BOOK: The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver

This is the latest installment in Deaver’s always-satisfying mystery series featuring forensics expert and quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme. I’ve been a fan of this series since the first book, The Bone Collector, which was made into an equally-satisfying film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie (ever since I saw the movie, Rhyme has stayed Denzel in my head, despite the fact he’s actually a white guy in the books). But while I found this one to be just as much fun to read as all the others have been, I will confess I think it could’ve benefited from some tighter editing in places.

In this one, Lincoln Rhyme and his partner/girlfriend Amelia Sachs are shocked when they discover Lincoln’s estranged cousin Arthur has just been arrested for a brutal murder. At first, Lincoln thinks it’s a case of mistaken identity — and yet, the evidence makes it absolutely clear he’s guilty. Until Lincoln starts to look more closely, that is, and quickly determines the evidence is just a little TOO perfect. Soon he, Amelia, and the rest of the team are hot on the trail of a killer who not only murders people for their random collectibles (coins, paintings, etc.), but manages to perfectly frame others for his crimes. The story eventually leads us into the world of data mining — huge technology corporations that specialize in storing every piece of data about a person they can get their hands on. Big Brother, it seems, has been watching us all for quite some time now, and apparently, his network security is for crap!

The actual mystery/crime part of this novel was as clever and riveting as usual. I love the forensic science in these books — it’s detailed enough to be fascinating to a geek like me, but not so detailed it goes right over my head. And the data mining stuff was also extremely interesting. That said, there were a few sections of this novel that got a bit bogged down and tedious for me — first time this has ever happened in a Rhyme novel, though, and it may have been more my fault (distracted?) than Deaver’s. Some of the stuff about Rhyme’s past with his cousin just went on too long, consumed too much of the storyline, and felt mostly unnecessarily. And some of the data mining-related characters also got more face-time in the book than the plot truly warranted. I think this novel could easily have lost several dozen pages and not suffered a smidge.

Nevertheless, this is another solid, satisfying forensics thriller, and I greatly look forward to the next installment in this utterly terrific series. Recommended!

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2 Responses to “BOOK: The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver”

  1. Liz Says:

    Lincoln Rhyme is supposed to be white? No way! I’m with you – Rhyme is definitely Denzel Washington. I was blown away by that performance, and have been hoping ever since for another one! That’s actually pretty great, that a “white” character in a book can be played by a “black” actor in a movie, and no one (well, not very many) is the wiser.

  2. Chrissy Says:

    The story Bear Any Burden, rolls along at a wonderful pace, describing historical events in such great detail that you live them with the characters and feel their emotions as the story develops.
    If you’re interested in a mystery/thriller that you haven’t yet read I would suggest this book. I really enjoyed it!

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