I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
Series: Lincoln Rhyme #10
Published by Grand Central Publishing on June 4th 2013
Genres: Detective, Mystery, Thriller
Source: the Publisher
Also by this author: A Textbook Case, The October List, The Skin Collector
It was a "million-dollar bullet," a sniper shot delivered from over a mile away. Its victim was no ordinary mark: he was a United States citizen, targeted by the United States government, and assassinated in the Bahamas.
The nation's most renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate. While his partner, Amelia Sachs, traces the victim's steps in Manhattan, Rhyme leaves the city to pursue the sniper himself. As details of the case start to emerge, the pair discovers that not all is what it seems.
When a deadly, knife-wielding assassin begins systematically eliminating all evidence--including the witnesses--Lincoln's investigation turns into a chilling battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer.
Once again, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs have been asked to help investigate a crime, yet this is one of their hardest to date. The victim is a United States citizen that had been recently targeted by the U.S. Government and is found to be assassinated in the Bahamas. The biggest problem they face is the complete lack of evidence and the fact that someone appears to be two steps ahead of them and is going back and covering up their tracks by destroying evidence and eliminating witnesses.
‘He didn’t believe he’d ever had a case like this, where the evidence was so fragmentary and sparse. Bits, scraps, observations, 180-degree changes in direction. Nothing else…’
As is common with Jeffery Deaver novels, the mystery is intricate and detailed and unfurls slowly building in intensity with each turned page. These details may seem superfluous but are simply small pieces of a very large puzzle. I really loved the complexity of this mystery though and how despite the lack of major evidence even the smallest pieces inevitably helped solve the mystery regardless. The Kill Room focuses mainly on political reasoning and while I wasn’t completely sold on the premise, it still was an impressively detailed mystery.
‘I have a bad feeling about this one, Rhyme…’
While I thoroughly enjoy having the story told from the point-of-view of Lincoln Rhyme as his ability to solve crimes based on seemingly inconsequential evidence is uncanny, the switch-up in points-of-view between him and the man they’re hunting for was the perfect touch. It definitely added an unsettling touch as this ‘bad guy’ is incredibly disturbing.
Yet another palpable mystery from an incredibly talented crime writer, The Kill Room proves that this series is far from losing steam.