Roadside Crosses

Roadside Crosses

Book - 2009
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The chilling second Kathryn Dance novel from the bestselling author of The Bone Collector.

A highway patrol trooper notices something strange on the side of the road: a homemade cross, fashioned as a memorial. Except the date being 'remembered' is the following day - the day the police find a kidnapped teenage girl in the trunk of a car, left for dead.

Special Agent Kathryn Dance, the kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation, is on the case. The teenage victim points her to an online community where accusations fly and the criticism turns from impartial to personal - and vicious. It looks as though the bullying went too far, and one teen has finally snapped.

Then further crosses appear. Now Dance must race against the clock to find the attacker before he can carry out his deadly plans for revenge . . . in the cyber world and the real.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton,� 2009
ISBN: 9780340937259
Branch Call Number: AF DEAV

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Pisinga
Aug 10, 2013

Way too long.....Finally I finished to read it! Could be a lot shorter. Without doubt the author did his research about bloggers, computer games, Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games in general. In this book there is a lot of that stuff. Too many names of police ranks and consecutively too many law enforcement personages with detailed descriptions of their clothes and shoes, as if you do not have permission for yours own imagination about the physique of these people. But, actually it is not a bad thing - you are having image of characters, established by author. The book is like CSI, NCIS, Bones, Law and Order etc... all together. And at the beginning I was thinking about 4,5 stars for this book. But - no...

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sabinehaq
May 10, 2013

a very interesting novel, which doesnt only excites you but also involves you in every twists and turns :)

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bridge1
Mar 24, 2013

What is there to add - the first comment said it all!

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Eclectic1
Jun 10, 2011

Not nearly as exciting as my first Kathryn Dance novel "Sleeping Doll". This one explained A LOT about social networking, blogs and cyber games so I lost a bit of interest there. I may try one more Deaver though.

Here's a good review from Amazon.
Memorial crosses are being placed along roads on the Monterey Peninsula, and it quickly becomes apparent that the crosses are being placed in advance of the deaths to which they are related. Kathryn Dance and her colleagues from the California Bureau of Investigation are tasked with trying to find out who is placing the crosses, and preventing more deaths from occurring.

Local high school students are interviewed after one of their classmates narrowly escapes death. Kathryn Dance determines, using her skills in kinesic analysis, that the students know something and that they are not sharing all of their information with the police. But other facts are coming to light: on a prominent local blog called `The Chilton Report', the students are talking about Travis Brigham who was driving a car in which two classmates were killed. When Travis takes off, after the police visit him, the police are sure he is their killer.

What follows is an interesting journey through the information and disinformation in the online world. The information that people share on blogs and through other social media, and the alternate realities of those, such as Travis, who prefer the roles they can play online to those they occupy in person.

`The stories were in that blog. They have to be true, don't they?'

It becomes clear that those howling for Travis Brigham's blood are making themselves easy targets for the killer. While Kathryn Dance learns about the dangers of cyberspace (courtesy of Dr Jonathan Boling), her personal life is in turmoil as her mother is charged with the murder of a terminally ill hospital patient.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this story, and while some aspects of the delivery didn't work well for me, I found this an interesting rainy day read. It's a reminder that while danger lurks in both the virtual and actual worlds, the obvious precautions are not always enough.

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Aug 10, 2013

Pisinga thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 10, 2013

“A man in control is a dangerous man”.

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