The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme Series #10)

The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme Series #10)

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by Jeffery Deaver, Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini
     
 

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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,

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Deaver returns to his popular Lincoln Rhyme series with this latest installment that finds Rhyme and his partner heading to the Bahamas to investigate the murder of an American citizen by the United States government. Narrated by the trio of Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, and Edoardo Ballerini, the novel comes to life via a series of inspired performances, each as convincing and entertaining as the last. Snyder shines in the lead role, but LaVoy and Ballerini also bend and twist their vocal cords to realistically portray the book’s characters. This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. A Grand Central hardcover. (June)
From the Publisher
"Not even the brilliant Rhyme can foresee the shocking twists the case will take in this electrically charged thriller."—Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review) on The Burning Wire

"A taut psychological thriller from a masterful crime writer, proving Deaver just gets better with each new novel."—June 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads list on The Burning Wire

"This eighth novel featuring quadriplegic forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme is one of Deaver's best...Deaver has outdone himself."—The Globe and Mail on The Broken Window

"Deaver's scarily believable depiction of identity theft in a total-surveillance society stokes our paranoia. A -."—Entertainment Weekly on The Broken Window

"One of the most unnerving of Deaver's eight novels featuring his quadriplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme."—New York Times on The Broken Window

"Rhyme is one of the mystery genre's most interesting and out-of-the-ordinary series leads...As always, Deaver's dialogue is exceptionally realistic, and his plotting is devilishly intricate. Recommended for fans of the Rhyme novels (naturally) and readers who like their thrillers laced with wit and sharp characterizations."—Booklist on The Broken Window

The Globe and Mail on The Broken Window
"This eighth novel featuring quadriplegic forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme is one of Deaver's best...Deaver has outdone himself."
New York Times on The Broken Window
"One of the most unnerving of Deaver's eight novels featuring his quadriplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme."
Library Journal - Audio
10/01/2013
Deaver's (The Burning Wire) cerebral criminal expert, wheelchair-bound Lincoln Rhyme, here investigates the murder of a prominent anti-American radio commentator in the Bahamas, and all of the clues point to a government-sanctioned hit. As he gets closer to the truth, Rhyme finds himself in extreme danger, and the conclusion is convoluted, complex, and highly emotional. The ethics of drone strikes and the control of the government over virtually every aspect of our lives is hotly debated and highly relevant. This is Deaver at his best, and the trio of readers—Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, and Edoardo Ballerini—do an excellent job of voicing a multitude of characters and of keeping the suspense thrumming until the very end. VERDICT The built-in fan base for the series will welcome this selection; a high-interest item in all public libraries.—Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA
Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Deaver’s extremely timely 10th Lincoln Rhyme novel (after 2010’s The Burning Wire), Rhyme, partner Amelia Sachs, and other regulars conduct a highly irregular investigation that points up the moral ambiguities involved in what are euphemistically called STOs (Special Task Orders). At issue is the killing of a U.S. citizen, Roberto Moreno, who’s been operating as an anti-American crusader in the Bahamas. Shreve Metzger, the director of the National Intelligence and Operations Service (NIOS), a secret government organization, ordered the hit from NIOS headquarters in Manhattan. A.D.A. Nance Laurel is determined to prosecute those responsible for Moreno’s murder. Rhyme and Sachs engage in a continuously exciting game of cat-and-mouse with a host of adversaries, including sadistic killer Jacob Swann, at the same time they face important personal decisions. This is Deaver at his very best and not to be missed by any thriller fan. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (June)
The Military Press
"The Kill Room is very powerful in its exploration of current issues...This book is a page-turner with nothing as it seems to be, culminating in many surprise endings."
The Huffington Post
"If this contemporary story doesn't get your pulse racing, your head spinning and your adrenaline pumping then nothing will....If you are a person who enjoys a tight, twisted, terrific crime thriller which also has a personal story woven into it then you have to read Jeffery Deaver. He is one of the best writers on the scene today. His talent will knock your socks off."
Associated Press Staff
"Jeffery Deaver has written an ace thriller to keep readers guessing and gasping with his latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, "The Kill Room." A master magician with words, Deaver misdirects with one tale while what's really going on is just off the reader's radar...The numerous twists and turns in "The Kill Room" are so fast and furious that by the novel's end, the reader will be dizzy - and clamoring for more."
RT Book Reviews
"Deaver delivers a dark tale of espionage, patriotism and egos as his clever detective puts the pieces of an intricately drawn jigsaw together while a killer targets his investigation."
June 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads list on The Burning Wire
"A taut psychological thriller from a masterful crime writer, proving Deaver just gets better with each new novel."
Entertainment Weekly on The Broken Window
"Deaver's scarily believable depiction of identity theft in a total-surveillance society stokes our paranoia. A -."
Booklist on The Broken Window
"Rhyme is one of the mystery genre's most interesting and out-of-the-ordinary series leads...As always, Deaver's dialogue is exceptionally realistic, and his plotting is devilishly intricate. Recommended for fans of the Rhyme novels (naturally) and readers who like their thrillers laced with wit and sharp characterizations."
Library Journal
Lincoln Rhyme and partner Amelia Sachs investigate a controversial, politically charged case involving the assassination in the Bahamas of a U.S. citizen at the behest of the director of the National Intelligence and Operations Service (NIOS). Although Moreno, a New York City resident, long harbored hatred for the U.S. exploitation of the Central and South American economies, Nance Laurel, the New York assistant district attorney, will not permit the U.S. government to abuse, ignore, and avoid the law; hence, the extensive search for witnesses. However, NIOS director Shreve Metzger learns of the investigation and, in turn, orders his assassin, Jacob Swann, to systematically minimize and/or eliminate anyone aware of his Special Task Order. Using his unique and deadly knife-wielding skills, Swann willingly assumes his task—turning the search into a cold-blooded battle of revenge. Readers may wonder: Who will become Swann's next victim? VERDICT Particularly in this 11th Lincoln Rhyme thriller (after The Burning Wire), fans will appreciate Deaver's customary detailing of each plot sequence, thereby heightening their anticipation of the upcoming clincher. Thriller aficionados will be lining up for this one. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/12.]—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Lincoln Rhyme goes geopolitical. A mile away from a high-caliber rifle, anti-American activist Roberto Moreno falls dead in his Bahamas retreat, along with his guard and a reporter who was interviewing him. Nance Laurel, the New York assistant district attorney who's convinced that the assassinations were the work of an undercover government agency, invites quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his NYPD lover, Amelia Sachs, to investigate. As usual, the case poses special challenges. The murder scene, presumably awash in forensic evidence, is over a thousand miles from Rhyme's wheelchair, and the Bahamian police aren't eager to share their information. The sinister National Intelligence and Operations Service has already issued orders to liquidate its next target in only a week. NIOS hireling Jacob Swann and another unnamed killer are methodically eliminating evidence and witnesses before they can tell their stories. Even when Rhyme improbably decides to fly to the Bahamas and into a far more generic sort of adventure than his usual--getting stonewalled by uncooperative cops, getting waylaid by hired killers, getting suntanned--the rewards are slim, for he finds crime-scene tape gone from the room where Moreno and the others died; it is being cleaned and painted as he watches (a nice touch). And of course, Deaver, who can't resist any opportunity for ingenuity (XO, 2012, etc.), keeps mixing fastballs, curveballs and change-ups. Even though there are so few suspects, and the guilty parties are so obvious, veteran readers won't trust a single fact until it's been triple-checked, and maybe not even then. Deaver's sleight of hand, so effective on the homefront, carries less weight in a world of international counterterrorism in which it's a given that everybody's trying to kill or discredit everybody else. It's still magic, but it's harder to care when everyone is a magician.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619696365
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Lincoln Rhyme Series, #10
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 5.54(h) x 1.54(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at www.JefferyDeaver.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
May 6, 1950
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
Website:
http://www.jefferydeaver.com/

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The Kill Room 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 127 reviews.
DonWilke More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Deaver is a brilliant author. I love his books and this one doesn't disappoint.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Just when you think you have it figured,you don't. Lincoln is the superhero of the handicapped as he uses his condition as a strength. Plot is somewhat convoluted but that is the power of the narrative. Hope Mr. Deaver can conjure up more challlenges for this unusual and super competent team. Excellent Read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All in all, a great work of fiction. The character development was excellent. The story arc was easy to follow and riveting.
BlueForever More than 1 year ago
I'm giving it below Average probably only because I expect better regarding Lincoln Rhyme stories. I don't understand what other reviewers are referring to about the twists and turns because I found this book very boring. Seemed to be filled up a lot with explanations about intricacies of guns and those lists of evidence. I didn't find this book engrossing and I laboured to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WAS an avid fan of Jeffery Deaver - not any more. This was his worst novel. The story was just plain silly, poorly written and full of inconsistencies and major flaws. The past Lincoln Rhyme novels have been engrossing, well written and intelligent. This novel had none of those characteristics. I wouldn't waste my time reading it. Such a disappointment from what was one of my favorite authors. It reminded me of a very poorly written, made-for-TV movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has a good plot but it is much too long and wordy. A little complicated compared to his other work. I also zoned out every time the "chef" references were thrown each time his knife was in play. Snoozer...
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Kill Room is the tenth full-length novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series by American author, Jeffery Deaver. Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs and the team are asked to assist in the case of an assassination, but the case has political implications. Assistant DA, Nance Laurel is determined to get a conviction against Shreve Metzger, the head of the Washington-sanctioned National Intelligence and Operations Service, for authorising the shooting of an out-spoken anti-American activist in his hotel room in the Bahamas on insufficient evidence of potential threat.  With no crime scene to examine, and virtually no cooperation from the Bahamian Police, Rhyme and Sachs find it difficult to make progress. And keeping their investigation under wraps is difficult as the NIOS seems to have inside information: possible witnesses and sources are being eliminated even as the team are on their way to investigate, and soon, it seems, members of the team themselves are also in danger.  This instalment touches on several topical themes: the ethics of pe-emptive strike; anger management; the selective dissemination of information; and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Deaver has Rhyme travelling to the Bahamas, but handles this much more realistically than Patterson’s excursion to Africa for Alex Cross. There is a wealth of information about knives, guns and bullets, as well as quite a bit on recipes and cooking. Deaver will need to have his own legal team at the ready: there are so many twists and turns in both plot and characters that some reader is bound to sue for whiplash injury. He gives the reader several exciting climaxes and a truly ruthless killer, but nothing is quite what it first seems in this Deaver page-turner. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs will not be disappointed. Well written with all the twists and turns expected with a Lincoln Rhyme story. All the clues are there for you to figure this out, but you likely won't. I could have done without the short lecture on the second amendment, but overall very much enjoyed this latest chapter in the Rhyme series.
sandymi More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but not as good as some of the others I have read. It didn't seem to have as much action as some of his other books and it got rather long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a far cry from the familiar and engaging Lincoln Rhyme series, which I love. It's as if somebody else wrote it and not very well. After 1 week and only 168 pages, it's still very hard to believe in the characters or care about the story. Formulaic and ineffective. It's a surprising disappointment.
Larryb52 More than 1 year ago
Just. Ok
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Annefj More than 1 year ago
This story moved along swiftly, the plot was beautifully thought out and the characters, as always, wonderful and interesting. I'm trying not to "binge out" and read them all too quickly so there'll be some more to look forward to.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
He has written much better novels. A pity he was out of form. Maybe he should find a better editor.
Tracey_R More than 1 year ago
A little different as far as Rhyme and Sachs stories but it was good.
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customer2 More than 1 year ago
This book was very cheesy and boring. Would not recommend. Also it is overly predictable and tries to hard to seem like an adult novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one with Lincoln & Amelia!!
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Liberal agenda. Deavers, stick with fiction and not your stupid political views.
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