Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not have been an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity--and discover his mission--before more people die.
What I liked: You're going to find me talking in a lot of circles as from the very beginning there are spoilers I can't talk about. My mouth just fell open and I don't think it closed until I finished the book. Mr. Deaver went somewhere with The Steel Kiss I was so not expecting. I spent a majority of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop!
Mr. Deaver is one of those authors that holds everything close to his chest while writing. You get tons of information, lots of clues, and lead characters in tight situations, and you, at least, me, can never figure everything out.
Imagine everyday items and machinery you utilize daily being completely unsafe. For example, (this is not a spoiler) a garage door with no safely stops. Remember those when people used to get accidentally crushed before someone could reverse the door. The antagonist is an expert at manipulating things in the most horrible ways.
Here's the thing, Amelia, Rhyme and the rest of law enforcement know what the suspect looks like but he is slippery and they just keep miss catching him. Over and over again, he's able to inflict he worse damage on his victims. Motive, what motive?? That's another thing to think about, but if you know Rhyme, he's not interested in motive. The only thing important to him is the forensics!
There are two interesting side stories but guess what, I would be giving too much away to tell you who is involved and why.
Just let say, The Steel Kiss is a different kind of book than I normally expect from Mr. Deaver and not in a bad way at all. It's well paced, brilliantly developed and the shocks just keep coming.
What I didn't like: This seems to be my mantra on books of today. The prices for e-books are through the roof. I collect the Lincoln Rhyme books so, yeah, I pay approximately $19 for the hardcover. The Kindle book is overpriced at $14.99, in my opinion.
Overall, The Steel Kiss, is going to be one of my favorites in the series BUT, unless you're a collector of the series, I urge you to borrow the book from the library or a friend.