The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver (a book blurt)

This is the 12th in a book series about a world-renowned forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme, who is quadriplegic, and a kick-ass New York detective, Amelia Sachs. Together they make a powerful combination of increasing the odds in solving complex cases. They’re the kind of characters you miss after you finish the book. The crimes they solve are full of puzzles that make you think along with this duo. Another fun thing about this author is he writes about current or past events or just things that he finds interesting. For example, in this story he delves into computer automation, which plays a part in the criminal’s killing method.

With this review and maybe all I do going forward, I’m keeping things short. I call these “blurts” because I want you to know about the book or movie without spoiling it for you. So that’s all for now, folks.

Listed below are prior Deaver books on his Lincoln Rhyme series in the order they were published; here you can see how the romance between Rhyme and Sachs came to blossom. Yes, this too is a big draw of thriller series. You’d be surprised how many such series include romance. However, this genre contains action, mystery, and heinous crimes, too. I will continue updating the list below, as I finish reading his new publications.

The Bone Collector
The Coffin Dancer
The Empty Chair
The Stone Monkey
The Vanished Man
The Cold Moon
The Broken Window
The Burning Wire
XO
The Kill Room
The Skin Collector
The Burial Hour (2017)
The Cutting Edge (2018)

The Watcher in the Wall by Owen Laukkanen (a book review)

This is the fifth of a book series that features FBI Agent, Carla Windermere, who earned the nickname, Super Cop, because of her arrest record, among other reasons. She’s teamed up with Kirk Stevens, a state investigator, who at one time sat in a Minneapolis precinct in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) division. In this installment, he is now sharing an office with Carla at an FBI office based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Continue reading

Memory Man by David Baldacci (a book review)

This book has the makings of a new book series. The hero is Amos Decker, a middle-aged, 6’5”, 350-lb., former police detective whose mind is like a DVR. A football accident that happened during his first college football game as a freshman resulted in giving him more than a concussion. His brain somehow got knocked in the right places to give him the ability to recall all his memories at will. His size is metaphorical of the heaviness of life events that will follow later. One of such events is the inexplicable murders of his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law. The murders go unsolved and his life spirals down until many years later he is roused from his lackluster existence. Continue reading