The Burning Wire, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


New York is being held to ransom. Manhattan's electricity grid has been the victim of a horrific attack ...and more are planned.

While the FBI and Homeland Security try to determine who's behind the carnage, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs race to decode the forensics in order to prevent the next assault. But all is not what it seems. Electricity can be as lethal as it is vital, and Lincoln Rhyme soon finds he's up against a merciless killer with a unique weapon - one that can be found in everyone's home and office. And in the meantime, one of the few criminals to have ever slipped Rhyme's net is under surveillance in Mexico.

The deadly assassin known as the Watchmaker has set his murderous sights on innocent victims, whose identity is as yet unknown ...Lincoln Rhyme must race against the clock, juggling the two investigations, as they hurtle headlong toward their deadly outcomes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340937303



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Someone is electrocuting members of the public by manipulating the power grid - a quite terrifying way to die - as each incident is bigger than the last, Rhyme and Sachs are engaged in a desperate race to stop the killer. At the same time Rhyme is monitoring an investigation tracking the Watchmaker in Mexico. Each investigation is filled with Deaver's trademark twists and turns. But far more fascinating to me were Rhyme's internal struggles with his health and his future.

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