Book Review

The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver



Rating: ★★★★☆

The Steel Kiss is the twelfth book in Jeffery Deaver’s bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series.  Here, quadriplegic forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and Detective Amelia Sachs are on the trail of an individual seeking to punish consumerism and the general public’s obsession with possessions by using the technology that many of us find so convenient against his victims.  Can Rhyme and Sachs identify and catch the killer before his next kill?

I love this series!  Twelve books in, and I’m still always eager to hear about a new Lincoln Rhyme novel.  I do worry a little that the next one won’t live up to my expectations, and that they may become formulaic or lose their edge; it can be difficult to keep a series like this fresh.  These fears have not yet been realised, however, and this novel has its own unique twists and turns which, despite my best efforts, I failed to unravel before the big reveal.  These are fast paced stories with cliff hangers aplenty that will make you want to read ‘just one more chapter’ to make sure that everyone’s ok!

As well as keeping the crimes fresh, there’s also the relationship, both professional and personal, between Rhyme and Sachs to consider.  This also takes a new turn in The Steel Kiss, as Rhyme has decided to retire from criminal investigations (although he gets roped into this case eventually) and Sachs isn’t happy about it, missing the opportunity to bounce ideas around as they’ve become used to doing on their previous cases.  This has clearly caused some friction between them, and you wonder what the outcome will be, not just of the investigation at hand, but what the future holds for this intrepid duo.

What sets these novels apart from other crime series is the focus on the forensic evidence.  Whilst not a unique element, I’ve always appreciated the way in which the reader is presented with the clues and ‘whiteboard summary’ that the team puts together, rather than just reading about their analysis and investigations.  It doesn’t help me to solve the crimes, but it’s a little like being invited to join them, and that’s an element I’ve really enjoyed throughout the series.

Now begins the wait for book thirteen…

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