Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2009
6 hours 22 minutes
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.
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This book was a waste of time from beginning to end. If you think TV shows solve crimes in a ridiculous amount of time, this story was totally unbelievable! Also, there were too many dumb story lines going at once that were just annoying. I've liked other books by Jeffrey Deaver, but this one was just stupid.

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Not much to say about this book. There are a few twists, most of which are actually plausible and not complete craziness. This isn't a blockbuster though so don't expect Angels & Demons type of draw, but a decent book. I used it to break up the rhythm I had going with non-fiction books and it was a nice break, but again, only 3/5 stars.

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