Book Review: The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
This is Jeffery Deaver’s 30th novel, and his 10th in the Lincoln Rhyme series. So what should you expect? High psychological tension, loads of action and memorable characters – although it would pay for fans to be aware that parts of this novel are more visceral than some of his previous books. In The Kill Room criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and NYPD detective Amelia Sachs are drafted into investigate the murder of Robert Moreno, an American citizen, who was shot in the Bahama’s by a sniper. They learn that the killing was commissioned by the U.S. government after intelligence showed that Moreno was a terrorist who was going to attack a U.S. oil company headquarters. But the intelligence is faulty and it turns out Robert Moreno ordered not an attack, but a peaceful protest.
Sachs traces Moreno’s steps in New York, while Rhyme travels to the Bahama’s to look at the crime scene first hand. But the sniper is still at large, and he seems intent on cleaning up any lose ends, with many innocent people now in danger. And as Rhyme and Sachs investigate they discover the case is not what they originally thought, as shadowy government departments try to stop their investigation, and nothing is as it first appeared. In the midst of all the suspense, quadriplegic Rhyme is preparing for more experimental surgery, but Sachs is having her own health problems that people are starting to notice – problems that might end up putting her behind a desk.
Deaver is the master of misdirection, and The Kill Room showcases his trademark style. Electrifying stuff!