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The Burning Wire

Lincoln Rhyme Book 9

By Jeffery Deaver

  • Hardback
  • £18.99

The electrifying ninth Lincoln Rhyme thriller.

New York is being held to ransom. Manhattan's electricity grid has been the victim of a horrific attack . . . and more are planned.

While the FBI and Homeland Security try to determine who's behind the carnage, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs race to decode the forensics in order to prevent the next assault.

But all is not what it seems. Electricity can be as lethal as it is vital, and Lincoln Rhyme soon finds he's up against a merciless killer with a unique weapon - one that can be found in everyone's home and office.

And in the meantime, one of the few criminals to have ever slipped Rhyme's net is under surveillance in Mexico. The deadly assassin known as the Watchmaker has set his murderous sights on innocent victims, whose identity is as yet unknown . . .

Lincoln Rhyme must race against the clock, juggling the two investigations, as they hurtle headlong toward their deadly outcomes.

Biographical Notes

Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of two collections of short stories and 29 internationally bestselling novels, including the latest James Bond novel Carte Blanche. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim.

A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted.

Jeffery Deaver lives in North Carolina and California.

Visit his website,, Facebook page,, and follow him on Twitter at

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780340937280
  • Publication date: 22 Jul 2010
  • Page count: 432
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
'Deaver can be relied on to deliver high tension - in this case it comes in every sense of the expression.' — The Times
'A no-holds-barred page-turner. One of the masters of the thriller art, it's no surprise Deaver's been chosen to write a new James Bond for 2011.' — Daily Mail
Jeffery Deaver is something of a summer tradition for thriller fans, and a Lincoln Rhyme novel makes for a bumper year. The iconic detective is back for a ninth time in THE BURNING WIRE, and everything else we love is there too: New York setting, accurate to the very street - check! Pages of (literally) forensic detail - check! And a killer more devious and gruesome than even last year's - check! Deaver's pacy prose is addictive enough to result in dreadful sunburn if read on the beach, so approach with caution. — Independent on Sunday
'Ingenious plotting is combined with ample helpings of information, about both New York's infrastructure and the hero's disability' — Sunday Times
'Brilliant . . . it's easy to get swept up in the sheer velocity of the action' — Scotsman
'The art of writing blockbuster thrillers is not easily mastered but Deaver has it at his fingertips. One of his specialities is the out-of-left-field revelation and The Burning Wire is brimming with them.' — Daily Express
'With 26 novels to his name Deaver is an old hand at delivering the goods . . . he still does it better than most, whacking his readers with a neat one-two plot twist as they enter the final straight.' — Observer Thriller of the Month
'Deaver is a master of misdirection and the plot will keep you guessing to the end. A powerful read indeed.' — Evening Standard
'[An] electrically charged thriller.' — Publishers Weekly starred review