The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver (♦♦♦)

Someone is terrorizing New York City using electricity as his weapon of choice. Panic is widespread since any electrical outlet can be the cause of death. NYPD, with the help of the FBI and other domestic agencies, identify the perpetrator early on in the investigation, yet they seem unable to stop the fatal attacks. Consultant criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is leading the forensic part of the investigation, collecting evidence—with the help of Amelia Sachs and Ron Pulaski—which doesn’t always make sense. Alongside Rhyme is following a case unfolding in Mexico involving an evasive criminal nicknamed the Watchmaker.

I spent nearly two weeks reading this book. I have read other books by Jeffery Deaver which I have liked, such as The Stone Monkey and Garden of Beasts; I also watched the movie The Bone Collector. This book was disappointing in a sense; I don’t like stories where I’m kept in the dark while the criminal seem to have the upper hand. The characters were engaging and the plot was unique, but the story took very long to develop and, in my opinion, never quite reached momentum.

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