The writing is fast and flavoursome, and strong enough to dive straight back into after along, boozy lunch.
This is Deaver at his very best and not to be missed by any thriller fan.
Expert pacing and strong characterisation. As with all the best series novels, you can drop in at any point and feel at home.
THE KILL ROOM is full of his trademark twists, breathless suspense and ironic humour. It is a thriller of 'bits, scraps, observations (and) 180 degree changes in direction' which never cheats the reader, so that the only response can be sighs of satisfaction and admiration.
If you want the best crime, try Jeff Deaver
Deaver's undoubted skill is in creating a story that is as gripping as it is entirely believable - the esoteric details that he uses to create his killers and the world they inhabit are mesmerising.
Deaver might well be expected to rest on his laurels at this point in his career, but his 30th novel is refreshingly ambitious, as his labyrinthine twists lead the reader ever further into a fog of ambiguity about misdirected patriotism, drone warfare, whistle-blowing and free speech
There's no danger of this 10th Lincoln Rhyme outing collecting anything but enthusiastic praise . . . This is Deaver back on his most comfortable territory and the battle with a ruthless killer is delivered with the accumulating menace that has long been Deaver's trademark. Rhyme and Amelisa remain one of the most distinctive duos in crime fiction and Deaver is somehow able to come up with something fresh and unusual for them, even though familiar elements are utilised. What the author is particularly good at is the tense set-piece, as in the police siege at the end of THE KILL ROOM, delivered with panache. As ever he plays fair with the reader. We're given all the relevant information but are nevertheless still jolted by the successive revelations.
An exciting and thoughtful examination of how far government can go . . . Deaver doesn't disappoint. Against a grave and complex legal backstory, he unwinds an elaborate narrative with believable, intriguing characters and fascinating CSI-like investigative aplomb . . . compelling and provocative
Without doubt my favourite US crime writer