Good to see Deaver back in good form…… ****
As a fan of Jeffery Deaver, and especially Lincoln Rhyme, this book did not disappoint.
Deaver does an excellent job keeping the truth of the who and why of strange kidnappings until near the end. Moving Rhyme and his team from New York to Italy made this a fresh read. Weaving politics, refugees, and nationalism into the story kept me turning the pages.
Although the outcome is predictable, the ride getting there was pleasurable. There was just enough of a twist to offset the knowledge that Rhyme would solve the case, as always.
The introduction of Ercole Benelli, an Italian forestry officer, who gets caught up in the story, was a nice touch.
Deaver seemed to be in his element, as the story is well written. The only negative is near the end when Rhyme proves he is smarter than the “intelligence” service, the mistake he points out is one they would not have made.
This gets four stars.