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Bestselling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller.Lincoln Rhyme and partner/paramour Amelia Sachs return to face a criminal whose ingenious staging of crimes is enabled by a terrifying access to information....

When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect -- too perfect. Forensic...more
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2008)
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Terri
I gave this 3 stars. Mostly because I have big issues with an author using lazy words (or technically fake words) like 'people've' and 'might'v've'. I don't care who you are, putting 'v've at the end of a word is simply not acceptable.

There was a lot of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't wait to read in bed at night, but as the book went on, something didn't feel right. The writing was not so great in parts, only it wasn't that. I think I can only do a spoiler and all those who hav...more
stephanie
oh my lord. i haven't been this creeped out by a book in like, forever. and now i'm totally bothered by the fact that there is all this information that *I'VE* put on the internet about myself and my book tastes and now there's all this CRAZY ASS INFORMATION that EVERYONE can find out about me.

i love ron pulaski, almost more than amelia. i love watching him grow over the series - i love lincoln, i love lon, and mel, and the crazy computer techs.

this writing is tight and plotty and crazy-brilli...more
Mary
Dec 04, 2013 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Another crime solved by the great criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs. This one was a creepy story about identity theft at its very worst - the big problem for me is that I can totally see this happening in the world today - makes me want to throw away all my store club cards and credit cards and live "off the grid." We also get some interesting family history for Lincoln this time.
Highly recommended for fans of the series and those who enjoy criminal mysteries.
Melanie Cattanach
Scared me spitless, yet here I sit sharing information about my reading preferences on the web.
Jerry
Sep 20, 2011 Jerry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
3.5 stars.. Another outing with Lincoln Rhyme in the books.. I enjoyed this one, though The Stone Monkey, my first Lincoln Rhyme novel remains my favorite. An interesting concept, featuring a unique type of serial killer/hoarder/hacker who frames others to take the fall for his crimes. I think he really shows the dangers of all the invasion of privacy issues we deal with in our daily lives, showing just how all the seemingly random bits of data collected in our lives can and are probably right...more
Cameron
This is the latest Lincoln Rhyme novel from Jeffrey Deaver
Rhyme, a forensic consultant for the NYPD, and his detective partner, Amelia Sachs, take on a psychotic mastermind who uses data mining—the business of the twenty-first century, not only to select and hunt down his victims but also to frame the crimes on complete innocents. Rhyme is reluctantly drawn into a case involving his estranged cousin, Arthur, who's been charged with first-degree murder. But when Rhyme and his crew look into the s...more
yexxo
Nur noch bar bezahlen...
Nachdem die 450-Minuten-Lesung dieses Buches vorüber war, überlegte ich mir ernsthaft, ob ich meine Kunden- und Kreditkarten sowie mein Handy abschaffen soll, vom Navi ganz zu schweigen. Denn das Szenario, das Jeffrey Deaver in seinem achten Fall für Lincoln Rhyme und Amelia Sachs entwirft, wirkt so nah an der Realität, dass man sich zwangsläufig fragt, wieviel davon schon Realität IST.
Durch Zufall kommt Lincoln Rhyme mit seinem Team einem Serienkiller auf die Spur, der...more
Ramsey Hootman
So one of the things I love about the Lincoln Rhyme series is how Deaver tackles a different interesting research topic in each book. This time, however, his topic du jour was something I am very familiar with: internet culture. Well, I guess his focus wasn't so much that as privacy issues. Anyway, geeks came to the forefront here. And... as always with any outsider's view of a culture, it was flawed.

He did a pretty good job, but it's still fairly evident that Deaver isn't terribly familiar wit...more
Beth
Not worried about identity theft? Read THE BROKEN WINDOW by Jeffrey Deaver. You will be.

A serial killer has gone undetected because he has been able to pin the crime on some innocent person each time. The killer “knows everything” about his murder victims and so is able to get close to them and then plant evidence that proves the guilt of innocent people because the killer "knows everything" about them, too.

But how does he do it? How is he able to know everything about these people? Where does h...more
Kathy McC
"You often hear the old legend that our body is worth $4.50 for parts. Our digital identity is worth far more."
Awesome and frightening! Story of a perpetrator's use of data mining techniques to set up perfect crimes and frame perfect strangers for the crimes. If even half of the plot of this book is a possible reality, we must all "be afraid; be very, very afraid"!
While there is violence in this book related to the crimes committed, the graphic descriptions prevalent in too many crime novels...more
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โดนหลอกอีกแล้วเช่นกัน ไม่รู้จะหลอกอะไรนักหนา 555
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รอบนี้ไม่ใช่ไม่ถูกอย่างเดียว ไม่ได้เฉียดเล้ยยยย 555
คนร้ายคนนี้ดูน่ากลัวอีกแล้ว รู้ทันไปซะทุกอย่าง
หาทางทำลายทีมงานของไรห์มได้แบบไม่รู้ตัว
แม้แต่ไรห์มยังถูกเล่นงานด้วยเลย
อ่านไปลุ้นระทึกว่าให้จับตัวผู้ร้ายได้ซะที
ไม่สิ เอาให้รู้ตัวคนร้ายก่อนดีกว่า เหอเหอเหอ
เรื่องนี้ทำให้รู้ว่า คำว่า"ความรู้" มีอานุภาพมากขนาดไหน
แต่คนร้ายในเรื่องนี้ทำให้คำว่าความรู้แอบดูน่ากลัวไปด...more
Jerry
Rather Ho-Hum Entry in Lincoln Rhyme Series...

We're nearly all the way through the complete booklist of Jeffery Deaver, and generally enjoy his writing. He is best known for his forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme (with sidekick/girlfriend Amelia Sachs) series, made all the more famous by the Bone Collector (the first in the set), made into a movie with Denzel Washington as the leading man.

“Window” is a representative story, and about as formulaic as the rest. A serial killer is knocking off vic...more
Christy
Criminologist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhymes has been estranged from his cousin Arthur for years. When Arthur is arrested for the murder of a young woman, Arthur’s wife implores Lincoln to help. The forensic evidence against Arthur strongly links him to the murder, but Lincoln’s paramour Amelia Sachs is suspicious that everything is so clear-cut and suspects Arthur has been set up. She and Lincoln, with the aid of NYPD, learn Arthur isn’t the first person who has been framed for a murder he didn’t...more
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Lincoln Rhyme and partner/paramour Amelia Sachs return to face a criminal whose ingenious staging of crimes is enabled by a terrifying access to information....

When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect — too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

At the behest of Arthur's wife, Judy, Lincoln grudgingly agrees to inves...more
Laurie
Excellent tension, good novel on the facts and perils of "information mining", tracking spending and identity manipulation.

When the quadriplegic detective's cousin is arrested for murder, it seems to be an open-and-shut case, as plenty of forensic evidence links him to the crime. But Lincoln discovers that the real killer is framing others for his killings by manipulating intimate computer information. A deadly game of cat and mouse pits Lincoln; his partner, Amanda Sachs; and the rest of his NY...more
Nancy
Haven't read a Lincoln Rhyme book in some time. Like many series, the books seem to settle into a pattern (Deaver's pattern being twist after twist after twist--about twice as many suspenseful, oh-my-gosh-but-then-it's-OK twists as he needs to sustain a quick-flowing plot). I've been borderline disenchanted with Lincoln and Amelia since #5...

What pushed me over to five stars on this one was the subtext--human judgment vs. understanding behavior through the study of data. There were some totally-...more
Gloria Bernal
this was not one of my favorite Deaver books. I had to make a choice to finish it or review some new pre-releases for Amazon so I opted out of finishing this for now anyway.

The subject matter was interesting enough - it is about identity theft by a rapist/murderer who gathers information electronically of a victim and also sets up a potential person to blame for the crime - he commits the crime but plants dna evidence to link the person who potentially will be arrested for the crime. Scary to th...more
Robert
Deaver does a very good job of writing a very scary story of identity theft taken to a whole new level. The suspect in this tale uses knowledge of a most intimate nature for the most nefarious of imaginable, and some not so imaginable, crimes, including rape and murder. And all in order to gain more knowledge. Very good stuff, and also just to let you know that the character you are thinking of as the culprit is not really going to be the culprit. Remember Deaver is driving this train and he is...more
Andy
This gets 3 stars with reservations. I mostly liked it because it's been ages since I've read any Jeffery Deaver and I enjoy his Lincoln Rhyme books. I moved onto him years back after James Patterson/Alex Cross started to leave me dissatisfied (the first two were great but churning out a book a month really affects quality). Deaver has always managed a complicated plot, depth and detail. But...

On this occasion, it's all hacking, cyber crime and identity theft. And some hoarding. Strong start but...more
April
3.5

I realized after I started this yesterday that I had already read it, but since I was already on BART I went ahead and read it again! It seems with very successful authors, their editors let them fall into one of two traps. There are the James Patterson/Dean Koontz types where they take a tiny idea, use large print and stretched formatting to stretch it into something that looks like a book, and never stop to notice if there's actually any story there. In the other camp fall people like Steve...more
Raza Syed
Probably one of my favorite Lincoln Rhymes Books. The (Ab)use of our personal data by a Predator to track, hurt, set up and / or kill us is creepy. This killer's absolute understanding and control of Data makes him "The Man Who Knows Everything" and a Extremely Dangerous Foe. He becomes a clear and present danger to not only his victims but also to his hunters. He can disrupt their lives by a few keystrokes - he turned off the power at Lincoln's home, he got their properties seized, their citize...more
Bella Grewal
Boken handlar om ett samhälle där allt du gör registreras i en gigantisk databas. Vad du handlar, var du är, med vem du är och vilka som finns runt omkring dig. Precis allt. Denna information används sedan till att förutsäga hur olika människor kommer att agera i olika situationer. I mördarens händer är informationen en guldkälla. Personen kan hitta dig var du än befinner dig och kan dessutom förstöra ditt liv utan minsta problem.
Lincoln Rhyme, huvudpersonen, är förlamad från axlarna och ned. H...more
Diane
I really enjoyed this Lincoln Rhyme book! It is a little scary to think that everything that we do and say can actually let someone know what we are even thinking... by our habits, and all that we do. I really enjoy reading how Lincoln's mind works. It makes you want to try to out-think him... but, it will never happen in my case! Great Book!
Libri Òphiere
Sì, veramente bello. Grande carrellata di personaggi. Dal barbone/dottore derubato dell'identità, al Dio dei Dati, al fantastico Rhime... Grandi personaggi, forse troppi.
Meccanismo a orologeria, onestà nel patto narrativo. Il lettore ha i dati per sapere chi è l'assassino fin dal primo interrogatorio dei dirigenti di Grey Rock. E questo grazie al fatto che il lettore ha una finestra in più sui delitti: le elucubrazioni mentali del killer. Qui dunque non accade che il lettore, in possesso delle m...more
Eva Manayon
One of the most exciting book i've ever read as far as suspense and crime scene investigation is concern. Every chapter will make you doubt the sincerity of every character. Every character will gives you reason to think deeper and deeper until you yourself can solve the puzzle.It even gives me nightmares and paranoia. Just like when i was reading "The Bone Collector." But this time I have a specific character in mind while reading it. I can see Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in my mind. T...more
Estibaliz79
Diría que se queda más bien en las dos y media. Entretiene, que es de lo que se trata en estos casos, pero más allá del atractivo de su planteamiento, la cosa carece de ningún elemento especialmente original que haga destacar a esta novela. El desarrollo de los personajes es algo que no puedo juzgar, puesto que esta es la primera de la serie que me leo, y aunque hay ciertos aspectos interesantes, tampoco me han resultado especialmente carismáticos.

Respecto al atractivo de la premisa anteriorment...more
Alan
There is also nothing like a new Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic and intelligent detective who attracts (or gets involved in) fascinating cases. Highly recommended.
Ellen
3.0 out of 5 stars Off & On, April 7, 2014


This review is from: The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Kindle Edition)

I've enjoyed the Lincoln Rhymes books and especially appreciate the camaraderie between rhyme & Amelia Sachs. This story however was on again off again for me. The plot would draw me in and then interest was lost. The main problem I had was with the storyline itself. I'm sure I've read or seen a TV movie with the exact same situation. A wrong person abused during chil...more
Stephanie
Great read, dealing with identity theft.
Phil Hait
A cautionary word of warning, if you are paranoid about being watched by "big brother" aka the government, you might want to skip this book in the Lincoln Rhyme series. If you do however, you will have missed a fascinating book!
A master criminal who knows everything about you is unleashed in NYC & perfect crimes abound with innocent people being framed in rapes & murders. All of the info from RFID's, credit cards, toll passes etc., is stored & analyzed by 522, the identity assigned...more
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  • Lazybones (Tom Thorne, #3)
  • Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport, #18)
  • The Death Sculptor (Robert Hunter, #4)
  • The Web (Alex Delaware, #10)
  • Dead Hunt (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #5)
  • Bad Blood (Alexandra Cooper, #9)
  • The Hundredth Man (Carson Ryder, #1)
  • The Bone Yard (Body Farm, #6)
  • Death Song (Kevin Kearney, #11)
  • The Closers (Harry Bosch, #11)
  • The Reapers (Charlie Parker, #7)
  • The Bone Garden
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro...more
More about Jeffery Deaver...
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