The Burning Wire - Lincoln Rhyme, Bk 9 Author:Jeffery Deaver 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 s... more »et 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 . . .« less
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I have read every book that Jeffrey Deaver has written on the Lincoln Ryhme character and I must say this is my favorite yet. They have all been great but this one was above and beyond the usual. With all the twist and turns this book had along with all the technical expertise shown in the writing, it is a book that will keep any murder/mystery/techno fan enthralled throughout the book. I have read a number of other books written by Mr. Deaver and never have been disappointed but this one goes above and beyond what I have to come to expect from him. Bravo!
Deaver is in top form. This villain may not be the nastiest ever to spring from the mind of an author, but there are plot twists enough that at least ONE of them will take you by surprise.
The plausability of the crimes scares as always. And touches on an area where I, at least, have an almost superstitious fear.
We see some character development in Lincoln Rhyme.