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Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver

39. - 552.) The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver – Lincoln Rhyme confronts the challenge of finding a killer using electricity to slay victims. The horrific effects of an arc flash spewing bits of molten metal through a body and cauterizing the wounds spook Amelia Sachs. I had not appreciated the killing power of electricity. The killer demands Algonquin Power, New York’s largest power company, take actions that would temporarily decrease the power used in New York. Unlike some of the Rhyme mysteries there is no pulling back from clever murders. Algonquin’s CEO, Andi Jesson, is a strong woman devastated by the murders. In the background, the Watchmaker has arrived in Mexico. Rhyme provides long distance support to the Mexican police. Trace evidence leads Rhyme, Sacks and the other members of the team towards the killer. The story was not really unfolding logically which is a surprise in a Rhyme thriller but Deaver smoothly draws logic out of the plot. As with every Deaver story no story line can be taken for granted. I never see the twists coming in his plots. In the end it was a very satisfying book. In his personal life Rhyme seems more human and even vulnerable as he considers his quadriplegic life. There can be few more dramatic shifts in form of investigation than between my preceding read, Child 44, and a Rhyme mystery. From Stalinist Russia where the primary official investigatory tool is torture and forensic investigation is non-existent when torture is not utilized to 21st Century New York where sophisticated scientific instruments are relied on to analyze the evidence. Very good. (Oct. 5/10)

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