Reviewed by Theodore Feit
What starts off as a murder mystery turns into a multi-faceted conspiracy in the latest Lincoln Rhyme novel. It begins with the murder of a prominent diamond cutter in the heart of New York’s jewelry district on 47th Street, although the murderer apparently left behind a small fortune in gems, so the motive remains obscure. A young apprentice walks in during the murder and is shot at but is saved when the bullet hits a bag filled with rocks instead.
Subsequent murders take place, ostensibly by a psycho who is out to save diamonds from being defaced as engagement rings and who trails young couples in the act of making purchases and killing them. Meanwhile Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are analyzing the few clues available and seeking to locate the apprentice, who is hiding from view. Then a series of explosions take place, believed to be earthquakes in the heart of Brooklyn.
And as a sidelight, Rhyme agrees for the first time to assist a defendant, a murderous Mexican drug lord on trial in Federal court for illegal entry and murder, by reviewing the evidence in the hope of establishing an error. This gives he author another chance to fool the reader with another twist.
Of course, the whole plot is premised on Mr. Deaver’s ability to surprise readers by leading them down a path only to divert them finally by revealing something else in the end. The series is long- standing and always diverting, especially when forensics are analyzed and explained.