A new novel in the long running Lincoln Rhyme series is always good news, and this one is no exception. The action primarily takes place in Manhattan’s diamond district, where a brutal triple murder sets in motion a complex series of events, as the only witness goes on the run. More mayhem follows with a series of violent attacks, set against the background of a New York in the grip of a series of mini earth tremors. There’s lots of background detail about the diamond mining industry, and indeed the process of cutting and polishing the gems, which is actually quite interesting and informative reading. As usual with Deaver, there are lots of plot twists, some more believable than others, and what seems obvious is often not, and those appearing innocent are sometimes anything but. As the plot develops, it becomes clear that this novel is about far more than the diamond heist, and there are far, far deeper waters involved. It’s something of a shame, however, that the main characters seem to disappear from the action for quite long sections of the book in favour of lesser protagonists. Nevertheless, this is well worth a read as the author ratchets up the suspense and the plot takes any number of unexpected turns as the story progresses, while the final denouement will keep you guessing to the very end.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Series of US police/detective thrillers, previous Rhyme novels.
One thing you’ve learned
Diamonds are forever.