A Textbook Case

Author: Jeffery Deaver

Published By: Hachette Book Group

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            Being a huge fan of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, I could hardly pass up the opportunity to pre-order a short story featuring Lincoln and his partner Amelia Sachs, especially when I realized that the next Lincoln Rhyme novel wasn't going to be available until June.  I had to have my Rhyme fix and, thankfully, that I got it the other day in the form of A Textbook Case.

In this tale, the NYPD comes across a particularly nasty murder in the parking lot of a building.  The victim was killed slowly - incapacitated, bound and gagged and placed under the wheel of a car.  Despite the heinous act of the murder itself, it is treatment of the crime scene by the murderer that gives former  NYPD Detective Lincoln Rhyme pause.  The team is bombarded by evidence, making it nearly impossible to solve through trace.  To make matters worse, there is no evident motive for the murder, meaning that this could be the start of a serial killing spree.

When another victim is attacked, Lincoln begins to realize just how intelligent this murderer is.  The new crime scene is completely different from the old, minus the attempt to kill the victim slowly.  And this time, Lincoln realizes that the killer has something in common with Lincoln - they know forensics and how to wipe out trace evidence.  Despite his new-found freedom of motion, Lincoln is about to learn that his latest case is far more difficult than any he has solved before.

It has been a long time in coming, but I loved this latest Lincoln Rhyme tale.  Just as I come to the end of A Textbook Case, a tad annoyed that I may have solved the crime from  the first couple of pages, Jeffery Deaver pulls a fast one on me.  Proving that he hasn't lost his touch as master of suspense, Deaver throws in a twist that lets me know I just not as clever as he, making me smile. 

Any Lincoln Rhyme fan will have a lot of fun reading this fast-paced short story that leaves you guessing until the end.  A Textbook Case was well worth the wait and a great way to whet the whistle for Deaver's next Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Kill Room.  I can't wait!


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