The Steel Kiss

The Steel KissThe Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver
Series: Lincoln Rhyme
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 8, 2016
Pages: 496

 

About The Steel Kiss (from the back cover):
Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She’s chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not have been an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity–and discover his mission–before more people die.

I was a little late discovering Lincoln Rhyme, but once I did (three years ago), this series quickly became one of my favorites.  I love the fiercely intelligent Lincoln and the group of professionals that some how manage to tolerate his challenging behavior.  The interplay between the characters combined with difficult crimes and complex plots makes this series fun to read and hard to put down.

I was a little late discovering Lincoln Rhyme, but once I did (three years ago), this series quickly became one of my favorites.

However, as with many crime series, the books often begin to have a formulaic feel.  While I think, for the most part, Mr. Deaver successfully combats this problem, there are some times when familiar strategies begin to feel a little over use.  In the case of this series, most of the time I know when someone is truly in danger and when there is little to worry about.  But aside from these instances, the books in this series continue to remain intriguing and challenging to solve.  The multi-layer mysteries, are fun to unravel and while there is little doubt Lincoln or one of his associates are going to make the critical connection, it’s always interesting to figure out why and how they solve things.

I love the characters in this series; both the reoccurring ones and the villains that pose such a challenge.

I love the characters in this series; both the reoccurring ones and the villains that pose such a challenge.  The Steel Kiss introduces Juliette Archer, Lincoln’s intern.  Perhaps I just don’t like change, but she really didn’t work for me.  It almost seems like too much effort was made to make her seem useful and likeable.  Instead she came across a little annoying and like a know-it-all.  Lincoln has some of the same qualities, but his, surprisingly enough were not nearly as abrasive.  Hopefully she’ll mellow in future books and blend better with the rest of the group.

I very much enjoyed the premises for this book.  The crimes are disturbing in their potential reach and certainly relevant and believable in today’s society.  The villain was sympathetic yet terrifying enough that the reader wanted him found.  Overall the balance between the acts and the justification were perfect.

There are quite a few surprises in The Steel Kiss—some I liked others I didn’t.

There are quite a few surprises in The Steel Kiss—some I liked others I didn’t.  One character, in particular, greatly disappointed me.  I was hoping much more for that particular person.  Perhaps they will redeem themselves in future books.

I very much enjoyed this latest addition to the Lincoln Rhyme series.  The characters are strong and the story intriguing.  As is normal for this series, The Steel Kiss is a complex mystery that’s simply fun to read.

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