The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme Series #9)

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Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.

The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, ...

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Overview

Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.

The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers . . . ?

Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme’s net.

Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhyme’s health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another front—and his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Dennis Drabelle
If there were a prize for the novel best suited for summer reading, my 2010 nominee would be Jeffery Deaver's The Burning Wire. It's a big, flashy stretch limo of a thriller that brings back Lincoln Rhyme and his assistant, Amelia Sachs, to stop a killer whose weapon of choice is electricity.
—The Washington Post
Marilyn Stasio
Although it's easy to get swept up in the sheer velocity of the action Rhyme's team takes to contain the escalating attacks, Deaver also makes us think hard about the deadly potential of a mysterious source of power our civilization depends on, power we arrogantly assume to be under our control.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
An explosion at a Manhattan electrical power substation that destroys a bus—followed by threats of much worse violence unless Algonquin Consolidated Power and Light meets virtually impossible demands—sparks Deaver's sterling ninth Lincoln Rhyme novel (after The Broken Window). Forensic expert Rhyme takes charge of looking into the fatal blast, aided by his partner and sometime lover, field agent Amelia Sachs, among others. Rhyme is able to glean many clues from the scant trace evidence left by the elusive killer at the crime scene. Meanwhile, Rhyme is also staying in close touch with Mexican army and police commander Rodolfo Luna, who's tracking dangerous assassin Richard Logan (aka the Watchmaker) in Mexico City. The twin investigations take an increasingly dangerous toll on quadriplegic Rhyme's precarious physical health. Not even the brilliant Rhyme can foresee the shocking twists the case will take in this electrically charged thriller. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Indefatigable prestidigitator Deaver sets quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Broken Window, 2008, etc.) against a wraithlike terrorist who's threatening to wreak havoc on New York's electrical-power grid. The first incident-within minutes, four electrical substations in Algonquin Consolidated Power's electrical grid go offline, and a fifth, carrying the enormous load of current that normally would have been divided among them all, throws off a lethal arc-attracts instant attention from the NYPD, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and of course Rhyme, who encourages his lover, Det. Amelia Sachs, to walk the crime scene looking for whatever trace evidence hasn't been destroyed. Miraculously, predictably, Sachs finds just enough to generate some slender leads. So when the malefactor sends a blustering demand that Algonquin CEO Andrea Jessen execute a rolling brownout across the city, briefly cutting the power in half, and threatening more violence if his demands aren't met, Rhyme and Co. succeed in keeping casualties down, though not eliminating them. As the clock ticks down to Earth Day and the threats continue to set deadlines for more service interruptions Algonquin refuses to meet, Deaver varies the mix with a series of off-speed pitches. The FBI's Fred Dellray purloins $100K for an informant who promises results and then takes a powder. Patrolman Ron Pulaski, panicking at the possibility that his cruiser is booby-trapped, accidentally runs down a pedestrian. From his wheelchair, Rhyme assists Mexican authorities in their pursuit of Richard Logan, the nefarious Watchmaker who escaped justice in The Cold Moon (2006). And two visitors with very different agendas offer Rhyme new options for his future. Only the canniest readers will see which of these grace notes are red herrings and which are linked in crucial ways to the case at hand. A relatively straightforward performance by the devious Deaver, with fewer open-mouthed surprises than usual, but fewer gratuitous plot twists as well. Newcomers to this celebrated series could do worse than to start here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410424747
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/7/2010
  • Series: Lincoln Rhyme Series , #9
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 745
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is the author of two collections of short stories and twenty-eight suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire.

Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently short-listed for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in North Carolina.

Biography

Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.

Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver's detour from the writing life wasn't to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third -- and current -- career. He'd fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.

Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver's first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat (1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).

Deaver's next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves (1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell's Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver's body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.

In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991's grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, "Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame."

On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, "I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues."

As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, "In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I've failed in my obligation to the readers."

Good To Know

Deaver revises his manuscripts "at least 20 or 30 times" before his publishers get to even see a version.

Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden's Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collector came next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.

Deaver's younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.

In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, "My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It's absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
    2. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 6, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
    2. Website:

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The Burning Wire

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
By Jeffery Deaver

Simon & Schuster

Copyright © 2010 Jeffery Deaver
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781439156339

Chapter 1

SITTING IN THE control center of Algonquin Consolidated Power and Light's sprawling complex on the East River in Queens, New York, the morning supervisor frowned at the pulsing red words on his computer screen.

Critical failure.

Below them was frozen the exact time: 11:20:20:003 a.m.

He lowered his cardboard coffee cup, blue and white with stiff depictions of Greek athletes on it, and sat up in his creaky swivel chair.

The power company control center employees sat in front of individual workstations, like air traffic controllers. The large room was brightly lit and dominated by a massive flat-screen monitor, reporting on the flow of electricity throughout the power grid known as the Northeastern Interconnection, which provided electrical service in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. The architecture and decor of the control center were quite modern—if the year were 1960.

The supervisor squinted up at the board, which showed the juice arriving from generating plants around the country: steam turbines, reactors and the hydroelectric dam at Niagara Falls. In one tiny portion of the spaghetti depicting these electrical lines, something was wrong. A red circle was flashing.

Critical failure . . .

“What's up?” the supervisor asked. A gray-haired man with a taut belly under his short-sleeved white shirt and thirty years' experience in the electricity business, he was mostly curious. While critical-incident indicator lights came on from time to time, actual critical incidents were very rare.

A young technician replied, “Says we have total breaker separation. MH-Twelve.”

Dark, unmanned and grimy, Algonquin Consolidated Substation 12, located in Harlem—the “MH” for Manhattan—was a major area substation. It received 138,000 volts and fed the juice through transformers, which stepped it down to 10 percent of that level, divided it up and sent it on its way.

Additional words now popped onto the big screen, glowing red beneath the time and the stark report of the critical failure.

MH-12 offline.

The supervisor typed on his computer, recalling the days when this work was done with radio and telephone and insulated switches, amid a smell of oil and brass and hot Bakelite. He read the dense, complicated scroll of text. He spoke softly, as if to himself, “The breakers opened? Why? The load's normal.”

Another message appeared.

MH-12 offline. RR to affected service area from MH-17, MH-10, MH-13, NJ-18.

“We've got load rerouting,” somebody called unnecessarily.

In the suburbs and countryside the grid is clearly visible—those bare overhead high-tension wires and power poles and service lines running into your house. When a line goes down, there's little difficulty finding and fixing the problem. In many cities, though, like New York, the electricity flows underground, in insulated cables. Because the insulation degrades after time and suffers groundwater damage, resulting in shorts and loss of service, power companies rely on double or even triple redundancy in the grid. When substation MH-12 went down, the computer automatically began filling customer demand by rerouting the juice from other locations.

“No dropouts, no brownouts,” another tech called.

Electricity in the grid is like water coming into a house from a single main pipe and flowing out through many open faucets. When one is closed, the pressure in the others increases. Electricity's the same, though it moves a lot more quickly than water—nearly 700 million miles an hour. And because New York City demanded a lot of power, the voltages—the electrical equivalent of water pressure—in the substations doing the extra work were running high.

But the system was built to handle this and the voltage indicators were still in the green.

What was troubling the supervisor, though, was why the circuit breakers in MH-12 had separated in the first place. The most common reason for a substation's breakers to pop is either a short circuit or unusually high demand at peak times—early morning, both rush hours and early evening, or when the temperature soars and greedy air conditioners demand their juice.

None of those was the case at 11:20:20:003 a.m. on this comfortable April day.

“Get a troubleman over to MH-Twelve. Could be a bum cable. Or a short in the—”

Just then a second red light began to flash.

Critical failure.
NJ-18 offline.

Another area substation, located near Paramus, New Jersey, had gone down. It was one of those taking up the slack in Manhattan-12's absence.

The supervisor made a sound, half laugh, half cough. A perplexed frown screwed into his face. “What the hell's going on? The load's within tolerances.”

“Sensors and indicators all functioning,” one technician called.

“SCADA problem?” the supervisor called. Algonquin's power empire was overseen by a sophisticated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition program, running on huge Unix computers. The legendary 2003 Northeast Blackout, the largest ever in North America, was caused in part by a series of computer software errors. Today's systems wouldn't let that disaster happen again but that wasn't to say a different computer screwup couldn't occur.

“I don't know,” one of his assistants said slowly. “But I'd think it'd have to be. Diagnostics say there's no physical problem with the lines or switchgear.”

The supervisor stared at the screen, waited for the next logical step: letting them know which new substation—or stations—would kick in to fill the gap created by the loss of NJ-18.

But no such message appeared.

The three Manhattan substations, 17, 10 and 13, continued alone in providing juice to two service areas of the city that would otherwise be dark. The SCADA program wasn't doing what it should have: bringing in power from other stations to help. Now the amount of electricity flowing into and out of each of those three stations was growing dramatically.

The supervisor rubbed his beard and, after waiting, futilely, for another substation to come online, ordered his senior assistant, “Manually move supply from Q-Fourteen into the eastern service area of MH-Twelve.”

“Yessir.”

After a moment the supervisor snapped, “No, now.”

“Hm. I'm trying.”

“Trying. What do you mean, trying?” The task involved simple keyboard strokes.

“The switchgear's not responding.”

“Impossible!” The supervisor walked down several short steps to the technician's computer. He typed commands he knew in his sleep.

Nothing.

The voltage indicators were at the end of the green. Yellow loomed.

“This isn't good,” somebody muttered. “This's a problem.”

The supervisor ran back to his desk and dropped into his chair. His granola bar and Greek athlete cup fell to the floor.

And then another domino fell. A third red dot, like a bull's-eye on a target, began to throb, and in its aloof manner the SCADA computer reported:

Critical failure.
MH-17 offline.

“No, not another one!” somebody whispered.

And, as before, no other substation stepped up to help satisfy the voracious demands of New Yorkers for energy. Two substations were doing the work of five. The temperature of the electric wires into and out of those stations was growing, and the voltage level bars on the big screen were well into the yellow.

MH-12 offline. NJ-18 offline. MH-17 offline. RR to affected service areas from MH-10, MH-13.

The supervisor snapped, “Get more supply into those areas. I don't care how you do it. Anywhere.”

A woman at a nearby control booth sat up fast. “I've got forty K I'm running through feeder lines down from the Bronx.”

Forty thousand volts wasn't much and it would be tricky to move it through feeder lines, which were meant for about a third that much voltage.

Somebody else was able to bring some juice down from Connecticut.

The voltage indicator bars continued to rise but more slowly now.

Maybe they had this under control. “More!”

But then the woman stealing power from the Bronx said in a choking voice, “Wait, the transmission's reduced itself to twenty thousand. I don't know why.”

This was happening throughout the region. As soon as a tech was able to bring in a bit more current to relieve the pressure, the supply from another location dried up.

And all of this drama was unfolding at breathtaking speeds.

700 million miles an hour . . .

And then yet another red circle, another bullet wound.

Critical failure.
MH-13 offline.

A whisper: “This can't be happening.”

MH-12 offline. NJ-18 offline. MH-17 offline. MH-13 offline. RR to affected service areas from MH-10.

This was the equivalent of a huge reservoir of water trying to shoot through a single tiny spigot, like the kind that squirts cold water out of a refrigerator door. The voltage surging into MH-10, located in an old building on West Fifty-seventh Street in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan, was four or five times normal load and growing. The circuit breakers would pop at any moment, averting an explosion and a fire, but returning a good portion of Midtown to colonial times.

“North seems to be working better. Try the north, get some juice from the north. Try Massachusetts.”

“I've got some: fifty, sixty K. From Putnam.”

“Good.”

And then: “Oh, Jesus, Lord!” somebody cried.

The supervisor didn't know who it was; everybody was staring at their screens, heads down, transfixed. “What?” he raged. “I don't want to keep hearing that kind of thing. Tell me!”

“The breaker settings in Manhattan-Ten! Look! The breakers!”

Oh, no. No. . . .

The circuit breakers in MH-10 had been reset. They would now allow through their portal ten times the safe load.

If the Algonquin control center couldn't reduce the pressure of the voltage assaulting the substation soon, the lines and switchgear inside the place would allow through a lethally high flood of electricity. The substation would explode. But before that happened the juice would race through the distribution feeder lines into belowground transformer boxes throughout the blocks south of Lincoln Center and into the spot networks in office buildings and big high-rises. Some breakers would cut the circuit but some older transformers and service panels would just melt into a lump of conductive metal and let the current continue on its way, setting fires and exploding in arc flashes that could burn to death anybody near an appliance or wall outlet.

For the first time the supervisor thought: Terrorists. It's a terror attack. He shouted, “Call Homeland Security and the NYPD. And reset them, goddamn it. Reset the breakers.”

“They're not responding. I'm locked out of MH-Ten.”

“How can you be fucking locked out?”

“I don't—”

“Is anybody inside? Jesus, if they are, get them out now!” Substations were unmanned, but workers occasionally went inside for routine maintenance and repairs.

“Sure, okay.”

The indicator bars were now into the red.

“Sir, should we shed load?”

Grinding his teeth, the supervisor was considering this. Also known as a rolling blackout, shedding load was an extreme measure in the power business. “Load” was the amount of juice that customers were using. Shedding was a manual, controlled shutdown of certain parts of the grid to prevent a larger crash of the system.

It was a power company's last resort in the battle to keep the grid up and would have disastrous consequences in the densely populated portion of Manhattan that was at risk. The damage to computers alone would be in the tens of millions, and it was possible that people would be injured or even lose their lives. Nine-one-one calls wouldn't get through. Ambulances and police cars would be stuck in traffic, with stoplights out. Elevators would be frozen. There'd be panic. Muggings and looting and rapes invariably rose during a blackout, even in daylight.

Electricity keeps people honest.

“Sir?” the technician asked desperately.

The supervisor stared at the moving voltage indicator bars. He grabbed his own phone and called his superior, a senior vice president at Algonquin. “Herb, we have a situation.” He briefed the man.

“How'd this happen?”

“We don't know. I'm thinking terrorists.”

“God. You called Homeland Security?”

“Yeah, just now. Mostly we're trying to get more power into the affected areas. We're not having much luck.”

He watched the indicator bars continue to rise through the red.

The vice president asked, “Okay. Recommendations?”

“We don't have much choice. Shed load.”

“A good chunk of the city'll go black for at least a day.”

“But I don't see any other options. With that much juice flowing in, the station'll blow if we don't do something.”

His boss thought for a moment. “There's a second transmission line running through Manhattan-Ten, right?”

The supervisor looked up at the board. A high-voltage cable went through the substation and headed west to deliver juice to parts of New Jersey. “Yes, but it's not online. It's just running through a duct there.”

“But could you splice into it and use that for supply to the diverted lines?”

“Manually? . . . I suppose, but . . . but that would mean getting people inside MH-Ten. And if we can't hold the juice back until they're finished, it'll flash. That'll kill 'em all. Or give 'em third-degrees over their entire bodies.”

A pause. “Hold on. I'm calling Jessen.”

Algonquin Consolidated's CEO. Also known, privately, as “The All-Powerful.”

As he waited, the supervisor stared at the techs surrounding him. He kept staring at the board too. The glowing red dots.

Critical failure . . .

Finally the supervisor's boss came back on. His voice cracked. He cleared his throat and after a moment said, “You're supposed to send some people in. Manually splice into the line.”

“That's what Jessen said?”

Another pause. “Yes.”

The supervisor whispered, “I can't order anybody in there. It's suicide.”

“Then find some volunteers. Jessen said you are not, understand me, not to shed load under any circumstances.”

© 2010 Jeffery Deaver

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    Series fan will want to read Rhyme's latest police procedural

    Police consultant and criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic who uses his partner in life and work Amelia Sachs as his field eyes and ears. As a team they have solved more cases than healthy cops. His biggest issue is boredom, which is the state he is in right now; wishing he was in Mexico City where his nemesis Richard "Watchmaker" Logan is giving authorities a merry chase.

    Rhyme's ennui ends when he asks to consult on another case. A substation of Algonquin Consolidated Power and Light goes off line and the computer tries to get it running by diverting power from other locales. When another substation goes black, power is diverted to the original substation that went off line. That happens several times until a wire hanging out of a substation hits a bus destroying it and killing a passenger. This was an act of sabotage and it happens two more times. With the evidence so far gathered, Lincoln thinks a disgruntled employee performed the deed as the culprit is able to control substations. HSD and FBI believe terrorists are at work due to the electronic tech they find. When Lincoln reaches the end game, he realties how wrong he has been, but has no time to wallow as he must find a way to rectify his mistake.

    Series fan will want to read Rhyme's latest police procedural because he allows the audience to get close and personal with his inner most feelings; as he must decide between euthanasia, experimental surgery or the status quo. The mystery is cleverly executed and the suspense remains high throughout with the enthralled audience consistently kept off guard. The Burning Wire is Lincoln at his most complete best.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Must Read

    The closing story of The Watchmaker is one of Deaver's best works. A TRUE PROFESSIONAL, The Watchmaker is Rhyme's nemesis, the only perp to escape Rhyme's grasp...twice! The Watchmaker is the most diabolic pro hitter since the Coffin Dancer. No target is out of reach, no job is too hard. This book is GREAT.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    The Burning Wire, an Electrifying Thriller!

    Electricity, we can't live with out it. We're as dependent on it as food, and the amount of information on electricity, the grid, and its technology in The Burning Wire reveals an enormous amount of research. I just hope none of the crazies reads it and decides to try some of the things Deaver devises. Linc works on two cases: one in Mexico with Kathryn Dance of the California Bureau of Investigation and Arturo Diaz, a commander of the Ministerial Federal Police to capture Richard Logan, the Watchmaker; and one in New York to capture and prevent an unknown perp from using the city's electrical infrastructure to kill. The target seems to be Algonquin Consolidated and its CEO Andrea, Andi, Jessen, and the motive seems to be personal, revenge for causing an employee to contract leukemia; however, things are not so simple. Lincoln, Amelia, and Ron, the Rookie, learn far more than they ever wanted to learn about electricity during the course of the investigation, and with every bit of information they learn, the stakes and tension build. Agent Fred Dellray goes contrary to character to take $100,000 of the FBI's money to pay an informant to look for leads; he feels he has lost his career when his informant fails to show. Fred's immediate superior is focused on the internet "Cloud Zone" and ignores all other avenues of investigation, including the street and Fred's CI's. The Burning Wire is truly frightening and a intense read, full of twists, turns, and mini-climaxes that end in a satisfying and hopeful conclusion. Definitely a keeper.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    All your favorites, back again

    I've been reading Deaver since the beginning, and I've always loved Lincoln Rhyme. This book was no different! Deavers twists two different cases (remember the Watchmaker?) into this thriller. I have to say the years I spent working for the power company helped me through parts of the tale, as the weapon of choice throughout the book is electricity (the Burning Wire - not a plot-buster.) Deaver's style draws you into one expectation after another; some rewarded, others not, so that the tale continues to make you guess. I wish Sachs and Dance had a stronger prescence here, but there are plenty of other well-written characters to move the tale along. Worth reading, if you've enjoyed the other Rhyme books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    I I love it so much i what to say

    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Not the Best

    This Deaver book was very very boring. I kept trying to read it hoping it would take off. Hasn't yet. I give up!

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    OUTSTANDING !!!!

    One of my FAVORITE suspense authors.
    And then add Lincoln Rhyme .... WIN WIN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Good, as always, for this genre. The characters keep adding layers in their relationships--a good thing.

    Deaver makes his characters come alive and manages to convey the action in a way that I doubt could ever be captured in a film! He somehow makes the tenseness leap off the page and into your mind. Perhaps the sign of a well-written mystery/thriller. Loved the "dangling participial" of whether or not Lincoln will go for broke in his recovery and what will be the ultimate outcome? I never miss a new Lincoln Rhyme. Also always timely in the crime du jour. Well researched, too.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    There are no words to describe how awesome this book is!!!

    It took me a long time to get through this book because I haven't had a lot of time to read lately but like any Lincoln Rhyme novel it was fantastic and I learned a lot like I usually do reading his books.

    The best thing about Jeffery Deaver is the simple fact that he is unparalleled in complex multi-layered plots. Some forensic novels can get overwhelming in the science. Some of his earlier novels in the series would do that because it was all new but at this point in the series it's more about the characters and catching the bad guys.

    More than once I felt myself holding my breath in suspense and once again he surprised me at the ending.

    Amazing author and amazing book. If you like this series it's a MUST READ.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Jeffery+Deaver+at+his+best.

    Another+episode+with+Lincoln+Rhyme+and+Amanda+Sachs.+Set+in+New+York+City+and+centered+around+the+power+grid+that+we+all+rely+upon+and+it%27s+potential+as+a+terrorist+or+assasin%27s+tool.+Mr.+Deaver+never+fails+to+keep+me+entertained+and+guessing+with+his+well+planned+plots.+I+look+forward+to+his+next+novel+as+I+have+since+%22The+Bone+Collecter%22.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Great Read!

    fasr paced, entertaining. Lincoln Ryhme books are always enthralling.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Disapointing.

    This may make me say "Goodby" to Jeffrey Deaver. I usually like the Lincoln Rhyme novels.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Good book!

    I love the Lincoln Rhyme series and while I liked some other of Deaver's books better, this was still a really good read. I enjoyed the suspense and also the dialogue between Rhyme and the other characters. Interesting look into how exactly electricity works. I would recommend all of Deaver's novels as well as the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. You may also enjoy Night over Water by Ken Follet and the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Not worth buying.

    When I saw this was a Lincoln Rhyme book, I bought it before reading the subject matter. It requires the knowledge of college level courses regarding electricity to understand the plot of this book. What has happened to Jeffrey Deaver? He is also writing Rhyme as obnoxious, petty, and close to being verbally abusive to everyone, including Amelia. Perhaps this book could have been saved if he had stopped with the explanation of all things electrical, and written more depth to his characters. I'm not sure if I will read another Deaver novel

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

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    not that great

    I'm quite disappointed in this latest Jeffery Deaver. I read it today but could not deal with the last 15 pages. I miss his older style, ideas and maybe I'm slightly over Rhyme and Sachs? I am taking a JD break and will stick to getting him in paperback from now on...

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

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    Hardly A Shocker

    For me, this book was a slog of a read. I skipped over most of the dreary details that only a lineman needs to know, and still found little to like in the story. Too bad they killed off that guy from Scottsdale, he was one of the few likable characters.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    It has a good hook.

    Deaver's latest hooks the reader early with the power of electricity and is an enjoyable read. I got a bit bogged down in the middle with 90 some pages of forensic/CSI minutiae that loses my interest when it's the primary focus. He is a master with plots and outlines, but I wish he'd spend more time writing and developing characters--I want to root for Rhyme more but he's mostly a surly crab while Sachs is so emotionless. I found myself wanting more of the villain while we trudged through the nerdy CSI stuff that you know won't lead to his capture. I love his multiple plot twists. A good novel overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    A good beach or rainy day read!

    This novel is entertaining and provides great escapism. It's not necessarily something to keep in the permanent library, but it is a book you might share with friends and is definitely a book for Lincoln Rhyme fans! The characters are those that we are familiar with and have come to enjoy. Expect a fast-paced thriller and you won't be disappointed. For those who have never read Deaver - I think you'll find a new author to enjoy, however, I suggest reading some of the earlier books featuring Lincoln Rhyme. You'll appreciate the characters, their development and story-line more if you read some of the other stories first.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    Captures the Reader

    The new Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs thriller captures the attention of the reader immediately as you imagine what could happen if some evil mastermind took over the electricity in the U.S. This is a book that you can't put down until you finish it...and the Nook's power lasted all the way to the very satisfying end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    Ridiculous Story

    The Burning Wire has got to have the most ridiculous plot ever. Not even Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn ever came up with using electricity as a weapon of death. Please Jeffery Deaver stop the technodribble because its getting silly.

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