The Kill Room Book Review

The Kill Room Book Review

Title: The Kill Room
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Published: 2013, Grand Central Publishing
No. of Pages: 477
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $15.00 Paperback, $8.99 Kindle

Book 10 in the Lincoln Rhyme series, The Kill Room begins when Robert Moreno, and activist who is anti-American, is murdered while meeting with a reporter in the Bahamas. Someone in the US government has ordered the hit, and the reporter, who is an American citizen, is also killed and considered collateral damage. Lincoln Rhyme is called in to investigate, as well as Nance Laurel, an assistant district attorney. Lincoln has his usual team, including Amelia Sachs, and Amelia doesn't like or trust Nance. During the course of the investigation, Lincoln travels to the Bahamas, which is certainly not his style, but he feels it's necessary in this case. Amelia stays stateside. The murder is suspicious, and may have been a mistake, so the assassin, Jacob Swann, must eliminate any evidence and also anyone connected to the case. Lincoln, Amelia, Nance, and other members of Lincoln's team are targeted.

As is Deaver's style, the novel is suspenseful from the start, and doesn't let up until the surprising ending. Deaver's story is well-organized, easy-to-follow, and there are enough twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Not only is Deaver a master storyteller, he has the remarkable ability to make his characters come alive without long, drawn-out descriptions. Most fans have seen Lincoln, Amelia, et. al. change and evolve through the novels; and in The Kill Room, Nance's character, with her frailties, insecurities, and strengths becomes real. One of the most interesting characters in this novel is Jacob Swann. Not only is he an extremely skillful assassin, he is also an accomplished chef, especially proficient with knives, and cooks to wind down after his kills. So besides being on the edge, readers will be subject to mouthwatering descriptions of what Swann is eating; luckily the recipes are published on Deaver's website.

One thing that was a little distracting in this novel is the overuse of acronyms; it seems there were too many to keep track of and at times they became a little confusing. However, as is Deaver's style, this novel is well-researched and well-written. Deaver publishes new novels often, but they are not sloppy and they do not have issues left hanging. Deaver is one of the most skilled suspense/thriller writers today, and this novel is highly recommended.

This book was purchased with personal funds and no promotion of the book was solicited by the author or publisher.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
The Kill Room, Hardcover
The Kill Room, Paperback
The Kill Room, Kindle

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