Publication Date: Available Now from Hodder and Staughton
Source: Review Copy
The only leads in a broad-daylight kidnapping are the account of an eight-year-old girl, some nearly invisible trace evidence and the calling card: a miniature noose left lying on the street. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.
Then 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, 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. All they can do is follow the evidence, before their time runs out.
Book 13 in the Lincoln Rhyme series then, unlucky for some but not it seems for Jeffery Deaver who has written another page turner featuring his fascinating and fun characters Lincoln and Amelia.
The Burial Hour takes them out of the country and out of the comfort zone, but all else remains the same as far as quality goes – again wonderfully engaging forensic detail and a twisted mystery that keeps you guessing. Added to that there was Ercole Benelli, an Italian character that I rather loved.
There’s a change in atmosphere as we hit political issues and in this story the author tackles some very current issues, as well as weaving an intense and clever mystery that works on many levels. I’ve always loved the forensic side of these that does such a great yin yang with the crime elements and the writing is beautifully perceptive and hugely readable.
Overall The Burial Hour does exactly what you expect and hope it will do -and then some – I’m still a huge fan of this series as I have been from the moment I read the first page of The Bone Collector. Keep them coming I say.
Series highly recommended.
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