BOOK REVIEW: THE COLD MOON
This is a terrifically told story that intertwines several cases, some of which eventually combine. The reader can’t get too savvy thinking they know the results of all this action. Jeffery Deaver’s character, Lincoln Rhyme, and his group of expert detectives and forensic professionals give us a tale of intrigue involving the Watchmaker. This character is so good at fooling experts that even Rhyme’s team is stumped.
Amelia Sachs is Rhyme’s “partner” for want of another descriptive word. She is an expert in police work but has interest in Rhyme also. For those of you that are not used to Lincoln Rhyme, he is a quadriplegic in a wheelchair with virtually no feeling in his extremities but his brain is so far superior to most others that the police have kept him on the job for years after his disability.
The Watchmaker is cunning. He appears to be killing people while leaving a clock at the scene of the murder, but little else in the way of clues to anything. He picks and chooses his victims in a way no one can figure, even the partner he has met to assist him in these murders. The partner then gets to sodomize the body after its death, unless something goes wrong with the crime scene and escape must be immediate.
Tie all of this in with a hint of police corruption, another murder that Sachs has taken upon herself to solve, and normal goings on in a huge city like New York, and you have REAL puzzles to work on. The cunningness of The Watchmaker will make you cringe as you read while he stalks his next victim and how he is going to kill them, yet appearing to make them stay alive as long as possible. His partner in crime is not a very smart helper, slipping up on things he would do to throw the evidence other than where The Watchmaker wanted it to go. No matter since The Watchmaker could arrange anything the way he wanted it no matter how many slip ups his partner made.
This book is long but never once did it slow down and lose my attention. I have always enjoyed Jeffery Deaver’s books and The Cold Moon is no exception. If anything is different from his other books it would be the way he has spun so many stories into this one and yet managed to connect most of them together. Thank you Jeffery Deaver.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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