The fifth Lincoln Rhyme thriller - and a world of magic and illusion.
Jeffery Deaver was a lawyer before quitting work to become a full-time writer.
Deaver's latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller (following The Stone Monkey) is pure magic. The killer is a master magician who murders his victims in the style of classic magic acts. He is also able to change his appearance at will and plants evidence at the murder scenes to mislead the police. It is up to Rhyme and his paramour, cop Amelia Sachs, to sort out the few real clues from the manufactured ones. With the help of an amateur magician, they learn the inner workings of the magician's trade while trying to determine where the killer will strike next. But the evidence leads to wild goose chases, as the killer decides to perform a special act just for Rhyme. Deaver is a master of manipulation, and the story displays his writing talents perfectly. The killer is the best adversary that Deaver has created, and this novel should easily vanish from the shelves. Highly recommended for most popular fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/02.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
'The best psychological thriller writer around' - The Times 'Teeth-chattering suspense' - Daily Mail 'Stunning' Scotsman 'This is Deaver as his followers expect him to be, crackling and compulsive' Publishing News
Fans of Deaver know that he works storytelling magic in his thrillers, not just the Lincoln Rhyme tales (The Stone Monkey, etc.) but also the stand-alones (The Blue Nowhere, etc.). It's fitting, then, that in his new, giddily entertaining story about quadriplegic crime fighter Rhyme, he casts as his villain a professional illusionist-and an apprentice magician as assistant to Rhyme and Rhyme's cop sidekick-lover, Amelia Sachs. The novel opens with the murder of a young female student at a music school on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Caught in the act, the killer vanishes from a sealed room. Forensic and eyewitness clues point to a culprit with magic training; looking for expert help, Sachs encounters an aspiring illusionist, who goes by the stage name of Kara, who agrees to help her and Rhyme. The villain-revealed in passages from his POV as "Malerick," soon identified as a world-class magician with a serious ax to grind-commits further mayhem (including an attack on Rhyme), which looks like steps toward an act of consummate revenge. A subplot about a white power demagogue's attempt to assassinate the Manhattan D.A. who's prosecuting him grows to involve Malerick, giving the storyline twists-and twists and twists, through Deaver's masterful sleight of hand. Further subplots concerning Sachs's attempt to attain a sergeant's ranking, and Kara's relationship with her stroke-addled mother, as well as the customary difficulties of Rhyme's condition, add ballast to the gyrating main story line, rich in magic lore and lingo. This is prime Deaver. (Mar. 11) Forecast: With a 300,000 first printing, plus Deaver's ever-growing reputation, booksellers should expect magic with this title, as they stock it on shelves only to see it disappear in the blink of an eye. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.