The Cutting Edge (Lincoln Rhyme Series #14)

The Cutting Edge (Lincoln Rhyme Series #14)

by Jeffery Deaver

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Coming soon to NBC as Lincoln, starring Russell Hornsby and Arielle Kebbel.

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City to investigate a triple murder and confront a killer terrorizing couples at their happiest--and most vulnerable in this explosive New York Times bestseller.

In the early hours of a quiet, weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems, but engaged couples themselves.
The Promisor vows to take the lives of men and women during their most precious moments--midway through the purchase of an engagement ring, after a meeting with a wedding planner, trying on the perfect gown for a day that will never come. The Promisor arrives silently, armed with knife or gun, and a time of bliss is transformed, in an instant, to one of horror.
Soon the Promiser makes a dangerous mistake: leaving behind an innocent witness, Vimal Lahori, a talented young diamond cutter, who can help Rhyme and Sachs blow the lid off the case. They must track down Vimal before the killer can correct his fatal error. Then disaster strikes, threatening to tear apart the very fabric of the city--and providing the perfect cover for the killer to slip through the cracks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455536412
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Lincoln Rhyme Series , #14
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,057
File size: 2 MB

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 Cutting Edge (Signed Book) (Lincoln Rhyme Series #14) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love Lincoln Rhyme, but there were so many twists in this one that it lost me. Also, what was the stuff the clock was made of, is it real, and why such a seriously abrupt ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the Lincoln Rhyme I love to read. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but every time I read one of the books I can only think off Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Hopefully the next segment with the watchmaker comes out soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Used to love the Lincoln R. series....but they have become cookie-cutter ... even the innumerable plot twists are contrived and pretty predictable.
Anonymous 11 hours ago
Very good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry to see this book end. Great characters, always evolving in this series. Just when you thin is over another twist ties it all together. Can’t wait for the next book In this series. Jeffery Deaver is a gifted writer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Impressed with the plots within plots and the old nemesis behind it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I've read by this author, but won't ne the last. Complicated, fast-paced, and utterly engrossing.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
The Cutting Edge is the new book in the Lincoln Rhyme series and, as always, it is a thrilling read. The plot is cleverly written and even if it's not fast paced or an easy read it is easy to follow the story line. I enjoyed to re-connect with the old characters and to learn a few new names.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
What starts off as a murder mystery turns into a multi-faceted conspiracy in the latest Lincoln Rhyme novel. It begins with the murder of a prominent diamond cutter in the heart of New York’s jewelry district on 47th Street, although the murderer apparently left behind a small fortune in gems, so the motive remains obscure. A young apprentice walks in during the murder and is shot at but is saved when the bullet hits a bag filled with rocks instead. Subsequent murders take place, ostensibly by a psycho who is out to save diamonds from being defaced as engagement rings and who trails young couples in the act of making purchases and killing them. Meanwhile Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are analyzing the few clues available and seeking to locate the apprentice, who is hiding from view. Then a series of explosions take place, believed to be earthquakes in the heart of Brooklyn. And as a sidelight, Rhyme agrees for the first time to assist a defendant, a murderous Mexican drug lord on trial in Federal court for illegal entry and murder, by reviewing the evidence in the hope of establishing an error. This gives he author another chance to fool the reader with another twist. Of course, the whole plot is premised on Mr. Deaver’s ability to surprise readers by leading them down a path only to divert them finally by revealing something else in the end. The series is long- standing and always diverting, especially when forensics are analyzed and explained. Recommended.
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
Any new Lincoln Rhyme book is a cause for celebration. However, too much information about diamonds makes The Cutting Edge one of the least interesting books in the long-running series. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are chasing a serial killer targeting engaged couples in The Cutting Edge, the 14th book in the series. A diamond cutter and the engaged couple in his shop are killed but only a few diamonds are stolen. The diamond cutter appears to have been tortured. In addition, there is evidence that someone walked in on the scene and was wounded by the killer and then left the scene. The novel just adds more and more plot twists and turns until its conclusion. Usually I adore Mr. Deaver’s books. I was so happy to have received the digital ARC of The Cutting Edge. However, this particular book in the series left me shrugging my shoulders. Some of the motivations seemed contrived. I saw the final twist coming about 100 pages before it was revealed. The author obviously did a lot of research into diamond mining, cutting and grading. While that is great, I don’t need to read all of it. There was a large quantity of information that I just skimmed because it didn’t interest me. I realize that the author wouldn’t necessarily know what would interest me personally (like the US spends $40 billion on diamonds each year, which is a full 50% of the world’s sales). However, 30% of the book reads like a non-fiction book about the diamond trade and none of that information is needed to solve the mystery. Without revealing any spoilers, there were several twists in the book that I was genuinely surprised by and the characters were different from the usual police procedural suspects. Overall, The Cutting Edge deserves 4 stars. Thanks to the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well depicted characters, constant suspense and circuitous plot twists that kept me up much too late. Read at your own risk.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
I can always count on Jefferey Deaver to deliver a well-written crime novel where nothing is at it seems. If you have read Deavers previous books, then you know what I mean. That is why I suspected that not everything is what it seemed when everything seemed to go smoothly in the book. Newly married Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are tasked with finding not only a crazed killer that seemed to be targeting couples that are to be married but also a witness to the first crime. A triple murder in Manhattan's Diamond District. Of course, this is not easy tasks, the killer is maiming and killing his way and looking for the young witness while the witness tries to get away from the town. And, this is just a small fraction of the story. And, the rest of it well spoilers! It's darn hard to review a book like this because there are so many things going on that you just need to find out for yourself when you read the book. All I can say that Jeffrey Deaver has done it again! As usual! The book is thick, but never boring, filled with fabulous twist and an absolutely marvelous ending. Kind of cliffhanger-ish, but still a satisfying ending. I had a blast reading this book and it's a series that keep going strong with each book deliver a satisfying story. I can't wait to read the next book! If you have never read a Jeffery Deaver book before, then I urge you to do so. Start with the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series, The Bone Collector!
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
What do I think of this book? It's complicated. Mostly, I'm talking about the plot. It's sort of like hiking in the woods and, just when you think you see the end of the trail, it veers off in another direction. Bodies turn up on different street corners, motives and suspects change almost by the chapter and friends turn out to be enemies. All this action keeps police consultant and quadriplegic Lincoln Rhymes and his partner (on and off the job) Amelia Sachs on their toes - and me on the edge of my seat. That's not to say the action is nonstop; in fact, there's plenty of detail here, in character development, technology and historical background (in other words, there's no shortage of evidence that the author has done extensive research). I'll admit that once in a while that drifted a little closer to the too much information line than I'd like, but on the other hand, I'm always open to getting educated on subjects I know little about. In this case, it's primarily the diamond industry. In fact, that's where the complex story begins; in a Manhattan diamond-cutter's back-street shop, where the owner and a couple of customers are murdered in rather brutal fashion. An apparent witness - a young man who worked for the owner - somehow escapes, notifies the police and disappears into the wind. Lincoln and Amelia are called in (she, physically, and he, mentally from his technology-rich apartment). Together, they determine, surprisingly given the [diamond] setting, that robbery doesn't seem to be the motive. Rather, the killer - dubbed the Promisor - was targeting the couple themselves (a conclusion reached when other couples are attacked in similar fashion). He - closed-circuit photos prove it's a man - apparently has some kind of kinky fixation with diamonds, making brides-to-be who boast rocks on the third fingers of their left hands high on his hit list. Another angle involves construction of a geothermal energy facility, complete with a tie-in to local earthquakes, gas line ruptures and more deaths. Still another is the upcoming trial of a dangerous criminal Lincoln and Sachs helped to nail awhile back; now, though, he may find himself on the other side of the fence (not to mention in a sticky situation with police colleagues). Should you think that's enough for one book, just wait, there's more: A shaky relationship between the runaway apprentice, his set-in-his-traditional ways father and his girlfriend that's causing all kinds of trauma. More than that I won't reveal, except to say that by the last page the loose ends are tidied up (well, most of them, anyway). And this: Congratulations on another 5-star entry in a stellar series!
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
The Cutting Edge – Jeffrey Deaver I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back in another complex mystery – this one involving the diamond industry. This novel opens as a young couple are arriving at a quiet Midtown New York building to see a reticent jeweler/diamond cutter, who has created the perfect engagement ring for them. All of a sudden, an armed assailant enters the suite, and both the couple and the artisan are found dead moments later by a young associate, Vimal, who narrowly escapes being mortally wounded himself. Soon, Lincoln Rhyme and his investigative crew are asked to assist with the Diamond District murders, and Amelia’s first run of the grid at the crime scene leaves her with more questions than answers. Then another murder attempt takes place, by an assailant seemingly fixed on the diamonds that the women are wearing, and their relationship to mother Earth. From there the novel gains complexity, as Lincoln is asked to consult for the defense for a known Mexican cartel leader, whose team of attorneys feel that he is being set up and that Lincoln can help prove their case. Meanwhile a local geological project is creating dissention, and a series of mini earthquakes and gas leaks begin to plague the city. Are these all separate incidents? Or are they all somehow related? Lincoln, Amelia and his criminalist team seek answers as ‘Unsub 47’ continues to elude them, Vimal goes on the run, and danger lurks ever closer to home, culminating in an ending that you’ll never see coming!! Jeffrey Deaver is a master storyteller, and his latest does not disappoint!! Fabulous read, as always!!! And a great lesson in the diamond industry, carats, and cutting as well!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite, but an overall good effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Lincoln Rhyme story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just great to read! Ahh......well written, yes, a true delight. Characters developed and interesting. Plot complex, informative, enticing. So very, very pleasent to read a good book. Enjoy! Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived for a good 40 years across the street from the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse. There is no second story to the coffee shop that overlooks it. With that cavil, I can recommend it highly to those who favor rococo complexity in their crime fiction.