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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.
©2008 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Audiophile on 06-30-08

Long, Complex, and Good.

Lincoln Rimes, a modern quadriplegic Sherlock Holmes and his NASCAR-driver Police Detective Girlfriend Amelia Sachs solve a series of violent murders cum identity theft. Deaver is good at dramatizing cyber-crime ("The Great Blue")combining a police procedural with geekfest and a little psychopathology ("Diogenes Syndrome"). Deaver is a plot-meister, and each of his books has at least three endings. This novel's plots are more complex than usual -- weaving together five or six subplots that all climax simultaneously except for one. The Watchmaker makes a cameo appearance and will likely show up again.

If you like Deaver, you will love this, but be prepared for a longish and complex book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian Hagaman on 10-05-08

Classic Deaver- Twists and Turns...with details

I am a fan in the Rhyme/Sachs series and was not disappointed with this one. This one was different in that it provided insight into Lincoln's past and revealed more about his extended family. Newcomers to this series may find these parts a bit boring, but it's something fans have been asking for. Therefore, this one might not be a bad one to start the series with. This was also different in that the villain was not a typical one seen in past episodes. This one uses information against victims, with identity theft being a primary weapon. But make no mistake, this villain also uses brutal force, when necessary, which makes for a double threat. The most interesting part of this book is the detail in which Deaver describes just how much information is "out there" on each of us, and after reading (or listening) to this book, you will think differently about how much information you put out for others to see and you will certainly be more guarded. But you will also be left with the hollowness that if someone wants to find out something about you, they can...and will. This was perhaps the scariest part of all.

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