The Steel Kiss (Lincoln Rhyme, Book 12)
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New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver returns with his next blockbuster thriller featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme.
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]
Boom… She shot the recollection dead. She’d been doing a lot of sniping like this lately. They sipped the oaky wine and the beer and he showed her around the place, though there wasn’t much to see. He’d gotten some furniture out of storage. Picked up a few things, borrowed from cousins, bought on the cheap. Some books. Several boxes of documents. And then there were the case files of People of the State of New York v. Nicholas J. Carelli. The many documents were spread out on the kitchen table.
ingredient in embalming fluid—might mean he’d visited the famed cemetery here. To about six feet… A call revealed that Peter Griffith, Vernon’s brother, was interred here. Sachs had called the director and asked if they had records of Vernon visiting the grave. He said he didn’t know about visits, but there had been some odd occurrences around the Griffith plot: Someone would leave miniature furniture or toys at the grave site. The director told her the pieces were extremely well made. The man
person in pain. So raw, so high, she couldn’t tell male or female. The sound came from the top of the up escalator, connecting the floor below with this one. Oh, Jesus… The top panel of the device, which riders stepped onto from the moving stairs, had popped open and a passenger had fallen into the moving works. “Help me! No! Please please please!” A man’s voice. Then the words coalesced into a scream once more. Customers and employees gasped and cried out. Those on the steps of the
But still, you’ve never run a company before.” “I can learn. Maybe I could hire the owner to stick around, be a consultant. He’s got an interest in making sure the place stays open and’s successful.” The proposal was the owner would get the purchase price plus a cut of the action. “He’s gotta have a sentimental attachment to the place. Wouldn’t you think?” “I’d guess, sure.” “It’s late in the game for me, Sam. I need to get going with my life. Oh, but the other thing I asked you.” “I checked
they just want a meal. It’s more, I don’t know, intimate or something.” Nick shot him a look and Freddy chuckled. “No, not that kind of intimate. I just mean it’s more like a good thing they’re doing.” The amphibian guy chugged the last suds of his beer. “Or, who knows, maybe he’s just hungry.” “It’s not bad. A bit of burn. I was under the line of fire.” In Rhyme’s parlor, Sachs was responding to Rhyme’s question about her condition. She displayed her left arm, where the steam from the