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The New York Times bestselling master of ticking-bomb suspense.

Eight vulnerable girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has a simple plan: one hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met. Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's best hostage negotiator. He has a plan. But so does o
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Published 1996 by Blanvalet (first published 1995)
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Jonetta
Three convicts escape from a state prison in Kansas and the horror begins when they intersect with a school bus carrying deaf students and two teachers on a lonely road. They're trapped in an abandoned slaughterhouse while federal and state law enforcement surround them and hostage negotiations ensue.

This was a harrowing story and a psychological thriller as the main leader for the felons isn't your typical escapee. The tangle between federal and state officials complicate the situation as duel
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Carl Brookins
Nov 12, 2011 Carl Brookins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one terrific thriller, children. It is not a cozy, or a whozie. There are no Uzis, international terrorists, or high-tech missiles. This novel takes a whole six pages of the first chapter to rear up from the page and grab you by the throat. And it doesn't let go until well after page 422.

You're in Kansas, rolling across fields of amber-waving grain. On a school bus with a group of deaf children, aged seven or eight to seventeen. You are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Three escaped
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Ami
Mar 04, 2015 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because I had been having dry spell with anything with even a touch of romance in it, and I was desperate. I thought I need to read non-romance to get my mojo back. And boy, did I choose the right book to do the job.

This book was TOP NOTCH suspense! I was on the edge of my seat and bed all the frickin' time ... from the moment where Lou Handy and two of his friends took hostage of eight deaf girls along with their teachers ... to that very end (and god damn that ending!). The
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Janie Johnson
Jan 15, 2015 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This having been my first experience reading Deaver, I was just a little apprehensive. I did not know if I would like his work or not. I know I kept basing my thoughts on the movie The Bone Collector, and I loved that one. So I figured I would plunge in and get started with A Maiden's Grave. I was not disappointed, but I must say, I was frustrated from time to time.

This was a nicely flowing, unpredictable tale. It had me pretty much hooked from the first page. It wasn't necessarily fast paced, b
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Mikka Gottstein
Nov 22, 2015 Mikka Gottstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eigentlich ist das Buch schon ein Oldie, denn es ist 1996 erstmals auf deutsch erschienen! Aber in meinen Augen ist es zeitlos spannend und daher definitiv auch ein Goldie der Thriller-Literatur. Was das Buch für mich so außergewöhnlich und hochinteressant machte war vor allem zweierlei:

Zum einen gibt es dem Leser einen faszinierenden Einblick darin, was bei einer Geiselnahme (in den USA) eigentlich hinter den Kulissen passiert: eine enorme, gut geölte Maschinerie, an der außer dem mit den Geise
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Robert
Feb 20, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The man is good. That was my first thought after finishing A MAIDEN’S GRAVE. If you want to learn how to plot a novel, then you’d be hard pressed to find a better author to learn from than the master himself. And he knows how to tackle damaged characters, not just emotionally damaged, but physically damaged, scarred to the point that you’re only left with pieces, and the pieces don’t seem to fit together the way that they should.

This novel is filled with enough twists and turns to keep you guess
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Angela~twistedmind~
I don't know why I don't read Deaver more often. Although he, by far, isn't my favorite author he is amoung the, oh, say, top 5 and I've yet to be disappointed by anything of his that I've read. When I picked up A Maiden's Grave for a few dollars I fully expected to have a 'meh' attitude about it, going on the synopsis-but I figured, hey, it should be entertaining enough and if not I'm only out a few dollars. I was pleasantly surprised to often find myself unwilling to put it down because it was ...more
Maggie Shanley
Feb 19, 2016 Maggie Shanley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edge of your seat, horrific, bloody thriller! When you reach midnight and you only have 140 more pages to go, you might as well change your alarm now. You will not be able to put this one down....and you shouldn't. Deaver keeps the plot twisting and turning until the last page!
Antonio Rosato
Aug 23, 2016 Antonio Rosato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Di Jeffery Deaver avevo letto soltanto (e quasi vent'anni fa) "Il collezionista di ossa": mi era piaciuto ma senza appassionarmi più di tanto e, perciò, decisi di lasciar perdere Deaver. Ad inizio 2013, approfittando (almeno così mi sembra di ricordare) di un'offerta sugli ebook, comprai "Il silenzio dei rapiti"... e da allora, visto che comunque non mi andava di leggerlo, è sempre rimasto parcheggiato sul mio e-reader!
Qualche giorno fa, in mancanza di altre letture, ho deciso che era arrivato i
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Deb
This is one good psychological thriller! A bus with 8 deaf student, two teachers is being held hostage by three escaped convicts. One convict comes up with the idea to kill one girl per hour until authorities cut them a deal. This tale definitely had me on the edge of my seat. Lots of twists and turns and I just couldn't put it down.

Note: This was a book that I received from a member at
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Tony
Jun 30, 2009 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver- A Maiden’s Grave (Signet 1996) 4.75 Stars

A Maiden’s Grave is the first Deaver book that I have ever read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will likely be reading a lot more of his novels in the future. In this particular novel, Arthur Potter is called to negotiate with a group of hostage takers that have captured a group of deaf students. Being a federal hostage negotiation agent he must fight to get the support of state officials who would rather have control of the situation for p
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Dipanjan
Apr 26, 2016 Dipanjan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mr. Deaver spins a master plot with "A Maiden's Grave". It's not at all about his expertise in Forensic investigations. This story is about Hostage Negotiations. And what a ride it was. This is a book to be savored. Don't speed read or you may miss out on the exotic taste of the game of psychology interspersed with a steady battle of wits.

There is also a very mature romantic angle in the plot. Not too overt, not the stupid puppy passionate romance but more of a serene yet strong romance between
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Jim
Jun 01, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Incredible heart palpitating suspense that never lets up right until the very last page !!! Haven't read many Jeffery Deaver books in awhile. I was certainly missing a lot. He is a master story teller ! Wish I could give the book TEN stars ! Even though it's from 1995, do not miss this super charged masterpiece of suspense. Truly amazing plot and characters. Just over 415 pages it's a grand slam.
Cláudia
3,5

I like Jeffery Deaver's books a lot but I always get the feeling that he just drags the story for too long, that it could be cut short without missing any of the good parts.
In this book a bus with deaf young girls and 2 teachers is hijacked and the all book deals with the negociation to get them out. There are no easy ways and a good crime/thriller book doesn't have only good things happening, all the good people surviving and living happily ever after. The negociation is hard and a lot of th
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David
Dec 05, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Hostage barricade dramas are very interesting. How the negotiator plays the hostage takers has always been very interesting to me. In this case Deaver creates a very interesting cast of characters dealing with such a situation. The behind the scenes of hostage negotiators was very interesting and I don't know how much of it is a result of Deaver's imagination and how much real intelligence has. In fact, I would be concerned, if I was a negotiator, of some of the tricks used becoming common knowl ...more
Patricia
Good book rates probably 3.5....was a bit concerned about a 419 page book about basically a hostage negotiation situation but was pleasantly surprised, it was a page turner at times and dragged a bit at other times. A couple of things I didn't care for were Melanie's happy place music room with the imagined character L'eppe for Potter, or the romantic vibe btw Melanie and Potter, could of done without that weirdness...also it seemed easy for the hostages to escape, you would think after the firs ...more
Chana
Started out kind of slow in my opinion, I was expecting a somewhat run of the mill hostage-takers/FBI negotiators type thriller. No way. This book just got better and better, and very unexpected. The bad guy is crazy good at being a bad guy. One of his two fellow hostage takers is an unrepentant and rapacious rapist. The hostages are 2 teachers and 8 students, all females and most of them young children, from a school for the deaf. Most of the hostages cannot hear at all, the hostage takers cann ...more
Rashmi Pant
Mar 18, 2015 Rashmi Pant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver is one of my favourite authors and this book does not disappoint either. As a plot it is very simple... 8 deaf girls are taken hostage in an old slaughterhouse in Kansas by three criminals who have escaped prison. Arthur Potter, the FBI's best hostage negotiator is called in. A what a fantastic job Deaver does in keeping the momentum taut and gripping. Definitely a good read!!
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
A Maiden's Grave tells about an abduction where a convicted felon and his friends escaping from prison abduct a set of deaf girls and their teacher. They take refuge in an abandoned slaughterhouse and the FBI quickly takes control of the situation with one its Hostage Negotiation experts. Again, Jeffery Deaver has used his well-known technique of deception and plots-within-plots in this novel, so he gets you guessing until the very end. However, for a Deaver-fan like me who has read many of his ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Just before "The Bone Collector" there was "A Maiden's Grave" and it is about just as thrilling. Some escaped convicts capture a school bus of girls from a deaf school and threatens to kill them one by one. A negotiator fights the clock.
Jeffrey
Published in 1995, this is one of Jeffery Deaver's earlier efforts before he introduced readers to his recurring character, Lincoln Rhyme in his famous novel, THE BONE COLLECTOR.

The story concerns the kidnapping of eight deaf girls and their two teachers by three escaped convicts who hold them hostage in an abandoned Kansas slaughterhouse.

What follows is a twelve-hour war of nerves between the gang's ringleader and the FBI's senior hostage negotiator.

Although the story bogs down somewhat in the
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Jen Mays
Jan 23, 2014 Jen Mays rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An escaped convict, an abandoned slaughterhouse, a busload of deaf schoolchildren held hostage, and one tired hostage negotiator set the stage for a tense story. It would seem Lou Handy has nothing to fear, not even death, since he's deliberately holed himself and his partners up in what appears to be a dead-end holdout instead of fleeing when he had the chance. He has zero emotional connection to any of the girls he's taken other than as bargaining chips for what he wants, and since he starts w ...more
Steve Wratten
Aug 09, 2016 Steve Wratten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well thought out and intriguing plot. Not a "who done it" since the bad guys were well known from the start, but how it would end was not.

There is a surprise twist in the last 70 pages that I did not see coming. On the whole the book was very well thought out and logical, but the twist had a number of behaviors that did not seem consistent with the prior character development and several aspects that simply did not hang together. These elements caused me to rate it only 4 stars rather than 5 w
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Cecily
Apr 02, 2010 Cecily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
very unnecessary rape scene!!!!!!!
Rebekkila
Great Book.
Hana
Apr 05, 2016 Hana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Jeffery Deaver is one of my favourite Crime genre Authors. If I hadn't already enjoyed his 'Lincoln Rhyme' series so much, I probably would have given this novel a better rating. This book was exciting enough to keep me entertained during tram trips to work, but it was disappointing after reading Deaver's later books.

The opening chapter didn't work as a great hook for me. It seemed that the novel's focus would be on Melanie Charrol, a painfully shy and timid young teacher. Instead of feeling sym
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Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping and gut-wrenchingly scary, Jeffery Deaver, author of the ever-popular Lincoln Rhyme novels, delivers the goods in his powerful standalone, A MAIDEN'S GRAVE.

Fierce and utterly terrifying, small children, ranging from seven to fourteen, are helpless and vulnerable as they are held hostage in an abounded slaughterhouse by gun-wielding mad men. Bear, Stout and Brutus.

Even the parts that may slow the pace of the story, scenes between federal, state and local officers, (Art Potter, Dean Still
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ucha
Jul 23, 2010 ucha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review #2

Bahasa isyarat dan teknik negosiasi sandera

Jahat itu sederhana dan baik itu rumit. Dan yang sederhana selalu menang. Pada akhirnya segala sesuatu berakhir di sana. Sederhana selalu menang.. (hlm 607)

Inilah buku Jeffery Deaver yang pertama kubaca, setelah sebelumnya pernah menonton film The Bone Collector yang ternyata dibuat berdasar karyanya.Kisah tentang delapan siswi tuna rungu dan dua guru Sekolah Laurent Clerc dalam perjalanan untuk menonton teater di Topeka dijadikan sandera oleh
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Wieta
Jun 20, 2010 Wieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Setelah beberapa historical romance genre, aku memutuskan untuk membeli buku ini. Mudah2an bagus. Buku J.Deaver sebelumnya yg sempat aku baca setengah adalah Speaking In Tongues, mudah2an yg ini lebih menarik karena ada embel2nya 'Bestseller #1 International'.

Baru baca bab 1 dan 2, sejauh ini baru pengenalan tokoh. Di sisi sandera ada para wanita tuna rungu (8,10,12,14,17 tahun), di sisi penyandera ada 3 napi pelarian, di sisi polisi ada beberapa tokoh termasuk negosiator, agen federal, polisi n
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Bob
Jun 10, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PB -A school bus with deaf teachers and school children is driving thru the Kansas country side on the way to a performance. They pass an accident and the driver stops to see what help can be rendered, but they wind up being the ones in need of help. The occupants of one car are dead and the occupants of the other, 3 escaped federal convicts are anything but. The teachers and the children (all Girls of various ages) are taken hostages by the escapes and driven to a near by abandoned slaughter ho ...more
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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.
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