The Burial Hour

Written by Jeffrey Deaver

Review written by Rob Scragg

Rob lives in North East England. He works in Recruitment by day, and is usually to be found knee deep in a pile of books as a reader and reviewer by night. He has recently signed with The Blair Partnership, and his debut crime novel will be out in Spring 2018.


The Burial Hour
Hodder and Stoughton
RRP: £18.99
Released: May 3 2017
HBK

A man is kidnapped in broad daylight. The only witness is an eight-year old girl. The Police find a miniature noose left at the scene.

Over the internet a hanging is streamed live; so Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are up against the clock to find the perpetrator before it is too late. The online clip is signed as The Composer, who resurfaces in Italy kidnapping a second victim in what appears as another random act.

Rhyme & Sachs are determined to bring The Composer to justice. Our duo discover that battling against territorial Italian law enforcement is just as difficult as tracking down their fugitive. All that’s left is to sift through the evidence and hope they can get one step ahead before The Composer strikes again.

This is the thirteenth instalment in the Lincoln Rhyme series, and with Jeffrey Deaver we know what to expect. Tightly written plot, evidence charts a-plenty, and Rhyme’s encyclopaedic knowledge of forensics keeping us hot on the heels of the kidnapper, all ably assisted by the fiery Amelia Sachs.

As a Crime-Fiction reader, I always look forward to Deaver’s plot twists and narrative insights with relish. The Burial Hour is no different as the narrative sleight of hand is masterful; though perhaps the concluding events were slippery as the denouement comes into view. Nonetheless, Jeffrey Deaver remains one of the true masters of the genre; and this time Rhyme has left the US for this investigation injecting an International layer of intrigue into these dark, and disturbing tales.



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