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Roadside Crosses


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Jeffery Deaver was a lawyer before quitting work to become a full-time writer.


Deaver brings back body-language expert Kathryn Dance (The Sleeping Doll) in a clever and twisted tale that explores the world of the Internet and the premise that words can be more powerful than any weapon. A roadside remembrance cross is found with the next day's date. When that day arrives, someone almost dies near the spot. As more memorials appear that seem to predict future deaths, Dance must push her talents to the limit; this killer lives in an online world and believes that his imaginary life is his real one. And how does an expert on human interaction deal with an avatar from a fake realm? The web sites mentioned throughout the book are actual live links and add to the fun. Though a couple of subplots get glossed over, the main story resonates. Dance is another exciting series character, and though this series has a ways to go before it achieves the devotion accorded Deaver's Rhyme/Sachs series, it has unlimited potential. Don't miss this one. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/09.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'A multilayered, multi-charactered stayup- late read.' - Courier Mail'This gripping thriller has interesting issues regarding freedom of blogging and the use of the new media. A great weekend read.' - Manly Daily'With each new book, Jeffery Deaver has guarded his reputation as the premier thriller writer. Highly recommended.' - South Coast RegisterPraise for Jeffery Deaver's thrillers - : Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb. - Independent on SundayThe pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man' - Guardian'Deaver's expert and devious plotting makes it a challenge to stay only a couple of steps behind him' - Publishers WeeklyROADSIDE CROSSES is a gripping story peopled with memorable characters. No surprise. Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller. - Kathy Reichs

Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk nicely captures the inner monologues of Deaver's protagonist Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's leading kinesics expert. Dance's remarkable sixth sense concerning the truthfulness of suspects and witnesses becomes a double-edged sword in her social interactions with co-workers and family members, and Pawk's portrayal of the widowed detective's angst on the fledgling romantic front rings especially true. Pawk's rendering of the dialogue proves to be her weak point: the voices of older teen boys, especially Travis Brigham, the young man at the center of the story, continually quiver into higher octaves more suitable to preadolescent males. While the listener never loses touch with the essence of Dance, others in her path come to life with varying degrees of success. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 13). (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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