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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 one of the hostages-a beautiful teacher who's willing to do anythi ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Signet (first published 1995)
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Carl Brookins
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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Robert
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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Janie Johnson
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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Tony
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
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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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
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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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
Greg
I was very surprised with this book! It started slow but ended great!
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.
Jen Mays
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
Cecily
very unnecessary rape scene!!!!!!!
Thomas Bruso
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
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
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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Maggie
Arthur Potter, FBI senior hostage negotiator is at the scene in Kansas where eight deaf students and their two teachers, are held hostage in an abandoned slaughterhouse by three escaped convicts.

Reading about the barricade and the negotiation for virtually most of this book was tiresome. It was interesting but I felt it really could have been shortened to half of those 400 pages. The topic or subject matter is distressing and very easy to visualize. The narration here didn't have you holding yo
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Bob
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
Jeff Brateman
Classic hostage negotiator story, with weird twists. So near the end of this book, I was thinking that it was pretty stupid. It just was like all sweet, the type of ending to make you go "awwwww" and bat your eyelids. But that was not the end, thankfully. If it was, I would've thrown this book into the trash immediately. I now plan to wait a few days to send this book into eternal damnation with the rest of the love story in this book, rather than immediately cast it to the depths of unknown per ...more
~Stephanie S.
A Maiden’s Grave:
Surviving the Unimaginable

Imagine being deaf, but also being kidnapped and held hostage by three well-known murderers and rapists. This is exactly what happened to Melanie, Mrs. Harstrawn and their eight students.

While driving to a sign-language poetry reading in Topeka, Kansas Mrs. Harstrawn pulls the bus over to look at a car crash that has just happened. While Mrs. Harstrawn and Melanie try to save an elderly man, Lou Handy and his two accomplices appear almost out of nowhe
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Danielle Paglia
I really liked about 90% of this book (I read it on my Kindle, can you tell?) Deaver has some style issues that got on my nerves a little, but I was invested in the characters and looked forward to getting back into the plot every chance I got. It was interesting to see the psychology behind hostage negotiations and to see how he explored the relationship between the hostage takers and the negotiator. I was also fascinated with the glimpse he gave us into the Deaf community and both the strength ...more
Ubik 2.0
Deaver senza Rhyme

Con una trama così convenzionale solo un maestro del thriller come Jeffery Deaver può essere in grado di tenere desta l’attenzione del lettore per oltre 400 pagine senza una pausa e con il minore cedimento possibile ai luoghi comuni del genere…Il Silenzio dei Rapiti (penosa concessione del traduttore italiano alla moda indotta da “Il Silenzio degli Innocenti, perdonabile solo con la difficile traducibilità dell’originale che gioca sull’assonanza con la canzone “Amazing Grace”
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Angelic Zaizai

Lagi demen thriller, jadi terpilihlah buku ini untuk dibaca..
dan tidak mengecewakan..
meskipun lebih banyak omongnya dari pada aksinya, tetep tegang..

yah maklum sih kalo omong2nya banyak
ini kan bukunya tentang seorang negosiator yang berusaha berunding dengan penjahat yang menyandera 10 orang
jadi banyak teknik-teknik ngomong dengan penyandera

seru..

ada janji - janji negosiator pada penyandera yang akan dipenuhi
ada tipuan - janji negosiator pada penyandera tapi cuma boongan hahaha
segala macam takti
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Arwen56
Come ho già avuto modo di dire nel commento scritto a “Il collezionista di ossa”, questo è il primo e il migliore romanzo di Deaver che io abbia letto. Dico “migliore" non tanto perché abbia qualche particolare merito, quanto perché, almeno, il “cattivo” non è un pazzo che fa tutto quello che gli salta in mente, a seconda di come gli girano le difettose rotelline che ha nel cervello. No, questo qui, benché amorale e squinternato, ha uno scopo preciso e razionale. E lo persegue con una certa logi ...more
Iain
Very very close to a 5* rating, but let down a little by one or two confusing moments - which could, in utter fairness, be down to me having a doozy of a head cold.

One of Deaver's comparatively rare stand-alone novels and a very good one at that. When the tale begins, you wonder how he'll drag out a hostage situation to nigh on 500 pages. But he does it. And with a twist at the end. And another one.

It's a little heavy-handed in its dolloping of information about the deaf (and the Deaf) in the US
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Gypsy Lady
419 Pages

Page 305
But in another part of his lavish mind Arthur Potter English-lit major thought, If we have to be foolish it ought to be in love. Not in our careers, where lives hang in the balance; not with our gods or in our lust for beauty and learning. Not with our children, so desirous and so unsure. But in love. For love is nothing but the purest folly and we go there for the purpose of being impassioned and half-crazy. In matters of the heart the world will always be generous with us, and
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Bondama
Although I have grown pretty tired of Jeffrey Deaver, this book, which was one of his first, is exceptional. Several men who have escaped from prison have commandeered an old school house. They manage to kidnap all of the occupants of a school bus, which happens to be on an expedition for the local School for the Deaf.

The exceptional part of the book is the insight that Deaver gives to the world of the Deaf. Deaf children born to Deaf parents apparently hold the highest of respect, while people
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Sally
I am a big fan of Jeffery Deaver and this is ok but not one of his best. The whole action of the book takes place over the course of one day and sometimes it drags a bit. The plot is ok and I feel it would make a pretty good action movie - but as a book it did not grab me and make me want to turn the pages in quite the same way as the Lincolm Rhyme books do.
G.Claudio
Giudizio sicuramente positivo. Deaver, soprattutto nel finale, si lascia cadere un po' troppo vittima della sindrome hollywoodiana del "salvataggio all'ultimo secondo", ma complessivamente ci sono colpidi scena ben orchestrati, e soprattutto una resa psicologica dei personaggi davvero notevole. Tre galeotti si asserragliano in un vecchio macello abbadonato, con 8 bambine sordomute e le loro 2 insegnanti. E' sostanzialmente la cronaca di questo assedio. Ci fa conoscere la feroce mente dei crimina ...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
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