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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:2012, fiction, mystery, music, police, series, library

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XO by Jeffery Deaver



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I've always liked Deaver, and though I rather missed Lincoln Rhyme (who makes a cameo appearance, but is pretty much not present in the book), I do enjoy Kathryn Dance.
Deaver managed to catch me in his double, not triple, wait double, or is it really the straight answer plot twists. I caught part of the twists, and figured things out early, but ... well... I was as wrong as he'd intended me to be.

I'm looking forward to hearing the music associated with the book. Deaver wrote the lyrics. ( )
  shadowdancer | Jun 22, 2017 |
An uneven entry from the usually reliable Deaver. The same patterns of twists and intentionally misleading statements and conversations that you expect are here, and put to good use, but one of the 'shockers' comes right out of left field and derails the story with a few chapters of politically anti-conservative indulgence and undermines the entire tale. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
This book was a struggle for me. I read it for a book club, otherwise I never would have finished it. The dialogue is simplistic, the characterization is shallow, and the plot is uninteresting and ridiculous. I would have to say it is just about the worst book I've ever read. ( )
  borealis07 | Jul 11, 2016 |
Set in Fresno, California, XO is a suspenseful thriller about Kayleigh Towne, hometown girl turned country superstar, and stalker Edwin Sharp, an obsessive fan. When one of Kayleigh's best friends is killed in a gruesome onstage accident, the singer turns to Kathryn Dance. Kathryn is an agent with the California Bureau of Investigation and a dedicated “song-catcher” who travels to rural areas recording the local folk music. She's also an expert in kinesics which is the analysis of body language. Kathryn is a master interrogator but she is having trouble reading Sharp. Has Edwin gone too far or is he being set up?

There are multiple subplots that will keep the reader guessing throughout the entire novel, and everyone’s innocence is questioned. I thought it had a slow start but the more I read the better I liked it. This is the third Kathryn Dance novel but seems like more of a standalone novel so you can definitely read this out of order.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Kayleigh Towne is the new country/pop sensation and millions of fans are streaming into Fresno for her upcoming concert. Among the fans is Edwin Sharp, a young man who believes that all of kayleigh's songs were written especially for him and that when she sings them it is Edwin she is dreaming of. The fact that Kayleigh has never met him does not dissuade Edwin and he is determined that the two of them are meant to be together and nobody can keep them apart. His obsessive e-mails and frequent gifts have alerted Kayleigh's staff that she may have a stalker and extra security is hired to protect the young singer. Edwin, however, makes sure that he never steps over the line into criminal behavior but his unexpected appearances wherever Kayleigh goes and his bottomless knowledge of everything about her have unsettled Kayleigh to the point where she wants to cancel the concert. It is not until several people who are close to Kayleigh or are connected to her in some way have been murdered that the police step in, along with family friend and California Bureau of Investigation detective Kathryn Dance. Edwin claims he is being set up and it certainly begins to look that way to the authorities. But, is Edwin smart enough to just make it look that way?

I don't think I have ever rated a Deaver book less than 4 stars but this one was just not very good. There were too many subplots and characters to keep up with and too many convenient coincidences to be believable. Add to that an almost encyclopedic discussion of music, instuments, historic country songs, and concert equipment - I struggled to get through the book. If you've never read a Deaver book, don't start with this one.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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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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