Friday, June 18, 2010

Review of THE BURNING WIRE on Radio New Zealand

On Wednesday, as part of its daily book review slot on the Nine to Noon programme, Radio New Zealand addressed acclaimed thriller writer Jeffery Deaver's latest book, THE BURNING WIRE.

One of the great things about the Nine to Noon show, hosted by Kathryn Ryan - who also regularly does interviews with New Zealand and visiting authors - is that they do semi-regularly cover some crime and thriller titles. They're also fascinating reviews to listen to, because rather than being just a print review of a reviewer's thoughts, Ryan 'interviews' the reviewer, and asks them questions about the book, drawing out comments. So it's more of a dialogue, than a monologue - which is a nice change of pace.

Today the reviewer was the always-excellent Graham "Bookman" Beattie, who is (deservedly) very highly regarded in the New Zealand book industry. He is the former head of Penguin Books, a Book Awards judge, a Books Editor, and is now an acclaimed blogger and consultant to the industry. Beattie describes THE BURNING WIRE, Deaver's 26th book and 9th in his series starring quadraplegic investigator Lincoln Rhyme, as "fast-moving, filled with brilliant plot twists and a totally unputdownable read.

You can listen to the full audio file review of THE BURNING WIRE here. You can also read a print version of many of Beattie's comments from his full review here.

Have you read any of Jeffery Deaver's books? Are you a fan of his Lincoln Rhyme tales? What do you think of the Bookman's review? Does THE BURNING WIRE sound like a crime thriller you'd like to read? Thoughts and comments welcome.


  1. Craig - Thanks for posting this review. I like Deaver's Kathryn Dance, and the Lincoln Rhyme novels are, as Beattie says, fast-moving and full of twists. I haven't read this one, but it sounds like a fine thriller.

  2. I read and enjoyed THE VANISHED MAN. I've also read both of Deaver's short story collection, TWISTED and EVEN MORE TWISTED - which are superb.