Jeffery Deaver

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Roadside Crosses

book | Fiction | 2009
US → Simon & Schuster
UK → Hodder and Stoughton

The second Kathryn Dance thriller from The New York Times bestselling author of The Sleeping Doll!

The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigations foremost body language expert. She and Deputy Michael O'Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report. As the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes. Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in multiplayer online role-playing games, he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims. Among the obstacles Kathryn must hurdle are politicians from Sacramento, paranoid parents and the blogger himself, James Chilton, whose belief in the importance of blogging and the new media threatens to derail the case and potentially Dance's career. It is this threat that causes Dance to take desperate and risky measures...

In signature Jeffery Deaver style, Roadside Crosses is filled with dozens of plot twists, cliff-hangers and heartrending personal subplots. It is also a searing look at the accountability of blogging and life in the online world. Roadside Crosses is the third in Deaver's bestselling High-Tech Thriller Trilogy, along with The Blue Nowhere and The Broken Window.

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Reviews

Deaver's expert and devious plotting makes it a challenge to stay only a couple of steps behind him.
Publishers Weekly
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"Roadside Crosses is a gripping story peopled with memorable characters. No surprise. Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller." Kathy Reichs

This is a true master at work - elegant, assured, supremely crafted thriller writing at its very best. Geoffrey Wansell
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This is an excellent entry in what promises to be a series as popular as the author’s Lincoln Rhyme novels. David Pitt
Booklist
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He has one of those puzzle-loving minds you just can’t trust. Marilyn Stasio
New York Times Book Review
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Roadside Crosses provides a masterclass in the art of misdirection. Mark Sanderson
Evening Standard
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This is Deaver on cracking form, employing the usual helter-skelter pace with adroitly marshalled muliple plot strands and relentlessly ticking clock. Ratcheting up tension is something at which Deaver has few equals.

 

Barry Forshaw
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