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Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  7,454 ratings  ·  703 reviews

"Astonishing" (New York Times Book Review) suspense master Jeffery Deaver brings back investigative agent Kathryn Dance (The Sleeping Doll) in a timely and chilling bestseller.

Roadside crosses are appearing along the highways of the Monterey Peninsula, not as memorials to past accidents but as markers for fatalities yet to come . . . and someone, armed with information gle

Paperback, 576 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Pocket Books (first published 2009)
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Wow. Just wow.

Deaver, you have done it again. But this time, it was even better than The Sleeping Doll, Kathryn Dance #1.

I'm almost at a loss for words to write this review. Deaver can weave a tale so meticulously, when I thought I had it figured out, he completely messed with my mind. He changed gears, made me throw my suspicions out the window, and I had to just hold on for the ride while Deaver steered.

The story, or in this instance the case, which is followed in this second installment of
K.D. Absolutely
Roadside crosses. Roadside memorials. Those crosses along the highway. Those sad and forlorn images at the side of the road marking the places where sudden and unexpected deaths happened. Places where the person was last seen alive. Places where parents went to in the middle of the night or in the wee hours of the morning after receiving a call from the police. Where they shed tears. Where dreams ended.

Jeffery Deaver (born 1950) is an American mystery/crime writer. He is a journalist, novelis
Disappointing Kathryn Dance sequel -- little mystery, way too much blogging

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
I have GOT to stop buying this guy's books. He used to be so good, but, like P. Cornwell, he's marched right down I'm Too Important For An Editor Avenue and crossed over onto My Readers Will Love Me No Matter What I Write Boulevard. (In this book? Entire chapters about these newfangled "internet blogs." Oh, I tell ya, Marge, kids these days with their FaceSpace and Twatters.) If I ever slip and buy another one of his books, I want all my friends here to come over and punch me in the head.
As with most Jeffrey Deaver books that educate readers about a certain topic (i.e. how electricity works, what dirt is composed of), Roadside Crosses also attempts to teach, in this case, a myriad of topics about the computer and the internet. Deaver covers blogging, virtual reality gaming, erasing and restoring hard drives, tracking IP addresses and a whole lot of other computer-based subjects, some much better than others. However, where this book FAILED for me was that Katherine Dance, whom I ...more
Jeffrey Deaver's ROADSIDE CROSSES is the first of the Deaver books that has not kept my attention. I found that it wasn’t as captivating as I thought it would be. I know the area where the story took place having spent much of my life in the Salinas/Monterey/Carmel area. I enjoyed listening to the descriptions of the region but the characters seemed shallow and did not captivate me. I was particularly bothered by the way that Kathryn Dance’s relationship with her mother was treated. That piece s ...more
3.5 stars
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
Peter Clothier
It felt like time for some light reading, and my favorite light reading is the crime novel. So I picked up a Jeffrey Deaver hardback from a used book stand for a couple of dollars--and was glad I hadn't forked out more. I first encountered Deaver a few years ago through The Bone Collector, with its appealing quadriplegic forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme (marvelously played in a film version by Denzel Washington.) I sped through the book, as I have done other books by Deaver since, with considerable ...more
This book was not as good as the first in the series--too much about MMORPGs and blogging and not enough of Kathryn Dance plying her specialty (kinesics - the reading of body language).

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
Aug 24, 2009 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good puzzle/mystery, California, on-line computer games.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all of Mr. Deaver's work.
There is so much going on in this book and it is very satisfying on many levels. Jeffrey Deaver, yet another retired attorney, lays out a very complicated plot and keeps it all finely balanced to the real end. I lost count of the false trails and conclusions he leads us on.

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
Laura Belgrave
Plenty of others have already supplied a description of the book, so I won't do that. All I will do is tell you that that Roadside Crosses, the second in Deaver's Kathryn Dance series, is almost impossible to put down. But that's probably more true if you have an interest in or follow the minutiae of how the entire blogging community works — and the power that it has, particularly for vulnerable young people. Much of the novel's core storyline hinges on that, but even if all things tech summon l ...more
Janie Johnson
I am totally blown away by this man's talent! This could very well be my favorite read for the year, or at least one of the top. I enjoyed this one even more that the first in the Kathryn Dance series, The Sleeping Doll, if that is even possible. I have also read XO, but I read it out of order and I do plan on revisiting that book soon to complete this series so far.

These books do in fact need to be read in order because certain parts of the story lines do carry over into the next book. So I fee
Well, this is a "chapter" book written by Jeffrey Deaver. He generally writes detective novels, the kind where there are some clues, but never enough information for you to possibly figure out the case before he's ready to tell you.

I generally enjoy reading a series of books with a recurring character, that is, if I like the character. This protagonist is Kathryn Dance, a 40s something FBI agent raising 2 children after the death of her husband.

Kathryn's specialty is kinesic forensics (or someth
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I was very, very disappointed with this book. I think I've read all of Deaver's other books and especially liked Maiden's Grave and the Lincoln Rhymes series. This book was just plain silly with the police repeatedly showing up just in the nick of time to save the hapless souls from the purported serial killer. The main story line of a serial killer targeting bloggers wasn't enough for the author; the protagonist's mother was also accused of mercy killing but the protagonist, Kathyrn Dancer, was ...more
Sherri F.
Audio: This is #2 in Kathryn Dance series and glad I continued on w/the series b/c this installment was a lot better than the first. First, at least this one was an hour shorter and time used better and more interesting. Once again KD is chasing someone (this time alleged suspect rather than an escaped convict) and, again, it goes on for such a while w/so many near misses & getaways, it starts to come across like they are bumbling idiots. She had two visitors helping or interested in the cas ...more
Strawberry Fields
I believe I am liking Kathyrn Dance better than Lincoln Rhyme. Is that blasphemy? Well, even Amelia Sachs has here moments of reading people and giving credence to witness accounts.

This book is about the internet and how it affects people's lives. There are bloggers, gamers, social networkers, and many are cyber bullies. So much time can be spent on the internet that people are no longer functioning in the world of reality, but the world they have created for themselves in the online universe. T
The 2nd book in the Kathryn Dance series by Jeffery Deaver.
Kathryn Dance, an investigator with the California Bureau of Investigation and this series is a spin off from the Lincoln Rhyme books. A very good move on Jeffery Deavers part keeping his books fresh.
Barbara ★
When a teenage girl gets kidnapped but survives, Kathryn Dance and Michael O'Neil know who the culprit is very quickly. He's a tricky devil though and he leads them on a merry chase through an online game - a violent RPG. The geekspeak (the instant message language teens use which uses numbers instead of letters, bad grammar and spelling and zero punctuation), is irritating and the RPG is ridiculous. It's no wonder that our society's going to hell in a hand basket if this is how teens learn to i ...more
Dance, an agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, gets an eye-opening education in some of the hottest areas of the cyberworld. After an auto accident kills two teens, vicious smears of Travis Brigham, the teen driver deemed responsible but not charged in the accident, appear on the Chilton Report, a popular blog. After one of the accusing bloggers barely survives an assault, Brigham becomes a person of interest. Brigham disappears, and attacks, each preceded by a crude roadside cross ...more
#2 of the Katherine Dahl series-First, I still think Deaver is one of the best thriller/mystery writers out there. I enjoyed the computer game/blog theme in this book. It is very interesting. Deaver obviously does a great deal of research for his books and I always learn something when I read them. This book was definitely full of the twists and turns Deaver is known for. It will keep me reading into the night because I can’t put it down. I enjoy the Katherine Daul series. I’m beginning to like ...more
I find Kathryn's character a very interesting one to read. I like the way that she study's people and can help solve the crime. This book in particular had me guessing the whole way. I thought I had it figured out, then 50 pages later would have to revise my thinking. This kept happening to me over and over.

I found the social commentary about the whole on-line world to be a good one. I do think that cyber bullying is a problem and people really get out of control doing and saying things they wou
damn you, deaver! you were my gold standard for research, and you failed me. not on everything - but you failed me nonetheless. my heart broke a little each time you got something wrong. where was your map? why do you refuse to say that pebble beach exists? you do know carmel valley isn't carmel which isn't carmel by the sea, right? the name of the hospital! the highways! ACK.

of course, some things he got right. which made me happy.

longer review later but: kathryn dance book, picks up with a L
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘We give away too much information about ourselves online. Way too much.’

Memorial crosses are being placed along roads on the Monterey Peninsula, and it quickly becomes apparent that the crosses are being placed in advance of the deaths to which they are related. Kathryn Dance and her colleagues from the California Bureau of Investigation are tasked with trying to find out who is placing the crosses, and preventing more deaths from occurring.

Local high school students are interviewed after one
There were some aspects of this second Kathryn Dance novel that I found to be very original. Deaver has set up a website to read along with the book. I found it to be a very clever addition to the book. I like the character of Kathryn Dance and I enjoyed this book. Several of the interesting secondary characters from the first Kathryn Dance book appeared, and new ones were introduced. The book continued some storylines from Sleeping Doll and introduced some new ones.

Katrhyn Dance, with the Cali
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Blogs, bullies, cyber crime, hacking, stalking, gaming and roadside crosses. I blog about books and my love for books and never have I looked at being on the computer as more scary than to read this title. The bullies are everywhere and being anonymous on line lets individuals run their mouths beyond the freedom of speech. Words these days are more vicious than they have ever been... This book leads the reader down a lot of roads and into all the categories I mention above. No one is safe... tee ...more
I thought for sure the guy was the guy!!!! This was a great twist ending... I thought the whole time one thing and was SHOCKED ... I have always loved Jeffery Deaver books but this one is a good one!!!

Need to get the 1st book
But I'm on to the next book

XO (Kathryn Dance, #3) by Jeffery Deaver
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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
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