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The Kill Room (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel) Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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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
"This is Deaver at his very best and not to be missed by any thriller fan."―Publisher's Weekly (starred review) - A "Best Summer Book of 2013"
"Deaver, who can't resist any opportunity for ingenuity... keeps mixing fastballs, curveballs and change-ups."―Kirkus Reviews
"Fans will appreciate Deaver's customary detailing of each plot sequence, thereby heightening their anticipation of the upcoming clincher. Thriller aficionados will be lining up for this one."―Library Journal
"Chillingly effective...Jeffery Deaver's quadriplegic detective has never been better...Equal parts Marathon Man and top-notch political thriller, this is Deaver at the top of his game. Rhyme remains the most original hero in thriller fiction today who may have met his match in Swann. Not to be missed."―Providence Sunday Journal
"Jeffery Deaver makes it all work, with style, in his latest thriller, The Kill Room...well-researched, expertly written and nicely paced."―The Columbus Dispatch
"Jeffery Deaver has written an ace thriller to keep readers guessing and gasping with his latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Kill Room. A master magician with words, Deaver misdirects with one tale while what's really going on is just off the reader's radar...The numerous twists and turns in The Kill Room are so fast and furious that by the novel's end, the reader will be dizzy - and clamoring for more."―Associated Press
"If this contemporary story doesn't get your pulse racing, your head spinning and your adrenaline pumping then nothing will....If you are a person who enjoys a tight, twisted, terrific crime thriller which also has a personal story woven into it then you have to read Jeffery Deaver. He is one of the best writers on the scene today. His talent will knock your socks off."―The Huffington Post
"The Kill Room is very powerful in its exploration of current issues...This book is a page-turner with nothing as it seems to be, culminating in many surprise endings."―The Military Press
"Deaver delivers a dark tale of espionage, patriotism and egos as his clever detective puts the pieces of an intricately drawn jigsaw together while a killer targets his investigation."―RT Book Reviews
"Not even the brilliant Rhyme can foresee the shocking twists the case will take in this electrically charged thriller."―Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review) on The Burning Wire
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Mr. Deaver, long ago, has developed his cast of characters very well. In this novel we also have a driven ADA in Nance Laurel & a fictitious Federal agency, NIOS, which is headed by a not too level headed Mr. Metzger.
The book requires the reader’s focus since its wrought with twists throughout its content
The premise is government condoned and ordered assassinations. The victims seem easy to envision; or are they as obvious as they seem?
Lincoln takes a side trip to Nassau, scene of the first crime. There’s more international dealing in this book than in previous novels.
The story also touches upon Rhyme’s possible additional surgeries, as well as Sach’s decision to deal with her arthritic condition or being benched. There’s a good, welcome, diversion of the personal touch present here.
Truthfully, I could have done without the maritime scene in the closing pages. I didn’t think it a good fit and found it unnecessary. The very end is a conversation between Rhyme and Thom. It’s quite good, but comes upon the reader quickly.
All in all, another very fine work from Jeffrey Deaver.
As is Deaver's style, the novel is suspenseful from the start, and doesn't let up until the surprising ending. Deaver's story is well-organized, easy-to-follow, and there are enough twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Not only is Deaver a master storyteller, he has the remarkable ability to make his characters come alive without long, drawn-out descriptions. Most fans have seen Lincoln, Amelia, et. al. change and evolve through the novels; and in The Kill Room, Nance's character, with her frailties, insecurities, and strengths becomes real. One of the most interesting characters in this novel is Jacob Swann. Not only is he an extremely skillful assassin, he is also an accomplished chef, especially proficient with knives, and cooks to wind down after his kills. So besides being on the edge, readers will be subject to mouthwatering descriptions of what Swann is eating; luckily the recipes are published on Deaver's website (www.jefferydeaver.com).
One thing that was a little distracting in this novel is the overuse of acronyms; it seems there were too many to keep track of and at times they became a little confusing. However, as is Deaver's style, this novel is well-researched and well-written. Deaver publishes new novels often, but they are not sloppy and they do not have issues left hanging. Deaver is one of the most skilled suspense/thriller writers today, and this novel is highly recommended.
This book was purchased with personal funds and no promotion of the book was solicited by the author or publisher.
The issues surrounding the plot in The Kill Room are straight from today's headlines: the government spying on and assassinating American citizens and using UAVs to carry out clandestine operations. In the book, a NY prosecutor wants to charge government officials with murder after they assassinate an American citizen. The author does a good job of posing questions worthy of debate without taking sides on the issues - it's a novel after all - and these issues make for a very compelling plot.
As I read the book, there were a couple of instances where I felt the author was trying too hard and went a bit over-the-top on some things when if he'd just left it alone the plot by itself was enough to carry me through the book - however, I'm glad I stayed with it because after a couple of twists and turns near the end, I'm pleased to say the "trying too hard" bits were actually tied up quite nicely and made much more sense.
At the risk of giving a couple minor spoilers ... there were some things that I didn't like: I got tired of reading the recipes used by the bad guy who leaves a trail of bodies from the Bahamas to New York. I get it. He likes to cook. He likes to carve meat. But I could have done without the blow-by-blow accounts of how he prepared his favorite meals. In the back of the kindle edition there is even a link to the author's website where you can download all the recipes used in the book. That's kind of funny I guess, but whatever.
I guess the rest of this is just being picky but I'll mention it anyway because the author is obviously a great writer and researcher and he gives incredible detail on nearly everything ... but there's a scene in the book where an IED blows up a Manhattan coffee shop to destroy any evidence that might be on the security system's hard drive. The IED renders the hard drive completely useless in terms of evidence - it's in a million melted pieces. And yet ... in less than six hours from the time of the explosion: Lincoln's sidekick, Sachs, recovers trace evidence that yields a SINGLE grain of sand that is analyzed back in their "apartment lab" and identified as having originated in the Bahamas, thus clearly linking two crime scenes to one perp. Well that's impressive ... but I'd have preferred more detail on how they found and isolated and tested one grain of sand in such a short time (on a NY sidewalk no less, after a horrific explosion ... and how did they even know to test this grain of sand, that it was the one grain out of surely millions that was relevant to the case?) rather than the endless paragraphs about carving knifes and mixing ingredients to form the perfect meal.
Another one that was kind of silly is when a UAV pilot launches a Hellfire missile at a bad guy, only to realize a split-second later that there are innocent people at the target as well. What does he do? In less than ten seconds, he does all of the following: disarms the missile, puts the UAV on autopilot, takes over control of the missile so he can fly it off target and crash it away from where it could harm anyone, then because he can't tell what the terrain is like from the camera mounted on the missile (he's worried he might crash the missile into someone's house), he opens his Firefox web browser, goes to Google, pulls up a terrain map for the exact coordinates where the missile he's flying is currently at, and then flies the missile for the next five seconds while looking back and forth from Google to the image being broadcast from the camera ... yeah, seriously. It did make me wonder about his Internet provider. That piece of information I could use, because for sure I'd switch providers to get that kind of browsing speed.
Anyway, there are several of these moments that take away from what is otherwise a great plot, good characters, and terrific writing. That being said, I thought the book had a really good ending and I have to say that overall I really did enjoy reading The Kill Room.