BOOK REVIEW: THE TWELFTH CARD
The Twelfth Card is another of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme’s books in which he packs action upon action. This book starts a bit slower than normal but what it lacks in the beginning, it more than makes up from there on. Rhyme is wheelchair bound with no feeling in much of his body because of a previous shooting. He has his own laboratory and communications system so he can receive the latest news on any case, but especially the cases he is working. The database is beyond what one would expect. Detective Amelia Sachs lives in Rhyme’s office/apartment and helps him in the lab and in the field. Thom is the caretaker of Lincoln but is more that just that. He is the “boss” of the apartment keeping track of who comes and goes and what is being accomplished in the way of solving crimes.
Geneva Settle is a black, intelligent, and streetwise girl who is in search of information to clear a former family member in a murder that occurred one-hundred-forty-years ago. The story really gets going when Geneva is in the public library delving into any information she can find about her family member so she can get him exonerated. When someone apparently tries to kill Geneva in that library, a whole new can of worms is opened up, sending Lincoln, Amelia, and the entire police department in circles attempting to protect Geneva while stopping other strange things that are going on. The puzzle pieces just don’t fit so there must be other reasons for all this mayhem occurring just to clear a cold case from many years ago.
Geneva and her personal police bodyguards try to keep up normal activities but things get very bad and she has to curtail many public activities. She stays in Lincoln’s apartment while trying to avoid being hurt or killed. The killer/killers do all they can to throw off the police and Lincoln, who also are delving back into old black history to find a connection. The connection is hidden very well and it finally comes to light in a strange way.
The Twelfth Card contains lots of twists and turns, even more than you expect as you turn the pages. You know that this case is solved, and then you find out that there is much more involvement by others never suspected. It is a rather large book with lots of intense reading that will keep you awake and wondering. I do like books that have surprise endings and this one is no exception. While you try to figure who did what, keep that brain ticking since you are probably not correct!
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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