Warning: Possible Spoilers
New York City plays host to a new killer who harnesses the very lifeblood of civilization. Electricity. Faced with the fear of terrorism, criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his team are drafted into the investigation to battle against an invisible enemy. All the while, Rhyme consults on a case in Mexico where an elusive killer known as The Watchmaker and continues to fight against his physical limitations.
The Burning Wire is the ninth book in Jeffery Deaver’s, Lincoln Rhyme series.
Another book review starring my favorite quadriplegic. Last week, I reviewed The Cold Moon and was introduced to The Watchmaker who I was glad to see played a part in this one – even if it was mostly in the background. He was an interesting villain.
Kathryn Dance, an FBI kinesics expert who also first appeared in The Cold Moon, made another appearance too (albeit in phone conversations only). I’m not too sure what to think of her to be honest but it’s nice to see the characters maintaining relationships with those they meet during previous investigations. Where possible, at least.
In a nutshell, The Burning Wire made my spine tingle. More so, in fact, than the others I’ve read so far. We rely on electricity so much, it’s surprising how much we forget it’s there and how dangerous it really is. The Burning Wire served to ‘gently’ remind me just how big a threat electricity is.
It’s not just the fact that it’s so deadly either but the fact it’s everywhere and invisible to boot. We walk the knife-edge between safety and destruction and we rarely stop to pay attention. Myself included (although I like to think I’m more aware of it now – shiver).
I’ve never given much thought to how electricity works but Deaver’s explanation was both informative and, bonus marks, made sense. I’ll admit, I was a little worried about the whole electricity thing. Explanations can get a little long-winded and with all the unfamiliar terms, I feared I’d get lost. The fact that wasn’t the case was a relief.
As for the characters, I enjoyed – a weird word in this context, but I can’t think of a better fit – seeing them cope with the newest threat. Facing a killer hiding behind an invisible shield is hard enough in itself without the defense having a mind of its own.
All in all, The Burning Wire is another book for my ‘read again’ list. I have to admit though, it still holds nothing on The Coffin Dancer. It’ll be interesting to see if any other of Deaver’s books live up to that one.
Again, I’ll attempt to get something prepared for next Monday but if that fails, I’ll have another book review lined up again.