Saturday, June 15, 2013

THE KILL ROOM by Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is simply one of the best thriller writers working today.  His prose scorches, sears - in another writer’s hands shattered glass would be just that - “shattered glass.”  In Deaver’s hands it is “Glass turned to a million crystals of blowing snow...”  Imagery par excellence!  This in addition to his ingenious plotting makes reading his books highly pleasurable for thriller fans.  The Kill Room, the latest installment in his series starring forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme is one more triumph.

Government sanctioned murders?  A frightening thought but this is a Deaver book and no holds are barred.  An American citizen who has sought safety in the Bahamas is shot by a skilled killer who targeted him from a mile away.  The victim, Robert Moreno was well known for his anti-American sympathies.  Also killed were his guard and a reporter who was interviewing him.  Enter Nance Laurel, the New York assistant district attorney, who believes that the assassinations were orchestrated by an undercover government agency.  How to prove this?  The assistance of quadriplegic Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs is needed.

This assignment proves a bit more problematic for Rhymes than with most investigators because the crime scene is well over 1,000 miles away.  The Bahamian police are uncooperative to say the least so Rhymes flies to the Bahamas only to find the crime scene devoid of any fact, the room has been thoroughly cleaned and is now being painted.  As if uncooperative police weren’t roadblocks enough Rhymes soon finds that he has become a target.

While Deaver has received numerous accolades and awards for his books, my favorite has to be the British Thumping Good Read Award.  Well put.  The Kill Room is a thumping good read - don’t miss it.

- Gail Cooke

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