accident occurred on the spot where two roadsides intersect. The teens were going home after a graduation party; but two died, one w...
The Chilton Report blog, owned and operated by Jim Chilton, opens up a discussion thread dubbed Roadside Crosses, which questions why an accident occurred on the spot where two roadsides intersect. The teens were going home after a graduation party; but two died, one was hospitalized and driver Travis Brigham hardly had a scratch. On the blog, everyone attacks Travis holding him responsible for vehicular homicide.--

He becomes the victim of a cyber war in which each part is uglier than the previously horrific segue as people accuse him of all sorts of crimes. Tammy Parker was kidnapped and thrown into the trunk if her car, which he drove into the ocean at high tide; she was fortunate to be rescued. She said Travis did it Another female almost died from poisonous fumes; she tells the cops Travis did it. --------------

California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance investigates Travis, but when she tries to see him a second time, he is gone. As more people on the blog claim Travis attacked them, Kathryn applies her kinesics expertise to separate the lies from the truth in hopes of catching Travis before he kills again; he knows if he is caught he has no prayer as the evidence is extraordinarily overwhelming.-----------

Jeffrey Deaver, author of the great Lincoln Rhymes mysteries, has another hit series with the Kathryn Dance police procedurals (see THE SLEEPING DOLL). The protagonist seems genuine because she makes mistakes even with her being the department's expert on reading body language. As she follows clues that seem to inch her closer to the perpetrator, she must deal with her mom being arrested for a mercy killing while also coping with the Blog attacks coaxing politicians to pressure her and other cops to catch Travis. There are plenty of red herrings and misdetections as Mr. Deaver provides an intriguing high tech thriller; that besides an exhilarating cat and mouse murder investigation looks deep into the influence of blogs.-----------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on April 14, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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Roadside Crosses was my introduction to Jeffrey Deaver and sadly, I have confess this book was barely readable. I have to agree with another reviewer that character development was rather minimal and I found it odd that all the story characters spoke in clipped,fragment...
Roadside Crosses was my introduction to Jeffrey Deaver and sadly, I have confess this book was barely readable. I have to agree with another reviewer that character development was rather minimal and I found it odd that all the story characters spoke in clipped,fragmented sentences. It was irritating and almost considered quitting this story. The only thing that stopped me was that I bought this book. Some men might speak fragmentedly, but I find it difficult to believe that women, even law enforcement career women like Kathryn Dance speak this way as a general rule. Everyone has their own unique speech & vocabulary patterns when they communicate, but everyone in this story spoke in the same fragmented manner. Implausible! Then there was the endless streams of blogs I had to sift through & other techie information which was very monotonous. Ennui quickly set in after awhile, living inside the head of Kathryn Dance throughout most of this book. There was much too much display of kinesics and processing in this story for me. Kathryn Dance read everyone,kids, friends, co-workers, suspects, witnesses, the dog.....on a 24/7 basis. It made me think Dance is a control freak and way too sensitive about what others think and what their body expressions might convey. Her professional analysis of body reading can assist in investigations, but is insubstantive and an inadequate basis as a primary tool for crime solving. It's a good tool as an aid....but just an aid. I found it hard to believe that a good law enforcement agent can conduct a thorough and factually based investigation solely based on kinesics. Furthermore, I wasn't convinced that Dance could effectively control people on a consistent basis by giving hard looks & or growling commands. Once Dance barked, people backed off. Really? Men,in particular, often challenge the authority of women, yet not one gave her a serious challenge. I guess Dance was talented that way. Ha! I really had a difficult time getting through this book.

Most of the story was dialog so I presume that the author is hoping for Hollywood to buy the screenplay & movie rights for this story.

The author did not appear to "paint" the scenes and just plainly told the reader how things were instead of using the device of powerful or subtle scene descriptions to lead the reader down the path of imagination. It appeared to me, this author wrote this story in a hurried manner to meet a deadline.

Sorry to say, it but this is one of the worst novels I've ever read. Interesting storyline & plot twist but extremely disappointly poor in execution.

Here's my two thumbs down on this book!

posted by Imrahil on January 24, 2010

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Jeffrey Deaver, author of the great Lincoln Rhymes mysteries, has another hit series with the Kathryn Dance police procedurals

    The Chilton Report blog, owned and operated by Jim Chilton, opens up a discussion thread dubbed Roadside Crosses, which questions why an accident occurred on the spot where two roadsides intersect. The teens were going home after a graduation party; but two died, one was hospitalized and driver Travis Brigham hardly had a scratch. On the blog, everyone attacks Travis holding him responsible for vehicular homicide.--

    He becomes the victim of a cyber war in which each part is uglier than the previously horrific segue as people accuse him of all sorts of crimes. Tammy Parker was kidnapped and thrown into the trunk if her car, which he drove into the ocean at high tide; she was fortunate to be rescued. She said Travis did it Another female almost died from poisonous fumes; she tells the cops Travis did it. --------------

    California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance investigates Travis, but when she tries to see him a second time, he is gone. As more people on the blog claim Travis attacked them, Kathryn applies her kinesics expertise to separate the lies from the truth in hopes of catching Travis before he kills again; he knows if he is caught he has no prayer as the evidence is extraordinarily overwhelming.-----------

    Jeffrey Deaver, author of the great Lincoln Rhymes mysteries, has another hit series with the Kathryn Dance police procedurals (see THE SLEEPING DOLL). The protagonist seems genuine because she makes mistakes even with her being the department's expert on reading body language. As she follows clues that seem to inch her closer to the perpetrator, she must deal with her mom being arrested for a mercy killing while also coping with the Blog attacks coaxing politicians to pressure her and other cops to catch Travis. There are plenty of red herrings and misdetections as Mr. Deaver provides an intriguing high tech thriller; that besides an exhilarating cat and mouse murder investigation looks deep into the influence of blogs.-----------

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 5, 2013

    Sky

    A girl crawls in

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    Posted November 5, 2013

    Zach

    A 13 year old boy looks around. He has turcoise eyes and dirty blonde hair. I wonder which god is my dad...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    highly recommended

    i could not put this book down

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    I loved it!

    This is my first Jeffery Deaver book and I could not put it down. This is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    So many twists, turns and a surprise ending!!

    This is one book that had me stumped until the end. Just when you think you know whats going on - surprise...

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

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    jeffery deaver books never let you down.

    it was nice to have a katherine dance thriller. it was such a good read, but for me jeffery deaver never disappoints. one note. only one double contraction in this book.....i guess they all belong to lincon rhymes.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    kathryn dance is a great character

    loved it.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Timely & Thrilling

    I read varied literary genres from history (world wars, biographies), travel, mysteries (law & medical), etc. However, I have read all of Jeffery Deaver's books & look forward with great anticipation to what he has in store for us next. Every one is a gem of roller coaster excitement & just as important,timely & well-researched facts. Kathryn Dance is a nice balance to our well-loved Lincoln Rhyme, which is something more "for the girls". I hope that there will be more films based on Deaver's books.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Deaver Does It Again! Kathryn Dance Series A True Thriller

    Jeffery Deaver has a sense of timing, characters, and location that is nearly unbeatable. His writing allows the readers to be right there, visualizing the entire storyline. While I am unsure what series or characters could possibly compete with Lincoln Rhymes et al, I do believe Kathryn Dance and her cohorts do just that. Selfishly enough, I'm thrilled that Jeffery Deaver has an unstoppable imagination and the talent to put all into a story and characters that are as great as they are! I look forward to all the upcoming journeys in print he will offer!

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    roadside crosses worth reading

    once again jeffery deaver does not disappoint.the second in the series as good or better than the first. very exciting, and as usual great twist and gripping read,i couldn,t put it down.the characters are wonderful. a very worthy read, enjoy!

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    loved it

    nothing else

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

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    Deaver has done it again

    I thought the plot and characters were original. Ms Dance's character was excellent. I was impressed how Deaver was able to manuever his characters through the internet blogs. It makes you think twice about the information we really giving out on the internet blogs. This is a great read for rainy and sunny days. I recommend this book for those who are Deaver fans and for those who are not.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Excellent read.

    This novel is not for the Internet novice. Like The Blue Nowhere, it delves into the depths of Internet traffic. I was amazed at the ease of starting blogs and extracting of personal information. From the beginning, I felt sympathy for Travis and didn't think he was committing the crimes. Deaver fleshed out his characters and made them a significent part of the plot. Kathryn Dance is a very likable character and has personal problems like the rest of us. I highly recommend this book as a keeper.

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    a fantastic read

    A read for anybody who wants to read a book that has great character development and depth. From the start it has the ability to grab you by the throat.

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