A Lincoln Rhyme Short Story
A man is murdered in a back alley. Renowned forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs are left with a veritable mountain of evidence collected from the trash-filled alley, and their only lead is a young eyewitness: the man's eight-year-old son, who was riding along on his father's delivery route.
But the murder victim may have been more than just a simple deliveryman. Rhyme and Sachs uncover clues that he might have been delivering a highly illegal, contraband shipment--which is now missing. And someone wants it back...
What I liked: I love the pacing in all of Mr. Deaver's works and The Deliveryman is no exception. In addition, the descriptions make me actually feel as if I'm there working either with the good guys or the bad.
You'd think a short story depends on wrapping things up quickly and might feel rushed; that is not the case in The Deliveryman. It just means the author has packed more into an already tight, suspenseful story. Mr. Deaver does it with ease.
I also like that all the clues to solving the case are there but I can never figure them out. From the very opening to the final sentence, I was totally engrossed and had absolutely what would happen next. That is my dream suspense book.
All I can talk about is how well The Deliveryman is written and executed as I might inadvertently reveal a spoiler.
What I didn't like: At about the 70% mark on my Kindle, I was wondering how Mr. Deaver would flesh out more from the story as I felt I was quickly coming to the final conclusion. The reason is, the book ends at the 75% mark and the rest is a preview to the next Lincoln Rhymes book, The Steel Kiss, due out on the 8th of March. Just thought readers should be aware of where the book ends and why.
Even though I flew through The Deliveryman, it had me completely engaged and on the edge of my seat.