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The only leads in a broad-daylight kidnapping are the account of an eight-year-old girl, some nearly invisible trace evidence and the calling card: a miniature noose left lying on the street. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.
Then 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, 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. All they can do is follow the evidence before their time runs out.
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By Ian on 06-06-17
A good book with a peculiar end.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I don't like to sound like an old bore but a more conventional and possibly more believable ending would have been nice.
The basic premis of the book is interesting and it feels like it's going to be a classic Lincoln and Sax romp. A little unfortunately, approximately 3/4 through the book the plot takes a sideways dive and comes off a little unbelievable. It's almost like the writer allowed some excitable child in his family to script the final twist.
What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Just a fantastic narrator. Certainly one of the best on Audible.
Any additional comments?
I know I have said that the ending is a little strange but the book was very enjoyable nevertheless. Certainly worth a read even if you have not read the other books in this series.
It's nice to catch up with the characters, Lincoln's relentless pursuit of alcohol, Sax's endless car fanaticism and Tom's constant mothering. and I particularly enjoyed the new dynamic of taking them outside the US.
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By christopher on 02-12-18
Saved by Jeff Harding
Massively padded story full of virtually unrelated events and very stilted reported speech. The early Deavers were great books but he seems to have lost it. The book is only saved from total tedium by Jeff Hardings masterly narration.