The Lincoln Rhyme Series.
An accident on the job as an NYPD forensics criminalist has left Lincoln Rhyme quadriplegic.
His brilliance is not dulled as he continues to consult with the police on particularly difficult crimes. With officer Amelia Sachs performing physical investigations, Rhyme offers analysis of crime scenes.
The first Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Bone Collector, was made into a move starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. It is interesting to note that in the novels, Rhyme is not African American. The movie isn’t bad, but the book is terrific.
I am looking forward to the June 2010 release of The Burning Wire, a new title featuring Lincoln Rhyme. I highly recommend this series for readers who crave fast-paced intelligent thrillers. There are currently eight titles featuring Rhyme and Sachs. In the seventh novel of the series, The Cold Moon, Kathryn Dance is introduced.
The Kathryn Dance Series.
Kathryn Dance is an agent for the California Bureau of Investigation who specializes in kinesics. She uses analysis of body language to analyze suspects. As she interrogates subjects, she is looking for what they are saying with their bodies as much as their words.
Dance is on her own in The Sleeping Doll, facing a Charles Manson-like killer, as well as in Roadside Crosses, Deaver’s most recent release. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these novels. Roadside Crosses was particularly interesting for its use of current social networking trends, blogs, and Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) as crucial elements of the story.
The Rune Trilogy.
Admittedly, I knew nothing about the Rune Trilogy prior to writing this entry. And I just abandoned writing long enough to locate them on my public library web site. Manhattan is My Beat, Death of a Blue Movie Star, and Hard News all feature Rune, a young aspiring filmmaker who seems to be drawn into mysteries. I will be picking these up in… oh, about an hour.
Stand Alones and More.
Deaver has participated in the multi-author works, The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet as well as writing several other stand-alone novels and short story collections. You know that I am no short story fan, but I admit to having read Deaver’s Twisted and actually enjoyed it…
Looking for a mystery loaded with action and plot twists? Check out Jeffrey Deaver!