Master of suspense Jeffery Deaver returns with the latest gripping thriller featuring paraplegic forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme.
Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when suddenly the escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, and several people are trapped, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victims.
But was this a random freak accident? Is the killer's presence in the store just before the disaster a simple coincidence, or is there a deeper connection? And how will they catch the killer - now that Lincoln Rhyme has retired?
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A good book, not as tightly woven plot wise as some of Deaver's other Lincoln Rhyme books but never the less raises some interesting plot lines and questions about the future relationship between man and technology. The narrator however I found very annoying particularly for the first 6 chapters where he relentlessly employs a raised inflection at the end of each sentence. It was so annoying I almost gave up but he got better as the book progressed, especially when there was more dialogue.
Now I know that Jeff Harding is not everyone's cup of tea as a narrator. However I happen to like his delivery as he brings the characters alive, so that you are never in any doubt as to which one is speaking. In a book with such an amount of technical evidence, this is very important.
Whilst it may not have had the usual twists and turns that characterise some of the other Rhyme novels, the relationship between the main characters has grown and become almost comfortable, which far from being a criticism, makes the book flow well. Dare I say it Lincoln himself has softened slightly and is finally showing a glimmer of emotion!
As someone who works in the field of automation with web enabled products, I can confirm that theoretically much of what Jeffery Deaver writes about is possible, which from my perspective added to the enjoyment.
If I was to say one thing, it would be that there could have been a little more to the apprehension of Amelia's ex, Nick. I thought it was wrapped up with a bit of a leap of faith, which the author may argue was just the point.
A very fine book and thoroughly entertaining. If you like the idea of hacking into technology, a suggestion would be to read one of Deaver's earlier books, The Blue Nowhere, which although a little dated now technology wise, is a great book nonetheless.
narrator is the best ever. to a point I look for books voiced by this guy
story is way too one tracked and uninteresting mostly but it has moments.
Loved the story, loads of twists & turns but that is what Deaver is known for & the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs stories are detailed & exciting.
Sadly I didn't particularly enjoy the nasal quality of the actors voice, but tried to ignore this:-(
Love this series and this one doesn't disappoint - though it did take me a little while to get into the story line - looking forward to seeing the direction the next instalment has for us eager fans
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