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The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme #9)

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Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.

The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

When the first explosion occu
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Wanda
Oct 23, 2010 Wanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yawn. I have been a fan of Deaver's for years. His "The Blue Nowhere" might be one of the best mystery stories that I have ever read. And more recently, I've looked forward to his newest e-books, which Brian and I find to be a great way to pass the miles driven back and forth on I-95 visiting the kids.
This one was a disappointment.
All the usual elements are there, Sachs, Rhyme, crime details, suspense -- but these Sachs-Ryme stories are beginning to sound uncomfortably the same. A crime occurs,
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False Millennium
This is one of those authors where I ask myself, "WHY do you bother?" I don't have the answer. Habit, I suppose. Another "junk read" for me and Deaver's in the mid-range of those writers, with Lee Child and Dennis Lehane being on top. With so many of these crime-thriller-mystery writers, they now focus in on a topic (in this case, electricity,) research it to death a la Tom Clancy, then toss in some interesting "facts" to tempt the reader's interest. Here's one: it one takes one-tenth of one amp ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 08, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Details , details, details, opening the pages of the novel, you get a ton of them. Lincoln Ryhme is back and seeing the details and the minutia others over look. He is a modern Sherlock Hemlock. Sorry , that is Sherlock Holmes, I have been watching too many Sesame Street episodes with my grandson. None the less or more , depending on how you look at it, Ryhme works his magic.
Jeffrey Deaver does what many others fail to do. He educates us; he makes us look at the world through a different set of
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Tony
Jun 09, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver- The Burning Wire 4 Stars

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back as they take on a killer who is using the New York City’s electricity to murder innocent civilians. They must now find a reason behind the attacks in order to figure out just who is committing them. Stopping them may just be the scariest thing they have ever done. At the same time Rhyme is trying to put a stop to the Watchmaker who is in Mexico. He is assisting the Mexican police force and Agent Dance.

This book had
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Sandie
If a fast moving, exciting suspense thriller is what you're seeking, steer clear of Jeffrey Deaver's latest offering THE BURNING WIRE.

The ingredients necessary to infuse the story with drama are there. We have Lincoln Rhymes, a quadriplegic criminalist who lives in his mind once again matching wits with his nemesis, The Watchmaker. There is also a perpetrator attempting to bring an electrical company to its knees using electricity and arc flashes as his weapon of choice (particularly frightenin
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Maddy
May 02, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Lincoln Rhyme, forensic criminologist
SETTING: New York
SERIES: #9 of 9
RATING: 4.0

All of us are acutely aware of the techniques that terrorists use, such as suicide bombers, snipers, explosives in shoes, and so forth. We expect that our national security leaders will protect us against these threats as much as possible. But what if the terrorist uses an omnipresent force as its weapon? What if a villain could harness the power of electricity? Think of the danger that would pose, of h
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Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
Jeffrey Deaver has done it again in his ninth Lincoln Rhyme forensic thriller. I learned something and was not able to figure out the true bad guy. That's a big feat!
Someone is terrorizing NYC, using electricity as their weapon of choice. But is it a political terrorist, an ecoterrorist, or a random person with a personal agenda? Deaver does a masterful job of explains the electrical grid system, how electricity is created, stored, and eventually ends up in our homes, while at the same time hold
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Johnny Williams
Aug 04, 2013 Johnny Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Well as a hard core reader of the Lincoln Ryme series I pumped it up one whole star ( sorry for my fickleness ) but I agree that it more hits 3 to 3 1/2 stars in reality. It is a classic Lincoln story with all the characters and the ever evolving list of evidence captured along with the character interaction with its ups and downs of life-- except for one shinning void. We didn't learn anything new -- nor did we really move the story line forward. Well I stand corrected in the last few pag ...more
Jill
Aug 27, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing
Another thrilling novel from Jeffery Deaver, as per usual. Of course, I might be a little bit biased as he's been one of my favorite author's for more than half my life. In my eyes, the man can do no wrong. But, I digress.

I have to admit, I kind of guessed at the ending of the book about a quarter of the way through it. Not in a "he made it obvious" kind of way but more in a "oooh, wouldn't it be cool if" kind of way. No, I didn't figure it out down to the nitty gritty details, but I did guess t
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Miles
Apr 07, 2011 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
A couple of months ago I was introduced to Jeffrey Deaver’s writing via the wonderful standalone “Edge”, a bold and imaginative thriller, and haven’t looked back since. With Deaver’s “Carte Blanche” hitting the bookstores next month what better way to prepare for Bond’s latest adventure than read the latest instalment in the Lincoln Rhyme series – “The Burning Wire”!

I’m not quite sure what planet I’ve been living on but given that I’ve never encountered Lincoln Rhyme before, not in the book form
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Mel
Nov 16, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, new-york, csi
Lincoln Rhyme is the original Grissom. Back before CSI New York, long before Hoartio put on his first pair of sunglasses and before Vegas had such a strong crime resolution rate, Jeffery Deaver wrote the first Lincoln Rhyme book – The Bone Collector, about a paraplegic forensic analyst who can solve crime just by studying the evidence. Using a former model, turned cop, Amelia Sachs as his legs and eyes on the scene he is able to pin point future action from the smallest of crumbs, the tiniest sp ...more
Rush
Aug 14, 2012 Rush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really waited long enough to buy this book. And this one was worth it, especially for people who follow lincoln rhyme books. No wonder why i give it 5 stars.
The story is literally mindblowing. A killer who uses electricity to kill people and makes demands that cannot be met. He rigs wires in a way that in the first incident, it leaves 20 people injured and one dead. Soon Rhyme and Sachs come up and take the case, and it leads to them concluding that he will strike again. The concept of electri
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Lori Anderson
Oct 31, 2010 Lori Anderson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I normally love anything Jeffery Deaver writes, but he's starting to wear on my nerves much like James Patterson does. It seems like now all Deaver is concerned about is churning out a book a year.

I started out interested in the book. The thought of using electricity as a weapon was a novel idea to me, and the beginning of the book started out fine. But towards the end of the book, it seemed like Deaver thought, "Oh cripes, I haven't figured out whodunit, so, let me throw in a bunch of non sequ
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Kathi-sass
Oct 27, 2013 Kathi-sass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich mag die Lincoln Rhyme-Serie sehr gerne, und entsprechend hab ich mich sofort auf dieses Buch gestürzt, als die Hardcoverausgabe für 8 Euro im Regal stand. Und es war auch diesmal natürlich wieder sehr gut, nur noch ganz so gut wie einige andere aus der Serie. Die Prämisse war schon ziemlich gut - die Idee, Menschen mit Strom zu ermordern, wenn sie gar nicht damit rechnen, war schon sehr, sehr creepy! Und natürlich gibt's auch den Deaver-üblichen Twist im Buch, aber das war der Hauptgrund, wa ...more
Kellie
#9 of the Lincoln Rhyme series, the quadriplegic criminalist. This was another great work by Deaver. The subject is electricity. Deaver obviously does a lot of research. It was interesting. I always learn something when I read a Deaver book. This is one of my favorite series. In this one, Rhyme and Sacks and their team is on a case involving someone who is diverting electricity to electrocute people in NYC. The manipulation revolves around Algonquin Electric, the major electric company in the ci ...more
Chris
Oct 11, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. This is very high on my list or favorites even though the reviews I had read were mixed and some of the negative reviews were from long time Deaver fans like myself. It took me quite awhile to get back into a reading mood and I struggled to sit down and read. That being said I never stopped thinking about this book. The whole premise that the electricity that runs in your house could be used to kill you was both intriguing and terrifying. Classic Deaver plot twists were not a ...more
Steph (loves water)
OK...three stars instead of four. I used to like to hang out with Rhyme and Sachs, they are like old friends. But this one was just getting a bit too redundant. I originally put this on my to read list because Deaver is always coming up with new and exciting technological information (The Broken Window and data mining come to mind). I did learn a lot about electricity and the suspense was good, maybe the characters have just run out of steam. Jeffery Deaver is a talented writer who, I am sure, c ...more
Donna
Jan 24, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scientifically minded crime lovers
Shelves: 2012
I have read all the Lincoln Rhyme thrillers and do enjoy them. But I am beginning to feel that they follow a formula and are becoming a little bit same-y. Crimes are committed, the brilliant forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme solves the case through trace evidence whilst struggling with being a paraplegic. There are red herrings and little twists but he usually wins.
Having said that, each book does have a unique crime story. Jeffery Deaver must put a lot of research into these books.
You could
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Sean Connor
Very, very disappointing ! I've loved Deaver's novels to date but this one was just silly.

Maybe it's because I'm involved in the electrical/electronics industry but I found the technical 'howlers' toe-curlingly embarrassing.

You JUST CAN'T do half of the things detailed in this book.This is OK if you are
writing SF (maybe) but not a crime novel.

Please Mr Deaver have a technical expert proof read your books if you are on new
ground (pardon the pun).

Hope that the next one is back to the usual standar
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Debra Wells
Dec 13, 2015 Debra Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love all books with Lincoln Rhyme & Author Deaver is great!

The Lincoln Rhyme books are so great that I have trouble setting them down. This book was one of the best because of the twists & turns and because I got to see how new kinds of evidence & new scientific machines come together to solve crimes. The electricity plot was so mind boggling to read about (you do have to concentrate on evidence to get full impact of book but it just makes the story even better). I won't look at elec
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Anietta
Oct 14, 2013 Anietta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot intricacies, pace and characters are as engaging as always. There was considerable technical knowledge crammed in. I found it fascinating and felt the author was inviting the readers along on the journey, and not excluding them from fundamental reasoning and methods, whether the deduction of the investigators, or how the perp manipulated electricity. However, depending on personal taste, I could imagine someone might feel they're bombarded with techncial information and weighed down by ...more
Deb
Maybe I'm getting used to Deaver's twists... He's starting to get a bit predictable.

I am actually pleased with how much I learned about electricity from this book. Some of it I already knew, but I did learn a few things. I love the Deaver does his homework and has great fact-checkers, too.

As always, it was really easy to like the characters - or hate them as the author indends.

While I had gut feeling about where the twists would go, I was still surprised a few times.

Marcy
Sep 29, 2010 Marcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone, possibly an eco-terrorist group is using New York City's electrical grid to kill and threaten many people. Lincoln Rhyme and his regular associates are determined to use their many skills and forensic techniques to stop the madness. Although I usually enjoy this series, this time I was incredibly bored by the expansive treatise on electricity and by Deaver's formulaic approach to the story. As much as I like Lincoln, I think we need a little time apart.
Robert
Oct 31, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Does Deaver ever write a bad book? Well so far I have not found one yet. Sach's and Ryhme are back looking for someone devious enough to be rigging electrical arc's and shocking deaths. Another character, the Watchmaker, will also wind up in this edition. And that should be my quota of puns for this review. For anyone following this series this is a must read and for other mystery fans I highly recommend this series as Deaver really writes a very fine novel.
Òphiere editoriale
Il delirio dell'elettricista

È come "La strada delle croci" uno di quei romanzi di Deaver che sembra scritto da un omonimo. Diciamo subito che la struttura ricalca in modo imbarazzante quella del "Collezionista di ossa". Stessa vocazione di Sachs per i sotterranei oscuri e invasi dall’acqua, stesso assalto a Rhime che si trova provvidenzialmente da solo quando l’assassino intende fagli una visitina. E infine una raffinata chiave solutoria: “ebbene sì, maledetto Rhime, sono l’orologiaio travestito
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Cheryl Van Allen
Sep 05, 2015 Cheryl Van Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another keeper - Rhyme and Sachs and their whole team - Pulaski, Thom, Dellray - great cast of characters. Interesting learning more about electricity. A little disappointed in the "tie up" at the end, but that seems to be par for Deaver's course. Didn't deter - would recommend.
Keryn
Jan 04, 2016 Keryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs fast paced mystery. I did skip some of the boring technical stuff. I had not appreciated how the misuse of electricity can be so dangerous and scary. The storyline is a powerful reminder of how we rely on efficiently run electricity supplies. But when is Lincoln going to regain some movement? The book ends on a tantalising note with Lincoln recovering in hospital following experimental surgery in the hope he will improve his mobility.
If there are any forensic
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Diane
Mar 05, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Electricity as a murder weapon? Yep, only Jeffrey Deaver could think up such a great plot.

When the first death was caused by an explosion at a substation and electricity had been re-routed, the city thought terrorism. Lincoln Rhyme was called and his team got to work to try to catch what most were assuming was terrorists.

More deaths by electricity and there didn't seem to be a good lead to a terrorist group or an individual but the events were escalating.

Jeffery Deaver does a good job with th
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Bernadette Williamson
Not my favorite

I always grab a Jeffrey Deaver book off the shelf because they are always wonderful. This had a great storyline, but for me it spent way too much time on the technical end of electrical grids and what voltage went where. I found myself skipping much of it, and I don't think it had any negative impact for my understanding of the story. Some edge of your seat scenes typical of Lincoln Rhyme books which I really enjoyed. If you like techno jargon, you'll love this. And if you love fo
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Sam
Aug 24, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Electricity is the friend and foe of the modern world. It is a deadly weapon concealed within the walls of every home, office and school. But to suppress that weapon would be to shut down society: there would be perpetual darkness, communication would be disrupted, the internet inaccessible, patients would die in hospitals, looting and crime would occur with no police awareness. The economy would tumble. The government would be fraught. When a suspicious bolt of voltage fries a bus in downtown N ...more
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