From the best-selling author of The Bone Collector and Devil's Teardrop comes this spine-chilling new thriller that pits renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme against the ultimate opponent - Amelia Sachs, his own brilliant protege.
A quadriplegic since a beam crushed his spinal cord years ago, Rhyme is desperate to improve his condition and goes to the University of North Carolina Medical Center for high-risk experimental surgery. In a twenty-four hour period, the sleepy Southern outpost of Tanner's Corner has seen a local teen murdered and two young women abducted. And Ryhme and Sachs are the best chance to find the girls alive.
The prime suspect is a teenaged truant known as the Insect Boy, so nicknamed for his disturbing obsession with bugs. Rhyme agrees to find the boy while awaiting his operation. Rhyme's unsurpassed analytical skills and stellar forensic experience, combined with Sachs's exceptional detective legwork, soon snare the perp.
But Sachs disagrees with Rhyme's crime analysis and so ensues a battle of wits and forensics between Rhyme and Sachs, his best friend and soul mate.
©2000 Jeffery Deaver (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"Masterful.... [Lincoln Rhyme] is the most brilliant and most vulnerable of crime fiction's heroes." (New York Post)
"A twisted thriller... [of] scientific smarts and psychological cunning." (The New York Times Book Review)
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
Okay, to be honest I ignored reviews and went with Deaver out of laziness. One of my favorite pastimes lately is to read your reviews. But alas, it does take time.
Deaver may not be the best in his genre, but just about every work of his is extremely informative because it is so well researched. Insects are the subject matter here, which may be why I found it just worth the time. After all, God created the indoors for a reason.
Another characteristic of his work is twists. Twisting the night around. And many of you rightfully find more than one spin around the floor takes away from the craft. Nevertheless if you are bored and desperate for an intriguing tale, Deaver is a great dance partner.
Now recently I was introduced to the brilliant BBC television series "Sherlock." It's a modern day version of Sir Arthur's great works. Over and over while watching each show I couldn't help referring to Deaver's forensic knowledge. In this case, I suspect the writers of the series used Doyle to inspire the characters but referred to Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme for forensics.
The narration is okay, but being a North Carolinian I was a bit disappointed with the accents. There is plenty of redneck, twang, bumpkin and so forth, especially in the Eastern and Western extremes of the state, but there is also subtle elegance...which is missing in the reader's work here.
I am an avid recorded book listener. I work at at elementary school, have 2 high schoolers and have very little time to sit and read. This is a great book fix for the perpetual motion in our lives we live these days.
I liked the story and I am sure the narrator is fine on his own. My problem with this book is I have followed Lincoln Rhymes through many sagas with the same narrator. Changing narrators at this point in a series makes the characters seem new. My images formed from past novels did not match this one. I found it difficult to feel the connections I previously had with the characters because of the new narrator.
First let me say Jeffery Deaver is an amazing author. He can turn any novel upside down at the last second and give you a twist that will have your jaw dropping to the floor. And this one had more than just one twist.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book minus a few new characters introduced. It did take me longer than usual to finish this novel as the beginning had me wishing it could go a little faster, but once the story got going it had me sitting in my car even after coming home from my commute just to listen to it for a few more minutes.I would highly recommend this book if you are a Deaver fan, Lincoln Rhyme fan, or just want a good mystery novel to read.
He did an excellent job of creating a voice for the characters. Although I wasn't so keen on his hill-billy southern accent, but overall it was enjoyable and worth the listen.
The ending was always illusive and the characters more real than ever. This is an outstanding novel which captures you in the very beginning.
There are times when the author does suspense well however the plot was twisted to the point of disbelief. He can write but the notion of twists for the pure joy of a twist is too much. Additionally, he needs to learn his weapons. It is highly unlikely that experienced officers are going to cock double action revolvers. Everyone did in this story.
His "S" s whistle. That bothered me---I'm being petty here but the whistling S bothered me
May plot twists and turns, some believable. One "deux ex machina" per plot is preferable; a half-dozen leaves the reader highly skeptical. Performance is less than adequate. Both writer and narrator show less understanding of the modern-day South, and Southernisms, than they think they they do.
Not on the edge. But did keep my attention.
Not real sure
I enjoyed the twist and turns
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