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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340937289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340937280
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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'Deaver can be relied on to deliver high tension - in this case it comes in every sense of the expression.' (The Times)

'A no-holds-barred page-turner. One of the masters of the thriller art, it's no surprise Deaver's been chosen to write a new James Bond for 2011.' (Daily Mail)

Jeffery Deaver is something of a summer tradition for thriller fans, and a Lincoln Rhyme novel makes for a bumper year. The iconic detective is back for a ninth time in THE BURNING WIRE, and everything else we love is there too: New York setting, accurate to the very street - check! Pages of (literally) forensic detail - check! And a killer more devious and gruesome than even last year's - check! Deaver's pacy prose is addictive enough to result in dreadful sunburn if read on the beach, so approach with caution. (Independent on Sunday)

'Ingenious plotting is combined with ample helpings of information, about both New York's infrastructure and the hero's disability' (Sunday Times)

'Brilliant . . . it's easy to get swept up in the sheer velocity of the action' (Scotsman)

'The art of writing blockbuster thrillers is not easily mastered but Deaver has it at his fingertips. One of his specialities is the out-of-left-field revelation and The Burning Wire is brimming with them.' (Daily Express)

'With 26 novels to his name Deaver is an old hand at delivering the goods . . . he still does it better than most, whacking his readers with a neat one-two plot twist as they enter the final straight.' (Observer Thriller of the Month)

'Deaver is a master of misdirection and the plot will keep you guessing to the end. A powerful read indeed.' (Evening Standard)

'[An] electrically charged thriller.' (Publishers Weekly starred review)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs on 22 Aug 2010
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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 By Louise Hampshire on 6 July 2010
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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 By John Grimbaldeston on 27 July 2010
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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 By A. Mccoll on 2 Aug 2010
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 4 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
Someone is using the electical grid system in New York to murder people. Lincoln Rhyme, along with the FBI, the NYPD, and Homeland Security are trying to track the killer down, before they strike again.

The Burning Wire gets off to a fast start, as a small urban power station is overloaded causing an arc flash to kill a passerby. The story is very exciting for the first 100 or so pages, and the characters of Rhyme, Sachs etc, are solid. However, as the story progressed I felt it became a bit 'bogged down'. Overall, it is not a bad thriller, but not one of the better ones in this series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Newstead VINE VOICE on 29 July 2010
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After reading the Roadside Crosses I was happy to see Lincoln Rhyme back with a bang after reading the first few pages of the Burning Wire at the back of the book.
However getting further into the book I kept thinking I needed some sort of degree in electricity and the laws of electrocution. Where as the book is enjoyable enough there is too much unnecessary detail about the dangers of electricity turning half the book into a Health & Safety manual. I liked some of the twists and turns but felf that the last twist was a bit of a cop out and come on has Lincoln not been in this place before asking whether he should go through with the op. Deaver please go bring back the style and class of your early 2 especially the Coffin Dancer which was superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry. Partridge on 20 Sep 2010
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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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In many ways, this is trademark Deaver. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, together with the usual support cast, including Kathryn Dance, are up against an ingenious criminal, using the power of electricity to wreak havoc in New York. The plot is typically very tense and captivates the reader quickly. There is a huge amount of technical information, but this adds to the drama rather than being dry. It also draws on a previous case, the Watchmaker. There are, again typically, many twists, but the main one is perhaps more predictable than many of those in other Deaver novels. This doesn't undermine the drama, however, There are also a number of interesting sub-plots, including Fred Dellray's anxiety about his ongoing usefulness in light of more technical means of gathering information, Ron Pulaski faces personal trauma, and Rhyme's own physical condition is more to the fore than it has been for a while.
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