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The Burning Wire: Lincoln Rhyme Book 9 [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Deaver
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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New York is being held to ransom. Manhattan's electricity grid has been the victim of a horrific attack ...and more are planned. While the FBI and Homeland Security try to determine who's behind the carnage, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs race to decode the forensics in order to prevent the next assault. But all is not what it seems. Electricity can be as lethal as it is vital, and Lincoln Rhyme soon finds he's up against a merciless killer with a unique weapon -- one that can be found in everyone's home and office. And in the meantime, one of the few criminals to have ever slipped Rhyme's net is under surveillance in Mexico. The deadly assassin known as the Watchmaker has set his murderous sights on innocent victims, whose identity is as yet unknown ...Lincoln Rhyme must race against the clock, juggling the two investigations, as they hurtle headlong toward their deadly outcomes.

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    Jeffery Deaver is still top of the tree, as his new novel, The Burning Wire, pleasurably reaffirms. Deaver remains as adept at keeping our pulses at an accelerated rate with quite as much assurance as he demonstrated in his earlier books (and his grand tally of novels is approaching thirty). The new book carefully and skilfully puts into place all the touches that have made the Lincoln Rhyme series so popular, and Deaver ensures his narrative is au fait with technology (always a strong suit of his books – there’s a lot of it in this one, be warned).

    The citizens of New York are under attack, with the electricity grid being controlled to grim criminal ends. Hideous, electricity-induced death is raining down, and the natural assumption is that it is the work of terrorists. The CIA and the FBI are pursuing this avenue, but quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme (Deaver’s long-term protagonist) is studying the forensic evidence, helped (as usual) by the resourceful Amelia Sachs and a talented team (among its number, FBI agent Fred Dellray). The attacks, Rhyme realises, are not terror-inspired, but the work of a brilliant criminal, whose manipulation of electricity in all its forms will give Rhyme and his co. their biggest ever headache.

    Storytelling of a compelling order is the name of the game here, with suspenseful revelations hitting the reader at calculated intervals. And along with the crack use of narrative technique, there's the usual on-the-hoof, economical characterisation for Lincoln Rhyme and his team; just enough to make us think this is not somewhere we’ve been before.

    Jeffery Deaver has spread his non-Rhyme wings before with his Kathryn Dance books, but the author has now signed on to continue Ian Fleming’s durable James Bond franchise. His Bond book is currently labelled Project X, but until it appears, The Burning Wire reminds us that the author is one of the surest scribes in the thriller field. --Barry Forshaw

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    Another corker . . . precision-engineered to keep the reader turning the pages without a hitch (Evening Standard on THE BROKEN WINDOW)

    One of the great detective teams of contemporary crime fiction come storming back . . . Deaver never disappoints, and this novel shines (Mark Timlin in Independent on Sunday on THE BROKEN WINDOW)

    The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

    The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. (Daily Telegraph)

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 558 KB
    • Print Length: 433 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340937289
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 July 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003TSCS1O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

    His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

    You can find out more about Jeffery on his website www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Burning wire 22 Aug. 2010
    By Mrs
    Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
    I've been a Jeffrey Deaver fan for years; I particularly like the Lincoln Rhyme series. The idea of a paralysed man solving murders for his bedroom is far fetched. However Deaver's novels are written with a skill that makes it believable. Rhymes character, as a tetchy, frustrated, slightly intolerant criminal scientist is brilliant.
    I will not spoil the story by referring to the plot, other to say twenty years ago it would have been ridiculous, the fact that it is possible adds to the pace of the book.
    The book is, as with all Deaver's novels, good, well constructed and gallops along, with a brilliant twist in the tale.
    I refer to the book, however this was an audio book, I feel I cannot give a review of the story without commenting on the reader. Kerry Shale is an excellent reader; the variety of tones, dialects and accents is superb. All in all a jolly good read (or listen)
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    57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Deaver classic 6 July 2010
    Format:Paperback
    As soon as I see a Jeffery Deaver book i have to have it, and fortunately for my addiction I have to fly alot and so get to buy the airport exclusives.

    The Burning Wire is another part of the Lincoln Rhyme series - mixing together an old story of the watchmaker and also kathryn Dance. The story itself is rather different to the usual murder mystery, and the subject of electricity and how deadly it can be is just a fascinating thing to leaen about at the same time as keeping the story suspenseful and on edge.

    It is written in true Deaver style, with the twists and turns happening a plenty.

    For any Deaver fan, I would say that this does not disapoint in the slightest - and as for people who are new to Deaver - although you would probably be better off having read some of his earlier work to know the history and stories behind the characters, the book is still readable and enjoyable even if you havent done so - as Deaver manages to give enough detail without being repetitive for fans, or too light on the details for newbies.

    As for the ending - if you see that one coming then you should be a writer yourself! (or at the very least a detective!)
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Rhyme and reason 27 July 2010
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    The twists and turns are there as usual, though not quite so many in the middle section as the "unsub"/"perp" seems to be getting the better of Rhyme: is the omniscient criminalist, trapped in his room and his crippled body, losing his touch? In the course of the book we learn rather more than we need to know about electricity and how it can kill us, several new acronyms - and in case we complain we are given a precise definition of the word "acronym" which might at least make any such criticism of the author more precise - and the unfinished fate of the watchmaker from a previous book. Tremendous fun, with at least two surprises for us at the end, though Rhyme's second guesses of the criminal's intentions for much of the book are less brilliant than we are used to, hence four stars rather than five.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it - very typical Deaver 2 Aug. 2010
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    This was absolutely typical Deaver fare - I like it alot and learned quite a bit about electricity that I didn't know !! The only quibble I have is that the end got just to convoluted but again it is what we expect from Mr Deaver.

    It will keep you page turning and the relationships in the previous books all move forward and develop at a gentle pace that is reassuring for future novels.

    Well worth the price ticket
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Slow, boring, predictable. 20 Sept. 2010
    Format:Hardcover
    Although a big fan of Deaver's Rhyme books I have to warn you, this one is dreadful. Slow plodding plot and the characters have become so one dimensional. Suspenseful chapter endings no longer intrigue as you just KNOW that Rhyme will have figured it out and send a SWAT team (which in Deaver land are instantly available) to stop the baddy in his tracks. Time he stopped churning these out and write something different.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Deaver at his most cantankerous... 30 May 2013
    Format:Paperback
    Having been underwhelmed by the couple of Rhyme/Dance books that preceded this one, I no longer feel the same need I once used to enjoy in rushing out to buy and read the latest Deaver/Rhyme/Dance novels.

    Where Deaver once used to be original and compelling, he's now sadly becoming a carbon copy of himself with originality and excitement now in somewhat scant supply. To me, Deaver has become very age-ist over the last five years, channeling his real life bigotry against the younger, more IT savvy generation through his character - Lincoln Rhyme's - own cantankerous and increasingly tiring rants and opinions. Ron Pulaski - who has now been in the novels for years and in that time must surely have become very experienced in his own right, is still aggressively named 'the Rookie' while another young FBI character is contemptuously referred to simply as 'The Kid'. In latter day Deaver novels, it now seems certain that in his opinion, anyone under the age of thirty clearly knows nothing about nothing. Is Deaver so angry with the younger generation of writers who are now arguably more cutting edge than he is and stealing his once unrivalled thunder? It appears so.

    The sheer predictability of this novel was another low point, less the cat and mouse style plot that once graced 'The Coffin Dancer', more like below par 'Jonathan Creek'. Just how many more times is he going to instruct Amelia Sachs on walking the grid when she's been walking it for the last ten or more years? If she - and Pulaski too - don't know it by now they never surely will. As another reviewer's also said, this and the evidence charts are now simply being used as padding to disguise the fact that Deaver is running out - or in my opinion already has run out - of fresh ideas to fill a 400 plus page novel.
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