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The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme #9)

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Quadriplegic forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme leads his team--NYPD detective Amelia Sachs, officer Ron Pulaski, and FBI agent Fred Dellray--to find and stop a killer who uses electricity as modus operandi. Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker ...more
Hardcover, 798 pages
Published 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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Wanda
Oct 23, 2010 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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Obsidian
Thank goodness "The Burning Wire" rebounded from a lackluster 8th book (The Broken Window). This one is also not as long as previous reads so that was much appreciated. In this 8th book, Rhyme and Sachs get called in when a mysterious figure is set on attacking the people of New York with electricity. No this isn't Shocker. But honestly, you start thinking of this book that way when you get the POV of the man who is set on killing people due to his obsession with electricity.

We begin with Rhyme
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False
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 03, 2010 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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Jim
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
So so read. At 489 pages far too long. Story was running out of gas entire second half of novel. Bad guy(s) far too stiff and developed about as thick as cardboard. It seems with author Jeffery Deaver's Rhyme/ Sachs series it's feat or famine. Some reads are really good where others mope like, "The Burning Wire" did. Being generous with three stars out of a possible five stars on this tale. I'd leave it on the shelf and find something else- unless there wasn't much else to pick from.
Claire Scorzi
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deaver deixou algumas situações mal explicadas e outras sem solução, e por isso, apenas por isso, o livro não recebeu 5. No resto, é ótimo.
Maddy
Apr 21, 2010 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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Barbara ★
I'm done with this series. The main character, Lincoln Rhyme is a complete asshole and gets on my ever-lovin' nerves. And the author writes every book in the series as if it's the first and must detail obvious police procedures down to the last minute detail every -- single -- time. It's very irritating and makes the story come to a complete stop. It's like being in English class in school and dissecting every little thing an author writes in a book which totally kills my enjoyment of said book. ...more
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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Tony
Jun 09, 2012 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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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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Inga
Audiobook-Rezension:

Lincoln Rhyme ist immer noch beschäftigt mit dem Uhrmacher aus Fall Nummer sieben, der ihm entkommen ist. Zu Beginn des Falls vermutet man ihn in Mexico und Rhyme hält Kontakt mit einem dortigen Ermittler. Derweil beginnen in New York Anschläge, bei denen der Täter Elektrizität verwendet, um Menschen zu terrorisieren und zu töten. Klassisch ermitteln Rhyme und Sachs per Spurensuche, Analsye und mit der Hilfe von Experten. Wie immer sind auch die Ermittlungen in Opferlämmer ei
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Diane Perry
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from a friend. I had no idea this was a series. I really enjoyed the suspense and Rhymes is a great character. I give major kudos to the author for highlighting people with disabilities. Great job!
Katie
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, science
Good book. Scary.
Rush
Aug 14, 2012 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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Miles
Apr 04, 2011 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 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
Johnny Williams
Jul 17, 2013 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 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Lori Anderson
Oct 14, 2010 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
Aug 22, 2013 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
Jul 22, 2010 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
Apr 11, 2011 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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Anietta
Oct 14, 2013 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
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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Marcy
Aug 07, 2010 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 28, 2013 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.
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.

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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.
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