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The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver

The Skin CollectorReviewed by Allen Hott

Devious, forward thinking, and always interesting. That is exactly what describes any book by Jeffery Deaver but especially one involving Lincoln Rhyme. For those of you (if there are any) who are not familiar with Lincoln Rhyme he is a paraplegic former NYC detective who has for some time now worked from his wheelchair as a consultant to the Detective Squad.

Aiding Rhyme in his analysis of unsolved crimes is Amelia Sachs, his right hand and live-in assistant although she is also a lead detective for the police force. He also now has a NYPD patrol officer, Ron Pulaski (known as Rookie to Rhyme) who joined the crew a few books ago.

Their activities in The Skin Collector are initiated by Lon Sellitto who is a lead officer in the Major Crimes Division. Sellitto brings news of a new case in which a woman was found in the basement of a boutique where she worked. The woman appeared to have just recently been tattooed on her stomach but it appears that instead of ink the tattoo artist used poison. Read the rest of this entry »

Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver

Trouble in MindReviewed by Allen Hott

Wow, almost too much to comprehend. Jeffery Deaver has put together twelve short stories that all carry his style, rhythm, and quirky thinking. Normally a reader picks up one of his novels and follows one story line with various plot changes but the same characters and one fantastic ending. But here he has basically developed twelve story lines with a multitude of different characters. There are two Lincoln Rhyme stories (one of Deaver’s favorite characters) and also a Kathryn Dance story and a John Pelham story (a couple more of his favorites). Read the rest of this entry »

Edge: A Novel by Jeffery Deaver

EdgeReviewed by Allen Hott

Edge is where readers are sitting as they read this Jeffery Deaver thriller. A completely different scenario as “Corte” (the only name we know him by) is a shepherd. This is the name given to the government’s caretakers of people who need to be hidden away. Usually they need to be hidden away because they have information pertaining to the government’s case against a particular wrong doer. Shepherds care for the “principal” as he is known or the person with the information that is necessary to make a case against that wrong doer.

The reason for the need of the shepherd is that in many cases the wrong doer finds what is known as a “lifter” who with help tracks down the principal or his family. He then through brutal force convinces the principal not to tell what he knows if and when the government’s case goes to trial. Lifters are paid a handsome reward for doing this handiwork for the bad guys while the shepherd is a government employee who is paid as a government employee. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver

Bodies Left BehindReviewed by Allen Hott

A very interesting novel that involves some crime, some murder, some chases, and a lot of action to keep the reader’s thoughts all the way to the end. That ending is a little different also although part of it could be pretty well guessed as the reader moves along. Some of it is quite different however based on the character’s attitude change.

Brynn McKenzie is a deputy police officer in a northern section of Wisconsin and she is a dedicated to the end officer. After returning home one night from her regular shift Brynn is asked by her supervisor if she would investigate a somewhat strange 911 call that came from Lake Mondae to her north. It appears that the caller was starting to say something that started with “this…” but then the call ended. It was traced to a vacation area up at the lake which was pretty well deserted at this time of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel
by Jeffery Deaver

XO Reviewed by Allen Hott

Quite a story with more twists and turns than a coastal highway! Kayleigh Towne, the daughter of a very well-known country singer, has put together a great career of her own. A beautiful young singer with a head of blonde hair that she had been growing for ten years and four months, she had built quite a following by writing her own songs and singing them well. Though she would prefer to continue her career in a somewhat low key her father, having seen his career begin to fade away, wants Kayleigh to go for broke.

An ongoing series of twitters and emails from one particular fan however has Kayleigh emotionally troubled. Edwin Sharp, the fan, feels that Kayleigh is writing and singing certain songs for him only. He has sent her gifts (which were returned) and attempted to call her. He claims to have received emails and twitters directly from her which she denies. As she prepares for a rather large concert in her home town, Edwin announces that he will make the journey down from his home to be there “for her”.

Kathryn Dance, a California Bureau of Investigation agent and friend of Kayleigh, was going to be at the concert also as she was vacationing in Fresno. Dance, a young widow with two children, was somewhat concerned about her own personal life as it seems to her that her supposed-to-be partner appeared to be moving to San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »