Image of The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme)


Image of The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme)

Though the newest Lincoln Rhyme installment has fewer twists than Deaver's usual efforts, his cat-and-mouse game of staying a step ahead of a killer is just as compelling as always. Deaver sheds light on Rhyme's childhood and family members for the first time, adding an interesting insight into his personal history. There's also a clever tieback at the end to one of Rhyme's earlier cases, which sets the scene for future installments.

Lincoln Rhyme is reluctant to take a homicide case in Manhattan because the stunningly intelligent paraplegic is already helping investigators in England snare an elusive villain. But he agrees to help the New York cops when he finds out the prime suspect in their case is his cousin Arthur. Once the men were as close as brothers, but since Lincoln's accident they've been painfully estranged. Now it's up to Rhyme to save his cousin from what looks like an open-and-shut case thanks to a surfeit of on-scene evidence. How was the real killer able to know so much to frame Arthur so thoroughly? It will require the quickest thinking possible to prevent this villain from killing again and ruining more innocent lives. (SIMON AND SCHUSTER, Jun., 416 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Tara Gelsomino