The Steel Kiss

The Steel Kiss[EPUB] ✰ The Steel Kiss By Jeffery Deaver – New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver returns with his next blockbuster thriller featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer She's chasing him th New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver returns with his next blockbuster thriller featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions The stairs give way with one man horribly mangled by the gears Sachs is forced to let her uarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim She and famed forensic detective Lincoln The Steel MOBI :¼ Rhyme soon learn however that the incident may not have been an accident at all but the first in a series of intentional attacks They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons As the body count threatens to grow Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity and discover his mission before people die. After a bad experience with my previous Jeffrey Deaver Solitude Creek I kept putting off reading The Steel Kiss I shouldn't have And prior to that I hadn't picked up a Jeffrey Deaver book in years for no particular reason I just hadn'tIt did take me a little time to get into but once I was into it I was into it Deaver rarely disappoints and he certainly didn't here He takes what you think you know and turns it on its head This was an entertaining almost exhilarating read with plenty of twists and turns plenty of breath taking moments It is also a book that makes you stop and think about our consumer based society and our reliance on technologyI can see I am going to have to go back and read the books in this series that I haven't yet read Now that I have again had a taste of Deaver's writing I find that I have missed his styleThank you to Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of The Steel Kiss by Jeffrey Deaver in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own 35 starsThis is the 12th book in the 'Lincoln Rhyme' series but can be read as a standalone without missing muchAs the story opens uadriplegic forensic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme has given up being a police consultant and is teaching forensics One of Rhyme's students thirtyish wheelchair bound Juliette Archer asks to be his intern and Rhyme agreesMeanwhile Rhyme's professional partnergirlfriend NYPD Detective Amelia Sachs is on the trail of a murderer called Unsub 40 Sachs spots Unsub 40 on the street and follows him into a mall where the perp orders lunch in a coffee shopAmelia is watching the Unsub and waiting for backup when loud screams erupt from the escalator which has popped open and swallowed a man named Greg FrommerWhen Amelia rushes over to help doomed Frommer who's practically bisected by the escalator machinery Unsub 40 disappearsAfter learning that Frommer's widow and young son are almost destitute Amelia convinces Lincoln to help an attorney file a civil suit against the escalator company and anyone else who might be liable Intern Juliette helps Lincoln research grounds for the lawsuitEvery book in this series features a clever perp who has some bizarre modus operandi In this book it's Unsub 40 who's learned to sabotage devices that use 'smart' computer technology like escalators elevators cars industrial machines household appliances etc Imagine your electric carving knife suddenly attacking you 😳The Unsub is determined to get revenge against 'Shoppers' and takes credit for each of his kills calling himself 'The People's Guardian' Parts of the book are told from Unsub 40's point of view which provides insight into his thinking and historyAs things play out Lincoln's inuiries for the civil suit dovetail with Amelia's hunt for Unsub 40 and the duo plus Juliette collaborate on the forensic analysis of evidence such as dust and debris at crime scenes; glass fragments; wood splinters; furniture glaze; food wrappers and napkins the Unsub loves White Castle hamburgers; and so onThere's plenty of excitement as Unsub 40 tries to elude the cops who are close on his trail An added element of suspense is the killer's girlfriend an apparent survivor of domestic abuse who seems to be in danger from the UnsubThere are a couple of subplots to add to the excitement Amelia's former boyfriend ex cop Nick Carelli has been in prison for robbery and assault Released after five years Nick claims he was coerced into confessing and implores Amelia to help him clear his nameAnd Officer Ron Pulaski who sustained a serious head injury in the line of duty is secretly trying to buy a powerful new street drug from gangbangersIn Deaver's thrillers things are not always as they appear and I wondered about what was really going on I also thought there might be a rearrangement of romantic partners Lincoln and Juliette? Amelia and Nick? Lots to speculate about as I sped through the bookI enjoyed this fast moving suspense thriller but was a little disappointed with the dénouement which was rather abrupt all of a sudden the perp is in custody Still a good addition to the series Highly recommended to mystery fansYou can follow my reviews at It's been a while since I read a Lincoln Rhyme book; I have actually missed reading the two previous books in the series But nerveless it felt really good to return to this series since I like the main characters so much There is some friction between Amelia and Lincoln in this book She is upset that he has uit the force to work as a teacher and she also has some personal problems with her mother being ill Lincoln has taken on a Juliette Archer as an intern and I was a bit worried Deaver was setting up this to be some kind of love triangle And then Nick Carelli Amelia ex boyfriend showed up in the story and I was really worried this would turn into a love drama But I needed not worry THE STEEL KISS is a Deaver book and he know what he is doingREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION This is the 12th book featuring the uadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner in love and work Amelia Sachs In each book we are able to watch an unusual and enterprising criminal murder some of New York’s inhabitants often in bizarre and clever ways whilst Rhyme and his crew analyse data and trace evidence in an attempt to track him or her down Rhyme is a former forensic analyst with the NYPD and the police now hire him to support their efforts when they believe the addition his skills are likely to be particularly advantageous to their investigations In his endeavours he is routinely supported by Thom his carer Mel Cooper NYPD forensic analyst and Lon Sellitto NYPD homicide detective Fans of this series will be used to the byplay between these characters; the technical debates regarding the sifting of minute particles of soil or fluid edging them ever closer to the vital findingThe crew all feature here but from the start two new elements are introduced1 Rhyme is no longer working on criminal cases – he’s uit His time is now spent lecturing on his area of expertise And a new character is introduced a second wheelchair bound sleuth who he has agreed to mentor Will this all end in tears?2 The ex lover of Sachs makes an appearance fresh out of the clink He professes he never did the crime Is he to be trusted?uite how these elements knit together I’ll not divulge but suffice to say it’s a satisfying mix It’s also good to see a variation on what can at times be uite a samey series Certainly the new faces and the added complexities they bring to the story liven up the book But the real interest and enjoyment for me is in the discussion the banter between the brusue Rhyme and his cohorts It’s clever and often funny and I love the way Deaver gives the reader just enough information to allow us to be surprised and impressed by Rhyme’s deductionsIt’s a worthy addition to the series and I’d even go as far to say it’s a book that might draw in some readers who have become jaded by the somewhat repetitive nature of the books I hope it does and I for one can’t wait for the next instalment My thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for providing an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is the first DeaverRhyme book that I have read I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised I thought that The Steel Kiss started off a little slowly but when the crimes link together and Rhyme and Sach's join forces I became hooked The novel is packed with surprising twists and revelations Be forewarned there are some gory moments I didn't feel lost having never read a Lincoln Rhyme mystery; however I do have several uestions that I think will be answered if I read the earlier books in the series I cannot wait to read the next book in the series I highly recommend I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review I can't believe this is only the second book I've read from this popular author I need to rectify thisI really was taken with this style of writing that immediately drew me inI'm not really ' into' James Bond so I hadn't connected the author to that I must bury my head in the sandThis story features the well known paraplegic forensic detective from a previous bookWe all like our technology With some we cannot live without it Used for the correct purpose its fine helpful and fruitful but put it into the wrong hands and we have problems Each item of technology can cause chaos fatalities and murdersWhen Amelia gives chase in a department store after a killer the escalator malfunctions the stairs collapse a man is viciously mangled between the gears Made my stomach churn imagining thatThe killer escapes as Amelia is trying to help the mangled hurt man But was that an accident? Just common everyday technology can be turned around to harm to kill This is only the beginning of a long lineIt's a race against timeJust who is the killerBit gory in places but just had to be done It's a fast paste hard hitting thrillerMy thanks to Louise at Hodder for my paperback copy to read Honestly Jeffrey Deaver is better than this book He didn't follow up on events from the last one he had Sachs and Rhyme at odds for tension and introduced one new character and someone we heard about just to make us readers think could Sachs and Rhyme be done It was eyeroll inducing because it wasn't even believable And to start off with Rhyme feeling guilty about a case so much he is done working for the NYPD wasn't to be believed This book felt light on evidence and also Rhyme may need a body guard due to the constant criminals breaking into his home to off him The 12th book in the Lincoln Rhyme series rivals The Empty Chair for my least favorite at this point Maybe because none of the characters were shown well in this one The book starts off with Amelia Sachs being very angry we don't find out why for a while but when we do we find it's because Lincoln Rhyme has decided that he will no longer consult on NYPD cases and he's going to go off and teach Now it takes a long winding road to get there but we find out on the last case that Rhyme worked on somebody who appeared to be innocent ended up going to jail for a case that he was working on I don't know I just didn't find it believable that Rhyme who has been an a throughout this whole series decides he's just not going to do cases any And don't even get me started on the fact that we just ignore how something that Rhyme did previously in this past The Bone Collector ended up affecting his present Deaver doesn't even call that back to why Rhyme may be gun shy So Sachs is looking for an unsub who is suspected of a couple of violent crimes That all gets thrown into the wind when a man on escalator gets trapped and killed due to the machinery malfunctioning So Sachs leaves that case to Rhyme with him pulling in one of his student's to assist Cue tension this student is smart attractive and also in a wheelchair Cue plot point you start to have Rhyme thinking of her I don't know I think Deaver's thinks that we're too stupid to realize that these characters that we get introduced to in this book are red herrings At no point was I concerned that Rhyme is going to fall in love with his student because they have a similar disability Nor was it a concern when Sach's ex boyfriend Nick finally gets out of jail coming to her to plead his innocent There were at least three possibly four distinct plots in this one and none of them hung together very well And then when things somehow loop together it was just a joke I feel like if Deaver really wanted to touch upon Sach's and her relationship with her ex maybe that would have made for a good short story I just really don't buy that all the stuff that was going on And per usual Deaver just pulls out of his butt something to just hinder Sach's in her career I don't know just made me roll my eyes it was really dumb it didn't make any sense and just kind of just happens We get the usual suspects in this one Pulaski Lon and also our favorite FBI agent Delray I was happy though to see some call back to what Lon went through in the last book but other than that there's very little continuity besides a couple references here and there that you might not realize unless you're a longtime reader The setting in this New York feels artificial and sterile at times I don't know I just really miss Deaver who used to go into the history of a thing a city a street a chemical etc and it was very light on the foresnics in this one Even the criminal in this this one wasn't that very interesting and I was bored by all sections of the book that delved into his point of view He just felt unnecessary considering everything else that was going on So in the book and we're giving I think what Deaver considers a startling revelation about a new change in Sach's and Rhyme's relationship I just felt very annoyed and just cheated because I definitely think we should have gotten that scene and not heard about it told to us via them telling it to a third character I found several plots in this story as uninteresting Specially mentioning of Amelia's former boyfriend ex cop Nick Carelli coming out of prisonThe other matter was that the lack of details about the forensic and having multiple inside stories made this book so complex and confusing The Steel Kiss is the title of the manifesto of a domestic terrorist a man who is brutally murdering those he calls Shoppers by using the intelligent data chips in their own consumer appliances against them and sending rants to the newspapers about materialism and greed It's a harrowing thought when I look around me at all the appliances in my own home that have the potential to be misused let along going outside Cars elevators escalators buses trains planes the euipment I use at work computers microwaves ovens heating I am surrounded by technology and so are those targeted by the killer The way in which he kills is chilling and disturbing since he also delights in causing pain and watching suffering Forensic scientist Lincoln Rhyme and detective Amelia Sachs must analyze the clues and attempt to get into the mind of the killer before he can kill againReturning to Sachs and Rhyme is a delight for me as I am a big fan of the series this is the twelfth book and all the characters within I already know that I love Deaver's writing style but for those new to the series you'll find fast paced action intellectual and witty dialogue and realistic detailed investigative procedures and science without ever leaning towards being boring You could read this book as a standalone but there is so much history character and backstory in this series I'd strongly recommend reading at least the first book in the series The Bone Collector firstThe Steel Kiss manages to be creepy suspenseful and action packed with twists and turns and then twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat It also wove in the complexities of the continuing relationship between Amelia and Lincoln brought back an old character in the form of Amelia's ex Nick Carelli who is asking for her help in proving he was innocent of the crime he just did time for and a vibrant new character in the form of Juliette Archer Lincoln's new intern This is one of the few series that for me does everything mystery and suspense drama and character and The Steel Kiss lives up to my expectations This book shows that even the great authors like Jeffrey Deaver can have an off day It is a decent read and from a lesser author might be uite good It is not one of the better ones in the series This is possibly due to not following up on events from the last one Sachs and Rhyme were at odds for a lot of the book None of the characters were shown well in this one even New York feels superficial and sterile at times Deaver used to go into the history of an item a city a street a chemical etc but not in this one This felt very light on the forensics in this one There were at least three possibly four distinct plots in this one and none of them really hung together very well And then when things somehow loop together it was just a joke Even the criminal in this this wasn't particularly interesting and I was bored by various sections of the book especially about Amelia's former boyfriend ex cop Nick Carelli who has been in prison for robbery and assault Overall a disappointing read unfortunately if you are reading the whole series you probably do need to read it to fill in the gaps for book 13 which will hopefully resume his high standards

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  • Paperback
  • 608 pages
  • The Steel Kiss
  • Jeffery Deaver
  • 28 June 2016
  • 9781455536351