Early Review – A Textbook Case (A Lincoln Rhyme Short Story) by Jeffery Deaver

Posted March 29, 2013 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2013, Short Stories / 3 Comments

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Early Review – A Textbook Case (A Lincoln Rhyme Short Story) by Jeffery DeaverA Textbook Case by Jeffery Deaver
Series: Lincoln Rhyme #11
Published by Grand Cen­tral Publishing on April 2nd 2013
Pages: 65
Genres: Contemporary, Detective, Mystery, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Also by this author: The Kill Room, The October List, The Skin Collector


From Jeffery Deaver--the New York Times bestselling author of the upcoming Lincoln Rhyme novel THE KILL ROOM (on sale June 4, 2013)--comes an original short story featuring Rhyme.

When a young woman is found brutally murdered in a parking garage, with a veritable mountain of potential evidence to sift through, it may be the most challenging case former NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme has ever taken on.

‘It was clear that the classic textbook procedure for running a case forensically wasn’t going to work’

Lincoln Rhyme is renowned for his forensic knowledge but even he is tested when a recent murder is buried, literally, in evidence. The perpetrator has attempted to cover any evidence they personally left in the smartest way possible; by flooding the scene full of incidental evidence. Extremely smart, except he detailed that exact scenario in his highly prominent forensic textbook. The more digging his team does in uncovering the relevant pieces of evidence, the greater Rhyme’s suspicion that someone may be using his textbook against him to get away with murder.

I’ve read eight of Jeffery Deaver’s ‘Lincoln Rhyme’ novels but this is my first short story of his. His books always contain a mystery so skilfully constructed it’s almost as if you’re watching a puzzle slowly disassemble itself as you turn each page. All of his novels are quite large and the disassembling takes time so I was interested in seeing how well he’s able to build a mystery with so few pages. Admittedly it doesn’t have the same flair that his full-length novels have but it was still an enjoyable and quick read. Any of the Lincoln Rhyme novels work fairly well as a stand-alone, but if you’re a newbie to Deaver’s works I’d recommend A Textbook Case to give you a glimpse at what he’s capable of.



3 responses to “Early Review – A Textbook Case (A Lincoln Rhyme Short Story) by Jeffery Deaver

  1. Maja

    Is this THE Lincoln Rhyme? Like, The Bone Collector Rhyme? If so, I can't believe I haven't started this series already. Where on earth have I been living?
    I don't know when I'll be able to catch up, I just know that I will.

  2. miss_bonnie13

    hahaha Yep, THE Lincoln Rhyme. He has book 10 coming out in June. That series is one of my all-time favorites, although I've never read book one. lol I decided to skip that one since I had already watched the movie, but I remember books 2-4 especially being crazy good. I've decided I really must book one regardless though.

  3. Sam

    I would think there's only so much you can do with a mystery in a small number of pages, so I'm glad to hear that you thought it was done well! I haven't read anything by this author before. Will have to investigate. 🙂

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