The Twelfth Card

The Twelfth Card

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Large Print - 2005
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Trying to discover why a Harlem high school student is being targeted for murder, quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and his protâegâee, Amelia Sachs, look for answers in the student's term paper about her civil rights activist ancestor.

Publisher: [Waterville, Maine] : Wheeler Pub., 2005.
ISBN: 9781597220637
Call Number: LT FIC DEA
Characteristics: 728 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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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...

May 29, 2017

This was a very slow developing story. Authors should avoid deliberately extending a story by ineptitude of the characters;. the best shot in the police force has the bad guy dead to rights and misses. Police officers fumble with their weapons and almost shoot each other, police surround a building and the bad guy gets away-one thing the NYPD can do very well is surround a building-block-burough if necessary. This book was apparently written as a movie script and is about as believable as the average Hollywood offering.

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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