Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, Amelia Sachs, find themselves literally running out of time in Deaver's (The Twelfth Card) latest, in which they must stop the Watchmaker, a diabolical mastermind who leaves behind a calling card of a moon-faced ticking clock at his crime scenes. The Watchmaker is a true genius who plans for every eventuality with timepiece precision, keeping steps ahead of his pursuers. As Rhyme and Sachs race to stop his next murder, Amelia must balance the assignment with her first solo homicide case, which will have ramifications to her past and future career in law enforcement. Could it also jeopardize her personal and professional relationship with Rhyme? Deaver is a master of manipulation and the straightforward story is miles away from the narrative's real undercurrent. Readers will be shocked and amazed at the end result of this ingenious way to pass the time. For all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/06.] Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Bestseller Deaver's twisty seventh Lincoln Rhyme novel (after 2005's The Twelfth Card) pits Rhyme, the quadriplegic NYPD detective, against a brilliant criminal mastermind called the Watchmaker. Assisted by his longtime partner, Det. Amelia Sachs, an expert at forensic analysis, Rhyme probes two bizarre murders linked by the killer's calling card-a clock left at the scene. The Watchmaker, as an ominous poem also left at the scene suggests, is bent on executing eight more people in a variety of ways intended to prolong their suffering. Deaver cleverly alternates between the Rhyme/Sachs team and the Watchmaker and his assistant, heightening tension by introducing the next targets and humanizing them. Sachs loses some focus when she also has to probe a suicide that she suspects is connected with some corrupt brother officers. Deaver fans won't be surprised that the investigations overlap, or that the several apparent climaxes are building to something more, but even they will be hard-pressed to peel back all the layers of the cunning plot at work beneath the surface. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.