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The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme #6)

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A nail-biting suspense about why a professional hit-man would target a brilliant high-school girl, who is digging into a 140 year old mystery about her ancestor & his shocking secret.
Paperback, 397 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2005)
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Sarah
Lincoln Rhyme gets involved in the attempted assault of a 16-year-old researching her ancestor, a freed slave accused of stealing. I think there are things to appreciate about this book. Over time, the author has added new characters to this universe and both fleshed out and grown the primary characters. It feels like time has actually passed and the world has changed and developed. But, possibly unrelatedly, a lot of the rigor, for lack of a better word, is gone from the technical aspects of fo...more
Donald
I'm pretty sure I've read other 'Lincoln Rhyme' novels. And I'm pretty sure I liked them. But this one did not hold my attention at all.

First problem I noticed was that Jeffrey tries to write in black vernacular, Ebonics, AAVE (African American Vernacular English), whatever you may find to be PC today. The issues I have with this are twofold: that it (the vernacular) changes with each generation so the story feels dated already and that having George Guidall try to pull off saying "I'm down wit...more
Robin
I hadn't read the first five in the series, so I missed out on that character development. I liked the story ok, but I found some of the dialogue stereotyping and demeaning. As an audio book, anyway, the language attributed to many of the characters-- especially the African American characters-- wasn't believable/ felt inappropriate. I found myself rolling my windows up to avoid offending the occupants of other vehicles.
Srividya
First Lincoln Rhyme book. A series that I have been wanting to read for a long time. Can't say that I loved it, given that it was different from any other crime thriller that I have read in the past. Of course, it was interesting, especially the manner in which crime scenes and forensics alone were used to solve a crime.

The biggest grouse I felt was that it always felt like Rhyme was floundering and not really on any track. I understand that solving crimes can be difficult but the book read as i...more
Andrea
Wow, really bad. Hated the dialog, found it very hard to get through. I only read until the end because it was a book club selection. Had it not been, I would have put it down the minute I started reading Deaver's version of African American Vernacular. Embarrassing!
Beverly
Maybe OK. The detective and good guy characters were pallid even though the author tried to give them color. The color was within the lines; that is, hackneyed, expected, one dimensional. The plot embraced every historical and social aspect of life in Harlem, early 21st century. The author packed in 19th century civil rights legislation, a freed (and hyper-educated) slave, real estate values, Islamic terrorism,post-traumatic stress, and Black high school society among others in an overblown plot...more
Catherine Brown (c4thb)
Always eager to read the next Deaver-Rhyme book, I was left feeling a little disappointed by the Twelfth Card. Although packed with twists, turns and suspense, I found the story rather dull and lacking in substance creating an "oh" instead of an "ooooooooh". There were some excellent touches to the story, such as the historical theme and learning more about regular characters. The Harlem dialect was a nice touch although sometimes difficult to follow. I felt the last section of the book brought...more
Heather's Mum
Oh my... I', embarrassed! For me, because I've raved about Deaver so much. I just found this volume at a swap for $1.00, and dear me, I should have passed. I feel bad for Deavers because the psuedo-black vernacular was stilted, inappropriate and almost insulting... that's how I felt reading it, even though I'm not black!

If you can over-look the simply awful attempt at slang-hop, the plot and Rhyme's steller convoluted detecting is worth the struggling with the tongue twisting creepy syntax.
Tony
Jeffery Deaver- The Twelfth Card (Pocket Star Books 2006) 4.75 Stars

When a young girl researches her families past for a school project, her life suddenly explodes into a twisted web of danger. Now Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs must stop this cold-hearted killer before he succeeds in his mission. Found at the scene, is the twelfth card from a tarot pack, the hanged man. They must figure out what everything means. Is the girl being hunted down because of the possible changes to civil rights this...more
Jerry Hilts
A very good thriller, very poorly written.

I enjoyed the plot points of this story, but over and over again I found myself wincing at the writing. First, the dialog of the black characters in this book sound as if the author has read about, but never actually heard urban black kids talk. I'm a pasty white dude and I found it ridiculously artificial with its over use and misuse of 'def', 'whack', 'fronting', etc. I can only imagine what some kid from Harlem (where most of the events take place) wo...more
Patrick Ellard
This sixth entry into the Lincoln Rhyme series is a solid effort without ever quite reaching the heights that The Vanished Man achieved.

The plot revolves around a teenage girl who is doing research into one of her ancestors, a man accused of stealing money from a Black rights movement trust in the 1860's. It seems as if someone doesn't like her snooping around as an attempt is made on her life. It's up to Rhyme and his team and to try and catch the killer and understand why he has targeted the g...more
Amanda Patterson
Jeffrey Deaver is a master thriller writer.His skill lies in his magnificently crafted characters, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme, Detective Amelia Sachs, and the villains that cross their paths. He has a talent for writing about forensic crime that is unrivalled.

The Twelfth Card is a story so cleverly crafted that you will be left breathless by the end. Rhyme and Sachs track Thompson Boyd, a man who wants to assassinate student, Geneva Settle. Does the attempt on her life have something to do with...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the Lincoln Rhymes novel The Twelfth Card by Jeffery Deaver which is a very good thriller. This thriller was written in 2005 and the plot is a young girl called Geneva is researching her family history and has been doing it at the library. Someone is concerned she can identify a terrorist due to commit an attack and wants her dead. There is an elaborate plot to make it look as though she has found something in her family history to throw Lincoln the quadriplegic police criminalist...more
Pamela Mclaren
Another terrific read from Jeffery Deaver, a master at his genre. This time there seemed to be even more twists in the tale than usual and it finished up a little too neatly but otherwise, very, very good.

In the sixth outing of Lincoln Rhymes and Amelia Sachs, the wheelchair=bound forensic scientist is trying a new program that is developing his muscles and helping with his general health but the big question is, will it help him regain any movement?

And he is busy with several consultations he i...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
You've got such a brilliant man as a hero and this is all you could do.?!! Everytime I read of Rhyme I expect something unexpected,something you'll never guess. But that touch of magic wasn't there in this book. This was totally dull,the plot didn't have finishing. It was like the author took a part from here and another from there and made some sort of almost-a-story.
Heather
I listened to this on CD. George Guidall is the reader and is wonderful.

The story has lots of twists which kept it interesting.
Taz Roux
I read Deaver for his fascinating twists and turns - and complete turnarounds. From that perspective, The Twelfth Card didn't do too badly, but the book disappointed me on a number of levels. I expected the Tarot card to have more significance, and I think it should have had. I appreciate that the characters were a type of people I have ever encountered, and it was educational in a way, but I didn't enjoy the slang talk bits. It made following the conversations tricky. Some of the characters did...more
Sadist3x'sfast
I read this book b/c of the cover >_>... yes I know that's a silly reason to read it, but I was hoping it was going to about a voodoo-tarot-reading Miss Cleo-type psychic being involved in a scandal from the past that influenced the young protagonist in the present. Instead you get a street-smart and resourceful girl ( whose character development was lacking and very linear/superficial) getting tracked by a murderer. I will admit the resourcefulness of the young 16 year-old Geneva (SPOILER...more
Denise
La carta número 12 es una buena novela policiaca. No es espectacular, pero está entretenida y es buena opción para pasar el rato.

La historia logra atrapar al lector desde el principio y mantiene toda tu atención. El personaje de Lincoln Rhyme, el criminalista que ayuda a resolver el caso, es muy interesante. Y aunque hay partes en que la historia pareciera predecible, el autor siempre da una vuelta de tuerca girando los eventos de manera inesperada creando más tensión e interés en el lector. Po...more
aRee
Pusing...seperti sepuluh cerita dipaksa dibuat jadi satu buku dengan cara dilem dan distaples. Karakter Geneva aneh. Tenang tapi emosional? Untuk ukuran semuda itu yang diyakini sedang dalam bahaya dibunuh, berulangkali, agak tidak manusiawi karakternya digambarkan nyaris tidak merasa takut. Salah. Nyaris tidak memikirkan kenapa dan siapa yang mencoba membunuh dia. Saya bahkan tidak menyukainya..padahal dalam buku ini digambarkan keadaan Geneva seharusnya mengundang simpati. Saya kadang berharap...more
Skyring
This wasn't quite so far-fetched as The Vanished Man, but still a tough act to swallow. Murders abound, red herrings and misdirections likewise and the ultimate secret is barely credible.

The plot is complex, as you'd expect for a JD mystery, but what really keeps me galloping along are the characters. A fine set of sleazy, saucy and cerebral people. Introducing Geneva Settle, who has more than a few mysteries in her life already, and an ex-graffiti tagger named Jax, strangely linked in Harlem pa...more
David
As an author, Jeffrey Deaver is fairly hit or miss. Sometimes I really enjoy his books, sometimes they are a bit tedious. The Coffin Dancer and The Vanished Man were a great deal of fun with some great twists and turns. The Empty Chair and The Bone Collector, not so great. So starting a Deaver book is always a bit of an unknown proposition. Deaver always does a good job of constructing his books, tends to not leave loose ends, and generally has interesting topics. But some are a lot more fun tha...more
Hendra
Kartu ke 12 dari deretan kartu Tarot bergambar seorang pria yg digantung terbalik. Kartu ini yg ditemukan oleh polisi di lokasi percobaan pembunuhan seorang remaja berusia 16 th, Geneva Settle, disamping barang2 lainnya yg dpt diidentifikasikan sebagai paket pemerkosaan. Tapi dari cara si pelaku "menghabisi" manekin, yg secara cerdas dijadikan "pengganti" dirinya oleh Geneva, ada keraguan apakah benar niat awal si pelaku ada memperkosa ?? Bila tidak, apa tujuan sebenarnya ??

Lincoln Rhyme, seora...more
Maddy
RATING: 3.25
PROTAGONIST: Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs
SETTING: New York City
SERIES: #6 of 6

Geneva Settle is a 16-year-old girl living in Harlem who has managed to transcend her living circumstances. She can talk the talk with the best of them (and Deaver's research on the vernacular is impressive), but the reality is that she has a vision for her own future, and she is an industrious and talented student. So why is someone trying to kill her?

The first attempt takes place at a library where is d...more
Kellie
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Ramsey Hootman
Deaver had some major guts tackling this book. White guy writes book about black characters in Harlem? There is no way he could "win" - no matter what, people were gonna criticize his handling of the characters. People always feel very protective of their cultures, which is natural, but just going into this he had to expect to get mediocre reviews at best.

Being a white girl in California, pretty much as far removed from this world as I could get, the book was both entertaining and very education...more
Ana Rebelo
Este livro apresenta a melhor descrição de acções policiais e mentalidades criminosas de todos os livros que li. O autor parece conhecer bastante bem os dois tipos de realidades e faz com que se complementem numa história muito bem estruturada e com muito sentido. Os agentes da policia não se mostram invencíveis e capazes de desvendar qualquer mistério; eles cometem erros, deixam escapar pistas importantes e apresentam teorias que acabam por se revelar erradas. Os criminosos são inteligentes, tê...more
Harry
By far, Jeffery Deaver is the one author with that uncanny ability to develop plot twists and very complex characters that leave you stunned to the end. If you've seen the movie, trust me, the books are far more ingenious and developed as compared to what we were presented with on the silver screen. The Bone Collector is a series novel starring Lincoln Rhyme, our famous forensics expert bound to his bed and mobile wheelchair.

Reading this novel I am reminded to never commit a crime. The art of fo...more
Penny
Going through some of my old Jeffrey Deaver lately - esp. the Lincoln Rhyme series. You know, reading a series out of order is confusing. Should Sachs and Rhyme be in love at this point (in a public way)? Seems that took place later.

A very "Deaverish" book, with many incidents taking place for diversion's sake - you are contiuously trying to figure out the "real" reason the clever murderer is doing what he is doing.

If I were to read the blurb on this book (some civil rights thing that's 140 ye...more
Jeanne
Jeffery Deaver is one of those authors whose releases I look forward to. His invention of paraplegic forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme & his partner Amelia Sachs are a bright, breezy and very likeable pairing whose investigations are 9 times out of 10 very enjoyable and capable of keeping the reader well entertained right up to the last page. This one is unfortunately the 1 out of 10 that does not quite make the grade.

There is no lack of ideas or of characterization, Deaver has yet to write poor...more
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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...
The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1) The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme, #2) The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme, #3) The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, #5) The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8)

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