The Cold Moon

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Narrator: Joe Mantegna
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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Lincoln Rhyme returns in a heart stopping new thriller from the author of "The Twelfth Card"

On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered -- the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer -- who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker -- has more murders planned in the hours to come.

Rhyme, a quadriplegic long confined to his wheelchair, immediately taps his trusted partner and longtime love, Amelia Sachs, to walk the grid and be his eyes and ears on the street. But Sachs has other commitments now -- namely, her first assignment as lead detective on a homicide of her own. As she struggles to balance her pursuit of the infuriatingly elusive Watchmaker with her own case, Sachs unearths shocking revelations about the police force that threaten to undermine her career, her sense of self and her relationship with Rhyme. As the Rhyme-Sachs team shows evidence of fissures, the Watchmaker is methodically stalking his victims and planning a diabolical criminal masterwork....Indeed, the Watchmaker may be the most cunning and mesmerizing villain Rhyme and Sachs have ever encountered.

Reviews (9)

Written by Shane Stevens on January 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Classic Lincoln Rhyme, lots of detail and layers. However, as an audiobook, I'm sorry to say, with no disrespect to Joe, Jeff Harding is a far stronger narrator. If you liked the content of the book, I recommend buying the Jeff Harding (aka Jack Reacher) audiobooks in this series and see for yourself.

Deaver Fever: Cold Moon Rocks

Written by trheyer from Matthews, NC on April 25th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Never read a Deaver novel. Finished with Cornwell and DeMille and Burke, needed someone else with forensic pathology details. Deaver fit the bill fine. First chapters dragged and it was hard to image the characters in my head, even though there were pages of details, almost to a fault. Eventually, 45 min in, I got it. As alluded to by other reviewers, this novel is PACKED with small details and many of them not of value. I love it myself, I want to know every hair and saliva report. Its a twisty little gem that I think will keep me into Deaver for a while. The ONLY thing I feel is a bit contrived (since I was also on the job for 15 yrs in Atlanta GA) is the fact that the #1 forensic expert is: A. ParaPalegic, B. Living in an apartment filled with equipment, C. Has police, suspects and perps in his said apartment rather than a precinct. Other than that, loved it.

first time

Written by Anonymous on November 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was my first time with this series and I liked it. It was not my most favorite but it was decent. I may try another one in the series.

Cold Moon

Written by Anonymous on March 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love it it. Keep my attention and it had a heck of an ending. Super good book

The Cold Moon

Written by Nita on August 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved, loved, loved it! So many twist and turns. Never predictable. After this book I will forever be a fan of Jeffery Deaver.


Written by Anonymous on July 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Did not appeal to me. I tried unsuccessfully to finish it.

Amazing Plot Twists

Written by Tex on June 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What an awesome complex plot!! This book amazed me with each twist and turn!! One of Deaver's best no doubt!!

Coldly Analytical

Written by Tom Watrous on January 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was an ok detective yarn however I really disliked and in fact skipped the many instances where the sleuth itemized ad nauseum what facts he had established to date.

Good Listen

Written by Marc Kuiper on December 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked it a lot. I'm a Lincoln Rhyme fan and this does not let you down.

Author Details

Author Details

Deaver, Jeffery

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on a number of bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, The Times of London and The Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. The author of twenty-three novels and two collections of short stories, he's been awarded the Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association, is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year and is a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. His thriller The Cold Moon won a Grand prix from the Japanese

Adventure Fiction Association and was named Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan. He's been nominated for six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His book A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His most recent books are The Bodies Left Behind, The Broken Window, The Sleeping Doll and More Twisted: Collected Stories, Volume II. And, yes, the rumors are true, he did appear as a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, As The World Turns.

Jeff is presently alternating his series featuring Kathryn Dance, who will make her appearances in odd number years, and Lincoln Rhyme, who will appear in even.