Friday, July 29, 2016

THE STEEL KISS by Jeffery Deaver [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library New Books shelf, audio book

Description: This is book #13 in the Lincoln Rhyme series.  Rhyme is a quadriplegic forensic criminalist.  He works with Amelia Sachs, a NYPD detective.  In this book, he is retired and working on a civil case.  He discovers his civil case is related to the criminal case currently being investigated by Sachs.

Plot:  An escalator malfunctions, causing a death.  Rhyme works with the attorney hired by the victim's family, to build a case against the escalator manufacturer and others.  Meanwhile, Sachs is trying to discover the identity of a brilliant serial killer who uses common everyday objects as murder weapons.  Rhyme and Sachs learn the same person is responsible for both cases.  Quite a few plot twists. Several sub-plots, at least one of which really didn't add much to the story.

Characterization: All the characters are reasonably well-developed, altho this is the 13th book in the series so they aren't as fully developed as they could have been.  Most readers will know these characters from previous books.

Setting:  New York City.  Nicely described.

Other:  This author is really good at taking current events and headlines and turning them into excellent stories.  This book was narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and he did an excellent job, definitely added to the characterization and the story.

Overall:  Good story.  I thought one of the plot twists was a bit too unrealistic and seemed like a cheat.  If the author had given at least one well-concealed hint of this possibility earlier in the story, it wouldn't have come over so much as a cheat.  Also, it seemed there was one too many sub-plots.

Grade: B+

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