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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,801 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffery Deaver Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lincoln Rhyme Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781442304215
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver’s fan favorites Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear—in The Burning Wire now only $14.99.

The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.
     When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers?
     Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme’s net. Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhyme’s health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another front—and his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most…. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Although it’s easy to get swept up in the sheer velocity of the action Rhyme’s team takes to contain the escalating attacks, Deaver also makes us think hard about the deadly potential of a mysterious source of power our civilization depends on, power we arrogantly assume to be under our control.” 

    New York Times

  • “If there were a prize for the novel best suited for summer reading, my 2010 nominee would be Jeffery Deaver’s The Burning Wire. It’s a big, flashy stretch limo of a thriller that brings Lincoln Rhyme and his assistant, Amerlia Sachs, to stop a killer whose weapon of choice is electricity.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Sterling…Not even the brilliant Rhyme can foresee the shocking twists the case will take in this electrically charged thriller.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Only the canniest readers will see which of these grace notes are red herrings and which are linked in crucial ways to the case at hand.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Selected for the June 2010 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/19/2014

    " No better crime solver. i love the fact that Lincoln solves faster than I do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lobelifinto | 2/16/2014

    " awesome. oh jyeah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this book. This is very high on my list or favorites even though the reviews I had read were mixed and some of the negative reviews were from long time Deaver fans like myself. It took me quite awhile to get back into a reading mood and I struggled to sit down and read. That being said I never stopped thinking about this book. The whole premise that the electricity that runs in your house could be used to kill you was both intriguing and terrifying. Classic Deaver plot twists were not a let down and the long standing characters developed even more depth. Jeffery Deaver is by far my favorite author and he has never let me down yet. I recommend this to all fans of his work and anyone who is intrigued by the power of electricity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy McClanahan | 2/5/2014

    " The only reason I can't give this book 5 stars is the language. His writing is compelling; his characters are believable and likable. This is another story about Lincoln Rhyme and his amazing forensic science. I love that in each book I learn things too. In this one, I learned so much about the way electricity works and the way it can be used as a weapon. Fascinating stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana Kamennof-sine | 2/4/2014

    " Made me look at the electrical faculty at the college in an entirely different light ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 2/1/2014

    " This latest Lincoln Rhyme novel finds him and his team trying to track down a killer who is using electricity to kill and terrorize the city of New York. He is completely unpredictable in where and by what method he will use. Lingering in the background is Rhyme's search for "The Watchmaker" who has managed to elude capture. Some nice twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlin | 1/27/2014

    " Another solid Jeffrey Deavet mystery ..although his mysteries are pretty formulaic I like that they are set in NYC "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clif Smith | 1/14/2014

    " A bit convoluted, but another good Lincoln Rhyme novel. His Charactes as always are great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/9/2013

    " Really clever to have the villian from the previous books come back disguised as the killer in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwayne Keller | 11/22/2013

    " Another classic Lincoln Rhymes story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 11/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and was enterested how a Quad would be the hero of the book. It helped me realize more that if we put our minds to it we can be successful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/6/2013

    " Another great Lincoln Rhyme novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destine | 5/4/2013

    " I like the author. Voice was a little monotone. 7/10. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 12/24/2012

    " Boring. I couldn't stand another minute. 4 discs out of 12 is as far as I could go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 8/22/2012

    " Not the best Lincoln Rhyme novel, and frankly I was bored with all of the electricity talk. Meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/8/2012

    " Very readable but I guessed where it was going from quite early on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Mcintyre | 2/11/2012

    " Deaver at his best. Intriguing plot, surprising developments, Agatha Christi ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.C. Grant | 12/17/2011

    " The twists and turns in this suspence novel keep me hooked until the final page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda882 | 12/16/2011

    " usual enjoyable formula, but familiarity with the rhyme novels meant I guessed what was coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Dale | 10/3/2011

    " Literally electrifying! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Simpson | 9/23/2011

    " Deaver is a great writer but this one didn't do it for me. There was too much technical electricity stuff for one thing. Isn't it good we don't all like the same things? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 9/2/2011

    " Lincoln Rhyme and his cohorts are like old friends--it can be years since you've thought about them, but you can always pick up right where you left off. This is a good entry in this series--yes, it's a tad unbelievable and a lot overwrought, but it moves quickly and it's interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/23/2011

    " Good read, but was sort of difficult to follow because I don't know much about
    electricity.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/17/2011

    " Another Lincoln Rhyme novel. Very exciting adventure with a good lean toward electric distribution technique. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 5/17/2011

    " Fans of CSI will enjoy this book. I like my murder mysteries with a little less reliance on technology and a character driven storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/3/2011

    " Usual Lincoln Rhyme book. Always enjoyable and a good holiday read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.E. | 4/26/2011

    " Deaver's plot twist here actually did catch me, which hasn't happened the last couple Lincoln Rhyme novels. (OK, I admit, the way Rhyme gets out of it was a bit too good to be true to me, but that's always a thing with these books.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C J | 4/22/2011

    " As usual, this is a great read from Deaver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodney | 4/19/2011

    " Loved it. Lincoln & Amelia are back pursuing a criminal with a new kind of weapon. Electricity. Also, Lincoln's nemesis, The Watchmaker returns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 4/13/2011

    " not up to Deaver's usual ticking time bomb, disappointed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominique | 4/8/2011

    " This story rocked. Killing by Electricity was a little bit creepy but well worth the read. Deaver get's better and better with every book he writes. I have read all the Lincoln Rhyme novels from beginning to present! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Estellesim | 4/8/2011

    " GOOD KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ELECTRICITY. SURE DID MADE ME PARANOID ABOUT ANYTHING METAL OR GOOD CONDUCTORS OF METAL. THE PLOT IS VERY DETAILED, SEEMS TO REALLY FOLLOW THE UNREVEALING PATHS OF THE INVESTIGATION. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of mystery and crime novels. His novels have won the Nero Wolfe Award, three Ellery Queen Readers’ Awards, a British Thumping Good Read Award, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger awards from the British Crime Writers’ Association. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. The Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award. His novels have hit bestsellers lists around the world, including the New York Times, London Times, Los Angeles Times, the Milan Corriere della Sera, and Sydney Morning Herald. He received his BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and has a law degree from Fordham University. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1990, he has written over thirty-five books. Some of his novels have been made into films, including The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W., Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.