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PaperBackers: Intelligent Murder

A clearly disturbed individual learns how to remotely access various “smart” household devices and employs them as a means to murder by causing horrific domestic accidents.

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Book: The Steel Kiss
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: Hachette
Pages: 482
Price: Rs 699

In Jeffery Deaver’s The Steel Kiss, the plot twists and turns sinuously, like a serpent in a maze, malevolent and dangerous, but impossible to tear your eyes away from. The latest thriller to feature quadriplegic forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, Detective Amelia Sachs, the book could be straight out of today’s headlines, bristling with references to the Internet Of Things, data mining and hacking. A clearly disturbed individual learns how to remotely access various “smart” household devices and employs them as a means to murder by causing horrific domestic accidents. An escalator swallows up a mall employee, an advertising executive and his home get vapourised in a gas explosion and people turn up bludgeoned all over New York City.

Deaver’s an old hand at the game — the author manipulates his reader’s pulse like a virtuoso, coaxing out every ounce of tension and suspense possible. He also provides us with the killer’s point-of-view, always a fun device, and creates character vignettes for every player in the plot. Put this on your list of summer reads.