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Publisher's Summary

On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered, the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer, who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker, has more murders planned in the hours to come. Rhyme, a quadriplegic long confined to his wheelchair, immediately taps his trusted partner and longtime love, Amelia Sachs, to walk the grid and be his eyes and ears on the street. But Sachs has other commitments now, namely, her first assignment as lead detective on a homicide of her own. As she struggles to balance her pursuit of the infuriatingly elusive Watchmaker with her own case, Sachs unearths shocking revelations about the police force that threaten to undermine her career, her sense of self, and her relationship with Rhyme. As the Rhyme-Sachs team shows evidence of fissures, the Watchmaker is methodically stalking his victims and planning a diabolical criminal masterwork. Indeed, the Watchmaker may be the most cunning and mesmerizing villain Rhyme and Sachs have ever encountered.
©2006 Jeffery Deaver (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[Even] Deaver fans...will be hard-pressed to peel back all the layers of the cunning plot at work beneath the surface". (Publishers Weekly)
"As always, Deaver's dialogue is exceptionally realistic, and his plotting is devilishly intricate." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 08-14-06

Another great puzzle!

I'm already an avid fan of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, so I relish each new book. This story was again a great mystery with twists in the plot as well as continued development of the personal lives and relationships of the main characters. I enjoyed the buildup of suspense as "trace" evidences are pieced together to build and finally complete the puzzle style plot, with a smash ending that kept me enthralled. I listen to audible books while working out and this book kept me in the gym quite a long time because I just couldn't stop listening!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joe K. on 10-18-08

Rhyme, Sachs & now Dancer whoopee!

I fully enjoyed this the 7th in the Lincoln Rhyme series and the 1st in a new series featuring Kathryn Dancer. As usual Rhyme uses Amelia Sachs' eyes to "walk the grid" finding physical evidence to analyze, but this time they are up against an adversary clever enough to evade identification and capture. To get the mastermind behind some bizarre murders they reluctantly request help from Kathryn Dancer an expert in interrogation and body language (kinesics). This has all the complexity and engaging storytelling Deaver readers expect.

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