The Cold Moon: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel Paperback – May 22 2007
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Mantegna applies his considerable talent to this latest Lincoln Rhymes mystery. Deaver's quadriplegic detective, Rhymes and his partner, Det. Amelia Sachs, attempt to stop a sadistic serial killer known as the Watchmaker, so named because he leaves specially constructed clocks at the site of each of his murders. However, as so often happens in Deaver's stories, not everything is even close to what it seems. Mantegna gives a smooth, no frills performance. He keeps the vocal deviations for each character to a minimum, concentrating instead on making their dialogue natural and realistic. His low-key delivery works especially well when describing the point of view of the Watchmaker or when delving into the inner thoughts of the killer's sexually deviant accomplice. The scenes between the two villains as they calmly discuss the fates of their intended victims, both before and after death, are genuinely chilling in their execution. Deaver fans will be pleased to have Rhymes and Sachs back in a new intricate and compelling thriller, with Mantegna once again serving as an excellent narrator.
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Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic criminalist, returns for a new round of crime busting. Rhyme, who has starred in a handful of very good novels, is one of the mystery genre's most interesting and out-of-the-ordinary series leads, a brilliant investigator who rarely leaves his specially equipped home. He's partnered (personally and professionally) with Amelia Sachs, a former fashion model and first-rate detective. Here, while assisting Rhyme in tracking down a sadistic serial killer who calls himself the Watchmaker, Sachs is also running her own murder investigation, her first as lead detective. Fans of the series will welcome the chance to see Sachs spread her wings, and spending time with the likably crusty Rhyme is always a delight. As always, Deaver's dialogue is exceptionally realistic, and his plotting is devilishly intricate. Recommended for fans of the Rhyme novels (naturally) and readers who like their thrillers laced with wit and sharp characterizations. David Pitt
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Meanwhile, Sachs is also assisting Lincoln Rhyme in his new case he calls "The Watchmaker". Two brutal murders, each with a strange clock left at the scenes, the clocks having a mechanism that track the lunar cycles. It's a full moon, and The Watchmaker has a taste for his work. Returning from book six (The Twelfth Card) is young officer Ron Pulaski. Despite his severe head injury in the past, causing him occasional dizziness and PTSD symptoms, Ron fights on to be the best cop he can be. According to Amelia Sachs, Ron has "guts", and she's happy to have him working with her on the Creeley case, and assisting Rhyme with The Watchmaker.
Gerald Duncan - The Watchmaker - likes leaving calling cards behind on his scenes, but is careful to leave very little forensic evidence. He knows he's being tracked by the best, but knows that only he can outsmart the famous Lincoln Rhyme. With him is his assistant Vincent Reynolds. Vincent doesn't have much going on upstairs; he refers to himself in different titles such as Big Vincent, Clever Vincent, Hungry Vincent, etc. His real appetite, however, is rape. He's struck a deal to help The Watchmaker kill people as long as he can have the women afterward. In exchange, he shows The Watchmaker around town.
There's three new characters added to the cast. Thom's (Lincoln's assistant) elderly aunt passed away and left Thom with her Havanese dog Jackson. Lt. Dennis Baker is assisting Rhyme on his Watchmaker case, adding a little pull to Rhyme's sometimes unusual requests. Kathryn Dance is in town, from the California Bureau Of Investigations. Her specialty is interrogation and Kinesics - she "reads" people during interviews and confessions, and can accurately tell when they are lying. (Jeffrey Deaver has since written a book called The Sleeping Doll which stars Kathryn Dance, should you find yourself as intrigued by her character as I did)
Things are not always what they seem, and people are often enigmas; 'The Cold Moon' has more twists and turns than a winding highway. Just when you think you've got a character or scenario figured out, Deaver shocks you by morphing into someone or something else. And this time, he has a surprise for you at the ending. If you're a fan of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme character like I am, your going to love this 7th book in the series. Pop some popcorn and get ready to settle down for a long read, you won't be able to put the book down. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
The first of them is full of delicious twists and turns, feints and forays and seems to end rather deliciously. The second is harder to believe except one by now is conditioned to believe that nothing which is obvious and apparent is. Even at the very end of the book when the writer is wrapping up a personal aspect of Amelia Sachs life, one is waiting for The Watchmaker to reappear. I am sure he will in another novel.
I have read all of Deaver's novels and I have often said I would not want to have his nightmares. This one is not nightmare iducing. It is pure Deaver however and that alone is usually good enough for most people.