The Burning Wire
Jeffery Deaver is still top of the tree, as his new novel, The Burning Wire, pleasurably reaffirms. Deaver remains as adept at keeping our pulses at an accelerated rate with quite as much assurance as he demonstrated in his earlier books (and his grand tally of novels is approaching thirty). The... show more
Jeffery Deaver is still top of the tree, as his new novel, The Burning Wire, pleasurably reaffirms. Deaver remains as adept at keeping our pulses at an accelerated rate with quite as much assurance as he demonstrated in his earlier books (and his grand tally of novels is approaching thirty). The new book carefully and skilfully puts into place all the touches that have made the Lincoln Rhyme series so popular, and Deaver ensures his narrative is au fait with technology (always a strong suit of his books – there’s a lot of it in this one, be warned).The citizens of New York are under attack, with the electricity grid being controlled to grim criminal ends. Hideous, electricity-induced death is raining down, and the natural assumption is that it is the work of terrorists. The CIA and the FBI are pursuing this avenue, but quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme (Deaver’s long-term protagonist) is studying the forensic evidence, helped (as usual) by the resourceful Amelia Sachs and a talented team (among its number, FBI agent Fred Dellray). The attacks, Rhyme realises, are not terror-inspired, but the work of a brilliant criminal, whose manipulation of electricity in all its forms will give Rhyme and his co. their biggest ever headache.Storytelling of a compelling order is the name of the game here, with suspenseful revelations hitting the reader at calculated intervals. And along with the crack use of narrative technique, there's the usual on-the-hoof, economical characterisation for Lincoln Rhyme and his team; just enough to make us think this is not somewhere we’ve been before.Jeffery Deaver has spread his non-Rhyme wings before with his Kathryn Dance books, but the author has now signed on to continue Ian Fleming’s durable James Bond franchise. His Bond book is currently labelled Project X, but until it appears, The Burning Wire reminds us that the author is one of the surest scribes in the thriller field. --Barry Forshaw
Publish date: April 1st 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages no: 457
Edition language: English
, Mystery Thriller
, Murder Mystery
Series: Lincoln Rhyme (#9)
Thank goodness "The Burning Wire" rebounded from a lackluster 8th book (The Broken Window). This one is also not as long as previous reads so that was much appreciated. In this 8th book, Rhyme and Sachs get called in when a mysterious figure is set on attacking the people of New York with electricit...
It was only ok. It definitely is not as good as his others. All the crap about electricity was so unneeded. I love the other ones in the series and hope the next one is better.
I enjoyed this book. I didn't figure out the mystery ahead of time, which I always appreciate. There were times where it felt like Deaver was putting in some of the information about electricity because he'd found out some cool fact and wanted to share it (or maybe prove he'd done his research) rath...
Deaver schafft es immer wieder, mit einem gut durchdachten Plot und ansprechender Sprache tolle Bücher abzuliefern. Zudem verwendet er aktuelle Themen wie Datendiebstahl (im Vorgänger The Broken Window) oder in diesem Fall Energieversorgung, um die herum er seine Geschichten konstruiert. Dies sorgt ...
I frankly wasn't as thrilled with this book as I have with some of Deaver's other books. This one had way too many details that just jumbled the story. I ended up skipping over large parts of the text because there details abour the electricty thart a)didn't matter and b)were extremely boring. The ...