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
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.
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.
As a fan of the Lincoln Rhyme series, I was more than ready to order this one up and dive in. After reading a few of the reviews about multiple readers, I was a bit worrried about the performance, but was soon relieved. Sure, it takes some getting used to, but I was quickly able to get used to the male and female readers and the back and forth cadence. Some have claimed that the voice of Rhyme is too soft and not authoritative. My take is that the voices in this audiobook had a strong resemblence to the actors in the Bone Collector movie, i.e. Denzel Washington playing Rhyme and Angelina Joilee as Sachs. And this goes for Thom, Sellito and others, too. I'm not sure if this was by design or not, but by the second chapter, I was already picturing Denzel and Joilee in my mind, so maybe this is why it worked for me. Denzel's portrayal of Rhyme in the movie was that of a soft-spoken, but thoughtful and intelligent character. I had the same vibe here and while some may have felt like this audiobook was "over-produced", again, I felt like this was produced with a movie-setting in mind. I actually liked the lead-in music when there was a shift or pause in the plot. Others may not find it to their liking. It's a matter of preference, I think.
As for the story, this book follows the Deaver "twist-and-turn" formula from other Rhyme novels. The story is good, but with all of the plot twists and turns, I found it difficult to distinguish between protaganists and antagonists. However, this is exactly what Deaver has in mind for the reader and the point that there are many shades of gray in the type of political/military work being done in the book was not not lost on me. It can make the reader a little uncomfortable not knowing who is good and who is bad.
Where I really enjoyed the book were the parts where Lincoln actually got out of the office and traveled (out of the U.S., no less) and was even involved in yes...an action scene! As a quad with extremely limited mobility, Lincoln has been working hard to exercise and his improved conditioning allowed him to get more involved in this book, which made for some great fun. It's a long way from the old days of lying prone in his bed and studying the white board (though there was some that, too, of course). I won't provide any plot spoilers, but there is a fantastic part where Lincoln confronts some thugs with a gun. The outcome will surprise you!
This is one of those books I will probably listen to a second time so I can pick-up on some things I missed the first time around. And who knows, I may appreciate the "good" and "bad" guys - and thus the storyline- a little more.
This book seems to have been forced into print. Not the usual Deaver style and attention to detail.
I have read/listened to all of the Rhyme books and other Deaver books as well and have enjoyed all of them. This was an aberration. If he publishes again, I'll read it, I'm sure.
No. Too boring.
THE KILL ROOM is a thrilling listen! Jeffery Deaver is in top form in this latest Lincoln Rhyme novel. Its fast-paced plot and intricate characters make this a must listen.
With all of the twists and turns, the three readers were used effectively to make the story more compelling and capture the complexity of the plot. It's definitely one of the best audiobooks I've listened to within the past year.
If you read/listen to Ken Follett, David Baldacci, Brad Meltzer, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, or John Standford this audiobook is for you!
It's nice to have Lincoln Rhyme back in action!
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 enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
Yes. It is a great one. Jeffery Deaver and Lincoln are a great pair.
Lincoln's a great detective.
Very great narration. Giving a man and a girl narrators are great. This makes the story a great listen.
Please Write Faster Mr. Deaver.
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