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The Cold Moon (Lincoln Rhyme #7)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,574 Ratings  ·  571 Reviews
On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered -- the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks inves-tigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling ...more
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 2006)
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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
Feb 20, 2012 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a mess.

Jeffery Deaver is, for me, a hit or miss author. When he is good, he is great. When is is bad, his books are quite tedious. This one falls in the "bad" category.

"The Cold Moon" starts out just fine. There is a killer on the loose with a "time" theme -- The Watchmaker. Lincoln Rhyme is on that case. At the same time, Amelia Sachs has her own case, investigating police corruption. So far, so good.

Readers of the series know that Deaver is fond of plot twists, and this book is no excepti
Jul 23, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Cold Moon" is the seventh book featuring Lincoln Rhyme, one of Deaver's bread-and-butter characters. Normally, I don't jump into the middle--let alone the last third--of a series to test the waters, but I learned that Deaver pushes plot while dropping tidbits of character to orient the reader, whatever she has read before. This proved true here: though Rhyme and his cohorts have obviously been through a lot, Deaver offers pieces of their history at (for the most part) opportune moments to f ...more
Armin Hennig
Augenblicksnervenkitzel für extrem harmoniesüchtige Gemüter

Eigentlich Zweieinhalb Sterne, da Deaver den Bösen keine halbe Seite lang einen Stich gönnt und auch nicht den Hauch eines Makels bei seinen Guten oder deren Verwandtschaft zulässt. Das ist eine ziemlich schlechte Eigenschaft für einen Krimi-Autor. Die forensisch-technische Seite ist natürlich großartig und die hinter jeder Ecke hervor gezauberten neuen Wendungen sorgen für einen zuverlässigen Zeitvertreibsfaktor. Aber da der Meister der
Lewis Weinstein
A satisfying and challenging confrontation between a brilliant murderer and a brilliant detective, with several significant surprises. The interaction between Lincoln Rhymes and his assistant Amelia Sachs, and Sachs' role generally, added a human dimension that was always there but never overplayed. The fact that Rhymes is a quadriplegic is a reminder that even devastating life events do not necessarily mean the end of living. It's been a while since I read Deaver, but my memory suggests that he ...more
Apr 01, 2016 S©aP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: per-alleggerire, 2000
Un "Deaver" o due, ogni tanto, è... necessario. Fa bene. Contrasta l'accumulo di acido lattico, un po' come l'aspirina dopo una lunga e aspra salita in montagna. È defaticante. Soprattutto in periodi in cui i pensieri quotidiani sono confusi. Deaver ti prende e ti porta con sé sul fianco di un'iperbole, senza che tu ti accorga della vertigine. Sospetti di essere fuori equilibrio, ma non puoi che seguirlo. Non ti dà tempo di riflettere. Intanto fai ginnastica benefica. Assecondi l'assurda idea ch ...more
Terri Lynn
This is another great read by Jeffery Deaver. Quadriplegic ex-detective Lincoln Rhyme and his girlfriend/lover Detective Amelia Sachs are in for a roller coaster ride. This book has more layers than a wedding cake.

It begins when there seems to be two murders in New York City. Rhyme is handling the case as a consultant to the police. Amelia Sachs is permanently assigned to work for him but she wants to broaden her horizons by being lead detective on a case of her own and not just do forensic wor
Latest in the Lincoln Rime series, featuring the quadriplegic forensic investigator. Oh, Jeff. You were doing so well for the first 250 pages: the villain was thoroughly creepifying, the forensics were engaging and CSI-like, and the characters’ personal lives were actually interesting, too. And then we took a sharp left turn into exposition land, where the narrator takes over the story for five or ten pages at a stretch to explain that the villain really isn’t after what we thought (haven’t you ...more
Oct 10, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 7th book in the Lincoln Rhymes/ Amelia Sachs series. It's long, with a convoluted story with many twists and turns and surprises, but it's so very enjoyable. Suspend disbelief and just enjoy. This story also brings in Kathryn Dance a kinesic specialist, one who specializies in gathering information from interviewing suspects and witnesses. Kathryn is in New York for a police conference (she works for the California Bureau of Investigation) and is invited by Rhymes' police link, Lon S ...more
Apr 21, 2010 Starling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I am reading backwards from the most recent book in this series. As I expected the arc about the Watchman begins in this book, and another multi-book arc is also explained in the book.

The main story is about a serial killer who is leaving ticking clocks at his kills. He is killing in ways where the person dies a long and painful death while listening to the clock ticking his life down. He is accompanied by a man who enjoys raping the female victims.

Lincoln Rhyme is brought in to help deal with t
Ramsey Hootman
Being able to do crossovers with your major series characters has got to be one of the coolest perks to being a big-time author! I haven't read any of the Dance books, and honestly probably won't, but I really enjoyed her team-up with Rhyme in this volume and look forward to seeing them together again.

Usually in Deaver's books (the ones I've read, anyway) there is a twist at the end you never see coming - but when it arrives, you realize the seeds were there all along in the narrative. And then
Kay-lynn Yacoboski
This book is an intense murder mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing on every page. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, partners in crime, face an eerie case involving a killer who goes by the name of the Watchmaker. With unclear motives and horrific torture methods to killing people, as well as a clock and a note left at every crime scene, this criminal may very well be the most dangerous one they've encountered. With Sachs and Rhyme always just a half a step behind his plans, it's hard to say ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Deaver is like true meat and potatoes to mystery fiction fans. With Cold Moon you get two for the price of one. You get book #7 in the Lincoln Ryhme series and the first book of the Kathryn Dance series. Dance is a kinesics expert from CA in NY for a conference that Ryhme calls in to help out with a current case that he is running. Amelia Sachs will be helping Lincoln of course, yet at the same time she will be running another investigation that involves possible police corruption. And if that i ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Tammie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Jeffery Deaver book I've read(actually I listened to it!). This man sure does have some serious twists in his book, which I've been told is the norm for his books! Definitely creepy in parts and extremely twisted. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book that you won't be able to predict at all! Thats all I'm saying cause I can't stand it when people tell too much and give it all away! Go read it! Or better yet, start out with his first Lincoln Ryhmes and Amelia Sachs boo ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, very twisty. Yes probably a tad far fetched in a couple of places but who cares? Don't bother to read it if you can't cope with an open (ish) ending, I'm always fine with a few loose ends. I love the Lincoln Rhyme series but his is a particularly good one. Even with shameless cross-fertilization to the Kathryn Dance series!

I read a heck of a lot of crime (at least two per week) this one is great.
Apr 02, 2014 Judie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moon-faced clocks mark the scenes of two brutal murders in New York City. In one, the victim, his wrists cut, appears to have hung on to the edge of a pier until he fell into the icy water. In the second, the man was connected to a heavy metal bar above his trussed body. When he could no longer hold his arms up, the bar dropped and crushed his neck. Two people are involved in the murders: one, the methodical killer who calls himself the Watchmaker. The second, a mentally damaged sex offender. I ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually started listening to this audiobook several months ago, but quickly quit when I thought it would be too creepy. As a general rule I avoid books with serial killers that target ordinary people. But I inadvertently didn't delete it in iTunes and started it again, forgetting I'd started it before. This time I continued with it. I found out fairly quickly that the book doesn't include graphic descriptions of the killer attacking his victims. The method is described after the fact without ...more
Sep 05, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes crime solving mysteries
Deaver is always good for an exciting plot twist and The Cold Moon is no exception. In fact, hold on to your hats because there are several. This book was a lot of fun with unpredictable twists and turns.
Thomas Strömquist
Overly long and a few twists to many. It is always nice to revisit Rhyme and Sachs, but this time that's the only really good part of the book.
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Reading something light after a long time.. I really don't know how to express what it feels like. Coming back home.. Yeah.. That'd be more like it..
The book.. Deaver has done his magic,one more time.. The plot is full of twists and turns,especially towards the ending. With Deaver,it's never what you see in the plain sight.. I think most people won't get it even on a closer inspection.. Still those twists do not appear illogical,not like something falling out of the sky all of a sudden.. There
Pamela Mclaren
Feb 10, 2015 Pamela Mclaren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A Jeffery Deaver novel, especially one with the quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, Amelia Sachs, is always a good story, even, if like this one, there are a few too many twists and turns.

This time around, Amelia is attempting to follow a case on her own as well as helping Rhyme with a case that looks like it is rapidly turning to a serial murder situation by a character that leaves behind old fashioned clocks with faces that feature the movement of the moon. The man leaves
Aug 11, 2011 Gwilym rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gripping and page turning appearance for Lincoln Rhyme, The Cold Moon delivers all the twists that eager Deaver beavers have come to expect. Writing a crime novel with so many suspects and a plot thick as the woods, it is surely a unique achievement to have so few crimes commited. One cannot help but feel that there is occasionally a twist too many - without this though it would be easy to second guess suspects and unravel the tangled web for yourself. The meticulous research that Deaver ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Wieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Wow!! It's good to read such an amazing book. 2 thumbs up for Mr. J.Deaver.
Misteri awal berupa 10 jam tik-tok antik dengan hiasan wajah bulan dan 10 cara penyiksaan untuk mengorek informasi. Sudah terjadi 2 pembunuhan yang ditandai dengan ditinggalkannya jam tik-tok di sisi korban, tetapi hanya ditemukan 1 korban sementara korban lainnya diduga masih tenggelam di sungai Hudson. Lincoln Rhyme disibukkan upaya untuk menyelamatkan 8 orang dalam list si pembunuh, sementara 'rekan'nya A.Sach memiliki
Jul 11, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Sachs, on her first case as lead detective on a homicide, is trying to prove a suicide is not what it seems. And as she get s closer to the truth and old personal truth comes out of nowhere to shock her into questioning her life as a policewoman.

Lincoln is not happy that Amelia is running two investigations, feeling that his is getting the short end of her attention. He relies more on Officer Pulaski and Detective Sellitto and a visiting expert. This is the introduction of Kathryn Dance,
Jul 27, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver- The Cold Moon (Simon & Schuster 2006) 3.75 Stars

The Watchmaker has come to New York City and he is leaving brutal murders in his wake. Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic criminalist is hunting him using Detective Amelia Sachs to do the police work. Sachs however is on her first solo case and does not have a lot of time to help out, leaving Rhymes to look elsewhere for help.
This was a good solid mystery/thriller. The characters were strong and I found it interesting that the lead
Oct 09, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Lincoln Rhymes, forensic investigator, and Amelia Sachs, NYPD detective
SETTING: New York City
SERIES: #7 of 7

Yet another serial killer is on the loose in New York City. His specialty is the prolonged death of his victims, whom he sets up with a faint hope that they may be able to save themselves. His trademark is a clock that he leaves at the scene. For that reason, the murderer is called “The Watchmaker”.

As we get to know the villain, it is clear that he is not what he s
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Patrick Ellard
Jan 31, 2013 Patrick Ellard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cold Moon is the seventh entry into the Lincoln Rhyme series and yet again Deaver has crafted a book full of twists and turns that will leave you guessing from start to finish.

The plot revolves a killer nicknamed The Watchmaker and his partner Vincent who have targeted a number of people to kill, always leaving an antique clock at the scene. It's again up to Lincoln Rhyme and the team and try and stop him but all is not as it seems. meanwhile Sachs is also working her first case as detective
4.5 out of 5 stars

The Cold Moon is a novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver. This was an intense thriller which kept you guessing throughout the whole novel as you never knew what was going to happen next. It didn't get the full 5 stars as you already knew who the killer was throughout the novel so you weren't able to guess who the killer could be. However, it was filled with lots of action, tension and parts to make you think.

The killer was quite a complicated person in some parts
Mi Camino Blanco
Luna Fría es la séptima entrega sobre el criminólogo tetrapléjico Lincoln Rhyme. Su primera novela, El coleccionista de huesos, fue llevada al cine con relativo éxito hace algún tiempo con Denzel Washington en el papel de Rhyme. Me leí los primeros libros hace años pero le había perdido la pista a esta saga. Lo que yo recordaba era que me habían gustado mucho, especialmente La estancia azul y El mono de piedra, por eso me ha sorprendido encontrar en éste lo que más detesto en los libros de detec ...more
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