It's been a while since I've picked up one of the Lincoln Rhyme novels by Jeffery Deaver. The Kill Room came in at the library, and it made it onto my recreational reading list. As usual, Deaver delivered a good story with plenty of action. You do have to suspend belief or not get bothered by some over-the-top twists and details at times, but overall it was enjoyable.
In The Kill Room, Rhyme is consulted on a case involving the killing of a Latin American activist while in the Bahamas. Because the activist was an American citizen who visited New York only days before his murder, the crime falls within the jurisdiction of the NYPD. Rhyme's expertise in analysing a crime scene is normally why he gets involved, but in this case, he has no access to "the kill room" or any of the evidence. His already somewhat demanding personality goes into overdrive as his every move to get information is thwarted by both the Bahamian and US government, and it quickly becomes obvious that there is far more to the killing than just a long-range sniper shot that happened to find its target. It's also not getting any easier as potential witnesses turn up dead before they can tell their stories, and someone would apparently like to see Sachs and Rhyme meet the same fate.
The Kill Room didn't suffer from lack of action. The plot moved forward at a good pace throughout the book. A number of the twists and scenarios pushed the bounds of reality and probability to the edge, and I can see how some people might get somewhat hung up on that. Since I was more interested in entertainment than reality, I didn't have much of a problem. Just know that the factor exists. I also found it a little easier to immerse myself in the story as I couldn't help but picture Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme from the movie The Bone Collector. As such, I was playing out the mental movie as I read.
This was solid entertainment to relax a bit after a long day. It wasn't edge-of-the-seat-can't-put-it-down, but not every book has to be that. In fact, it's probably best they aren't, as I would end up with even less sleep than I already get...
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Starred Review. Deaver returns to his popular Lincoln Rhyme series with this latest installment that finds Rhyme and his partner heading to the Bahamas to investigate the murder of an American citizen by the United States government. Narrated by the trio of Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, and Edoardo Ballerini, the novel comes to life via a series of inspired performances, each as convincing and entertaining as the last. Snyder shines in the lead role, but LaVoy and Ballerini also bend and twist their vocal cords to realistically portray the book's characters. This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. A Grand Central hardcover. (June)--This text refers to theAudio CDedition.