Saturday, September 26, 2009

149 - The Broken Window; Jeffery Deaver

Lincoln Rhyme has his work cut out for him in this Jeffery Deaver book: The Broken Window. For readers who are not familiar with the Lincoln Rhyme character, he is a NY City forensic specialist; he is also a paraplegic. He is intelligent and testy.

The Broken Window is a story about a high tech version of identity theft taken to the extreme. It is not just someone who just steals your money, but one who assumes your identity to commit awful crimes using your name.

This master criminal thinks that he has what it takes to pull off repeated "perfect crimes" without getting caught, as he's been getting away with it forsome time. He sees his victims as numbers. The killer is dubbed UNSUB 522, by Rhyme, because the first known crime happened on May 22.

This killer made a one big mistake. He has framed Lincoln Rhyme's cousin, Arthur Rhyme, for murder. The evidence looks like Arthur may have been responsible, but, there is no way that he could have possibly murdered the first victim, Alice Sanderson.

Rhyme investigates the evidence against his cousin to see if he can uncover any mistakes by police, but he discovers something worse. They are dealing with a computer genius who also happens to be a sociopath. As Rhyme and his staff work on the crime, they discover a business that collects every bit of available information about every man, woman and child in the US. They know where you were, what you did, what you bought etc, and the fact that a sociopath has access to this data, makes everyone wonder...just who is safe?

The Broken Window was a very long audio book ( 12 cds)  read by Dennis Boutsikaris, who always does an amazing job. A good thriller with a clever, engaging plot, but probably not the best type of book to listen to each night before bed like a did, given the fact a sociopath, is at work. Recommended


  1. This book made me totally paranoid. :-) I love Lincoln Rhyme!


  2. I saw the movie based on one of the books in this series years ago, but have yet to read any of the books. I've heard such great things about Deaver that I really must give him a try one of these days. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Diane! I can see why reading or listening to this one before bed might not be a good idea. :-)

  3. Sounds like a real thriller! Did you sign up for Carls' R.I.P. IV reading challenge?

  4. I need to get on the Deaver bandwagon!! This one sounds extremely good!

  5. The idea of identity theft is one I find very disturbing - even more so if used to commit crimes! I'm with Lezlie: I think this book would make me very paranoid too :P

  6. Wow! I just got this book in the mail last week and hadn't heard anything about it.

    Now, of course, it must move up on the list!

  7. I've not read a Jeffrey Deaver/Lincoln Rhymes book but I'm intrigued. Perhaps I'll start at the beginning! : )

  8. I used to read a lot of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme books - they're always very suspenseful and compelling. In fact, that's probably why I haven't read any in awhile - I need my sleep!

    Thanks for the review - I'm putting this one on my husband's Christmas list!


  9. I love the Lincoln Rhyme books. They always manage to surprise me without seeming like the twists are being forced. Deaver is definitely on my favorite list.


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