Books by Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is the author of twenty-one suspense novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Stone Monkey, The Blue Nowhere, The Empty Chair, The Devil's Teardrop, and The Coffin Dancer, as well as The Bone Collector and

THE BURIAL HOUR by Jeffery Deaver
Released: April 11, 2017

"As even Lord Peter Wimsey demonstrated, a detective's entitled to a break during his honeymoon. Expect Rhyme and Company to be back to fighting strength by next year."
Quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Steel Kiss, 2016, etc.) celebrates his nuptials by matching wits with perhaps the most dull-witted of his many opponents: a serial kidnapper whose crimes seem as toothless as they are motiveless. Read full book review >
THE STEEL KISS by Jeffery Deaver
Released: March 8, 2016

"Fans savvy enough to ignore the ill-advised extras and keep their eyes on the duel between Rhyme and Unsub 40 will be treated to all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."
The latest of Lincoln Rhyme's fiendishly inventive antagonists is a killer who rails against rampant consumerism online, then hacks into the Internet of Things to murder New Yorkers who've grown too attached to their computer-driven toys. Read full book review >
SOLITUDE CREEK by Jeffery Deaver
Released: May 12, 2015

"Dance's fourth appearance (XO, 2012, etc.) shows her still-creaky skill set—she can't tell when her 12-year-old is lying to her—in search of a plot that can effectively harness her putative gifts."
Someone yells fire in a crowded Monterey concert venue, setting off the latest cat-and-mouse game for kinesics expert Kathryn Dance and her elusive quarry. Read full book review >
THE SKIN COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver
Released: May 13, 2014

"It's reassuring to think that as the bad guys grow ever more ingenious, so does Rhyme. And indeed, so does Deaver, though not necessarily in such a good way."
Even the genre's leading magician has his off days, as Deaver shows in this over-inventive yet highly derivative sequel to The Bone Collector (1997), The Cold Moon (2006) and quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme's other adventures. Read full book review >
TROUBLE IN MIND by Jeffery Deaver
Released: March 4, 2014

"Deaver describes five of these stories as new, and his publisher identifies five more as reprints. One of the others, 'Bump,' is a reprint as well. But what about 'The Competitors,' a routine tale of terrorism at the Olympics? It's just one more mystery."
Fans of the genre's most indefatigable prestidigitator are in for a treat: The third volume of his short stories (More Twisted, 2006, etc.) may be his best. Read full book review >
THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance."
Remember Merrily We Roll Along, the Sondheim musical out of Kaufman and Hart that began with its climactic scene and worked backward to the beginning? Deaver's borrowed the same concept and juiced it with assorted felonies, nonstop suspense and his trademark braininess. Read full book review >
THE KILL ROOM by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 4, 2013

"Deaver's sleight of hand, so effective on the homefront, carries less weight in a world of international counterterrorism in which it's a given that everybody's trying to kill or discredit everybody else. It's still magic, but it's harder to care when everyone is a magician."
Lincoln Rhyme goes geopolitical. Read full book review >
XO by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 12, 2012

"A serious page-turner that would have been even better if it had ended a hundred pages earlier."
A country singer/songwriter who's getting unwelcome attention from a devoted fan provides kinesic specialist Kathryn Dance, of the California Bureau of Investigation, with her third extra-twisty case. Read full book review >
EDGE by Jeffery Deaver
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

Deaver's latest nail-biter features a blank-faced hero from a shadowy federal agency whose job is to protect menaced innocents from kidnappers and killers who don't want them to be protected. Read full book review >
THE BURNING WIRE by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 1, 2010

"A relatively straightforward performance by the devious Deaver, with fewer open-mouthed surprises than usual, but fewer gratuitous plot twists as well. Newcomers to this celebrated series could do worse than to start here."
Indefatigable prestidigitator Deaver sets quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Broken Window, 2008, etc.) against a wraithlike terrorist who's threatening to wreak havoc on New York's electrical-power grid. Read full book review >
ROADSIDE CROSSES by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 9, 2009

"After 15 years as the master magician of the thriller, Deaver seems to be opting for a less demanding formula."
Kinesics specialist Kathryn Dance's second case (The Sleeping Doll, 2007) gives her more chances to show her special expertise, but to less effect. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"More proof that your first Deaver, before you've learned the formula, is likely to be your favorite."
More thrills from the genre's master prestidigitator (The Broken Window, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BROKEN WINDOW by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 1, 2008

"On the plus side, the master criminal, instantly forgettable on his own terms, will tap into many paranoid readers' twin bogeymen: identity theft and government surveillance."
It's a must-solve case for quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme when his cousin is arrested for murder. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPING DOLL by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 5, 2007

"A professional, forgettable barn-burner. "
The creator of quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Cold Moon, 2006, etc.) presents a new supersleuth to match wits with his latest supervillain. Read full book review >
MORE TWISTED by Jeffery Deaver
Released: Jan. 3, 2007

"Nor will fans of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme investigations (The Cold Moon, June 2006, etc.) go hungry: One of the three new stories here is a 50-page duel between Rhyme and a resourceful contract killer."
Not many novelists have the juice to publish second volumes of their collected stories. Deaver not only carries the weight to do so but is light enough on his feet to make the enterprise highly enjoyable. Read full book review >
THE COLD MOON by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 1, 2006

"The most mannered of all Rhyme's adventures, with more red herrings than a fish market and a climax that's both a bang and a whimper."
The latest serial killer to duke it out with quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is a nefarious figure, the Watchmaker, whose bark, sadly, is a lot worse than his bite. Read full book review >
THE TWELFTH CARD by Jeffery Deaver
Released: June 7, 2005

"There's no question, though, about Deaver's unexcelled ability to pull the wool over your eyes. When he describes a colorless, odorless glass of liquid as water, don't assume it is until somebody drinks it down—or maybe till an hour later."
Quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme fights to save a schoolgirl somebody's determined to kill? Read full book review >
GARDEN OF BEASTS by Jeffery Deaver
Released: July 1, 2004

"Just the thing for readers who'd like to channel their frustration over the current geopolitical mess into the traditional American values of cleverness, adaptability, and vigilante violence in the best of all possible causes."
Deaver's latest sabbatical from his Lincoln Rhyme series (The Vanished Man, 2003, etc.) sends him back before WWII to a Day of the Jackal remake with a good-guy assassin. Read full book review >
THE VANISHED MAN by Jeffery Deaver
Released: March 11, 2003

"All the prodigious energy and ingenuity of a canny performer who just doesn't know when to quit."
In this fifth case pitting quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme against a murderous magician, Deaver (The Stone Monkey, 2002, etc.) tries his best to outdo himself—and brother, does it show. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"The perfect antidote for seasonal weather is rounded off by slow burns and fast courtesy of David Handler, Toni L.P. Kelner, Suzanne C. Johnson, Angela Zeman, Jeremiah Healy, Alan Cook, and David Bart."
Few criminals are driven to their misdeeds because of excessive cold, helpfully observes Deaver (The Vanished Man, above, etc.) in a brief introduction evidently intended mostly to prove that he's read all 20 of the new stories in this year's MWA annual. Read full book review >
THE STONE MONKEY by Jeffery Deaver
Released: March 12, 2002

"So many incidental pleasures that it seems ungracious to note that, like Rhyme's last case (The Empty Chair, 2000, etc.), this one seems detached and synthetic, like a five-finger exercise for some awfully busy fingers."
An expert but oddly uninvolving thriller in which a murderous Chinese smuggler of illegals tracks the survivors of a disastrous Long Island landing, hotly pursued himself by a galaxy of cops directed by quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"A fair enough ragbag, if you don't take that title too seriously."
This latest anvil-weight anthology of 36 stories, all but 5 from the last half-century, is both perfectly fine and deeply flawed. Read full book review >
THE BLUE NOWHERE by Jeffery Deaver
Released: May 1, 2001

"That doesn't mean Deaver doesn't provide his trademark throat-clutchers, diabolical double-crosses, or action scenes that suddenly turn inside out—only that this time there are just too many, and too few memorable characters who live through them."
Just when you thought it was safe to check your e-mail, psychokiller specialist Deaver (Speaking in Tongues, 2000, etc.) shows just how malignant the human ghost in your machine can be. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2000

"Scorchingly one-dimensional: a ruthlessly efficient formula thriller with nary an ounce of thought on its bones."
Deaver takes a break from his Lincoln Rhyme blockbusters (The Empty Chair, p. 254) for a kidnapping story that packs just as much suspense but a lot fewer moving parts. Read full book review >
THE EMPTY CHAIR by Jeffery Deaver
Released: May 9, 2000

"Dozens of twists and a couple of first-class shocks, but it all trails off like an endless fireworks display that keeps exploding into bangs and blossoms even after you've started to look for your car. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild Main Selection.)"
Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic criminalist who recently knocked 'em dead at the bijou (The Bone Collector, 1997), is back, sweating to rescue a pair of kidnapped Tarheelers from the insect-loving kid who's snatched them. Read full book review >
THE COFFIN DANCER by Jeffery Deaver
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"For everybody else: irresistibly overheated melodrama, with more twists than Chubby Checker. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic criminalist of The Bone Collector (1997), returns to confront the uncannily resourceful killer who's been hired to eliminate three witnesses in the last hours before their grand jury testimony. Read full book review >
THE BONE COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver
Released: March 1, 1997

"Deaver (A Maiden's Grave, 1995, etc.) marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to a turbocharged plot that puts Benzedrine to shame. (First printing of 100,000; film rights to Universal; $100,000 ad/promo)"
A quadriplegic criminalist hunts the most elusive quarry of his career: a serial killer who leaves clues at each crime scene allowing the cops to head off the next murder—if they can decode them in time. Read full book review >
A MAIDEN'S GRAVE by Jeffery Deaver
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

Hot on the heels of Mary Willis Walker's Under the Beetle's Cellar (p. 818), another post-Waco hostage crisis, this one a stunner from the author of Praying for Sleep (1994) and ten other suspense novels. Read full book review >
PRAYING FOR SLEEP by Jeffery Deaver
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Overlong, overheated, wildly uneven, but undeniably throat- clutching: Halloween for grownups. (First printing of 50,000)"
Deaver (The Lesson of Her Death, 1993, etc.) hurtles through the 12 hours following the escape of enormous, schizophrenic Michael Hrubek as he makes his way from Marsden State Hospital to the home of Lisbonne Atcheson—the woman who testified against him at his murder trial. Read full book review >