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XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver

XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel (edition 2012)

by Jeffery Deaver

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Title:XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel
Authors:Jeffery Deaver
Info:Simon & Schuster (2012), Hardcover, 400 pages
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Tags:2012, fiction, mystery, music, police, series, library

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XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver



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Started today July 08th, 2013. As usual with Deaver, nice storyline and good beginning. As an added bonus, the lyrics for the songs are in the back and you can buy the album. A free download of one song is available for a limited time, if it does not work, look in the inbox of your Mail-Programm, not online.
Lincoln Rhyme / A Sachs enter at a late date in the book, that I could have done without, being that I read [b:The Kill Room|16051543|The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme, #10)|Jeffery Deaver|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1372773610s/16051543.jpg|21834552] not too long ago. For some reason it felt unnecessary.
As usual, it was a mistake to read another Deaver book so shortly after the other. A lot of twists and felt too long - also for me at least one twist too much. At least I did not guess one of the twists, but being so many, I did really care about most.
While still being a page turner, it could have been shorter and then 1-2 twists could have been cut.
As for the integration of lyrics and songs in the story, that was very interesting, and so I say 4 stars, instead of 3. With the theme of country music and a lot of knowledge, even of obscure facts ( for non-music-fans ) and nicely weaving in a comment about the practice of bootlegs, it is one of his better books. And I am not even a great fan of country-western-music.
Recommended as a fast read for a rainy weekend. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
Country singer Kayleigh Towne shot to the top of the charts with her smash hit single, "Your Shadow." But sometimes fame comes at a price. An insane fan has made Kayleigh the target of his craze obsession. Soon her friends start to die in mysterious accidents that really aren't accidents at all. Now it's up to Special Agent Kathryn Dance, and her unique skills in body language analysis, to discover who the killer is, and stop him before he strikes again. ( )
  jepeters333 | Jan 28, 2015 |
Wonderful read, full of surprises as with all of his works. ( )
  Barbara31542 | Mar 22, 2014 |
A pretty good read. Not my favorite.

See my full review at

http://puretextuality.com/2012/06/26/review-by-dolly-xo-a-kathryn-dance-novel-by... ( )
  Fidget78 | Jan 5, 2014 |
**COUNTRY-POP INGÉNUE **Kayleigh TowneĂ‚Â’s career is just reaching new heights with her huge hit single “Your Shadow”—but increased fame is also bringing unwanted attention. An innocent exchange with one of her fans, signed with an “XO,” leads Kayleigh into the dangerous and terrifying realm of obsession.

Edwin Sharp thinks Kayleigh’s songs contain messages that speak directly to him. Despite her clear rejection and threats from lawyers and law enforcers, he remains convinced that “Your Shadow” was written just for him, and he announces he’s coming for Kayleigh. Then a potentially fatal accident occurs at the concert hall where Kayleigh is rehearsing for a triumphant hometown performance, and she is convinced that someone—maybe Edwin—was there watching her from the darkness.

True to his word, Edwin Sharp soon makes an ominous appearance in town, and California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance, a friend and fan of Kayleigh’s on vacation in Fresno to attend the show, intervenes on her behalf, drawing Sharp’s frightening attention to herself. That night a member of the road crew whom Kayleigh had once dated is murdered in an eerie echo of an image from her chart-topping song. As more deaths loom on the horizon, Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body-language analysis to stop the stalker and save more innocent victims. But before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than one fan with a mission . . .

This nail-biting thriller from suspense master Jeffery Deaver speeds along over just three short days, filled with terrifying twists that will keep readers held in rapt suspense until the final shocking revelation.

### Review

“Thriller Award-winner Deaver’s excellent third novel featuring Kathryn Dance (after 2009’s *Roadside Crosses*) takes the California Bureau of Investigation agent on a vacation . . . plenty of surprises and red herrings complement developments in Dance’s problematic relations with boyfriend Jon Boling and Det. Michael O’Neil . . . Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, the leads of Deaver’s other series, make cameo appearances in a novel sure to please fans of both.”**—*Publishers Weekly* **(starred review)**

**“Fans of Deaver’s celebrated sleuthing marathons will wait with bated breath as this onion is peeled to disclose multiple layers of deception, betrayal and triple crosses.”**—*Kirkus Reviews***

**“Written with Deaver’s usual keen eye for dialogue and character and featuring his customary right-angle plot twists, the novel will be a sure-fire hit with not only his legion of fans but also with readers who have yet to sample a Deaver novel. And Deaver fans who have felt that the Dance novels aren’t quite as sharp as his Lincoln Rhyme series might have to think again. This may be the most compelling of the Dance books.”**—*Booklist*****

### **About the Author**

**Jeffery Deaver’s most recent #1 international bestseller is *Carte Blanche*, the new James Bond novel that brought Ian Fleming’s Agent 007 firmly into the modern age. After revealing his lifelong admiration for Fleming’s novels while accepting the Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his thriller *Garden of Beasts*, Deaver was approached by the estate of Ian Fleming to write the next Bond thriller. It debuted on bestseller lists around the world.**

**The author of two collections of short stories and 28 previous suspense novels, Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably *The Bone Collector*, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.  His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel *The Bodies Left Behind*. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are *The Cold Moon*, *The Broken Window*, and *The Burning Wire*.  **

**Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently short-listed for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. He lives in North Carolina.**

**For further information, visit www.jefferydeaver.com. **
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Jeffrey Deaver, best-selling and American, is shameless with his plot twists. In XO, he never quits in pulling the rug from under the readers’ feet. Five times, the cops declare the murders solved. But they don’t get it right until the sixth crack.

XO features Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation specialist in interpreting body language. She’s chasing down the stalker of a hugely popular country singer when cases of murder break out. Dance is puzzled. So, interminably, are us readers.
added by VivienneR | editThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Jul 28, 2012)
Dance is a master interrogator, but Deaver has stacked the deck against her by making the physically impassive Sharp almost impossible to read. That’s typical of an author whose infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical and devilish, all of which apply to “XO.” It’s Dance’s toughest case, and one of Deaver’s best books.
added by y2pk | editNew York Times, Marilyn Stasio (Jun 29, 2012)
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Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop a celebrity stalker set in the world of country music.

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