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The Steel Kiss Audiobook

The Steel Kiss

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jeffery Deaver returns with his next blockbuster thriller featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme.

Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not be an accident at all but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity - and discover his mission - before more people die.

©2016 Jeffery Deaver (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Edoardo Ballerini is perfectly in tune with the Rhyme character, emphasizing the detective's great intellect and questionable people skills with his pointed delivery, while not suppressing the wit in the writing. His voicing of the other characters is full of subtleties that contribute to a thrilling listen, particularly his depiction of the killer, who presents a convincing picture of a sad loner with a terrifying mission." (AudioFile)

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 03-10-16
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 03-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Deaver is back on top!"

    I unenjoyed The Skin Collector for its outlandish and improbable convolutions, but this book puts Deaver back in my top 10 crime authors list.

    Maybe I missed a few books, but some time has passed for Sachs and Rhyme, and their relationship is rocky. Rhyme has retired from police consulting. And Nick, Sachs' ex, is out of prison, swearing he's innocent and looking to clear his name and win Amelia back.

    There are several cases going on here--a bone-cracking, smashing killer, a hacker using smart appliances to kill, Lon Solito getting into heavy pain killers on the street, some references to a case Rhyme misread and which caused him to retire, and Nick researching his case to find something to point to the real perp in the hijacking case that put him away.

    As in most of Deaver's books, he finds a new idea, researches it and makes it part of the crime. In a few of these, the technique, or the criminal's flaw was just so bizarre and obscure as to be incredible, but here, he has toned this down just a bit so that things are more reasonable. However, he may be making a social comment on our dependence on the smart capabilities of all our Things to the extent that we are leaving ourselves open to attack by hackers. We are now used to phones being used to set off bombs, old hat that; now your modern fridge can send out internet spam; you might be attacked by a runaway car, a computerized stove, your baby monitor, a power tool with measurement or shape memory capabilities, etc. --anything that has a computer in it. Frankenstein's monster kills his maker. With a side diatribe against bullying.

    And also, as is Deaver's style, we travel with the sick-o killer, seeing into his mind and past, his reasoning, his planning of crimes. In this case, it is all believable and interesting. The plot may be formulaic, but it remains engaging, with surprises to the end.

    The supporting cast is here, and they seem like old friends-- Solito and Pulaski (the Rookie) mainly, Sach's mother Rose, the caretaker Tom, and a new personality that is delightful and developed.

    Here is where Edoardo Ballerini's talent comes in. He makes all these people distinct and enjoyable, makes their humor shine, beautifully contrasts Rhyme's irascibility with Tom's lemony, no-nonsense backtalk, ironically juxtaposing Solito's seeming jock street jive with his own well-read vocabulary and collegiate learning. Ballerini is a pleasure to listen to.

    After getting tired of Deaver's plot tropes, here is a book to put him back in your good graces. A great listen!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 03-11-16
    Mary 03-11-16
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    "Enjoyable, interesting...maybe not as dramatic"

    The narrator was a bit irritating in the beginning. I'm not sure if he got better or if I just grew accustomed to his style. He tends to indicate anger and fear by changing the pacing, not the intonation. Which makes the words difficult to understand at times.

    After I got over that hurdle, I liked the book. It's a little slower-paced than previous novels, but there're 3-4 good story lines going on.

    The recurring characters don't advance much in their lives. (A major gripe I have about most serial novels--so take that for what it's worth.) This is more a slice-of-life, another day at the office, kind of novel.

    Well worth reading, if you're a fan. Not a place to start if you don't know the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Gray 05-03-16
    Jane Gray 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Intriguing story line, fully developed characters, well read- very enjoyable. Looking forward to additional books in the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Evancic 04-28-16
    Ken Evancic 04-28-16
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    "I never get tired of Lincoln and Amelia,"

    Great story with new characters, twists and turns. Can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Kopp 09-16-16
    Jamie Kopp 09-16-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Deaver at his best"
    What did you love best about The Steel Kiss?

    Well developed characters and plot


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Lincoln and Amelia always keep the reader at the edge of their seats.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cemetery scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Archer spoke of her future.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cee Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 08-13-16
    Cee Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 08-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable"

    A fan of Jeffrey Deaver. This book did not disappoint. Enjoyed the story and the performance. Looking forward to next book in its series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 08-04-16
    Joan 08-04-16
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    "Excellent Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great mystery, interesting story, characters are well done, believable.


    What other book might you compare The Steel Kiss to and why?

    Any other of his books. Each brings a new twist to the cases.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Does a great job with the voices, easy to listen to and understand. Not annoying.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Take the stairs!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CLTEEPLE@AOL.COM Kent Lakes, New York 07-17-16
    CLTEEPLE@AOL.COM Kent Lakes, New York 07-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Edoardo Ballerini!!"
    If you could sum up The Steel Kiss in three words, what would they be?

    Narrator saves it!


    What other book might you compare The Steel Kiss to and why?

    Can't compare Deaver's books to any other author's. Lincoln Rhymes is a "cast" unto himself.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Lincoln


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Lincoln Rhyme character you will not be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Healthy Nut Outside Beantown, Ma 07-10-16
    Healthy Nut Outside Beantown, Ma 07-10-16 Member Since 2012

    Healthy Nut

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    "Not a favorite, disapointed!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, very hard to listen to, convoluted story line, not up to Deaver's usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Fitzgerald 06-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "King Jeffery, Prince Edoardo"

    Anyone who enjoys well-written detective novels should really like this one! I recommend The Steel Kiss with NO reservations.

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