NYPD detective Amelia Sachs is hot on the heels of a suspected killer, when she’s distracted by an escalator malfunction. She makes the choice to try and save a man trapped in the jaws of an escalator motor and the suspect gets away. Police forensic consultant Lincoln Rhymes, a quadriplegic after an accident, has given up criminal work and now focuses entirely on civil cases. While Sachs continues her hunt for a vicious killer, Rhymes is hired to do a forensic analysis of the escalator accident to support a possible civil suit by the victim’s family against the company that sold it.
Once partners, Sachs and Rhymes continue their relationship on a personal level, but that relationship is strained by the two cases their working on until they discover the two cases are related. A maniac has found a way to turn everyday objects into murder weapons, and he seems to always be one step ahead of the authorities.
The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver is a thriller that will keep your interest from page one until the surprising conclusion. Deaver does a masterful job of incorporating police procedure and technical details unobtrusively into the story, making them an essential element to understand what’s happening. He also takes the reader into the minds of his characters, bringing them to life—even the perpetrators, and this story has enough bad guys to keep you guessing until they’re deftly revealed in what I can only describe as an ‘ah-ha’ moment.
I received this book as a gift. This is an easy five-star rating.