Title: The Steel Kiss
Author: Jeffrey Deaver
Rating: 5 / 5 Hearts
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Detective Amelia Sachs is in pursuit when she hears the scream.
Stopping to help a man trapped in a horrific accident, Sachs has to let a suspected murderer get away.
But was it really coincidence?
Did the killer make it happen?
Sachs and Lincoln Rhyme are facing a new kind of opponent:
Someone who can kill by remote control.
Someone watching every move they make…
The Steel Kiss is the title of the manifesto of a domestic terrorist, a man who is brutally murdering those he calls “Shoppers” by using the intelligent data chips in their own consumer appliances against them and sending rants to the newspapers about materialism and greed. It’s a harrowing thought, when I look around me at all the appliances in my own home that have the potential to be misused – let along going outside. Cars, elevators, escalators, buses, trains, planes, the equipment I use at work, computers, microwaves, ovens, heating – I am surrounded by technology and so are those targeted by the killer. The way in which he kills is chilling and disturbing, since he also delights in causing pain, and watching suffering. Forensic scientist Lincoln Rhyme and detective Amelia Sachs must analyze the clues, and attempt to get into the mind of the killer, before he can kill again.
Returning to Sachs and Rhyme is a delight for me, as I am a big fan of the series (this is the twelfth book) and all the characters within. I already know that I love Deaver’s writing style, but for those new to the series, you’ll find fast paced action, intellectual and witty dialogue and realistic, detailed investigative procedures and science – without ever leaning towards being boring. You could read this book as a standalone, but there is so much history, character and backstory in this series, I’d strongly recommend reading at least the first book in the series, “The Bone Collector” first.
The Steel Kiss manages to be creepy, suspenseful and action packed, with twists and turns and then more twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. It also wove in the complexities of the continuing relationship between Amelia and Lincoln, brought back an old character in the form of Amelia’s ex, Nick Carelli who is asking for her help in proving he was innocent of the crime he just did time for, and a vibrant new character in the form of Juliette Archer, Lincoln’s new intern. This is one of the few series that for me does everything, mystery and suspense, drama and character, and The Steel Kiss lives up to my expectations.