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The Kill Room (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel) Hardcover – June 4, 2013

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Book 10 of 11 in the Lincoln Rhyme Series

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Starred Review. Deaver returns to his popular Lincoln Rhyme series with this latest installment that finds Rhyme and his partner heading to the Bahamas to investigate the murder of an American citizen by the United States government. Narrated by the trio of Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, and Edoardo Ballerini, the novel comes to life via a series of inspired performances, each as convincing and entertaining as the last. Snyder shines in the lead role, but LaVoy and Ballerini also bend and twist their vocal cords to realistically portray the book's characters. This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. A Grand Central hardcover. (June) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lincoln Rhyme, the world-famous criminalist, finds himself in a tricky situation. A New York City assistant district attorney brings him a fascinating case: a man has been murdered, and, according to the prosecutor, the hit was masterminded by the National Intelligence and Operations Service (a sort of fictional version of the NSA). But here’s the problem: the victim was assassinated in the Bahamas. To solve the case, Rhyme, a quadriplegic, must find a way to investigate a crime scene a thousand miles away. Deaver takes both Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, his partner, out of their comfort zones (Amelia stays behind in New York, overseeing the local investigation, but without Rhyme’s reassuring presence and intellectual inspiration). We see Rhyme and Sachs from a different perspective, more vulnerable than they usually are. Fans of Deaver’s tightly plotted thrillers will expect a few right-angle plot twists, and they won’t be disappointed: the author leads us down one path, allows us to make certain assumptions, and then yanks us hard in another direction—and then does the same thing again, and yet again. Another well-crafted, unpredictable novel from a master of the genre. --David Pitt

Product Details

  • Series: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455517062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455517060
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. He has one younger sister who writes novels for teenagers ' Julie Reece Deaver.

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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I've been reading Jeffery Deaver's books since A MAIDEN'S GRAVE in 1995, and I've been a fan of quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme since THE BONE COLLECTOR in 1997. Rhyme is a wonderful character - he's brilliant, fanatical about the English language, and a true ace at sifting through evidence (even through the eyes of his partner - and lover - Amelia Sachs). He's also a totally believable character.

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.
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This is a tough review to write because there are a number of things I liked and a few major ones I really didn't like. I've read a number of Jeffrey Deaver's novels, several with Lincoln Rhyme and several without, and I generally love his storytelling. If this had been written by anyone else, I might give it a fourth star, but knowing Deaver's work, this doesn't quite measure up.

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.
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I loved "The Kill Room." Every chapter leaves you hanging. Expect the unexpected. This mystery/thriller is intriguing to the last page.

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.
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I'm not going to write story synopsis. You can get that on the book's Product Page. Further, I think it would be pretty hard to summarize, as there are a LOT of twists and turns to this book, and I have no idea how it could be effectively summarized without revealing a whole lotta spoilers.

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.
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