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The Kill Room (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel) Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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Deaver wrote his first book ' which consisted of two entire chapters ' when he was eleven, and he's been writing ever since. An award-winning poet and journalist, he has also written and performed his own songs around the country. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. After graduation he decided to practice law for a time and worked for several years as an attorney for a large Wall Street firm. It was during his long commute to and from the office that he began writing the type of fiction he enjoyed reading: suspense novels. In 1990 he started to write full time.
The author of twenty-two novels, Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony award, a Gumshoe Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year. In 2001, he won the W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award for his Lincoln Rhyme novel The Empty Chair. In 2004, he was awarded the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Garden Of Beasts and the Short Story Dagger for "The Weekender." Translated into 35 languages, his novels have appeared on a number of bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the London Times and the Los Angeles Times. The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme. A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO film retitled Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin.
Jeff has also released two collections of his short stories, called Twisted and More Twisted.
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THE KILL ROOM is the tenth Lincoln Rhyme novel Deaver has given us, and it reminded me a bit of that first one. Rhyme is still battling his disabilities, he's still debating his medical options, and he's still in love with Amelia Sachs. But this time around Amelia has some issues of her own (also very believable), which allows her feelings for Rhyme (and his for her) to be subtly highlighted. Deaver is a master at revealing his characters' emotions through a glance, a careful touch, or a word or two of dialogue. This is what it would really be like to love someone you're working with. Or to love someone who's in a wheelchair.
The plot of THE KILL ROOM centers on a CIA-style government agency called the National Intelligence and Operations Service (NIOS), which may have ordered a hit on an innocent American citizen. Robert Moreno is known for his vocal opposition to US foreign policy, but was he really planning a terrorist attack? Or was he targeted by the NIOS chief, who just didn't like Moreno's anti-American rhetoric? And who actually fired the "million dollar bullet" into Moreno's hotel room in the Bahamas? Was it the same person who has been torturing and murdering potential witnesses? When ADA Nance Laurel decides to prosecute both the shooter and the NIOS chief for Moreno's murder, she calls in Rhyme and Sachs to work the evidence.Read more ›
Our criminalist wunderkinds Rhyme and Amelia Sachs (along with some usual supporting characters) are called on by an ambitious New York Assistant District Attorney to help put together a prosecution against a high-ranking U.S. official for ordering the assassination of an outspoken American citizen (an ex-patriate) with Anti-American views, in a hotel room in the Bahamas. What follows is a mystery thriller which keeps the reader guessing about what really occurred, while someone kills to protect the secrets......
PRO: The pacing, as always, is very good, and will hook readers into coming along and trying to solve the crime. In typical Deaver fashion, there are huge swerves that the reader didn't see coming, and he does a good job of leaving clues, but not overly telegraphing them. There are some interesting discussions of political issues which are currently hot topics, and the author carefully allows both sides to present at least a basic position to state their cases.
CON: To be honest, the plotting got a little *too* convoluted at the end, and it makes the resolutions a lot more grey and less satisfying than it could have been. It felt like the author wanted everyone to have a claim at being the good guys, not just our actual protagonists. And it got very confusing in the last 75 pages, although I can't say more without overly spoiling the book. Also, the head of the U.S.Read more ›
Deaver is a master at creating the twisted, turning continuously suspenseful plot, and "The Kill Room" demonstrates his craft well. This is the eleventh book in the Lincoln Rhymes/Amelia Sachs mysteries. Amelia is an NYPD detective, who is beautiful (a former model), able to walk crime scenes with exceptional ability, and in love with Rhymes. Lincoln is a former NYPD officer who was injured on the job and left a quadriplegic. The interaction between the two is interesting and credible. This team solves crimes with microscopic bits of obscure evidence, saving lives at the eleventh hour by miraculous deductions. It's all just amazing.
I felt that "The Kill Room" was even better than the previous books in the series. Its plot tricks seemed more numerous and surprising than in the earlier novels. My only disappointment was that it had to end. Yet, at 432 pages, I really shouldn't complain. This was really fun reading.
I'll say this: as usual, Lincoln Rhyme finds himself trying to solve the mystery of who committed a dastardly series of murders, this time with implications of the involvement of a secret government agency.
This is Deaver in top form. I found myself all over the map in trying, along with Rhyme, to solve this thing, and there are surprises along the way right up to the very last pages. This book delivers what it promises.
A solid 4 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Writer expands on things that don't matter - makes the book way too long!Published 1 day ago by dorothy gomeringer
This is a well written and complex novel that pits Lincoln Rhyme and his team against an undefined killer or conspiracy of killers that does not clarify itself until the very... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Phil (not) in Mågnoliá
Deaver does it again. Rhyme and Sachs get involved in a real doozy this time. Assassinations, shady government agencies, anti-American zealots, and the usual fascinating and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by DJB
I enjoyed the fast paced action thriller as I enjoy all of Mr Deaver's books. Kept me at the edge of my seat.Published 9 days ago by R. D. Frink
We waited a long time and finally another from J.D. The wait was worth it. Don't make us wait so long for the next one. How is Amelia doing?Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer