by Jeffery Deaver
I always look forward to a new novel from Jeffery Deaver. I know that I will be put on a roller coaster, with twists and turns galore. I know that I will never be able to figure out what is going on until Mr. Deaver puts it down in black and white, and then half the time he is misleading me. He lets me think that he means one thing, but it really is something entirely different. I love all the misdirection.
Most of Mr. Deaver’s books have a lot of implied horrors. He tells you about events, but doesn’t subject you to blood and gore. The way he writes his books, the anticipation of something bad happening is worse than if he had described a massacre. Your brain makes its own nightmares.
When Mr. Deaver writes books for the Kathryn Dance series he tones down the nightmares a bit, so if you have read the Lincoln Rhyme series and found them a little too intense, then this series will be better for you. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of twists, wrong turns, and “Oh no”s in Solitude Creek, but it won’t give you any sleepless nights. Unless you stay up all night reading, since this book is very difficult to put down.
I enjoyed Solitude Creek and read it very quickly since it was so exciting. Some of the twists that Mr. Deaver used were kind of far-fetched, but that didn’t really affect my enjoyment. Once again I didn’t figure out most of the puzzles before Mr. Deaver revealed the answers. I was sure I had figured out a couple of things, and was sort of smug, thinking that finally I gotten something right before the reveal, but once again I was wrong. One of these days I will figure out Jeffery Deaver, just not in this book.
I give Solitude Creek 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up. If you haven’t read any Jeffery Deaver books, this would be a good introduction.
Series: A Kathryn Dance Novel
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 12, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at http://www.JefferyDeaver.com.
Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.
Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver’s detour from the writing life wasn’t to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third — and current — career. He’d fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.
Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver’s first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat(1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).
Deaver’s next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves(1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell’s Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver’s body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.
In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991’s grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, “Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame.”
On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, “I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues.”
As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, “In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I’ve failed in my obligation to the readers.”
Good To Know
Deaver revises his manuscripts “at least 20 or 30 times” before his publishers get to even see a version.
Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden’s Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collectorcame next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.
Deaver’s younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.
In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, “My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It’s absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind.”