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New York Times best-selling author Jeffery Deaver returns to forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme in his most harrowing case yet.
A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.
Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer....
Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away. So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Italy, Rhyme and Sachs don't hesitate to rejoin the hunt.
But the search is now a complex case of international cooperation - and not all those involved may be who they seem. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance.
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By shelley on 04-14-17
Ballerini & the last 1/4 made the wait worthwhile
What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Edoardo Ballerini has such a wonderfully melodic voice that can add at least one more star to any book.
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SPOILER ALERT!!!!! This was a hard book for me to get through. The first 3/4 of this book just kind of plodded along. Nothing really exciting, a few people got kidnapped and rescued. It appeared that their lives were in danger. Most of the book takes place in Italy where the kidnapper flees to after the first chapter of this book. Rhyme and Sachs follow him and assist in the investigation there.
About 3/4 of the way through the whole story takes a 180* turn in the plot and it truly becomes a Jeffrey Deaver book. Everything you thought you knew about this book is NOT what it appears to be. The suspense takes off and I won't spoil this part of the book for anyone.
So, I guess it's up to the individual reader as to whether or not they want to put up with the first part in order to get to "the good stuff"!
I recommend this book with some hesitation.
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