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The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme Novels)

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ISBN13: 9781439156346
ISBN10: 1439156344
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Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.

The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers . . . ?

Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme’s net.

Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhyme’s health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another front—and his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most . . .

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver’s most recent #1 international bestseller is Carte Blanche, the new James Bond novel that brought Ian Fleming’s Agent 007 firmly into the modern age. After revealing his lifelong admiration for Fleming’s novels while accepting the Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his thriller Garden of Beasts, Deaver was approached by the estate of Ian Fleming to write the next Bond thriller. It debuted on bestseller lists around the world.

The author of two collections of short stories and 28 previous suspense novels, Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.  His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Mo

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Edward Hahn, July 8, 2015 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
As so often happens, expectations degrade the value of the actual experience. If I'd never read a book in Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, I think I might have enjoyed this entry more than I did but I have read them all up to this one, so perhaps I expected too much. Not that this wasn't an exciting, interesting read. It was.

Paraplegic Rhyme's opponent here is a serial killer who uses electricity to fry people after making demands that cannot be met. The first incident kills one person and and leaves a bus load of injured. Rhyme and his sidekick/lover, Amelia Sachs, decide that the killer will strike again. The belief that an eco-terrorist group is involved brings in the FBI and the full resources of the NYPD.

What makes this such a good thriller is the concept that electricity is omnipresent and invisible so one never knows when or how the madman will strike.

In what appears to be a sub-plot, the "Watchman" of the previous novel, "Cold Moon" surfaces in Mexico City. One of the few criminals to escape Rhyme's net, he is evidently after someone in Mexico City. Rhyme is in contact with the Mexican Commander and tries to keep abreast of what's happening there as well as pursuing the local killer. Exacerbating Rhyme's problems is his condition and his concern for the danger that Sachs is encountering.

There is an extensive cast of other characters, each of whom has a story which becomes a sub-plot in the overall narrative. All of the sub-plots do come together in the end and Deaver does an excellent job of tying up loose ends.

The exciting climax surprised me and blew away all the assumptions I had made up 'til then. There is also an epilogue of sorts which provides a track into the next book in the series.

If you've not read previous books in the series, I believe you could enjoy this one as a stand alone novel. If on the other hand, you do have access to some of the previous books, you will be well served to read them first.
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Tinu, June 19, 2012 (view all comments by Tinu)
This was my second Lincoln Rhyme book and as far as I am concerned it lived up to its name and the author's reputation.

Rhyme is a wheelchair-bound criminologist, working out of his NYC townhouse. He is a former NYC detective who was injured on the job. He continues to work closely with local and federal agents. Rhyme is known for his meticulous attention to detail and analysis of clues - no matter how obscure.

The main story involves the use of electricity as a murder weapon. Someone is trying to get power companies to reduce the use of electricity in order to reduce consumption and save the earth. The attacks appear to be random, from a city bus to a "green" convention. All of this is used to terrorize NYC residents. A secondary story is also in play in Mexico City with a former nemesis called The Watchmaker.

I found the book entertaining and a fast read. The ending contained several plot twists that I felt enhanced the story. It keeps you guessing at every turn. As soon as you feel you know the culprit, Jeffery Deaver throws a curveball and you realize the error in your judgement..... A worthy read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439156346
Author:
Deaver, Jeffery
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperback
Series:
Lincoln Rhyme Novels
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.12 in

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