The Cold Moon

The Cold Moon

Book - 2006
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Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic detective made famous in The Bone Collector is back in a thriller from the masterful Jeffery Deaver. When a sadistic killer leaves clocks at his murder scenes, will time run out for the criminologist and his partner Amelia Sachs?

On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered--the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer--who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker--has more murders planned in the hours to come.

Rhyme, a quadriplegic long confined to his wheelchair, immediately taps his trusted partner and longtime love, Amelia Sachs, to walk the grid and be his eyes and ears on the street. But Sachs has other commitments now--namely, her first assignment as lead detective on a homicide of her own. As she struggles to balance her pursuit of the infuriatingly elusive Watchmaker with her own case, Sachs unearths shocking revelations about the police force that threaten to undermine her career, her sense of self and her relationship with Rhyme. As the Rhyme-Sachs team shows evidence of fissures, the Watchmaker is methodically stalking his victims and planning a diabolical criminal masterwork...Indeed, the Watchmaker may be the most cunning and mesmerizing villain Rhyme and Sachs have ever encountered.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743491570
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 401 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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May 17, 2018

Another excellent effort from Deaver that pits a brilliant criminal against the beloved criminologist. There are several twists and turns and a devious ending that would be a spoiler to give away so I'll zip my lips. Well worth the read - it will keep you hopping like the Energizer bunny.

Apr 05, 2017

Three quarters (maybe halfway) through this book I was under the impression that I was reading to a glorified Law and Order episode.
Then came the ending(s). I tell you, this book must have at least 5 "false endings"! It just kept twisting again and again---entertaining, I admit, but also somewhat exhausting.

Mar 11, 2016

This is a particularly twisty addition to the Lincoln Rhymes series. I really admire how Jeffery Deaver can weave these intricate story lines into one coherent (and fun to read!) novel. Looking forward to picking up the next one in the series.

Feb 06, 2014

after the bone collector, this is now another favorite of mine. definite recommend.


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