Monday, February 8, 2016

The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

Finding someone beat to death with a ball-peen hammer is an ugly crime scene.  But this victim isn't the only one...

Grand Central Publishing and Edelweiss let me read an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It is going to be published March 8th.  This is the newest in the Lincoln Rhyme series and I haven't been disappointed by any of the books in this series.  If you haven't read the earlier ones, give yourself a treat and do so.

This author messes with my mind.  Not only does he create monsters in the men or women that Lincoln is hunting, he has two or three central plots going on at the same time, and there's always personal trauma of some kind in the police force.

Lincoln ends up with a new intern, a woman who is facing a life in a wheelchair and is very interested in his type of forensic work.  She's an excellent new character that adds another element to the team Lincoln works with.  He's no longer part of NYPD, but he is taking on a civil case to help a woman whose husband died in an escalator failure.

Amelia was following a suspect when the escalator incident happened and she had to drop that and go to the man's rescue.  Unfortunately, he couldn't be saved.  When it's determined that it was no accident, it becomes murder.  But how do you find someone who leaves no trace of himself at the scene?

They know a lot about what was on his shoes, a general description of what he looks like, that he likes to work with wood and does carpentry of some kind and probably lives in the Queens area.  But there are no finger prints, no DNA, nothing to match to a person.

I had no idea who was really behind all these murders.  It surprised me when I found out.  Amelia's old boyfriend is out of jail and wants to renew their romance.  She's not sure about that but she'd like to believe in his innocence.  But is he really innocent?

The story is very busy, there's a lot of suspense, the murders are ugly, and it kept my attention to the end.  I'm ready for the next Lincoln Rhyme mystery now.  Serve it up, Mr. Deaver.

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