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The Kill Room (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel) Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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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.
'He didn't believe he'd ever had a case like this, where the evidence was so fragmentary and sparse. Bits, scraps, observations, 180-degree changes in direction. Nothing else...'
As is common with Jeffery Deaver novels, the mystery is intricate and detailed and unfurls slowly building in intensity with each turned page. These details may seem superfluous but are simply small pieces of a very large puzzle. I really loved the complexity of this mystery though and how despite the lack of major evidence even the smallest pieces inevitably helped solve the mystery regardless. The Kill Room focuses mainly on political reasoning and while I wasn't completely sold on the premise, it still was an impressively detailed mystery.
'I have a bad feeling about this one, Rhyme...'
While I thoroughly enjoy having the story told from the point-of-view of Lincoln Rhyme as his ability to solve crimes based on seemingly inconsequential evidence is uncanny, the switch-up in points-of-view between him and the man they're hunting for was the perfect touch. It definitely added an unsettling touch as this 'bad guy' is incredibly disturbing.
Yet another palpable mystery from an incredibly talented crime writer, The Kill Room proves that this series is far from losing steam.
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A book that is hard to put down. Keeps you guessing as to how they can solve the case. Love the whole series.Published 3 days ago by BlondE
This book is fun to read. I received it as a gift and I love it because this author is so truly gifted at writing. I look forward to reading more of his books. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Author Brenda Kay Winters
Deaver weaves an exciting story filled with both anticipatible and unexpected twists. Then, too, his seeming digressions into a killer's passion with its effect on his planning is... Read morePublished 10 days ago by MIchael Haber
Jeffrey Deaver continues to be one of my favorite authors. I found this book so be weaves so well with suspense, empathy and current governmental issues. He really is brilliant !Published 1 month ago by Christine Towner
Mr. Deaver is a magician! It read like a high end Cussler or Tom Clancy thriller which this reader use to read some twenty years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kamiyahagi
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