The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6) by Jeffery Deaver

The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)

A high-school girl in Harlem, Geneva Settle, is the target of a ruthless professional killer—Thompson Boyd—who has been hired to murder her for reasons unknown. His first attempt, in a deserted museum early one morning, is a failure but it’s clear to Lincoln Rhyme that he’s going to strike again, from clues the killer leaves behind, one of which is the twelfth card in the tarot deck, The Hanged Man, whose meaning resonates eerily througho...

Details The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)

TitleThe Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)
Release DateJun 7th, 2005
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime

Reviews The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)

  • *TANYA*
    It took me a very long time to get through this book. I kept reading it in pauses because it never really held on to my attention. It didn't have the same pizzazz as the first 5 books in the series.
  • Richard
    5.5/10This is quite hard to rate, to give it two or three stars is quite tricky. In some ways it was the standard thriller you would come to expect from this series, albeit a lower quality than some of the others in the series. But some of the dialogue between characters was so outdated and looked forced it was hard to read. I’m not from Harlem but I’m pretty sure not many people say “phat” and “whack”. It reminded me of when Joey in ...
  • Obsidian
    I dithered about the rating for this book. I ultimately enjoyed the book, but I got really tired of all the Red Herrings in this book. It's beyond absurd. I also don't think Rhyme has super human abilities that he can figure out what the true motive is beyond all of these people he investigates. I did love seeing Kara from the previous book in this one though. And we get to see some more scenes with Rhymes and Sachs that show them as a couple. Rh...
  • Alan Cotterell
    Incredible What an incredible book, it had everything, from slaves to deceit and deception. A lesson on the American Constitution, which was very well explained (my American friends may disagree). And the ending well..... that would be telling.
  • Sarah
    Lincoln Rhyme gets involved in the attempted assault of a 16-year-old researching her ancestor, a freed slave accused of stealing. I think there are things to appreciate about this book. Over time, the author has added new characters to this universe and both fleshed out and grown the primary characters. It feels like time has actually passed and the world has changed and developed. But, possibly unrelatedly, a lot of the rigor, for lack of a bet...
  • Corey
    In the sixth installment The Twelfth Card, Forensics experts Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are on a cold case, dating back to the 1800's, during the time of slavery. They have been assigned to protect an African-American high school girl named Geneva, who is looking into the past of one of her ancestors, a former slave from the 19th century. When he died he took a deep dark secret with him, and to this day it remains buried. As it turns out, som...
  • Donald
    I'm pretty sure I've read other 'Lincoln Rhyme' novels. And I'm pretty sure I liked them. But this one did not hold my attention at all.First problem I noticed was that Jeffrey tries to write in black vernacular, Ebonics, AAVE (African American Vernacular English), whatever you may find to be PC today. The issues I have with this are twofold: that it (the vernacular) changes with each generation so the story feels dated already and that having Ge...
  • Robin
    I hadn't read the first five in the series, so I missed out on that character development. I liked the story ok, but I found some of the dialogue stereotyping and demeaning. As an audio book, anyway, the language attributed to many of the characters-- especially the African American characters-- wasn't believable/ felt inappropriate. I found myself rolling my windows up to avoid offending the occupants of other vehicles.
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Love, love, love the Lincoln Rhyme books. This one was excellent also!
  • Gary
    The 6th book in the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver.Lincoln Rhyme is a former NYPD Homicide Detective who is now a Forensic Consultant since he became a quadriplegic. He is partnered with Amelia Sachs who acts as his eyes as she walks crime scenes.I have now all of this excellent series and remains as fresh as ever. There are also very good spin off series from this series.
  • Andrea
    Wow, really bad. Hated the dialog, found it very hard to get through. I only read until the end because it was a book club selection. Had it not been, I would have put it down the minute I started reading Deaver's version of African American Vernacular. Embarrassing!
  • Miriam Smith
    Another great book by a fabulous author!
  • Mike
    Rhymes and Sachs help a 16 yr old girl survive a deadly conspiracy using their forensic skills.
  • Tony
    Jeffery Deaver- The Twelfth Card (Pocket Star Books 2006) 4.75 StarsWhen a young girl researches her families past for a school project, her life suddenly explodes into a twisted web of danger. Now Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs must stop this cold-hearted killer before he succeeds in his mission. Found at the scene, is the twelfth card from a tarot pack, the hanged man. They must figure out what everything means. Is the girl being hunted down be...
  • Barbara ★
    I really do have to remember to read this series and not listen to the audiobooks. At least that way I could skip all the tutorial information regarding crime scenes and all the "white board" descriptions again and again and again. UGH. Mr. Deaver writes each book as if the reader has never seen a crime show or never read a crime novel before describing in detail the process each and every time which makes for a very boring read.Luckily for him (...
  • Catherine Brown (c4thb)
    Always eager to read the next Deaver-Rhyme book, I was left feeling a little disappointed by the Twelfth Card. Although packed with twists, turns and suspense, I found the story rather dull and lacking in substance creating an "oh" instead of an "ooooooooh". There were some excellent touches to the story, such as the historical theme and learning more about regular characters. The Harlem dialect was a nice touch although sometimes difficult to fo...
  • Beverly
    Maybe OK. The detective and good guy characters were pallid even though the author tried to give them color. The color was within the lines; that is, hackneyed, expected, one dimensional. The plot embraced every historical and social aspect of life in Harlem, early 21st century. The author packed in 19th century civil rights legislation, a freed (and hyper-educated) slave, real estate values, Islamic terrorism,post-traumatic stress, and Black hig...
  • Heather's Mum
    Oh my... I', embarrassed! For me, because I've raved about Deaver so much. I just found this volume at a swap for $1.00, and dear me, I should have passed. I feel bad for Deavers because the psuedo-black vernacular was stilted, inappropriate and almost insulting... that's how I felt reading it, even though I'm not black! If you can over-look the simply awful attempt at slang-hop, the plot and Rhyme's steller convoluted detecting is worth the stru...
  • Jeff Dickison
    Deaver's tale of a young black girl living on her own could have been great, but two things detract from the overall impact: 1) anytime you try to do a teen dialect it will be out of date before you get to the printer 2) he puts too many plot twists at the end, seemingly just to show the reader he can do it. The book is exciting and Geneva is an interesting character and that raised the overall rating. Recommended to fans of Lincoln Rhyme.
  • Magpie67
    Wow! Just Wow! What a title to get back into the Lincoln Rhyme series. It fit perfect within the month of February for Black History month without even trying and mentions the title I just finished before I started this one. To Kill A Mockingbird.... If you love watching The National Treasure or The Da Vinci Code... then this title is for you to explore... Actually, it falls into the category of The Book of Lies too by Brad Meltzer. And then.... ...
  • Jim
    A slightly better than average thriller in the Lincoln Rhyme series from author Jeffery Deaver. "The Twelfth Card" once again brings Rhyme and top forensic CSI Amelia Sachs together to solve a deadly riddle and uncover a 140 year old secret. The sixth book of the series opens with high school student Geneva Settle at a local library trying to research one of her civil war ancestors, Charles Singleton. Geneva was reading through a obscure old peri...
  • nur'aini tri wahyuni
    COVERNYA CAKEP BANGET. HUHUHU.keren. suka premisnya, alasan semua sakit hati itu muncul, dan kejutankejutan kecil yang terus menerus. 140 tahun ternyata tidak bisa membuat manusia berhenti merampas ataupun mempertahankan apa yang bukan haknya.detail. semua dibahas. mulai dari sudut pandang korban, sampai para pelaku kejahatan. semua hal yang berhubungan dengan ide cerita tumpah di satu buku.rapih. no typo i guess.yang terpenting; semua hal yang s...
  • Val
    Hmm. I wonder if I need to take a break from this series. The storylines seem to be getting more and more far-fetched, to the point of being silly. I liked the Geneva Settle character a lot. It was fun having Kara show up in this book for a moment, too. The rest of the book? It just didn't do anything for me. The AAVE parts should have been written by someone who is actually African American. It felt sooo forced. And then there was the short terr...
  • Don
    2018Jeffery Deaver’s 2005 book, 'The Twelfth Card', opened on my iPad accidentally a week or so ago. I could not remember the story so began reading. I was more than far enough into the book when I discovered a review I had written in 2013. I generally don’t re-read books, however, decided to make an exception to that rule…this time.I must confess that 'The Twelfth Card' kept my interest as much this time as it did four years ago and maybe ...
  • Jerry Hilts
    A very good thriller, very poorly written.I enjoyed the plot points of this story, but over and over again I found myself wincing at the writing. First, the dialog of the black characters in this book sound as if the author has read about, but never actually heard urban black kids talk. I'm a pasty white dude and I found it ridiculously artificial with its over use and misuse of 'def', 'whack', 'fronting', etc. I can only imagine what some kid fr...
  • Andy
    You know what you're going to get with the Lincoln Rhyme books but this was one felt a bit flat.The killer gets taken really easily and isn't half as compelling as some prior villains. There are the usual twists and false endings which by now feel so standard that you're searching for them. I actually cottened on to the 'mastermind' when he was first introduced for this very reason.The biggest issue though was some of the minor details. Dialogue ...
  • Patrick Ellard
    This sixth entry into the Lincoln Rhyme series is a solid effort without ever quite reaching the heights that The Vanished Man achieved.The plot revolves around a teenage girl who is doing research into one of her ancestors, a man accused of stealing money from a Black rights movement trust in the 1860's. It seems as if someone doesn't like her snooping around as an attempt is made on her life. It's up to Rhyme and his team and to try and catch t...
  • Denise
    La carta número 12 es una buena novela policiaca. No es espectacular, pero está entretenida y es buena opción para pasar el rato. La historia logra atrapar al lector desde el principio y mantiene toda tu atención. El personaje de Lincoln Rhyme, el criminalista que ayuda a resolver el caso, es muy interesante. Y aunque hay partes en que la historia pareciera predecible, el autor siempre da una vuelta de tuerca girando los eventos de manera ine...
  • Michael
    Outstanding police procedural, which is number 6 in the series on Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic investigator serving as an LAPD consultant for tough murder cases in Manahattan. The unusal feature of this engaging hero is that he is paraplegic and is driven to excel as an alternative to suicide. A black high school girl in Harlem is subject to a murder attempt as she attempts to uncover secrets of an ancestor who was a freed slave convicted of a robbe...