The only leads in a broad-daylight kidnapping are the account of an eight-year-old girl, some nearly invisible trace evidence and the calling card: a miniature noose left lying on the street. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.Then the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer…Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away. So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Rhyme and Sachs don’t hesitate to rejoin the hunt. But the search is now a complex case of international cooperation – and not all those involved may be who they seem. All they can do is follow the evidence, before their time runs out.
About the author
Jeffery Deaver is the author of 2 collections of short stories and 27 suspense novels. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card, The Cold Moon, and The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The Kathryn Dance novels, The Sleeping Doll and Roadside Crosses, were published to enormous acclaim.
Among other awards, he won the Novel of the Year in the International Thriller Awards 2009 for standalone thriller The Bodies Left Behind. He won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted.