It was a "million-dollar bullet," a sniper shot delivered from over a mile away. Its victim was no ordinary mark: he was a United States citizen, targeted by the United States government, and assassinated in the Bahamas.
The nation's most renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate. While his partner, Amelia Sachs, traces the victim's steps in Manhattan, Rhyme leaves the city to pursue the sniper himself. As details of the case start to emerge, the pair discovers that not all is what it seems.
When a deadly, knife-wielding assassin begins systematically eliminating all evidence-including the witnesses-Lincoln's investigation turns into a chilling battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer.
©2013 Jeffery Deaver (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
The plot was reminiscent of another one of his books that discussed data mining.Although he has given Lincoln a new situation regarding his health it does not improve the flow of the story. This book had much less about Lincoln's relationship with his paramour, Amelia. In the past books the personal relationships in his life were so important and gave the books their color and dimension.
No, I would read another book in this series and hope for the best
The narrator was satisfactory but not great.
The book is part of a series that I love.
One good narrator can make you believe you are listening to a vast cast of characters with subtle nuances of tone and voice. Listening to the female narrator jump in occasionally with Amelia's lines makes you realize Amelia's window dressing for the story. "Send?" "Now?" "What do you mean by that?" ARGH!
Deaver is too good a writer for this crappy recording.
Say something about yourself!
If you can get past the poor choice of narrators --you will find a pretty decent story/mystery. I had to really concentrate on what was going on - and ignore the young and inappropriate voices for Lincoln and Amelia to get though this one. I agree with other reviewers that one narrator would probably have made this a more enjoyable listen.
One bullet is shot through the window of a hotel room in the Bahamas--three people are killed. Thus starts the mystery which includes a vast array of issues.
An aggressive ADA brings Lincoln and his team in to help with her investigation into possible government corruption and abuse of power. Had the people in the hotel deserved to be killed for crimes against the U.S.- - -or were there other unknown reasons? Who else might be responsible? These aren't the only targets, and in the aftermath and coverup, bodies start to pile up to wipe out any witnesses. Some of them meet their deaths in especially brutal ways from one of the "clean up" crew who is a superb cook and thinks about food most of the time. He copies recipes from the most classy restaurants and prepares the meals only for himself -and sometimes an unfortunate victim. He loves to use his extremely expensive carving knives (the same ones used in his fancy dinners) to torture his victims to obtain information before they are killed. This guy seemed a little over the top- cook and killer in one??? Sounds a bit like Hannibal Lecter -except he doesn't eat them.
There are some moral issues to sort out--when does the end justify the means when it comes to protection by the government? The reasons go back and forth, and the ending wraps up the question maybe a little too neatly for this reviewer.
Deaver has woven a good mystery and thrown in enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. Just be aware that the narration could put you off--unless you can get past the first couple of hours--that's about how long it took me to just pay attention to the story.
I am sad. I always llook forward to Rhyme books. And the voice that did Emilia was terrible. She is too strong a woman for that whimpy voice.
the book seems like a rush job. it lacks the patience and mystery that deaver has brought to past lincoln rhyme books.
any of those who have previously read lincoln rhyme books
i don't know whose idea it was to cast several narrators, but it was a big mistake - very distracting in a way that takes one away from the story. i've enjoyed all the lincoln rhyme books, but i'm very disappointed by this one.
The twists and turns in the plot made my head spin. I found myself wishing for a print copy to go back. Has never happened to me before.
Also, I had a preconceived idea of how Lincoln Rhyme should sound...and this wasn't it. And some sounded so similar to others that it would take me a minute or two to figure out who was talking.
There are always several cliff hangers in the Rhyme novels and this one didn't disappoint. Worth a listen.
Although I enjoyed the narration, someone needs to tell Jay Snyder that "conch" is pronounced "conk"!!
I enjoyed this one almost as much as my other Jeffery Deaver reads.
No, but I've grown accustomed to Deaver's style of writing, so I don't stress as much.
I agree with previous reviewers that the multiple narrators are a bit jarring, but I believe that claiming it ruins the entire book is a bit extreme. Amelia's voice is much more clear than the others, and, as a result, comes through a bit more piercing in the beginning, but honestly, after the first few minutes, my brain adjusted just fine. No, my issues with this book had nothing to do with the narration, more I found that keeping the names of the multiple main characters/suspects straight was a bit more difficult in this book than in others. They are all government agents of some sort and are referred to by last name most of the time. I am on my second listen, because I am quite sure I missed some details the first time around. Still, I enjoyed it just fine during my commute to and from work and DO recommend it.
An exciting book that definitely kept my interest. This story ranks in about the middle of the Deaver spectrum. Good but not great.
Too much with the recipes. Made me think I was listening to a cookbook.
Stop inserting himself in the book with his recipes.
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