The Burial Hour

The Burial Hour

Book - 2017
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A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Soon 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, Italy, 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. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455536375
1455536377
Branch Call Number: FIC DEAVE
Characteristics: 464 pages.

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sloanelm
Dec 02, 2018

I was reading all of Jeffery Deaver's books some years ago, but moved along to other reading. I recently picked up The Burial Hour at the library. It was good to see the familiar characters, to experience the many differences in policing in Italy, and to meet an enjoyable new character, the Forestry police officer. But, to add to a long book, there is VIII The Dragonfly and the Gargoyle, which seemed to be an add-on short story, where characters from the previous 557 pages were re-introduced as if we hadn't just read the previous book. And then when that little add-on was finished, "Turn the page for a bonus short story by Jeffery Deaver." And there's yet another little story. Stop!

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cambridgedon
Feb 19, 2018

Still good but not a sterling effort from Deaver as the plot devolves two-thirds of the way through and you can't help feel a little disappointed with the insipid twist that stretches credulity.

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librarianatlarge
Nov 07, 2017

This book was a slog. One of the worst in the series. Deaver's writing is never great -- his dialogue is stilted and the characters are one dimensional. I usually enjoy them, though, for the interesting forensics and intricate plots. This plot was just silly. The book really drags and could be at least 100 pages shorter. I had to force myself to finish it, and ended up skimming about the last third of the book.

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brangwinn
Sep 03, 2017

A Lincoln Rhyme mystery in which Rhyme is not the center of the story—but rather his fiancé, Amelia, as she takes center stage to solve a murder mystery in Italy.

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wmtlady
Jul 04, 2017

Very disappointing for Jeffery Deaver book. Two cases meandering and dragging out the book; they were supposed to intersect at the end but the first, major plot became pitiful and the second was stupid. The end result was such a boring book that I had to scan the last third. If you skip this book and just expect Lincoln Rhyme to become involved in future international intrigue, your reading time will be put to better use.

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maipenrai
Feb 12, 2017

(Book 13 in the Lincoln Rhyme series)

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