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Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  6,746 ratings  ·  655 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
My first read in the Kathryn Dance series... Having read Lincoln Rhyme series,my expectations were a bit high.. May be that's why I found this utter boring.. There isn't much action.. And detection is crappy.. I do not think Deaver can go any lower than this but I'm not planning to read any more in this series to find that out..
This was passed on to me by a friend - I've never read any Jeffrey Deaver before but am generally into crime/mystery thrillers so wanted to give it a go. On the whole I found it kind of cheesy and far-fetched in places but can't deny that the plot is solid and gripping and kept me hooked in till the end. The way Deaver uses the internet, blogs & online gaming to add to the case is interesting, but as somebody who reads lots of blogs and has several good friends who work in the gaming industr ...more
Roadside Crosses is both the title of a blog and actual physical roadside warnings of upcoming murders in this latest thriller by Jeffery Deaver. Katherine Dance, an agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, is an expert in Kinesics, the application and study of body language. This skill fails her however when her investigation of assaults and then murders leads her to the cyber world of role playing games for her leads and her suspect.

Filled with multiple twists, turns and misdirection
I usually like Jeffery Deaver books, but this one irritated me. It was way too preachy--the dangers of gaming and the internet--and when the real criminal was revealed at the end and Kathryn Dance was giving her narritive of how she figured it out--a lot of the "suspects" I didn't even realize were suspects. It seemed like the author just decided at the end of the book whodunit. Also, the duel story line about her mom, a nurse, being accused of a mercy killing, was poorly developed and the endin ...more
Deaver by the numbers. Several of the twists are downright ludicrous, and not good ludicrous.

The protagonist seems hand-crafted to be, in every way, the opposite of Lincoln Rhyme. "Well...he's a man, so she's...not. He's logical and evidence-driven, so she's intuitive and focused on body language. He's paralyzed, so she's...not. Hell, we'll even name her 'Dance!'"

The comparisons are inevitable and unfavorable.

The strident social commentary is obvious and ham-handed. Cyberbullying is a problem? B
This was an enjoyable enough audio book, but I wish Goodreads would allow 1/2 star ratings. This book was better than a 2 star but not quite a 3. It didn't actually start getting suspenseful 'till about 9 hrs into the recording. That's not to say that the first nne hrs wern't interesting , just not suspenseful. THE last 3 hours redeemed the story quite a bit, with many surprises that my jaded ears did not see coming. My recommendation is; read the book instead of listen to this one. It is easier ...more
Òphiere editoriale
Questa volta Deaver ci è caduto sulla testa della Signora Longari. Questo romanzo glielo deve aver scritto il cugino: John Deaver, Sam Deaver o anche Tom Deaver. A pagina 320 si capisce perfettamente chi è l'assassino e il libro ha 500 pagine! Imperdibile la scena madre in cui il colpevole è chiamato a rendere conto dei suoi misfatti: è trattata con la grazia di un "Ebbene sì, sono Stanislao Moulinski travestito da locomotiva". Per gli implumi è una citazione da Nick Carter di Bonvi.
Più leggo De
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
I just finished Roadside Crosses tonight and it was excellent, as expected. Deaver writes thriller, suspense type novels that have a bit of mystery as well. This book was very exciting and fast-paced; it definitely kept me guessing, intrigued, and engrossed.

I’ll try my best to give a brief summary, despite the story’s complexities. It opens up with a roadside cross being discovered on a highway in California. The roadside cross that was spotted by a police officer was made of tree branches, and
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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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Kathryn Dance (4 books)
  • The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance, #1)
  • XO (Kathryn Dance, #3)
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