The Broken Window

The Broken Window

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Chasing down a vicious serial killer who complicates his crimes by leaving behind iron-clan evidence implicating innocent people, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs reluctantly team up for the investigation only to find themselves rendered the killer's next targets. By the author of The Cold Moon. 300,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Lincoln Rhyme and partner/paramour Amelia Sachs return to face a criminal whose ingenious staging of crimes is enabled by a terrifying access to information.
When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.
At the behest of Arthur's wife, Judy, Lincoln grudgingly agrees to investigate the case. Soon Lincoln and Amelia uncover a string of similar murders and rapes with perpetrators claiming innocence and ignorance - despite ironclad evidence at the scenes of the crimes. Rhyme's team realizes this "perfect" evidence may actually be the result of masterful identity theft and manipulation.
An information service company - the huge data miner Strategic Systems Datacorp - seems to have all the answers but is reluctant to help the police. Still, Rhyme and Sachs and their assembled team begin uncovering a chilling pattern of vicious crimes and cover-ups, and their investigation points to one master criminal, whom they dub "522."
When "522" learns the identities of the crime-fighting team, the hunters become the hunted.

Baker
& Taylor

Chasing down a serial killer who complicates his crimes by leaving behind evidence implicating innocent people, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs reluctantly team up for the investigation only to find themselves rendered the killer's next targets.

Simon and Schuster

Bestselling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller.

Lincoln Rhyme and partner/paramour Amelia Sachs return to face a criminal whose ingenious staging of crimes is enabled by a terrifying access to information....

When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect -- too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

At the behest of Arthur's wife, Judy, Lincoln grudgingly agrees to investigate the case. Soon Lincoln and Amelia uncover a string of similar murders and rapes with perpetrators claiming innocence and ignorance -- despite ironclad evidence at the scenes of the crime. Rhyme's team realizes this "perfect" evidence may actually be the result of masterful identity theft and manipulation.

An information service company -- the huge data miner Strategic Systems Datacorp -- seems to have all the answers but is reluctant to help the police. Still, Rhyme and Sachs and their assembled team begin uncovering a chilling pattern of vicious crimes and coverups, and their investigation points to one master criminal, whom they dub "522."

When "522" learns the identities of the crime-fighting team, the hunters become the hunted. Full of Deaver's trademark plot twists, The Broken Window will put the partnership of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to the ultimate test.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
ISBN: 9781416549970
1416549978
Characteristics: 417 p. ; 25 cm.

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cambridgedon
Sep 08, 2018

Jeffery Deaver is in fine form with this chillingly disturbing story that should put the Orwellian nightmare into real-life perspective. Well done as the reader is kept thoroughly engaged from start to finish. And the truly sentimental might even shed a tear at the last page of the novel.

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Dream24
Aug 27, 2018

Surprisingly I wasn't too annoyed by Lincoln, given how I got annoyed by his character later on in the series. Clearly this was when the story and character was still decent and enjoyable.

It was really interesting how technology is everywhere in our every day life and tracks all of our habits and movements. A lot of security breaches, traps and somewhat shady dealings, you never know what to expect and who to trust this in this technological world.

Crime scenes are found to be too perfect in fingering the culprit....but who is the real killer? Turns out the real killer really is out there and they are perfectly capable at manipulating the system, causing technological chaos at the expense of the investigators.

In this book, we get more of a glimpse of what Lincoln was like when he was younger and his tense relationship with his cousin, Arthur, and their respectful parents. It makes him seem more human and less detached, especially since the event that lead to him being paralyzed.

LoganLib_LW Jun 07, 2016

One of the best Lincoln Rhyme stories in the series. Chilling story about identity theft. Well worth the read.

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Eil_1
Mar 28, 2016

An excellent book - the dangers of identity theft are certainly true in the real world and can lead to unimaginable consequences.

PimaLib_ElizabethT Mar 07, 2016

Jeffery Deaver will be at the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books!
This is my favorite Rhyme novel...it's so easy for the bad guy to frame innocent people using their personal information. It's chilling.

A terrific read and a life changer as far as my future use of loyalty cards goes. The Sacha character is getting a bit starchy but overall this book had some surprising twists and turns and an underlying sense of plausibility which will keep you awake worrying about what the data miners think they know about you and worse, how difficult it is to change wrong information once it is in the computer.

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dbd
Jul 26, 2014

Very good and scary.

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bridge1
Mar 24, 2013

A really interesting story.

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DL7173
Apr 07, 2011

As in Deaver's The Blue Nowhere,
I could not relate to details of cyberspace (and now identity theft) and they left me bored.
I struggled to page 200 and then
turned to another of his books -
many of which I like a lot (especially The Bodies Left Behind and The Vanished Man)

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Sep 16, 2018

"The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen - a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person's] life."
- Supreme Court Justice
William O. Douglas

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