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The Burial Hour (Lincoln Rhyme Series #13)

The Burial Hour (Lincoln Rhyme Series #13)

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by Jeffery Deaver

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Forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet in this newest installment of Jeffrey Deaver's New York Times bestselling series.

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A



Forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet in this newest installment of Jeffrey Deaver's New York Times bestselling series.

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.

Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer...

Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away. So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Italy, Rhyme and Sachs don't hesitate to rejoin the hunt.

But the search is now a complex case of international cooperation--and not all those involved may be who they seem. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
Jeffery Deaver's forte is the diabolical puzzle mystery, and The Burial Hour is so devilishly tricky you can practically smell the sulfur fumes.
Publishers Weekly
The abduction of a business executive on Manhattan’s Upper East Side by a man calling himself the Composer kicks off Thriller Award–winner Deaver’s intriguing, if overly complicated, 13th novel featuring forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme (after 2016’s The Steel Kiss). A witness finds a small hangman’s noose at the scene, as well as a torn currency exchange receipt, which suggests to Rhyme that the man was intending to leave the country. When the Composer later kidnaps a traveler at a remote bus stop near Naples, Italy, he leaves a little noose hanging from the bus stop bench. Rhyme and his lover, Det. Amelia Sachs, fly to Naples, where they join forces with the Italian investigating team led by hard-nosed prosecutor Dante Spiro, who’s initially dismissive of Rhyme. Meanwhile, Charlotte McKenzie, a legal liaison with the U.S. State Department, needs Rhyme’s help with the case of an American college student in Naples who’s been arrested for sexual assault. Too many twists and unlikely connections may puzzle some readers. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception. Stellar plot twists are in full abundance in THE STEEL KISS, and the story line veers in several unpredictable directions."—Associated Press

"Deaver doesn't disappoint. With an unmatched ability to create the perfect characters...Deaver takes fans to the edge in this one and dangles them over the cliff...One of the best books of 2016."—Suspense Magazine

"Darkly witty...unsettling."—New York Times Book Review

"Fiendishly inventive...all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."—Kirkus Reviews

"Clever...entertaining...Convincing characters and an unexpected closing twist will remind readers why Deaver is one of today's top thriller writers."—Publishers Weekly

"[THE STEEL KISS is] like a master class in how to perfectly balance plot and character....A terrific novel."—Connecticut News

Library Journal
In the first back-to-back Lincoln Rhyme title since 2006 (Deaver has many irons in his fire), our hero investigates the kidnapping of a businessman on New York's Upper East Side. He's confounded when a similar kidnapping occurs in Italy. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
Quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Steel Kiss, 2016, etc.) celebrates his nuptials by matching wits with perhaps the most dull-witted of his many opponents: a serial kidnapper whose crimes seem as toothless as they are motiveless.The first victim, Robert Ellis, is a San Jose media buyer snatched from the streets of New York under the eyes of an unusually perceptive 9-year-old, who not only sees the abduction, but recovers an important piece of evidence—a tiny hangman's noose—in time to set Rhyme and his allies on the trail to rescue Ellis before he can be properly hanged. A similar noose found at the site where a second victim, Libyan refugee Ali Maziq, was kidnapped outside Naples causes Rhyme to move the honeymoon celebrating his upcoming marriage to his longtime colleague NYPD Detective Amelia Sachs to Italy, where he arrives just in time to watch the first of many tangles between imperious prosecutor Dante Spiro and Ercole Benelli, the enterprising but inexperienced Forestry Corps officer who's been seconded to the Naples Questura at the request of Detective Inspector Massimo Rossi, who finds the young man keener and quicker than the Carabinieri officer charged with the investigation. From that point on it's all forensics, all the time, in Rhyme's quest to catch a culprit calling himself The Composer before he succeeds in killing one of the people he snatches apparently for no better reason than to record the sounds they make. Although hard-core fans of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs will be duly impressed by Rhyme's death-on-rats analysis of trace evidence, other readers will miss more sharply distinguished characters, a more memorable villain, and a more coherent plot—particularly once the case takes on aspects of international terrorism and Deaver veers more sharply than convincingly into Homeland territory. As even Lord Peter Wimsey demonstrated, a detective's entitled to a break during his honeymoon. Expect Rhyme and Company to be back to fighting strength by next year.

Product Details

Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
Lincoln Rhyme Series , #13
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Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at www.JefferyDeaver.com.

Brief Biography

Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
May 6, 1950
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

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The Burial Hour 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not one of my favorite Lincoln Rhyme novels. The story line was too fanciful and the reading became tedious.
Anonymous 8 months ago
As usual can't wait for the next one
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not worth reading . Why? Because the big plot-twist makes the premise of the book fake and the book in the end actually very uninteresting
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book was as fascinating & thrilling as is usual for this brilliant author; I loved the Italian experience and look forward to the new direction this series may be taking!
Anonymous 16 days ago
Delightful read Delightful read
Anonymous 24 days ago
Like all of his books and now perhaps international? Excellent!
Anonymous 29 days ago
This book starts out like all of the others in the Lincoln Rhyme series. And then quite suddenly all of the action and investigation shifts to Italy and we are suddenly confronted with a whole new cast of supporting players. The book's formula does not change but it was an abrupt transition and leaves the reader (at least me) striving to maintain that balance that came with the New York scene. And to further complicate the ending suggests that Lincoln, Thom and Amanda just might be heading to further international travel. J M Lydon
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loves_to_readLF 4 months ago
Really struggled to get through this one. I don't think it lived up to past Lincoln Rhyme stories. It almost seems like he didn't know where to go once things got to Italy. I hope the next one is better.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This brought many memories of my favorite country, Italy the plot was convoluted and the characters so very interesting. My miniscule knowledge of the language challenged me. All in all A VERY GOOD READ
Anonymous 5 months ago
Gave it only a four. Love his writing and the complexities. However, really disliked the complete turn of all events three quarter through the book with no hints it was even going there. Not good. Kind of lacked thereafter. Would have preferred the story building to a more complete finish without the turn on a dime. An excellent writer though. Kat
tedfeit0 6 months ago
The latest Lincoln Rhyme mystery novel begins with an argument between the criminologist and his aide, Thom, about the forthcoming marriage of Rhyme and supercop Amelia Sachs. The controversy centers on where the honeymoon should take place, with unsentimental Lincoln lobbying for Greenland, where he can observe some new method or other, and Thom suggesting someplace more romantic. Then fate intervenes in the form of an abduction and an odd form of murder, a hanging with a noose made of a cello gut string. When the victim is rescued in the nick of time by Sachs, the perpetrator, a mental health escapee from an institution, apparently goes to Italy, where Sachs and Rhyme follow only to be treated shabbily by the Italian police and prosecutor. Eventually, somehow all work together to solve the mystery, only after at least three more abductions take place. Unlike previous entries in the series, forensic analysis is done by an Italian woman, albeit a capable technician, with Rhyme and Sachs only able to read the results. On the whole, this novel is less satisfying than previous books in the series. Perhaps the author strained as he based the plot on a controversial topic: cascading immigration overwhelming the country. Also, the conclusion is hardly in sync with previous novels featuring the criminologist. However, it raises the question of whether the author is preparing readers for a seismic shift in future plotting. Since there are glimmers of the old Lincoln Rhyme, this entry, as all previous ones, is recommended.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Tedious at best. Story line was so convoluted and long. Finished it so disappointed.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Deaver is a great author. I have read all his books. I didn't like this took place in Italy. There was too much emphasis on their police procedure and characters. I would rather read about the Selitto and the regular crew in New York.
customer2 8 months ago
the worst book in the Lincoln rhyme series by far. Don't waste your money on this boring and badly written book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Set in Italy this latest installment of Rhymes and Sachs will please as always.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This one had a few too many sub plots for me , still he is master at storytelling! He ties everything together nicely & leaves u knowing another good story is coming!!!!