Framing the Dialogue

The Burning Wire

burning wire“Rhyme needed problems, challenges, input.  One of the difficulties with a severe disability that few people focus on is the absence of anything new.  The same settings, the same people, the same activities…and the same platitudes, the same empty reassurances, the same reports from unemotional doctors.”

In The Burning Wire, quadriplegic crime scene investigator, Lincoln Rhymes, wrestles with an old nemesis, the Watchmaker, and a new threat to New York City using an effective and powerful yet invisible weapon.  Panic begins to set into NYC as a series of attacks, seemingly random, occur from a group with unrealistic demands.  Actually impossible demands.  Hindered by his disability, Rhymes relies on his associates to be his arms and legs, but it’s his mind that makes him great.  Also the style of his team puts them in the spotlight and at risk.

“Rhymes had learned long ago that in searching for evidence at crime scenes, the key was finding patterns.  What repeated itself frequently?  Objects in that category could be presumptively eliminated.  It was the unique items, those that were out of place, that might be relevant.  Outliers, statisticians and sociologists called them.”

This was my first Jeffery Deaver novel and though it was the ninth in the series I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.  There were references to other cases, but it didn’t hamper my enjoyment of this novel, it only whetted my appetite to read more of this series.

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