Lincoln Rhyme Series - #6
Simon and Schuster
Featuring: Lincoln Rhyme; Amelia Sachs; Thompson Boyd
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Mystery Police Procedural | Mystery Psychological
The Twelfth Card is a two-day cat-and-mouse chase
through the streets of uptown Manhattan as quadriplegic
detective Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs try to outguess
Thompson Boyd â€” by all appearances a nondescript,
innocuous man, but one whose past has turned him into a
killing machine as unfeeling and cunning as a wolf. Boyd
is after Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem,
and it's up to Lincoln and Amelia to figure out why.
The motive may have to do with a term paper that Geneva is
writing about her ancestor, Charles Singleton, a former
slave. A teacher and farmer in New York State, Charles was
active in the early civil rights movement but was arrested
for theft and disgraced. Assisted by their team, Fred
Dellray, Mel Cooper and Lon Sellitto (suffering badly from
a case of nerves due to a near miss by the killer),
Lincoln and Amelia work frantically to figure out where
the hired gun will strike next and stop him, all the while
trying to determine what actually happened on that hot
July night in 1868 when Charles was arrested. What went on
at the mysterious meetings he attended in Gallows Heights,
a neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that
was a tense mix of wealthy financiers, political crooks
like Boss Tweed and working-class laborers and thugs? And,
most important for Geneva Settle's fate, what was
the "secret" that tormented Charles's every waking hour?
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