The Cutting Edge (Lincoln Rhyme Thrillers Book 14)

By Jeffery Deaver

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★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
peter laughlin
So disappointed. I'm at 75% on my Kindle, paid $14.99 for this, and it's so boring I don't think I can finish it. I won't be gambling my money on Deaver again anytime soon. Oh well. He's not the first of our favorite authors to lose it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
susan rodgers
5 stars

A vicious triple murder takes place in New York Diamond District on a Saturday. Having just returned to New York, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are asked to assist with the case. As Amelia examines the scene, Lincoln gathers the team.

There is evidence that a witness got away. This is young Vimal Lahori who is a diamond cutter. Wounded by the gunman, he flees. The man who had an appointment prior to the killings, Saul Weintraub, is also in danger for the reader has already learned the identity of the killer who is named Vladimir Rostov and he is tracking down these two “witnesses.” He calls himself “The Promisor.”

Another couple gets attacked and Lincoln and his team learn more about the perpetrator from their story. Luckily, they survived the attack. The team locates additional clues from both the crime scene and the items the killer threw in a storm drain.

As more assaults occur, the tension in the story ratchets up. The higher-ups demand action from Lincoln and his team. Vimal is in trouble, and he runs from here to there trying to elude the Promisor. There is an exciting and intense chase to the denouement to not only save Vimal, but other potential victims.

This is an extremely well l written and plotted novel, as are all of Jeffery Deaver’s novels. The writing is superb. The story has just the right amount of tension. I learned about diamond cutting and drilling for geo-thermal construction. These were very interesting asides. The research is impeccable. The descriptions are clear and concise. I truly enjoy Mr. Deaver’s books; I always learn things as well as enjoying myself.

I want to thank NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for forwarding to me a copy of this most wonderful book to read and enjoy.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
aga p
If you were disappointed by his last book then be warned this one is only slightly better. After the last book I did not preorder a Deaver release for the first time and waited to read the sample. The sample was good so I bought it but now I wished I’d skipped it. I had a hard time finishing this book. I kept putting it down and had to make an effort to finish it. This book feels like it was phoned in or ghost written. I saw the few twists right away. If you’re a Deaver fan you know to expect the crazy twists. Even when I know to be on the look out for them I usually get tricked by his plotting. There was a larger plot that was trying to be interesting but just fell flat. I did like the main character, I won’t name them to give it away but we have a character we follow aside from Rhyme’s people. There were some cameos by characters that were very well done and just showed how boring the rest of the book. Those vignettes were just to move the story along but were so much better than the larger story. The bad guy was not interesting at all which was unfortunate. At the end there was the start of a cliffhanger which looks like the author wants to keep us buying his books since he’s not trying anymore. I hate when my favorite authors end their series like this by writing books that are just without any effort. I think it’s going to be time to stop giving his books a chance.
Omerta :: At the City's Edge: Chicago Crime Fiction :: The ... The Abolition of Man - The Screwtape Letters :: The Problem of Pain :: The debut thriller from the star of Jessica Jones
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rebecca heitz
What do I think of this book? It's complicated.

Mostly, I'm talking about the plot. It's sort of like hiking in the woods and, just when you think you see the end of the trail, it veers off in another direction. Bodies turn up on different street corners, motives and suspects change almost by the chapter and friends turn out to be enemies. All this action keeps police consultant and quadriplegic Lincoln Rhymes and his partner (on and off the job) Amelia Sachs on their toes - and me on the edge of my seat.

That's not to say the action is nonstop; in fact, there's plenty of detail here, in character development, technology and historical background (in other words, there's no shortage of evidence that the author has done extensive research). I'll admit that once in a while that drifted a little closer to the too much information line than I'd like, but on the other hand, I'm always open to getting educated on subjects I know little about.

In this case, it's primarily the diamond industry. In fact, that's where the complex story begins; in a Manhattan diamond-cutter's back-street shop, where the owner and a couple of customers are murdered in rather brutal fashion. An apparent witness - a young man who worked for the owner - somehow escapes, notifies the police and disappears into the wind. Lincoln and Amelia are called in (she, physically, and he, mentally from his technology-rich apartment). Together, they determine, surprisingly given the [diamond] setting, that robbery doesn't seem to be the motive.

Rather, the killer - dubbed the Promisor - was targeting the couple themselves (a conclusion reached when other couples are attacked in similar fashion). He - closed-circuit photos prove it's a man - apparently has some kind of kinky fixation with diamonds, making brides-to-be who boast rocks on the third fingers of their left hands high on his hit list.

Another angle involves construction of a geothermal energy facility, complete with a tie-in to local earthquakes, gas line ruptures and more deaths. Still another is the upcoming trial of a dangerous criminal Lincoln and Sachs helped to nail awhile back; now, though, he may find himself on the other side of the fence (not to mention in a sticky situation with police colleagues). Should you think that's enough for one book, just wait, there's more: A shaky relationship between the runaway apprentice, his set-in-his-traditional ways father and his girlfriend that's causing all kinds of trauma.

More than that I won't reveal, except to say that by the last page the loose ends are tidied up (well, most of them, anyway). And this: Congratulations on another 5-star entry in a stellar series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lani neumann
Any new Lincoln Rhyme book is a cause for celebration. However, too much information about diamonds makes The Cutting Edge one of the least interesting books in the long-running series.

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are chasing a serial killer targeting engaged couples in The Cutting Edge, the 14th book in the series. A diamond cutter and the engaged couple in his shop are killed but only a few diamonds are stolen. The diamond cutter appears to have been tortured. In addition, there is evidence that someone walked in on the scene and was wounded by the killer and then left the scene. The novel just adds more and more plot twists and turns until its conclusion.

Usually I adore Mr. Deaver’s books. I was so happy to have received the digital ARC of The Cutting Edge. However, this particular book in the series left me shrugging my shoulders. Some of the motivations seemed contrived. I saw the final twist coming about 100 pages before it was revealed. The author obviously did a lot of research into diamond mining, cutting and grading. While that is great, I don’t need to read all of it. There was a large quantity of information that I just skimmed because it didn’t interest me. I realize that the author wouldn’t necessarily know what would interest me personally (like the US spends $40 billion on diamonds each year, which is a full 50% of the world’s sales). However, 30% of the book reads like a non-fiction book about the diamond trade and none of that information is needed to solve the mystery.

Without revealing any spoilers, there were several twists in the book that I was genuinely surprised by and the characters were different from the usual police procedural suspects. Overall, The Cutting Edge deserves 4 stars.

Thanks to the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
avishek sahu
What starts off as a murder mystery turns into a multi-faceted conspiracy in the latest Lincoln Rhyme novel. It begins with the murder of a prominent diamond cutter in the heart of New York’s jewelry district on 47th Street, although the murderer apparently left behind a small fortune in gems, so the motive remains obscure. A young apprentice walks in during the murder and is shot at but is saved when the bullet hits a bag filled with rocks instead.

Subsequent murders take place, ostensibly by a psycho who is out to save diamonds from being defaced as engagement rings and who trails young couples in the act of making purchases and killing them. Meanwhile Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are analyzing the few clues available and seeking to locate the apprentice, who is hiding from view. Then a series of explosions take place, believed to be earthquakes in the heart of Brooklyn.

And as a sidelight, Rhyme agrees for the first time to assist a defendant, a murderous Mexican drug lord on trial in Federal court for illegal entry and murder, by reviewing the evidence in the hope of establishing an error. This gives he author another chance to fool the reader with another twist.

Of course, the whole plot is premised on Mr. Deaver’s ability to surprise readers by leading them down a path only to divert them finally by revealing something else in the end. The series is long- standing and always diverting, especially when forensics are analyzed and explained.

Recommended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laura stearn
The Cutting Edge – Jeffrey Deaver
I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back in another complex mystery – this one involving the diamond industry. This novel opens as a young couple are arriving at a quiet Midtown New York building to see a reticent jeweler/diamond cutter, who has created the perfect engagement ring for them. All of a sudden, an armed assailant enters the suite, and both the couple and the artisan are found dead moments later by a young associate, Vimal, who narrowly escapes being mortally wounded himself.
Soon, Lincoln Rhyme and his investigative crew are asked to assist with the Diamond District murders, and Amelia’s first run of the grid at the crime scene leaves her with more questions than answers. Then another murder attempt takes place, by an assailant seemingly fixed on the diamonds that the women are wearing, and their relationship to mother Earth.
From there the novel gains complexity, as Lincoln is asked to consult for the defense for a known Mexican cartel leader, whose team of attorneys feel that he is being set up and that Lincoln can help prove their case. Meanwhile a local geological project is creating dissention, and a series of mini earthquakes and gas leaks begin to plague the city.
Are these all separate incidents? Or are they all somehow related? Lincoln, Amelia and his criminalist team seek answers as ‘Unsub 47’ continues to elude them, Vimal goes on the run, and danger lurks ever closer to home, culminating in an ending that you’ll never see coming!!
Jeffrey Deaver is a master storyteller, and his latest does not disappoint!! Fabulous read, as always!!! And a great lesson in the diamond industry, carats, and cutting as well!!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
giao
It certainly looks like I'm in the minority here, but I can't fathom how this book is getting the 4+ reviews it seems to be getting. The plot is ludicrous, inconsistencies abound, and it's just plain boring. It's very seldom that I don't finish a book, but half way through this one, and that was it. There was no way I was going to waste another several hours on more of the same.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
johnny morris
I am in awe of this author's ability to plot. The way he sows the seeds and sits back and allows Lincoln, Sachs et al get on with things in their own inimitable ways. We start this book with a triple murder in the diamond district. There appears to be two people missing from the big picture; the perpetrator and a witness. The race is on to find both. No mean feat being as the motive for the crime is not clear cut. Not a robbery although a few things are missing. Could it be that the couple who have gone to buy their engagement ring are real targets? This theory becomes hotter when other soon-to-be-weds are subsequently targeted. Alongside this, if it wasn't enough, we also have a construction site which is tied in to the supply of geothermal energy. As you can imagine, there are those who would prefer this not to be happening and who might be going out of their way to make sure it doesn't. If this wasn't enough, we also have Lincoln being asked to help the defense with expert analysis in a trial of a really bad man. A connection that would be rather controversial to say the least, and which could put him in hot water.
Confused...? Well, I was for quite a while. Although, on my journey, I learned an awful lot about diamonds. I was even doubting heavily some of what I was reading along the way as I thought that the author had made one heck of a boo boo. Silly, silly me... you'd think I'd read enough of this guy's books to have learned to trust him by now. Cutting to the chase, it was one heck of a ride but we got there eventually. I lost track of the number of lightbulb moments, followed by the sound of me kicking myself for being dense. This author will always be too clever for me and for that I thank him. Too many books these days are too easy for me to work out and I crave this sort of book that keeps me hanging whilst at the same time doesn't belittle me for not being with it! He has a certain way of obfuscating things that, when explained, make perfect sense without patronising the reader. A rare skill these days, I can tell you.
All the other things you'd expect from an author of his calibre were front and centre in this book. I've already mentioned plot but the characters were well described, the story got on with itself nicely without being overly padded, and pacing was perfectly balanced and congruent with the story as told.
All in all, a cracking addition to an already well loved series. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
liz reilly
3.75 Stars
Getting engaged. What a wonderful time in your life. When your special someone "pops the question" and gives you the ring. Wealthy, eccentric, couples love to show off their engagement rings. The bigger and more opulent the better. Now there's a murderer, dubbed the Promisor by the media, who has turned this happy time inside out. The Promisor has a love for diamonds too. Uncut. Untarnished. The raw, beautiful stone as it was unearthed. He is disgusted by the thought of this precious gem being flaunted on the "miserable fat fingers of rich women." The police want The Promisor caught quickly and as quietly as possible. Three murders and a wounded eyewitness on the run, in Manhattan's Diamond District. Tortured victims and millions of dollars worth of jewelry left untouched. Obviously, robbery is not what motivates The Promisor. (Jeffery Deaver knows how to get a reader's attention.)

As If chasing this elusive killer and trying to find the missing witness wasn't enough, Deaver throws in a few subplots for our enjoyment. Multiple earthquakes in Brooklyn have resulted in gas leaks and explosions, sadly claiming the lives of several citizens. These rare occurrences are centered around an active geothermal drilling site and protestors are quick to blame them. Is it a coincidence? Of course not, this is a Lincoln Rhyme story.

Now while getting to the bottom of these earthquakes and chasing a remorseless killer, Rhyme somehow has time to get involved in yet another case. This time he seems to be switching sides. At least that's the way the dirtbag prosecutors see it. Rhyme and Ron Pulaski begin digging into the prosecution of a Mexican drug lord who claims the evidence in his case has been tampered with and fabricated. We can always count on Rhyme to follow the evidence and present the truth. Even if that means exonerating a criminal and pursuing a case against federal prosecutors. Pulaski and Rhyme have put themselves in jeopardy simply by "looking into the case." Although operating on a genius level, Rhyme is quite slow on the uptake this time. Maybe it's his sense of service - I don't know. He just did not see what kind of people these prosecutors really were.

I can't believe this is the 14th book featuring Lincoln Rhyme. In 1997 I read The Bone Collector. I was hooked! Over the years some books have been great, while others...well, not great. Still good - just not great. The Cutting Edge falls in the latter. A good read, just not great. It is interesting, exciting, and features plenty of classic Deaver style writing. But it also gets tedious, almost mind-numbingly so at certain points and a good 50 pages read like stuffing...just to make the book longer. There's a lot going on in this book. The short, crisp chapters make for a fast read. Until you get to the detailed, I mean detailed information on diamond mining. I did enjoy this story. The ending wrapped up quiet surprisingly and Deaver leaves just enough string to keep us hanging on until the next chapter in the Lincoln Rhyme saga. I will most certainly keep reading Rhyme books as long as Jeffery Deaver keeps writing them.

Happy Reading,

RJ
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
diana apperley
Well, sometimes one reads a book (even Deaver is not immune) that is decidedly boring & (for the most part until well past the midpoint) predictable. This is one of those. Not to mention that the premise of the Russian bad guy (yawn) is rather outlandish.
In your hunt for a good mystery, avoid this one.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jordan pike
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back in the 14th installment of the Lincoln Rhyme Series, The Cutting Edge, by bestselling and award-winning author Jeffery Deaver. Vimal Lahori, a young man who works for a popular diamond cutter, walks in on a triple homicide – his boss and an engaged couple - and is able to escape. However, the murderer wants to tie up loose ends, and searches for Vimal with the intention of killing him too. Lincoln and Amelia, (Amelia has a new large diamond herself, which puts her at risk) get involved in the investigation as other engaged couples are murdered. The murderer is dubbed “The Promiser,” and causes a bit of panic in the area.

Lincoln Rhyme readers will welcome this installment of the series. Deaver’s storytelling skills are excellent, as usual, and his beloved characters are true to form. Deaver has the ability to build suspense throughout the novel, and keep readers on the edge of their seats. There are dozens of twists and turns, and a surprise ending, as is the norm for Deaver.

Another positive aspect of this novel is the information about the diamond industry, and it is apparent that Deaver has actually done his research, resulting in interesting facts as a bonus to a good story. Just because a novel is fiction, doesn’t mean there aren’t things to learn, and this book is a prime example. Jeffery Deaver and his Lincoln Rhyme Series enjoys a huge following, and this novel is not one to miss.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anji
So what do diamonds, earthquakes, and murder have in common? In Jeffery Deaver’s latest Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Cutting Edge, the answer to that question would be ‘a whole lot’. The story begins with the murder of a prominent diamantaire as well as two of his customers. The diamantaire’s protégé, Vimal Lahori, makes the unwitting mistake of walking onto the murder scene while the murderer is still there and barely escapes with his life. Lohori is now a witness on the run.

The media dubs the murderer as the Promisor, who targets engaged women or couples that have recently purchased an engagement ring showing off a large diamond. The Promisor wants to save what he considers to be the most perfect geological specimen from being cut and used on as what he refers to as baubles and is willing to kill for that cause. It is up to Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Saks to find him before he kills again.

For any of you that have read a Jeffery Deaver thriller, knows that what seems obvious on the surface is only a cover-up for something considerably more complex and The Cutting Edge is no exception. Once again, Deaver, who is well known for the master of the ticking-clock plot, entertains with heart-stopping thrills. Entertainment is not the only feature of this novel, but it is educational as well, with interesting tidbits on the often unscrupulous world of the diamond industry. Deaver ends The Cutting Edge with a bit of a cliff hanger, so I am looking forward to the next addition to the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
slava
This entry in the Rhyme/Sachs suspense series is one of Deaver’s best: consistently interesting and inventive. Finally, he has given us a novel without the usual whiteboard rehash of clues and irrelevant side stories, which have “killed” some of his previous books. Set in the world of NYC diamond cutting, Deaver educates us without getting tedious. The side stories here all tie into the main drama, even if the main drama cleverly shifts focus from start to finish. As usual, Deaver puts his characters in peril, and the mini-stories of Emma & Mikey, Ruth & Arnie, and Claire Porter are all gripping. Chapters end without Deaver telling us if they survive. Some do, some don’t. The pivotal characters, like Vimal, his family, and girlfriend, all have depth and could carry a literary novel on their own. I had only two minor concerns: 1. The arrest of Lincoln was predicated on his and Ron’s illegal actions, so why would the arrest be aborted because of the nature of his findings? and 2. The Watchmaker character first appeared in “The Cold Moon” in 2006, then in “The Skin Collector” in 2014. His reappearance at the end of this book is clever, but most readers have read hundreds of books from then to now and deserve a more detailed refresher on his cases. The publisher could at least have mentioned these titles to guide new readers. Bottom line: not to be missed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rosemary foley
We’ve read almost the entire lengthy Deaver bibliography – and for sure all now 14 of his famous and popular Lincoln Rhyme stories about a NYC quadriplegic forensic expert and his able assistant (and now new wife) Amelia Sachs. We sometimes complain that these tales can be overly formulaic, often wasting dozens of pages with dreary lists of minuscule clues.

“Cutting Edge” seemed quite different, as we spent a fair degree of time with the villain narrating about his intentions; and with a diamond industry employee, now a victim, who had escaped death and was having family trouble with his strict Asian Indian father. Indeed, the basic tale mostly involved the diamond cutting business – and as an aside, we learn a fair amount about that craft and the politics involved. Meanwhile, a killer seems to be going after engaged couples buying diamonds until the plot shifts to explosions or mini-earthquakes presumably being caused by a geothermal drilling site in Manhattan.

Ere it’s over, three or four twists occur that so thoroughly shake up the story that it would be unfair to reveal more. While Rhyme and Sachs still play their usual roles, the differing points of view, subplots, and surprises led to an outing we almost rated a precious five stars! Wow! {4.5}
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dthaase
I've read several of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme mysteries but it's been a while so I jumped at the chance to read an arc of his latest. Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing me with this book for an honest review.

Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic who works with the NYPD as a consultant to solve complicated cases using forensic science. His wife, Amelia Sachs, is often his eyes and ears as she walks the grid of a crime scene collecting evidence.

In this latest outing, someone has brutally murdered several people in the diamond district, while taking several extremely valuable 'in the rough' diamonds, but curiously leaving many cut stones behind. An eyewitness makes the 911 call reporting the crime and it appears this person was wounded while escaping. Can the police find him before the killer can? The race is on!

But Lincoln Rhyme stories are always complicated, and this one is no exception, so you can bet there is so much more to the story, including earthquakes, explosions, and treachery. There are many different layers to this story, many twists and turns that you won't see coming until you reach the final exciting conclusion.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
meghan holden
Still better than most of the concurrency out there, but this is far away form Deaver's best offering(s). There can be three explanations I can think of:
-Deaver is getting predictable (using the good old receipt all over and over)
-The more Deaver your read, the more you can see through his gimics and thought processes
-I'm getting more clever by the each book

I had reservations about his last two books, and this although in some respects better than those still fails in several points. Rhyme is rather passive. Where are the evidence charts gone? It's by chance (again) that they learn about crucial evidence. This is lousy story telling. The plot twists? Well not many twists for me since the last few books, got most of it figured out in the beginning. Which was shocking for me. With the early books? Never happened. Still, the twists are rather well executed not many complaints there. I was speeding through the pages, so tension was also there for me, but something was missing. Maybe this is normal since I read all his books, and by now not much can affect me the way his early books did, but I have a feeling that those are much better in plot and execution. This is Deaver on autopilot.
Good if you never read Deaver, but not so good if you did.
The 4 stars are only awarded in the hopes that we get a proper Rhyme book. I know Mr. Deaver isn't young anymore, but maybe take 2 years off from Rhyme stories to get a fresh view.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
fakhra hassan
I love the Lincoln Rhyme series and eagerly await each new installment. I usually stay up all night and devour each book. I hate to say that I didn't love this book. Something was missing: Lincoln and Amelia weren't their usual scintillating selves, the lack of tension was evident. I was more interested in Vimal than in Lincoln and that is not how a Rhyme book should go. I love the twists and turns but this one just fell short.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
vmacd
Terrible! I don't read fiction to learn minute details about diamonds, don't care if a character watches a Samsung TV, or any of the zillion other useless details in this story. And box cutters! Shades of 09/11! I enjoy a story that outlines a plot and proceeds to the solution. This was boring, took four days to read and very little pleasure. I'm just glad this book was a "used" gift; I didn't waste my month on it! Jeffrey Deaver moves to the bottom of my preferred reading list!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tdbelmont
So, the other day, after a series of disappointing reads, I turned to Jeffery Deaver and Lincoln Rhyme for a sure thing.

Sure enough, in a few pages, I was deep in a complicated mystery, compelling characters, and learning more than I ever knew about diamonds and diamond cutting. I had no idea the subject was so fascinating!

Now, I’ll admit that, for a while, I thought Deaver had made a misstep with his villain. At times, the villain seemed more silly than sinister. But, really, I needn’t have worried. Deaver had a little something up his sleeve.

I think I would have liked if our primary characters – the ones we love to read – had been in more personal jeopardy in the book. We basically know our victims for a page or two before they meet our villain, so it’s hard to feel anything deeply there.

But this definitely was a good read!

*ARC Provided via Net Galley
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
p r a x i s
A very disappointing book from Deaver. I am a longtime fan and I appreciate the improvements the author made along the way, such as the removal of the usually long and tedious evidence chart, but I feel like the forensic analysis part of the series is also gone with the chart. There were times when Lincoln just thought of an idea, and then jump straight to the conclusion (as if the reasoning behind it is VERY obvious), and the mystery is magically solved.
And Deaver's works have become apparently formulaic: some technical knowledge (e.g. a detailed introduction of the diamond business, the history of Kashmir, etc), with a psychotic killer who loves repeating a word/phrase to himself/herself (in this case the word "kur"), plus some plot twists within plot twists (usually the first or even the second killer appeared in the book is not the real killer). Even the execution of this formula of writing is poor.
I may give the Lincoln Rhyme series one last chance, but I'm really on the edge of staying away from Deaver's book.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
wj1987
I can't afford to buy books anymore. I wait to borrow them from my local library. I have read everything by Jeffery Deaver, and have loved them all. The last book he wrote, was not his best, and so far I'm finding that this book is also not his best. I just started reading it, I'm only on chapter 6, out of 7c chapters. But so far, it is really boring. I hope that it gets better soon. I may be time to drop Jeffery Deaver from my reading list.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
podchara rattanakawin
Lincoln Rhymes and Amelia Sachs are working on a case in the diamond district of New York. A diamond cutter was found tortured and murdered and an engaged couple who had stopped by to pick up their rings were also murdered. The culprit took uncut diamonds from the scene but left behind cut diamonds worth a lot of money. When more couples are targeted it seems the people are the target not the diamonds. The killer aka the Promiser has left a witness at the first scene and he is determined to find and eliminate him. When chaos strikes the city Lincoln and Amelia have more on their plate. They need to figure out what’s going on before more lives are lost.

There is a lot going on in this book, multiple plot lines that at first seem to have no connection. There are multiple twists that will make your head spin. This is part of the Lincoln Rhyme series but it could stand on its own. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy of this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alliya mendes
How have I missed reading Jeffrey Deaver's books?!! Lincoln Rhyme is an excellent and unusual main character. Even though this book is part of a series, I had no problem understanding the characters and the story. The descriptive writing is excellent and the narrative has enough twists and turns to please any mystery-lover.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
glenn
Another great Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs novel with on the edge of your seat tension, great story line and development of the back story on the criminal(s). Jeffrey Deaver does not disappoint. I would recommend this novel and the entire Lincoln Rhyme series to anyone who enjoys crime drama.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
warren
The Cutting Edge is the new book in the Lincoln Rhyme series and, as always, it is a thrilling read. The plot is cleverly written and even if it's not fast paced or an easy read it is easy to follow the story line. I enjoyed to re-connect with the old characters and to learn a few new names.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tanis
I always expect a great read when I read a Lincoln Rhyme novel. The plot was very interesting and held quite a few surprises. Happy to say I was able to figure out one of the clues early. Highly recommend to fans of suspense and mysteries who enjoy plot twists and suspense. You do not need to have read previous Rhyme books to enjoy The Cutting Edge.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cyndi fecher
One of the best in the series! Deaver takes readers through one of NY's famous neighborhoods, the jewelry district, with a story that's complicated and simple at the same time. You won't know who to trust, and the twist at the end is great. Don't miss this one!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ram99
This Lincoln Rhyme Novel differs from previous ones. There was no review of evidence, for us the readers to review, as the story progresses from the white board. The plot was intricate and compelling! It was a great read!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
boy chris
I usually really enjoy the Lincoln Rhyme books, but this one didn't measure up, I'm afraid. There were far too many coincidences and loose threads, and what really upset me is the way the book ended. I hate when books end with a cliffhanger that leaves more questions than answers Not only that, the ending made the whole book and it's premise totally unresolved, so I wondered, why did I spend the time reading it? I found the book too long, and I thought it was filled with way too many unlikeable characters. And the way all the villains in the book turned out to be tied together was too much of a stretch, I'm afraid that this book is the end of the road for me with Lincoln Rhyme. I got so frustrated with the story and it's many convoluted threads, that I almost gave up many times, but I always hoped it would all come together in the end. It didn't.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kunal
There were some twists and turns that I feared could end up in some hokey places but like a plane in a nose dive he pulls up just in time and it ends well. A few plot twists were predictable but several others were not.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christina brazinski
Deaver is amazing in this one! Brilliantly crafted plot and interesting, multi-faceted characters. Deaver is the only author who can put so much well-researched detail into his writing without ever getting boring. A unique feat!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joylita
The Cutting Edge is a superb title choice in more ways then one - Jeffery Deaver's writing is cutting edge as always, the intensity of the story-line is cutting edge, and, of course, the diamond cutting aspect fits right into the title. Love me some Deaver and this novel, one of his Lincoln Rhyme series, doesn't disappoint. It is intense, full of twists and turns, and had me guessing right up till the end! A very enjoyable read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa miller
LOVED this book! I love the way Jeffery Deaver gives us a slice of life (no pun) exploring world's we would never have access to. The world of big time gems is fascinating and Lincoln Rhyme is one of the finest characters ever!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
pegah
The plot “twists” in this book were beyond reasonable. Rhyme and Sachs were just plain sloppy. I read a large print copy that didn’t have the typical evidence charts in it. And did Amelia have knee replacement surgery several books ago?
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lillie
This was so confusing. There are plot twists and then there is too far fetched. I usually love Jeffery Deaver's books however this was not one of them. I'm disappointed and then to leave a "cliff-hanger" or lead into to his next book felt lazy to me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
heather clark
I can always count on Jefferey Deaver to deliver a well-written crime novel where nothing is at it seems. If you have read Deavers previous books, then you know what I mean. That is why I suspected that not everything is what it seemed when everything seemed to go smoothly in the book.

Newly married Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are tasked with finding not only a crazed killer that seemed to be targeting couples that are to be married but also a witness to the first crime. A triple murder in Manhattan's Diamond District. Of course, this is not easy tasks, the killer is maiming and killing his way and looking for the young witness while the witness tries to get away from the town.

And, this is just a small fraction of the story. And, the rest of it well spoilers! It's darn hard to review a book like this because there are so many things going on that you just need to find out for yourself when you read the book. All I can say that Jeffrey Deaver has done it again! As usual! The book is thick, but never boring, filled with fabulous twist and an absolutely marvelous ending. Kind of cliffhanger-ish, but still a satisfying ending. I had a blast reading this book and it's a series that keep going strong with each book deliver a satisfying story. I can't wait to read the next book!

If you have never read a Jeffery Deaver book before, then I urge you to do so. Start with the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series, The Bone Collector!
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bryant scott
Rhyme ends up the hero, but novel doesn't develop his mastery. Too many needless detailed descriptions of things not germane to the story. Also, Deaver's fascination with the heroine's car is way overdone. Intricate story/mystery, but poorly delivered.
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