Jeffery Deaver is one of my favorite authors. The Steel Kiss is another thriller with more piece parts than a symphony. Carefully orchestrated, he introduces the reader to new characters that each play a part in the story, but their story seems unrelated.
It isn’t until New York City Detective, Amelia Sachs, and her partner, forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme, and their helpers put all the piece parts together that the puzzle comes together. It is a brilliantly done book.
After completing the book, I realized it is a study of human nature. There are several murders in the book, but almost worse than the deaths, were the physiological attacks on people. Everything in the book is plausible. What is mind bending is the number of years the killer spent planning the revenge murders.
The best part of this book for me is the fact that it caused me to think “after” I finished the book. Many of the characters are unique. Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic, but has a brilliant mind. The intern he hired is in a wheel chair with limited physical abilities, but matches Rhyme’s mental abilities. The killer had giantism. He was 6’4” and weighed about 150. He ate 12 sandwiches at a time, but remained so skinny he was taunted with the name “Skinny Bean” or “The Bean Boy.” Although he had no friends, he was a brilliant craftsman of miniatures that he sold to wealthy people. The killer’s girlfriend suffered from severe burns that caused her many problems. Then there were regular people with twisted minds instead of deformed bodies. How would it be to have one of those handicaps? How would it change my life? Would I be a better person or a mean vengeful person who felt sorry for myself? How can I be a kinder person today with the abilities I have?
The Steel Kiss is a great read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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