From the author People magazine has hailed the New York Times bestselling author as “a master of ticking-bomb suspense,” comes the third addition to the Kathryn Dance series, a chilling tale of a vigilante seeking revenge—in both the cyber world…and the real.
The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways—not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.
The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's foremost kinesics—body language-expert. She and Deputy Michael O'Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report.
As the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes. Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in MMORPGs—Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games—he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims, some of whom Kathryn is able to save, some not. Among the obstacles Kathryn must hurdle are politicians from Sacramento, paranoid parents, and the blogger himself, James Chilton, whose belief in the importance of blogging and the new media threatens to derail the case and potentially Dance's career. It is this threat that causes Dance to take desperate and risky measures...
With Jeffery Deaver's signature style, Roadside Crosses is filled with dozens of plot twists, cliff-hangers, and heartrending personal subplots that take a searing look at the accountability of blogging and life in the online world.
In bestseller Deaver's surprise-filled third Kathryn Dance novel (after The Sleeping Doll), Dance, an agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, gets an eye-opening education in some of the hottest areas of the cyberworld. After an auto accident kills two teens, vicious smears of Travis Brigham, the teen driver deemed responsible but not charged in the accident, appear on the Chilton Report, a popular blog. After one of the accusing bloggers barely survives an assault, Brigham becomes a "person of interest." Brigham disappears, and attacks, each preceded by a crude roadside cross, spread to other Chilton bloggers. Meanwhile, Dance also looks into a mercy killing at Monterey Bay Hospital that takes an unexpected turn, and Robert Harper, a special prosecutor from the attorney general's office in Sacramento, begins an investigation that will affect her. Deaver's expert and devious plotting makes it a challenge to stay only a couple of steps behind him.
Another page turner by Deaver
First, I noticed a review written in 2012 complaining that sixteen chapters had only one half page each. I'm sure the downloaded file was somehow corrupted and would advise anyone in that situation to contact iTunes for in assistance.
I've read most of Deaver's books and must say I would never have guessed this ending. He is the master of twists and turns!
What again? Sixteen chapters with only half a page of text! This will be the last Jeffrey Deaver book I will download from iTunes library. To charge $9.99 for less than half a text is insufferable. I will dispute this charge on my credit card, because the paperback was the same price.
I would suggest that Apple get its act together and screen the final versions of all iBooks before release to the public. This will be the last virtual novel purchase I make for a very long time. You can say, "Good-bye" to this reader.