- Author Jeffery Deaver
After the exploits of the last book, where Rhyme and Sachs were somewhat out of their comfort zone in the country, this time they’re firmly back in New York. Instead, the foreign nature of the crimes comes to their door as they are dealing with Chinese people smuggling racket, and hunting the mastermind behind the whole thing.
I really liked the way this story unfolded, that Sachs had to take on some really unusual crime scenes, that Rhyme actually made a friend (sad times, though), and that there were the usual twists and turns along the way.
My only complaint is that there was one moment where it was obvious what was going on. Sachs asking ‘what are these herbs the criminal bought’ seconds after someone says to her ‘I bought you these herbs.’ I feel like, especially given all her experiences so far, she maybe could have connected those dots quicker. But it’s easy for me to say that from my lofty position as the reader! Great work as always.