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The Burning Wire: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 19, 2011
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About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the international, #1 bestselling author of more than twenty-seven suspense novels, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.
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In this current novel, someone is setting 'booby traps' using the city's electrical grid. This is making for some very horrifying situations in which innocent people are getting fried in a variety of ways. Lincoln Rhymes and Sachs have to figure out whether this is an act of a disgruntled employee or a terroristic group first, while they try to find the physical evidence that will tell them how to get the guy or guys.
As other reviewers have said, I get the feeling that Deaver is tired of his two protagonists, and so much of the writing seems repetitive and old. HIs writing is excellent as readers have come to expect from Deaver, but maybe he should do something new and different and get away from these protagonists, even if they are the source of his income!
If for different reasons than one might expect, his current effort, THE BURNING WIRE, is very topical. The electrical grid has been a concern now for years, primarily because hackers can mess with it, causing brown outs if the powers that be are not constantly on the defensive. In this instance, someone is using the grid as a weapon. Rhyme and his crew quickly center on an electrical worker with a terminal disease. They know who he is, but he always seems to be one step ahead of them.
Besides the topical nature of most of the Rhyme novels, Deaver provides a recurring villain who is almost as smart as Rhyme, The Watchmaker. With the help of Commander Luna of the Mexican police, Rhyme thinks he has him cornered in Mexico City. We know the Watchmaker won't go down easy. Deaver borrowed him from Professor Moriarity of the Sherlock Holmes series and the Deaf Man of McBain's 87th Precinct novels. The suspense always ratchets up when the villain is almost as smart or smarter (in the case of the Deaf Man) than the good guys.
Another similarity between Rhyme and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is the boredom and depression that set in when they're not working on a case. In this instance, a woman in a wheelchair who is almost electrocuted by the culprit, provides another outlet for Lincoln.
Like Kaminsky's Porfiry Rostnikov novels, the Rhyme novels include a cast of recurring characters, and it's almost worth the price of the book to see them all again.
I won't add any spoilers, but I will say that there comes a point near the end where you will literally hold your breath as you anxiously turn pages to find out what happens to one of the main characters.
Read it. You'll love it.
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road after another and keeping me guessing on every page.Read more
if you follow the Lincoln Rhymes series. New weapon of choice is electricity which is different. Other than that not much change.Read more