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The Steel Kiss

(Lincoln Rhyme #12)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  12,038 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She’s chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident ...more
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
After a bad experience with my previous Jeffrey Deaver (Solitude Creek), I kept putting off reading The Steel Kiss. I shouldn't have. And prior to that, I hadn't picked up a Jeffrey Deaver book in years, for no particular reason, I just hadn't.

It did take me a little time to get into, but once I was into it, I was into it!

Deaver rarely disappoints, and he certainly didn't here. He takes what you think you know, and turns it on its head. This was an entertaining, almost exhilarating read with pl
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This is the 12th book in the 'Lincoln Rhyme' series, but can be read as a standalone without missing much.


As the story opens, quadriplegic, forensic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme has given up being a police consultant and is teaching forensics.

One of Rhyme's students - thirtyish, wheelchair-bound Juliette Archer - asks to be his intern, and Rhyme agrees.

Meanwhile, Rhyme's professional partner/girlfriend, NYPD Detective Amelia Sachs, is on the trail of a murderer called Unsub 40.

Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
It's been a while since I read a Lincoln Rhyme book; I have actually missed reading the two previous books in the series. But nerveless, it felt really good to return to this series since I like the main characters so much. There is some friction between Amelia and Lincoln in this book. She is upset that he has quit the force to work as a teacher, and she also has some personal problems with her mother being ill. Lincoln has taken on a Juliette Archer as an intern, and I was a bit worried Deaver ...more
Andrew Smith
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is the 12th book featuring the quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner (in love and work) Amelia Sachs. In each book we are able to watch an unusual and enterprising criminal murder some of New York’s inhabitants - often in bizarre and clever ways - whilst Rhyme and his crew analyse data and trace evidence in an attempt to track him or her down. Rhyme is a former forensic analyst with the NYPD and the police now hire him to support their efforts when they believe the additi ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
This is the first Deaver/Rhyme book that I have read. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought that The Steel Kiss started off a little slowly, but when the crimes link together and Rhyme and Sach's join forces, I became hooked. The novel is packed with surprising twists and revelations. Be forewarned, there are some gory moments!

I didn't feel lost having never read a Lincoln Rhyme mystery; however, I do have several questions that I think will be answered if I re
I can't believe this is only the second book I've read from this popular author. I need to rectify this.
I really was taken with this style of writing that immediately drew me in.
I'm not really ' into' James Bond so I hadn't connected the author to that. I must bury my head in the sand.

This story features the well known paraplegic forensic detective from a previous book.

We all like our technology. With some, we cannot live without it. Used for the correct purpose its fine, helpful and fruitful b
Honestly Jeffrey Deaver is better than this book. He didn't follow up on events from the last one, he had Sachs and Rhyme at odds for "tension" and introduced one new character and someone we heard about just to make us readers think could Sachs and Rhyme be done. It was eyeroll inducing because it wasn't even believable. And to start off with Rhyme feeling guilty about a case so much he is done working for the NYPD wasn't to be believed. This book felt light on evidence and also Rhyme may need ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, netgalley, reviewed
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 ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the 12th book in the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver and although it is a decent read it is not one of the better ones in this series. The characters are very familiar so the book flows well but I did find it a little too busy with all the side plots and thought it could do with a little editing.

Lincoln Rhyme is a consultant for the NYPD and investigates an escalator malfunction on behalf of the widow of the man who died in the accident. It soon appears that it may not have been a
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Master of suspense Jeffery Deaver returns with the latest gripping thriller featuring paraplegic forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. The hardback contains an exclusive, never-before-seen leaked memo from the Lincoln Rhyme case files. I have read quite a few of Jeffery Deaver's thriller books. What I like about Jeffery Deaver is that he is never afraid to push the boundaries for a thriller. He is most certainly one of the best plotters in the world. He is a master at keeping us on the edge of our s ...more
Alan Cotterell
This book shows that even the great authors like Jeffrey Deaver can have an off day. It is a decent read, and from a lesser author might be quite good. It is not one of the better ones in the series.

This is possibly due to not following up on events from the last one, Sachs and Rhyme were at odds for a lot of the book. None of the characters were shown well in this one, even New York feels superficial and sterile at times. Deaver used to go into the history of an item, a city, a street, a chemi
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a creepy and suspenseful book I have just finished. I was a little perturbed when I read that Lincoln had retired from the criminal side and would not be involved in this one. However, you never really know what can happen in a Jeffery Deaver novel. Also, a new intern is added to the mix and I like it!

There are actually about four stories going on in this book and of course, for the most part keep you on the edge of your seat. I will never look at a remote the same way again. It's amazing
Ardent Reader
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I found several plots in this story as uninteresting. Specially mentioning of Amelia's former boyfriend, ex-cop Nick Carelli coming out of prison.

The other matter was that the lack of details about the forensic and having multiple inside stories made this book so complex and confusing.
Jenny Baker
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

If I was a hardcore crime thriller fan, I would have easily given this four stars.

I met Jeffrey Deaver at a writing conference in 2017 and he was a friendly, approachable man. He taught the best writing workshop I've ever attended. Not only was he organized and analytical, he gave some of the best writing advice I've ever heard. I told him that afterwards and he was genuinely appreciative. He also gave a great interview for my local library, but at the moment, I can't find the YouTube
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This was a decent installment in the Lincoln Rhyme series, but I think I'm nearing the end of my run with it. Deaver seems to feel that he needs to constantly employ writing tricks to keep the reader interested. In this novel, that meant multiple incidents of failing to reveal the true motivations and actions of characters, even when they acted as narrators. It happened so many times in this one novel that it became annoying rather than surprising, and felt more like a heavy-handed writing assig ...more
The Cats’ Mother
The Steel Kiss is the twelfth book in Deaver’s long-running Lincoln Rhyme series about a paraplegic criminalist and his police officer partner Amelia Sachs solving horrendous crimes from his New York loft apartment. I’ve slowly worked my way through the series over the last ten or more years but had had a break, but felt ready to come back to it. There’s a short story called The Deliveryman which leads into this but it’s not essential to read that first.

Sachs is pursuing the suspect in a brutal
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Jeffery Deaver, my 9th Lincoln rhyme novel,5 more to go then I have caught up bloody brilliant.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author's series featuring forensic detective and quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme never disappoint - and I'm pretty sure I've read every single one (this is the 12th full novel, I believe). But for some reason, this one hit just a titch off the bullseye, prompting me to issue a slightly lower rating (to be more precise, 4.5 stars, which isn't possible here).

I can't put my finger on a reason, except perhaps that Rhyme has stopped working on NYPD criminal cases - much to the dismay of his profession
Liz Barnsley
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Lincoln Rhyme. It is a series I have been in from the start, never missed one, never been disappointed although as with any series it has had its ups and downs and my favourite is still “The Vanished Man” even after all these years – with The Steel Kiss Jeffrey Deaver is on top form once more though and I thoroughly enjoyed this one and inhaled it in a couple of sittings.

Here Lincoln has retired from the criminal side of things (WHAT? I hear you cry – do not fear, he just can’t help himse
retronerd  Steinkuehler
Too many back stories and past relationships. A long saga. Kind of silly, too. Deaver has done so much better in the past.
Terri Lynn
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was relieved that this book was so good. Jeffery Deaver sometimes goes astray like in some of the Kathryn Dance mystery novels like the horrible ones about country music/folk music characters and even a recording of some really bad music. It distracts from the mystery and the music stuff is just goofy. This is in his Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series which I like better.

In this story, Amelia is ticked off that Lincoln has sworn off doing criminal work as a consultant for the NYPD after a deat
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-new-york
Getting formulaic, but still nice to see Lincoln Rhyme again. A grand "red herring" moment, but still worthwhile. Recommended. ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very gruesome scene right out of the gate.

It's been years since I've read a Lincoln Rhyme. He and Amelia are still prickly and fun, with no time for nonsense. Rhyme's assistant Thom is still putting up with them, and Rhyme's new intern is promising as a recurring new character. There's are several threads going beyond the chase of the serial killer, including civil litigation, rogue cops undercover, White Castle hamburgers, an unexpected ex-fiance, and miniature crafting as a hobby.

This fleshe
PopcornReads - MkNoah
As most of you have already figured out, I read far more novels than most people every year. Yes, I am a confirmed bookaholic and proud of it. Given that, it’s always surprising to me when I realize I haven’t read an acclaimed author’s work. Jeffery Deaver is a prime example of that. He’s probably one of our top international bestselling authors, with lots of awards and with over 30 highly successful novels under his belt. The man is considered a master at crime novels. I even saw The Bone Colle ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galleys-arcs
It has been quite a while since I have read a Lincoln Rhyme novel, so I was a little worried about trying to pick the story back up in case the lives of the main characters had changed. And boy did they ever least for me, they did.

As usual, the author sticks with his usual way of telling his story. He starts off with something good, which leads into a lecture or ten and then the action heats up again. It gets so exciting that you may get to the point where you would rather pass out t
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
A fast-paced thriller with a brilliantly complex suspect, diverse cast and ingenious interpretations of trace evidence and profile interwoven through the nicely balanced plot, touching on a number of contemporary sociotechnological issues along the way. Don't expect to put this one down.

(Personal disclaimer: It's been a while since I read the first book, the only other of the series I've read, but I was sucked straight in without any awkwardly infuriating "You had to be there" moments. I'll be g
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great story about Lincoln Rhymes and Amelia Sachs. This time they are working in different arenas as Lincoln tries his hand at teaching and training others. Amelia is hunting a killer and resenting Lincoln for disbanding their successful crime fighting team. Lincoln becomes involved in Amelia’s case when she asks him to help one of the victim’s relative’s get justice.
As both cases progress they suddenly seem to converge and they must once again work together to bring the perpetrator to j
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the better in the series...maybe the best since "Bone Collector"...on the trail of a serial murderer hacking into intelligent data chips turning consumer products into murder weapons...enjoyed the literary device of all characters having their own story lines that eventually ties together at the read! ...more
Stephen Robert Collins
Sep 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 100-bull-shit
Congratulations this was worst book if 2016 Won the Toliet Paper award IE fit to wipe ya arse with.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s a Jeffery Deaver story so, as expected, it’s a page turner! Only a master can make you feel something for a murderous criminal, I did in this story. As with all Lincoln Rhyme novels, this is a great read! Thank you for so many great stories Mr. Deaver!
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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. ...more

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