The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver

read by Kerry Shale

Electrifying - literally - as a madman taps into Manhattan's power grid and vapourises his victims.

This is a welcome return for Lincoln Rhyme, Deaver's renowned quadriplegic criminologist, who is also following up leads on an assassin who goes by the name of the Watchmaker and who on the loose in Mexico City. Aided by his partner, field-agent Amelia Sachs, there is no let-up as Rhyme uses his prodigious intellect to turn the tables on the perps.

Deaver is writing the next official James Bond novel, and studying his style and pace, it is easy to see why Flemings' literary executors entrusted this enviable task to such a master of intrigue and suspense.

Kerry Shales' gravelly delivery does Rhyme more than justice and, though perhaps a little brief for such a difficult investigation, The Burning Wire will not disappoint.

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