Rhyme's cousin has been arrested for murder. The evidence clearly shows he did it, but Rhyme agrees to check things out. It turns out that the cousin along with other people has been wrongly convicted because the true killer knows every single detail about the lives of the victims he kills and the men he sets up to take the fall for those crimes. This allows him to get close to the victims under false pretenses, murder or rape, and escape safely. And then he sets up others to take the fall for his crimes, planting incontrovertible evidence - Rhyme, Sachs and the rest of the team have to find out who at the huge, ominous data mining company is getting access to this information.
Meanwhile the villain - known only by a number to us - realizes he's being pursued and turns his knowledge of data and information into a weapon. Oh, and lest things seem too delicate, he also gets information through good old-fashioned murder and torture.
The eighth Lincoln Rhyme thriller, with a killer playing very close to home ...
'Another corker ... precision-engineered to keep the reader turning the pages without a hitch' -- Evening Standard 20080715 'One of the great detective teams of contemporary crime fiction come storming back ... Deaver never disappoints, and this novel shines' -- Mark Timlin in Independent on Sunday 20080715
Jeffery Deaver was a lawyer before quitting work to become a full-time writer.