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The Twelfth Card (audio)

By Jeffery Deaver

The Twelfth Card (audio)

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Started reading:
Wed Sep 5, 2012
Finished reading:
Thu Sep 6, 2012
Type

mystery-thriller

Review

Rating: 7

The Twelfth Card is a two-day cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of uptown Manhattan, as quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and his protÉgÉe Amelia Sachs try to outguess a ruthless professional killer who is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem…and it’s up to Lincoln and Amelia to figure out why.

The motive may have to do with a term paper that Geneva is writing about her ancestor, Charles Singleton, a former slave who was active in the early civil rights movement, but was arrested for theft and disgraced. What actually happened on that night in 1868 when Charles was arrested? What went on at the mysterious meetings he attended in Gallows Heights, a neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that was a tense mix of wealthy financiers, political crooks, and working-class laborers and thugs? And what was the “secret” that tormented Charles’s every waking hour?

Deaver’s inimitable plotting keeps these stories—the past and the present—racing at a lightning-fast clip, with stunning revelations that strike at the very heart of the U.S. Constitution.

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