The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nice to see Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs back in action...and speaking of action, this book has quite the eye-popping opening, which oddly echoes a recent episode of Damien in its deadly escalator-induced damage to a poor guy's meat suit. This is just the beginning to a diabolical plot that would have felt quite at home on CSI: Cyber - involving death by technology, which in this case has crept into so many different objects just waiting to be exploited so horribly. And yet, for the glimpses we get into the killer's head, it appears that, while very socially-awkward and reclusive, he's a bit too much of an artistic type to really be into hacking. Don't worry - it wouldn't be Deaver without a twist or ten. And of course, there's the diary entries, which you just know are going to end in disaster...I couldn't help but feel a bit of the old "Sympathy for the Devil."
It's not quite as good as last year's Solitude Creek, but I still think The Steel Kiss makes a good spiritual successor to that particular Kathryn Dance novel. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if Deaver's next Rhyme/Sachs outing, being the thirteenth, will turn out to be especially diabolical...
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