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What I Think: Review of Jeffrey Deaver's The Twelfth Card

I've been a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver for some time now, but I've never done a review of his work...until now!



My mom recently let me borrow a new paperback of Deaver's The Twelfth Card, which features Deaver's most famous characters, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. You may have seen the movie adaptation of Deaver's first Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Bone Collector, that starred Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme and Angelina Jolie as Rhyme's protege and girlfriend, Amelia Sachs.

In The Twelfth Card, these characters are the same that I've come to know and love. Rhyme and Sachs, along with their usual crew of NYPD officers, specialists and technicians, tackle the attempted murder case of 16-year-old Geneva Settle. They begin to believe that Geneva's brush with death may be tied to an article she was reading about the arrest and trial of her ancestor, Charles--who lived one hundred and forty years before. So, what in the world does a Harlem teenager have to do with a century old trial? Lincoln and Sachs quickly discover that the past isn't always past. Their desire to set the story straight, while catching the killer, is compounded by the fact that Rhyme is a paraplegic who is confined to his cherry red wheelchair. Sachs often has to be his eyes, ears, hands and feet at the crime scenes they investigate.

And in true Jeffrey Deaver fashion, the story twists and turns. And then twists some more. Just when you think they've figured everything out--BAM!--another plot twist.

While these murder mysteries/ thrillers might not be high literature, they sure are fun. The Twelfth Card reads like it's an action movie, and the suspense doesn't let up until the very end.

On the flipside, if you're easily offended by coarse language, you might want to seek entertainment elsewhere--there are many unsavory (and some savory) characters that need some help expanding their vocabulary. This is fairly true of all the Deaver books (as well as all of the James Patterson thrillers).

If you're searching for something to discuss in your Ph.D. level English class, you'll want to pass this one by. However, if you're looking for a fun and suspenseful escape from reality--and you like Criminal Minds or CSI:--then you should give The Twelfth Card, or any of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme books, a try this summer.

Like this book? Check these out:

  • James Patterson's Alex Cross series
  • Patricia Cornwell's Blowfly (my favorite of the Kay Scarpetta series)
  • Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series (the Alphabet books)