The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver
A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

80%

7 Critic Reviews

...Deaver is an old hand at delivering the goods and...he still does it better than most, whacking his readers with a neat one-two plot twist as they enter the final straight.
-Guardian

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and The Bone Collector—Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.

The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers . . . ?

Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme’s net.

Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhyme’s health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another front—and his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most . . .
 

About Jeffery Deaver

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Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to JefferyDeaver.com.
 
Published May 20, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 436 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Burning Wire
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average

A relatively straightforward performance by the devious Deaver, with fewer open-mouthed surprises than usual...

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Guardian

Good
on Jul 25 2010

...Deaver is an old hand at delivering the goods and...he still does it better than most, whacking his readers with a neat one-two plot twist as they enter the final straight.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Dec 26 2010

...within the course of just a few pages, Deaver dissects, draws and quarters what is arguably one of the largest hoaxes of this, and the last, millennium. You cannot ask for any more, or any better, than that.

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Express

Excellent
on Jul 23 2010

He never cheats and everything here, however jaw-dropping, is given full justification.

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About.com

Excellent

The Burning Wire is not to be missed...You will read it like a house on fire, as it pulls you through the inferno created by yet another criminal deviant from the mind of Jeffrey Deaver.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Good
on Aug 07 2010

...I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed by the suspense and characters in this book.

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Gather Books

Good
on Jun 09 2012

I always love the twists he throws in; you know that it will never be the way he is making it seem like it is.

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