The Burial Hour

The Burial Hour

by Jeffery Deaver

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Forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet in this newest installment of Jeffrey Deaver's New York Times bestselling series.

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.

Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer...

Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away. So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Italy, Rhyme and Sachs don't hesitate to rejoin the hunt.

But the search is now a complex case of international cooperation—and not all those involved may be who they seem. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455536382
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Lincoln Rhyme Series
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 225,285
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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


Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

May 6, 1950

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

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The Burial Hour 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of my favorite Lincoln Rhyme novels. The story line was too fanciful and the reading became tedious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was as fascinating & thrilling as is usual for this brilliant author; I loved the Italian experience and look forward to the new direction this series may be taking!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual can't wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't finish. Plot was implausible. Characters were stereotypical; The valiant forestry officer, poor innocent immigrants, hard-nosed prosecutor, criminal mastermind rightwing US senator. This series has been heading downhill for awhile. I'm done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts out like all of the others in the Lincoln Rhyme series. And then quite suddenly all of the action and investigation shifts to Italy and we are suddenly confronted with a whole new cast of supporting players. The book's formula does not change but it was an abrupt transition and leaves the reader (at least me) striving to maintain that balance that came with the New York scene. And to further complicate the ending suggests that Lincoln, Thom and Amanda just might be heading to further international travel. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deaver is a great author. I have read all his books. I didn't like this took place in Italy. There was too much emphasis on their police procedure and characters. I would rather read about the Selitto and the regular crew in New York.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great story with amazing twists and turns. Hope Ercole makes a return in a future book and is promoted. So much action and loved the new location.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this Audio book from the library and loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several enjoyable twists
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting twists and insights into law enforcement in another country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has kept me up way later than I should have let it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks around for a good place to put the badger where no other animals will find it, and settles for making a hole at the bottom of a large pine tree. She starts digging and continues until it is five feet deep. She drops the badger in the hole and covers it with dirt. She goes to a stream to rinse her dirty paws off and then lays in the sun for awhile to dry her fur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read as always. Still takes me away, into the mystery. Hope we see the arms length secret government interludes in the future....we could use some justice in our world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful read Delightful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of his books and now perhaps international? Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loves_to_readLF More than 1 year ago
Really struggled to get through this one. I don't think it lived up to past Lincoln Rhyme stories. It almost seems like he didn't know where to go once things got to Italy. I hope the next one is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This brought many memories of my favorite country, Italy the plot was convoluted and the characters so very interesting. My miniscule knowledge of the language challenged me. All in all A VERY GOOD READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave it only a four. Love his writing and the complexities. However, really disliked the complete turn of all events three quarter through the book with no hints it was even going there. Not good. Kind of lacked thereafter. Would have preferred the story building to a more complete finish without the turn on a dime. An excellent writer though. Kat
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The latest Lincoln Rhyme mystery novel begins with an argument between the criminologist and his aide, Thom, about the forthcoming marriage of Rhyme and supercop Amelia Sachs. The controversy centers on where the honeymoon should take place, with unsentimental Lincoln lobbying for Greenland, where he can observe some new method or other, and Thom suggesting someplace more romantic. Then fate intervenes in the form of an abduction and an odd form of murder, a hanging with a noose made of a cello gut string. When the victim is rescued in the nick of time by Sachs, the perpetrator, a mental health escapee from an institution, apparently goes to Italy, where Sachs and Rhyme follow only to be treated shabbily by the Italian police and prosecutor. Eventually, somehow all work together to solve the mystery, only after at least three more abductions take place. Unlike previous entries in the series, forensic analysis is done by an Italian woman, albeit a capable technician, with Rhyme and Sachs only able to read the results. On the whole, this novel is less satisfying than previous books in the series. Perhaps the author strained as he based the plot on a controversial topic: cascading immigration overwhelming the country. Also, the conclusion is hardly in sync with previous novels featuring the criminologist. However, it raises the question of whether the author is preparing readers for a seismic shift in future plotting. Since there are glimmers of the old Lincoln Rhyme, this entry, as all previous ones, is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth reading . Why? Because the big plot-twist makes the premise of the book fake and the book in the end actually very uninteresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tedious at best. Story line was so convoluted and long. Finished it so disappointed.
customer2 More than 1 year ago
the worst book in the Lincoln rhyme series by far. Don't waste your money on this boring and badly written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Above book is good but, The Perfect Author is best fiction book I ever read. Really breath holding... Waiting for the next release !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago