Book Review - The Twelfth Card by Jeffery Deaver
The Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver is one of those ongoing stories that I look forward to with each new installment. Jeffery Deaver's latest, The Twelfth Card, continues to deliver the goods...
Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic criminologist with a vast array of insight and technology for solving crimes, is brought into a case involving the attempted murder of a 16 year old girl. She was studying the history of an ancestor who was accused of a crime over 140 year ago. For some reason, there are persons who don't want the information she's reading to be uncovered by anyone. Rhyme and his partner, Amelia Sachs, work the crime scenes and try to figure out both who is trying to kill her and what secrets are buried in the letters from the former slave written after the civil war.
This is one of those stories where you know who the primary killer is, but there are a couple other characters who might also be a threat to the girl. As you get closer to the end of the story, many of the assumptions that you've taken as fact are challenged. Pretty soon you're not quite sure who to trust and who is still trying to finish the contract. The only thing I didn't much care for is that the 140 year old secrets are not revealed until the very end. While it keeps you reading in order to find out the answers, it got a little frustrating after awhile, not knowing why all this was going on. I'm not always very patient... :-)
Good story, good installment... Looking forward to the next one.