Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance #2)
"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...more
Jeffery Deaver (born 1950) is an American mystery/crime writer. He is a journalist, novelist...more
The plot tells the story of a killer who leaves roadside crosses on the side of the road signifying when a person will be killed. It turns out that people are being targeted due to comments they have written on an online blog. It's up to Dance and her team as well as a computer expert...more
The main plot was also diluted by sub-plots (one about Kathryn's mother and one about a sneaky investigator) that thinned further a plot already thinned by the digressions into MMORPGs and blogging mentioned above. Both were werapped up a little too quickly and neatly. The one involving Kathryn's mother could have...more
Just let me say that I've been a fan of Mr. Deaver's books since The Blue Nowhere, still one of my favorite books.
Mr. Deaver is a former journalist and lawyer. His bio says he's also a former folk singer. (Was there anyone who was a teen in the 60s who didn't fancy a career as the next Peter, Paul, or Mary?). His books have hit the best seller lists around the world, and he's a perennially nominated author and winner of the awards that honor his type of books.
Again, Mr. Deav...more
When crosses start appearing in Monterey Peninsula with future dates on them, people are suddenly being brutally executed nearby. Now it is up to CBI agent Dance to put an end to this killing spree, even though her mother has been arrested for a mercy killing at the hospital. It looks like this all could be the result of a blog, which leads her to believe that these killings may be the result of cyberbullying pushing a young boy over th...more
Kathryn Dance is an expert in kinesics, which is the study and analysis of body language. In addition to the contribution kinesics makes to the mystery in the novel at hand, it's interesting to learn about body language techniques since we can apply them to real life situa...more
The plot is racey, plenty of surprises and suspense, but fortunately the h...more
We thoroughly enjoyed Deaver's new character Kathyrn Dance, a specialist in kinesics (body language), who helped solve the mystery in the author's Lincoln Rhyme novel "Cold Moon". She then "starred" in her own first complete story, "Sleeping Doll", which we found highly entertaining. Unfortunately, the author missed the mark completely in "Crosses", her third appearance, and this time again in charge of an investigation a...more
Mr. Deaver, who has also created over 25 other novels featuring quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs or California Bureau of Investigation kinesics expert Kathryn Dance and Monterey County Sheriff's office d...more
of course, some things he got right. which made me happy.
longer review later but: kathryn dance book, picks up with a L...more
Kathryn Dance was first introduced in Lincoln Rhyme's series -- and I liked the first Dance book enough that I bought this one back when it was first released in 2009. However, I wasn't able to really sit down and read until today.
The crime in this book was a bit unsettling for me. Why? Because it was related to cyberbullying -- how the posts and comments in online blogs could take lives of their own, becoming more viscious and more outlandish. How people could came up with over-the-to...more
This is my first time reading a Jeffrey Deaver's work. Road Crosses is the second of the Katherine Dance series. It was out of whim that I picked this up. I was curious about the concept of cyberbullying and blogging and how it could have a far-reaching effect on people even if it only exist in the virtual world. This book gives us a lesson that words are really powerful - when use to perpetuate lies - it can turn around the lives of ordinary people and worst, it can even fully de...more
The serial killer case focuses on commenters in a fictional blog, "The Chilton Report." The murder charges relate to actions in the previous Kathryn Dance novel, in which a police officer is seriously burned in the line of duty. The officer dies at the hospital where...more
Criticisms that came to light while walking the dog, hours after closing the book:
--The advertised "twists" - apparently a Deaver trademark - were really bait-and-...more
Roadside crosses are common around here, as there are many car accidents, especially involving young people, so I thought it might parallel what I know in real life. Instead, the crosses played a fairly minor role in the book, that I don't really think it earned the...more