The Steel Kiss (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel) by Jeffery Deaver

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The Steel KissDeaver just keeps going, on and on, with great detective stories featuring Lincoln Rhyme and his investigative group. If you haven’t read any of these stories you probably should start further back and work your way up. But if you don’t want to do that this one is a great story by itself. Many, many interesting happenings back to back!

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Rhyme is a “retired” forensic detective with the NYPD. Although retired forced by a horrendous on duty incident which has left him about 95% paralyzed and wheelchair bound. He has recently announced that he is retired and only consults on forensic cases for insurance companies or certain police matters. However every one of his crew is trying hard to get him to return to his normal job.

Amelia Sachs, his closest aide and his lover, happens to be in a nearby mall looking for a suspected Unsub (or suspect) as a gentleman falls into the inside of a moving escalator. Although she tries to save him it is too late even though she fires a round into the controls (which comes back to haunt her) she cannot stop the accident.

As they investigate it is ascertained that someone caused the apparatus to open as the man got to that position and that someone strategically caused the death.

This begins the main story of Rhyme, Sachs, and the rest of his crew trying to catch this Unsub 40. The crew is also bolstered by another partially paralyzed lady who has been taking a class taught by Rhyme. That lady, Julie Archer, turns out to be about on the same genius level as Rhyme so she really fits in well.

All the while that the Rhyme group are trying to identify and capture Unsub 40 other cases are also occurring which are being worked on by the various members. And all of them involve chases and arrests being made on a regular basis. However Unsub 40 is proving to be more and more of a major problem. He knows that they, and particularly Sachs, are after him so he is making many moves to prevent that from happening as he does his other “chores”.

Really quite a story with a ton of action, all of which is very believable and intriguing. Readers of mysteries, get into this one!!

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