Robert Moreno, an American citizen living in South America, is shot in the Bahamas by a sniper. The killing was commissioned by the U.S. government, who received a tip-off that Moreno was planning a terrorist attack on a U.S. oil company headquarters. But this intelligence was fatally incorrect: anti-American Moreno ordered a protest at the oil company, not an attack.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are drafted in to investigate. While Sachs traces Moreno’s steps in New York, Rhyme travels to the scene of the crime in Nassau, where he finds himself on a dangerous path trailed by the sniper himself. As details of the case start to emerge, the pair discover that not all is what it seemed. Can they achieve justice and escape with their lives intact?
The Kill Room marks the third book – by Jeffery Deaver – that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and only the second in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Although I knew it after reading The Burning Wire I am now utterly convinced I need to read his entire Rhyme back catalogue. The man is a magician, Deaver and Rhyme. Maybe that should read men, I’m sure Rhyme would let that one slip just this once! Maybe not!
One of the things I have come to admire about Deaver’s writing is the way in which he finishes a book. Not only is he masterful but he is a prodigious tactician, one Sherlock Holmes would have appreciated. In fact I could imagine the two sharing a glass of 18 year old malt and discussing cases. There is no rushing, he cranks up the story from the very first chapter and one hundred chapters later I was still hanging on his every word. Deaver takes his time and is never rushed – or so it seems – to get to the punchline and why he figured out what he did. The Kill Room is a veritable class act.
Just when you think the story is over Deaver pulls another rabbit out of his hat and adds another strand to the plot. It’s not there as a filler, oh no, it all makes sense and although you wouldn’t have missed it, had he not written it, it makes the book all the more accomplished, complete.
Once again I enjoyed his characterisation, especially the leading man. A cross between Sherlock Holmes and Ironside, Rhyme is one of those enigmatic characters that you simply have to love! He enjoys his Whisky but more importantly he loves a good challenge and in The Kill Room he certainly has that. The book takes our protagonist to places he’s never been and there were a few unexpected scenes that took my breath away, Rhyme’s too!
Rhyme is supported by a number of close friends and acquaintances but Deaver keeps things fresh as he introduces us to a few new characters. Of all the characters in this book, two stood out for me – The policeman in the Bahamas and ….. well that would be giving far too much away. You’ll just have to read it for yourself and make your own mind up. What I will say is that the book reignited my passion for good food and quality kitchen utensils!
The story itself is complex and multi layered and the way Deaver blends everything together is satisfyingly brilliant. With plenty of colour, mystery and the odd death here and there The Kill Room satisfies on many levels. Highly recommended and if like me you haven’t read many of his other books – standalone or in the Rhyme series – then you have a world of discovery and enjoyment ahead.
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 Jun 2013)
- Language: Unknown
- ISBN-10: 1444757334