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Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs face another criminal mastermind in their latest adventure. The Watchmaker, a meticulous killer who leaves not much more than his signature ticking clock at each crime scene, may be the sharpest predator Rhyme has ever faced. And he has to do some of it on his own this time, as his partner in crime finally gets to be lead detective on another case.

Sachs' case, the murder of a businessman, leads to a chilling web of corruption in the New York Police Department and a link to her own past that leaves her questioning whether she can continue serving on the force.

Deaver is up to all his familiar tricks, with a highly intelligent perp and all the usual twists, turns and reversals his readers have come to know and love. It's a tribute to Deaver's talent that he's always able to keep Rhyme three steps ahead of both the audience and the killer. Sachs and several other secondary characters wshine here, including the rookie Pulaski and a new character, Kathryn Dance, a psychoanalyst and witness expert, who will, hopefully, return to assist with future cases. (Jun., 404 pp., $26.00)
Reviewed by: 
Tara Gelsomino