Extended Audio Sample

Download Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel Audiobook, by Jeffery Deaver Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffery Deaver Narrator: Michele Pawk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kathryn Dance Series Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780743582148
Regular Price: $17.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways—not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they’ve carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigations foremost body language expert. She and Deputy Michael O’Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report. As the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes. Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in multiplayer online role-playing games, he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims. Among the obstacles Kathryn must hurdle are politicians from Sacramento, paranoid parents, and the blogger himself, James Chilton, whose belief in the importance of blogging and the new media threatens to derail the case and potentially Dance’s career. It is this threat that causes Dance to take desperate and risky measures...

In signature Jeffery Deaver style, Roadside Crosses is filled with dozens of plot twists, cliff-hangers, and heartrending personal subplots. It is also a searing look at the accountability of blogging and life in the online world. Roadside Crosses is the third in Deaver’s bestselling High-Tech Thriller Trilogy, along with The Blue Nowhere and The Broken Window. Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_001812

Quotes & Awards

  • “Clever and twisted. . . . Don’t miss this one.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Tightly constructed with a suspenseful story and plenty of plot twists…This is an excellent entry in what promises to be a series as popular as the author’s Lincoln Rhyme novels.” 

    Booklist

  • Roadside Crosses  is a gripping story peopled with memorable characters. No surprise. Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller.”

    Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Deaver’s heroine’s complex private life gives an addictive soap-opera appeal to an engaging who-dunnit that revolves around the way in which social networking websites can end up spreading poison.” 

    Times (London)

  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie | 2/19/2014

    " Third techno-thriller by Deaver--Blue Nowhere and Broken Window. a Kathryn Dance novel. Lots of tech stuff that can be read or skipped. I really liked the first two in this series butthis one stretched the imagination a bit. However, the final point, that the Internet should be used with caution and that for some reality becomes their online lives, is a good one that some may need to hear. This might be a good book to recommend to YAs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joshua | 2/18/2014

    " Worst Jeffery Deaver book I have ever read. It seemed as if he did his research into the online community, specifically gaming, in 2002. Who the devil uses leetspeak anymore??? The book also seems to drag on and on at the end. I finished the book just because I don't like to leave a book unfinished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/14/2014

    " As in Deaver's last Lincoln Rhyme book, the technological background of this book is far more interesting than the mystery itself, which ends up garbled and bogged down by too many twists and parallel plots. Still, Kathryn Dance is interesting, and Deaver's research into online gaming and the "synth" world was well presented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 2/11/2014

    " After reading another book by this author I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately it was predictable and disappointing. One that I forced myself to finish and was glad to be done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Allison | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting about the "dark side of the synth world" aka. Social Media and blogging. I didn't know it was the last in a trilogy, so the two other sub plots were of little interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy R | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed the story. This is in no way high literature, but the story was compelling and the writing was clear. Very appropriate for the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Mitton | 2/7/2014

    " In enjoy Jeffery Deaver's book. This one however I didn't enjoy reading. I was most likely me and not his writing. No worries I have 5 more of his books to read and I'm sure that I will enjoy them :o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 2/7/2014

    " I found the book difficult to get into, which is unlike the first one, as that was an easy read. It was also unfortunate that I guessed the "bad guy" the minute he arrives in the book. However, the action does pick up somewhat, and the book became a lot better as the read went on. The ending was a little disappointing, as I feel it was a bit of a cop out (no pun intended) but overall a good read and I'm looking forward to the next (XO in 2012) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debebete Hotmailcom | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book--the best suspense I've read this year. The gaming world is ailen to me, so whether or not the research on that topic was correct or not isn't an issue with me. I enjoyed the implied relationship between Katheryn Dance (central character of the series) and Michael O'Neil, it reminds me of Bones and Booth. The suspense of "who-done-it" was the best. Normally I have the "perp" picked out but this time I was guessing to the end. Great ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 2/1/2014

    " I did read it to the end, but my husband and I enjoyed several conversations making fun of how annoying the "Kathryn Dance" character is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia Kilvington | 1/31/2014

    " I ejoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would. It tried to be a new type of interactive thriller, were you could check out the clues on the internet. As I read it on board a ship without the internet, it didnt work for me, although the story was fine but a little slow in the middle section. The premis of a killer leaving rosadside wreaths before each murder was different although he used the 'left them for dead' trick, too many times and it lost its suprise value. Always a good writer not his best book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney | 1/29/2014

    " This book didn't really hold my attention. I finally figured out it was because I didn't care what happened to any of the characters. I did like the interrogation explanations using the Myers-Briggs analysis, best part of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily Silver | 1/22/2014

    " It was okay. Not as compelling as it could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie Briggs | 1/14/2014

    " I really liked this second installment from Jeffery Deaver, with his character Kathryn Dance. There is always a twist in everyone off his books and this one does not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 1/10/2014

    " Didnt like the stuff about her family but the plot was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raenette Palmer | 1/5/2014

    " I usually enjoy Deaver's books more than this one. It was too slow and plodding. Not enough action to carry me along like I wanted. On the other hand, I did learn a lot about the synth world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael crage | 1/3/2014

    " well written; hard to put down; and has several twists at the end. A very good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/1/2014

    " A good book but read the first Kathryn Dance book prior to reading this one. The character first appeared in one of the Lincoln Rhyme novels and later Bodies Left Behind by Jeffrey Deaver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 12/26/2013

    " Great book, love the kineseology aspect of Deaver's new character (not really new). Can't wait for the next Lincoln Rhyme novel to come out in '10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 12/13/2013

    " Good book. This is the second Kathryn Dance book. I really like the character. She is a nice compliment to Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 11/17/2013

    " Typical of its genre, not particularly remarkable. Not my favorite kind of book but it was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margali | 11/17/2013

    " An average, likeable Deaver novel -- I always prefer his Lincoln Rhyme novels. He's getting in a bad, Dan Brown-ish habit of ending every chapter with a cliffhanger. My husband and I refer to it as the "Dum, dum, DUUUMMMM!" moment, and it is quite tiresome when overused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/28/2013

    " Took me a little while to warm to the characters, perhaps because this is the 3rd book in a trilogy. Lots of plot twists, a fast read. I'll be looking for the first 2 books at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 10/19/2013

    " This was my favorite book of the Kathryn Dance series. This book had me from page one. The only criticism is that the ending felt a bit hurried and convoluted. However, it was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angie | 10/11/2013

    " It's a Jefferey Deaver book, it's gonna be good .. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/8/2013

    " Many twists and turns. Fast reading - good story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teotakuu | 10/7/2013

    " I always enjoy Jeffery Deaver and I am finding Kathryn Dance an acceptable alternative to Lincoln Rhyme although he has not been displaced. I also like that the principals make 'guest' appearances when the circumstances allow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Schiavone | 7/22/2013

    " Some of his books are hit or miss with me. I enjoyed this one though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christo | 5/13/2013

    " great book. really enjoyed the twists and turns in it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty R | 5/1/2013

    " Different from his usual, however, I really enjoyed this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/2/2013

    " Another good book by Jeffery Deaver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/27/2012

    " Love this book. Every time I thought I figured out who the suspect was it changed. Great suspense and facts. Can't wait to read his book Broken Window next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald E. | 10/4/2012

    " Kathryn Dance solves a stunning case by using her ability to recognize body symbols that lead her to the murderer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 7/1/2012

    " I got bogged down in the teenage jargon contained in the discussion boards. I'm not a big mystery lover and all that teen talk just did me in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blackburnbecks | 4/2/2012

    " quite enjoyed this book. like the Kathryn Dance character and her love life subplot is always a good read for us ladies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 3/15/2012

    " Typical Deaver twists and turns, interesting look at social networking sites and blogging concering how much information you should put out there. It took me from Santa Fe to Henryetta-10 hours of enjoyable reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 12/26/2011

    " Found it easy and enjoyable to read and kept me guessing for most of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/15/2011

    " A great read and I love learning about kinesics-the study of body language. The series is very diffrent from others I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myq | 12/5/2011

    " It's a Deaver, formulatic as usual. So many plot twists, I guess they were to keep you guessing, but in the end it just seemed muddled. Proves the point that a good, simple story of love and retribution is usually the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 11/30/2011

    " lots of twists, turns - kept me guessing. I did find the protagonist's name annoying - Dance - the verb kept coming to mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Leja | 11/20/2011

    " Oops! How did I miss this one? Was about to have to send it back on the lease plan, but since I'm in charge, I snagged it for a work-read. Was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/11/2011

    " I didn't see the conclusion to the case coming. I ran down several other paths. I like a book that catches me off guard. An ending I can live with, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 10/8/2011

    " Typical Deaver twists and turns, interesting look at social networking sites and blogging concering how much information you should put out there. It took me from Santa Fe to Henryetta-10 hours of enjoyable reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/14/2011

    " Not a bad plot and, even though it's part of a series, you don't feel too lost when things from the past are referenced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christo | 4/26/2011

    " great book. really enjoyed the twists and turns in it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/3/2011

    " Every time I get a chance I go back to my mystery genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 3/31/2011

    " I really like Jeffery Deaver's books. I like the characters and the mystery/suspense is quite well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aricelys | 3/25/2011

    " i think i dragged on a bit- and by the time the twist came about it was wrapped tooo quickly "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 3/17/2011

    " Complete and utter rubbish. I couldn't finish it because it was so bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fijifly | 3/11/2011

    " I am a big Jeffery Deaver fan. I like his Kathryn Dance character. He also manages to surprise me with a twist or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke433 | 3/3/2011

    " Pretty ok, good read if a little predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 2/25/2011

    " blech. too much on the explanation of the internets as if he were writing a 'dummies' guide. use of the word "perp" seemed so fake, as did most of the dialogue. just absolutely not engaging at all. (and i'd heard from several different people that deaver is a fantastic writer) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronika | 2/25/2011

    " it took a while for this book to pick the usual breath-taking deaver pace and i also agree that there were a few blog entries too many... but in the end you will not be left disappointed as the book envelops you fully on the last 200-100 pages. got to love deaver! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 2/15/2011

    " Loved it! Lots of unexpected turns! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/9/2011

    " good and quite thought provoking really, regarding the growing culture of existance online away from the 'real' world "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of mystery and crime novels. His novels have won the Nero Wolfe Award, three Ellery Queen Readers’ Awards, a British Thumping Good Read Award, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger awards from the British Crime Writers’ Association. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. The Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award. His novels have hit bestsellers lists around the world, including the New York Times, London Times, Los Angeles Times, the Milan Corriere della Sera, and Sydney Morning Herald. He received his BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and has a law degree from Fordham University. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1990, he has written over thirty-five books. Some of his novels have been made into films, including The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.