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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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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.

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“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)**
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**“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***
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**“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 |
Jeffery Deaver at his best with a Kathryn Dance title. I like this character and her body language speciality. Cameo appearance by Lincoln Rhyme.
The songs and music add another dimension. Deaver is multi-talented.
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1 vote librarian1204 | Apr 27, 2013 |
Good read, moves along quickly, keeps you interested. ( )
1 vote Betty.Karl | Oct 27, 2012 |
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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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