"The Steel Kiss" (Grand Central Publishing), by Jeffery Deaver
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs battle a ruthless killer who utilizes common machinery to strike fear in Jeffery Deaver's latest novel, "The Steel Kiss."
Sachs, a New York police detective, follows a suspect into a crowded mall. She has him cornered when a loud scream is heard. An escalator has malfunctioned, and a man who was riding it has fallen into the gears. Sachs tries to help the victim, but the man dies.
Rhyme, who has retired from the New York police department, no longer works with Sachs on cases, which has strained their relationship.
The widow of the man who died in the escalator accident hires an attorney to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. The family wants to hire Rhyme to help them come up with an ironclad case.
Rhyme and Sachs find themselves dealing with a diabolical killer who knows how to make technology malfunction so that death and mayhem follow.
Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception. Stellar plot twists are in full abundance in "The Steel Kiss," and the story line veers in several unpredictable directions.