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Publisher's Summary

Master of suspense Jeffery Deaver returns with the latest gripping thriller featuring paraplegic 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 suddenly the escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, and several people are trapped, 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 victims.

But was this a random freak accident? Is the killer's presence in the store just before the disaster a simple coincidence, or is there a deeper connection? And how will they catch the killer - now that Lincoln Rhyme has retired?

©2016 Gunner Publications LLC (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Another great read

Everything you come to expect from a Lincoln and Amelia book. Great plot and personal story. Excellent narrator.

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  • Simon
  • 04-28-16

Highly entertaining

Now I know that Jeff Harding is not everyone's cup of tea as a narrator. However I happen to like his delivery as he brings the characters alive, so that you are never in any doubt as to which one is speaking. In a book with such an amount of technical evidence, this is very important.

Whilst it may not have had the usual twists and turns that characterise some of the other Rhyme novels, the relationship between the main characters has grown and become almost comfortable, which far from being a criticism, makes the book flow well. Dare I say it Lincoln himself has softened slightly and is finally showing a glimmer of emotion!

As someone who works in the field of automation with web enabled products, I can confirm that theoretically much of what Jeffery Deaver writes about is possible, which from my perspective added to the enjoyment.

If I was to say one thing, it would be that there could have been a little more to the apprehension of Amelia's ex, Nick. I thought it was wrapped up with a bit of a leap of faith, which the author may argue was just the point.

A very fine book and thoroughly entertaining. If you like the idea of hacking into technology, a suggestion would be to read one of Deaver's earlier books, The Blue Nowhere, which although a little dated now technology wise, is a great book nonetheless.

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  • Kerry Hampton
  • 04-07-16

Good, not great....and the narrator is argh!!

A good book, not as tightly woven plot wise as some of Deaver's other Lincoln Rhyme books but never the less raises some interesting plot lines and questions about the future relationship between man and technology. The narrator however I found very annoying particularly for the first 6 chapters where he relentlessly employs a raised inflection at the end of each sentence. It was so annoying I almost gave up but he got better as the book progressed, especially when there was more dialogue.

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  • Caroline
  • 03-28-16

another brilliant Rhyme book.

easy listening but engaging. I've enjoyed all in the series, great characters and interesting plot.

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  • Linda F.
  • 04-12-16

avrege

not Jeffrey deavers finest work, it's OK. ..no more, no less.
I missed the the nail-biting

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  • Jane Yeates
  • 07-04-18

Brilliant!

As usual Jeffery Deaver tells a fine tale! This is a brilliant reading of it which had me gripped from the start.

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  • Elizabeth Irving
  • 09-04-17

Another great story

Always love these stories. And this was no exception.

Twists and turns to the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-18

Disappointed

I liked the book but couldn't stand the narrators voice when speaking as the woman.

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  • Karen Croan
  • 06-19-17

Time for Rhyme to retire?

Enjoyable thriller & good to have some of the old regulars back, albeit only at the end. Starting to become a little formulaic. Deaver is a good writer, & I enjoyed the Kathryn Dance series & his stand alone novels but am starting to wonder if he has taken this series as far as it can go?

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 06-08-17

good series

this is a enjoyable series
a thrilling and griping book
if you can get more of this series there well worth it and can get them over time
very intresting

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  • Liz
  • 12-22-16

The Steel Kiss

A great Deaver/Rhyme/Sachs thriller as always. Brilliant writer and "plot thickener" as Lincoln would hate to say

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  • peter
  • 10-16-16

typically Deaver

A good plot with unexpected twists in typical Deaver style. I really enjoyed this story and the narrators efforts also. The only part which bugged me is the narrators voice change when the boards are being read out, silly I know bit I'm sure you will know what I mean after hearing it ;)

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