The Twelfth Card

The Twelfth Card

Lincoln Rhyme Series, Book 6

eBook - 2005
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"Deaver's labyrinthine plots are astonishing"(The New York Times Book Review) in this bestselling thriller featuring a hitman who is out to kill a young girl in Harlem and in order to save her, Lincoln Rhyme has to solve a cold case that's over 150 years old.
Unlocking a cold case with explosive implications for the future of civil rights, forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and his protégé, Amelia Sachs, must outguess a killer who has targeted a high school girl from Harlem who is digging into the past of one of her ancestors, a former slave. What buried secrets from 140 years ago could have an assassin out for innocent blood? And what chilling message is hidden in his calling card, the hanged man of the tarot deck? Rhyme must anticipate the next strike or become history—in the New York Times bestseller that proves "there is no thriller writer today like Jeffery Deaver" (San Jose Mercury News).


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Feb 06, 2021

This is another enjoyable Lincoln Rhyme story - plenty of twists and turns, and a very heartwarming character (Geneva) who is not what she seems in the beginning but you just can't quite put your finger on it. I always like when it seems like a solution is at hand but there are enough pages left that you know there's more coming!

Dec 31, 2019

Geneva Settle has finally received word that the library of the Museum of African-American Culture has received the microfilm she has waited so long for. Geneva is researching her ancestor Charles Singleton, a freedman who was a veteran of the Civil War. Her teacher assigned a term paper to the class, write about someone in their past. Geneva's great-aunt had some letters from Charles that she shared with Geneva. This piqued her interest when she discovered he was accused of stealing a large sum from the Freedman Trust. After reading these letters Geneva is convinced a man that taught at the Free Negros School and was instrumental in the early civil rights with such great leaders as Fredrick Douglass, on the Fourteenth Amendment, could never have done such a crime. While researching for her paper Geneva hears someone enter the research room, she peeks through the shelves and sees a man in a ski mask. Knowing there is something drastically wrong she replaces her knit hat on a mannequin and sets it in her chair. Geneva proceeds to sneak to the fire exit and make her escape. When the police investigate they discover a rape kit and the 12th card from a tarot deck.
Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic criminalist and his team start to research what reason someone would target Geneva in the library of the museum. As they start to assemble the crime scene Linc decides to keep Geneva at his secure townhouse until they can discover the connection.
This book will keep you interested with all the twists and turns the story takes to the surprising conclusion.

Nov 07, 2019

book 6 of 14

May 09, 2018

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 terrorist plot line that totally seemed to not fit in with the rest of the book AT ALL. Yep. It's time for a break...

Feb 11, 2016

This book felt different from the others in the Lincoln Rhyme's series, maybe because of the historic angle. Still, an entertaining read, fast-paced, with good characters

May 19, 2015

Another fun entry in the Lincoln Rhymes series. This time Lincoln and crew work to solve the attempted murder of a young girl and how it may be tied to criminal events from 1860s NYC. There are a lot of twists and turns along the way, which makes this an intense read.


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