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New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
434 pages ; 24 cm.
9781455536429 (hardcover)
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Author Notes
Jeffery Deaver was born on May 6, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. Before attending law school, he worked as a business writer. After law school, he worked for a Wall Street law firm practicing corporate law. In 1990, he decided to stop practicing law and become a full-time writer. <p> His first novel was a horror story entitled Voodoo. He is the author of more than 25 novels and has written some of those stories under the pseudonym William Jeffries. He writes the Lincoln Rhyme series and the Kathryn Dance series. A Maiden's Grave was adapted into a film by HBO called Dead Silence and The Bone Collector was adapted into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He received the Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association, the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year three times, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. <p> (Bowker Author Biography) Jeffery Deaver, the author of eighteen other novels of suspense, has been nominated for three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America & is a two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year. A lawyer who quit practicing to write full time, he lives in California & Virginia. <p> (Publisher Provided)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Lincoln Rhyme (Male), Forensic specialist, Professor, Quadriplegic, Wheelchair-bound, Has taken on a job of teaching forensic science;
Amelia Sachs (Female), Police detective, In a relationship with Lincoln;
Serial killers
Serial killings
Murder witnesses
Murder investigations
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Justin Pavel's jewelry shop in Manhattan's famed Diamond District beckons a couple to celebrate their engagement with a pricy diamond. Instead, they are brutally murdered by a killer who leaves behind gems and cash. Although maimed, the surviving witness, diamond cutter Vimal Lahori, goes into hiding-making finding him difficult for Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, the NYPD detectives working the case. More killings follow, indicating that the murderer, known as the Promisor, is targeting engaged couples. Initial yet inconclusive forensic evidence leads to Vladimir Rostov, who works for the world's largest diamond mining monopoly in Moscow. Rhyme and Sachs fear they may be the Promisor's next victims as the recently married couple had also purchased a diamond. Verdict As if anticipating a blockbuster film adaptation (think Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in The Bone Collector), Deaver cranks out another convoluted narrative embellished with extensive setting details that lumbers along, making for a tedious read. Still, fans of the series (The Burial Hour) will want this.-Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

At the start of Thriller Award-winner Deaver's stellar 14th Lincoln Rhyme novel (after 2017's The Burial Hour), William Sloane and Anna Markam, an engaged couple, enter the jewelry store of Jatin Patel, a master diamond cutter who works in Manhattan's diamond district, to pick up a ring. Unfortunately, a gunman wearing a ski mask is right behind them. After the intruder shoots William and Anna dead, he tortures and kills Jatin with a box-cutter. Vimal Lahori, an employee, arrives at the store, takes a shot in the side from the killer, and manages to escape. Rhyme and his usual team-Det. Lon Sellitto of the NYPD, lover Amelia Sachs, patrol officer Ron Pulaski, and lab expert Mel Cooper-investigate. The tension rises as Vimal tries to stay hidden, the killer hunts more victims, and the media receive a note from "The Promisor" threatening the deaths of more engaged couples. Deaver keeps the twists and surprises coming in this roller-coaster ride of a thriller. Five-city author tour. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

A killer is using New York City as his hunting ground, apparently targeting people who are soon to be married. But it's not about the marriage; the Promisor, as he calls himself, looks to be fixated on a symbol of marriage: diamonds. When the killer unintentionally leaves a witness alive, criminalist Lincoln Rhyme races against time to find the young man before the Promisor does, but complicating matters is a series of explosions that appear to be caused by earthquakes. Could the quakes somehow also be the work of the Promisor. Who is this faceless killer? What is his real plan? As usual, Deaver keeps us guessing right up to the novel's final moments, layering on puzzle after puzzle, dropping clues into the story so subtly that trying to spot them all is pretty much an exercise in futility (but an awfully fun exercise). Highly recommended for the author's legion of fans, of course, but also for the increasingly small number of readers who have for some inexplicable reason not yet made Deaver's acquaintance.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist
DANGEROUSLY GOOD. DISTINCTIVELY DEAVER. <br> Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City to confront a killer terrorizing couples at their happiest--and most vulnerable. <br> In the early hours of a quiet, weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems, but engaged couples themselves. <br> The Promisor vows to take the lives of men and women during their most precious moments--midway through the purchase of an engagement ring, after a meeting with a wedding planner, trying on the perfect gown for a day that will never come. The Promisor arrives silently, armed with knife or gun, and a time of bliss is transformed, in an instant, to one of horror. <br> Soon the Promiser makes a dangerous mistake: leaving behind an innocent witness, Vimal Lahori, a talented young diamond cutter, who can help Rhyme and Sachs blow the lid off the case. They must track down Vimal before the killer can correct his fatal error. Then disaster strikes, threatening to tear apart the very fabric of the city--and providing the perfect cover for the killer to slip through the cracks. <br>
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