The Burial Hour

Available on April 11, 2017

Available on April 11, 2017

A traveling businessman is snatched off of an Upper East Side street in broad daylight—or so it appears to the eight-year-old girl who is the crime’s only witness. The perp leaves a token at the site of the kidnapping—a miniature noose. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.

Rhyme and Sachs’ investigation takes an unexpected turn when a similar kidnapping occurs across the Atlantic in a small town outside of Naples, Italy. The killer’s MO is bizarre and frightening. Obsessed with music, the man records the final breaths of his victims, then uses a keyboard sampler to compose an otherworldly tune that is then posted online.

The search for the killer will become a complex case of international cooperation—yet not all is as it seems, and soon Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game with shadowy parties from across the globe.

Editorial Reviews

“Deaver takes fans to the edge in this one and dangles them over the cliff…One of the best books of 2016.”

Suspense Magazine

“Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception. Stellar plot twists are in full abundance.”

Associated Press

“Deaver proves himself a grandmaster of the genre as each surprise leads to an even bigger surprise, like a series of reverse Russian nesting dolls.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Skin Collector

Author Biography

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.

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Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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