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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 the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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

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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (748 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathy Cunningham TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2013
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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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Once again, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs have been asked to help investigate a crime, yet this is one of their hardest to date. The victim is a United States citizen that had been recently targeted by the U.S. Government and is found to be assassinated in the Bahamas. The biggest problem they face is the complete lack of evidence and the fact that someone appears to be two steps ahead of them and is going back and covering up their tracks by destroying evidence and eliminating witnesses.

'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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