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 Rhymes net.
Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhymes health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another frontand his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most.
Solve another case with Lincoln Rhyme.
©2010 Jeffery Deaver (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I know reviews are strictly opinion but the reviews I read about this book are so far from reality I had to write more. I listened to the abridged version and was extremely pleased with the reader and the story. Yes Lincoln rhyme was very snarky in this book but he was also a sick man that was contemplating making a change. Amelia was in the book just as often as she always is so I'm not sure what readers thought she was absent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and prefer the reader of the abridged version.
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