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The Cold Moon

(Lincoln Rhyme #7)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  15,725 ratings  ·  767 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 investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 26th 2006 by Simon & Schuster
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Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Rohit Enghakat
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first Jeffery Deaver and I am not disappointed. The book has a wonderful plot with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. When you feel that the climax is near, you realise that only you have read only a third of the book and one-fourth is yet to be read. You find more twists in the plot. To reveal anything more is to give away the plot.

I loved the character of Kathryn Dance the kinesics expert and her interrogation method which delves deep into the psyche of the criminal. Apart from
Alan Cotterell
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Mixed feelings

This started off as another fantastic story from Mr Deaver, and finished as one. But in between seemed to be very convulted. Probably didn't help that the copy I was reading had no line gaps when the scene changed. You would be reading about one set of characters in one sentence, then next paragraph was totally different set of characters but with no indication. Had to keep going back to get it to make sense. I have given 4*, based on what I believe it would have been if I had a
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
Lewis Weinstein
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
I really enjoyed the seventh book in the Lincoln Rhyme series. This one also gives us a first look at a character that Deaver spins off into her own series, Kathryn Dance. We get to see the science side of things and also how Dance uses her expertise in kinesics, which is the science of body language, nonverbal gestures, postures and facial expressions. Dance works at the California Bureau of Investigation and gets pulled into this case via Lon Selitto who believes that Dance can help out Rhyme ...more
Jul 23, 2012 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 ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A solid and reliable Rhyme novel with an above-average number of twists and turns, at an increasing pace. So you get to bask in the serial killer's blinding moonlight before the story runs away from you.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 isnt after what we thought (havent you ...more
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.
Terri Lynn
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sharang Limaye
'The Cold Moon' is a meticulously put-together thriller. There are no plot holes or loose threads. Deaver's sure hand is evident when describing crime scenes and related investigations. The problem is very little here is attention-holding, maybe with the exception of the kinesics evaluator's character. Not once do the good guys appear to be in any real danger. There is some fun to be had in the sequences featuring the Watchmaker and his aide, but that comes to an end with the first plot twist. ...more
Una Tiers
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
First I hated the narrator. Then the author tried to write a mix of noir with the latest non-verbal evaluation constantly spoiling the failing plot.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2010 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 ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ♡ Jeffery Deaver !!
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After my somewhat disappointing experience with book 6 of this series, I was hoping book 7 would throw me straight into a Jeffery Deaver masterpiece. I have to say I was not overly impressed with The Cold Moon, fortunately this time however, there were some key redeeming features which improved my opinion of the novel somewhat.

This time round, Lincoln Rhyme and his team must solve a number of cases connected by a killer they have labelled The Watchmaker, while Amelia Sachs investigates a couple
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some years ago I saw Denzil Washington as Lincoln Rhyme and Angelina Jolie as Amelia Sachs in the movie, THE BONE COLLECTOR. Since then when I read a Rhyme novel, I visualize these protagonists as portrayed in the movie. A good choice, I would say. This is another interesting caseactually two cases for Rhyme and his team to solve. If you can put aside some of the horrible things done to the victims, it is fascinating for me to learn how Rhyme unravels the mystery. There are twists and turns ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nabcc-ss-2019
Pretty good suspense but while twists are interesting, this seemed a bit much with all the change of directions.

Kay-lynn Yacoboski
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mark Richard
Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
>>>>''How long does it take for them to die?.......... It doesn't matter, as longs as its SLOW''<<<<<<
just the sort of person you DONT want to meet on EHarmony....

Starts well this one. You've got good Old Lincoln laying out on his bed *he seems to get lazier and lazier that guy# and you've got his favourite sidekick Sachs. Two killings kick the book off in nice fashion and they've been done by this guy calling himself the CLOCKMAKER (check spelling, yes, CLOCKMAKER)
Cortez III
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Cold Moon, is a real page turner with a multitude of plot twists I can't divulge without giving the game away.

The story involves a serial killer named The Watchmaker who leaves a clock behind at the scene of his crimes as his signature. But is there more than meets the eye? Hmmm. Our equally meticulous heroes and NYPDs finest in Amelia Sachs and Lincoln Rhyme must decipher those multitudes of plot twists with the inherent red herrings. Deaver keeps the
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
Jul 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I would have given this book another star if it hadn't been so convoluted. I found myself praying that it would be over soon. I realize that the goal of the antagonist was to create so many complications that the police would never figure out his real crime. But I found it about one layer of complications too many.

However, I have to admit that my response might have been dampened by the fact that I'm pretty sure this was a second reading (although I suppose it's significant that I'm not really
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Met Kathryn Dance finally with Rhyme and Sachs even though I've started her series already. Politics, a hatred for government, greed, money, dirty cops, murder, death, tricks, watches, time, background family information....

This title went in so many directions, two cases that had Sachs contemplating a change in her career. Things she thought she knew.... I love the team that collects the forensics and plots the next steps. So many different minds working together to make the puzzle pieces fit.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Paul Weiss
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Introducing Kathryn Dance, kinesics expert and human lie detector!

Jeffery Deaver's seventh Lincoln Rhyme novel The Cold Moon (following The Twelfth Card) treads the path of his now well-established pattern of fiendishly intricate multiple plots, red herrings, superbly realistic dialogue, continuing focus on developing characterization and wonderful attention to the detail and minutiae of forensic investigation. This time, Lincoln Rhyme, his erstwhile lover and partner, Amelia Sachs, square off
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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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Lincoln Rhyme (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme, #2)
  • The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme, #3)
  • The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme, #4)
  • The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, #5)
  • The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)
  • The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8)
  • The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme, #9)
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