Sabotage Turns Deadly in Jeffery Deaver’s Forthcoming Lincoln Rhyme Thriller, ‘The Watchmaker’s Hand’

Low angle shot of a tower crane
The sky is falling in Jeffery Deaver’s new Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Watchmaker’s Hand. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Ever since we read Jeffery Deaver’s The Bone Collector back in 1997, we have been avid fans of his brilliant Lincoln Rhyme series and for good reason. His stories have more twists and turns than the Pacific Coast Highway. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, Deaver drops another bombshell that sends Rhyme scrambling for answers and keeps readers white knuckling the book.

Now his 16th volume in the series, The Watchmaker’s Hand, is slated to drop in November, just in time to ensure we spend our winter vacations buried beneath a blanket and glued to his latest thrill ride.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

This time out, Rhyme and Amelia Sachs must find out who is behind the mysterious collapse of a construction crane in New York City, an event which left mass destruction in its wake and killed several people. A political group comes forward as the saboteurs behind the horror and threatens to drop another crane from the sky if their demands aren’t met in the next 24 hours.

Now the clock is ticking, the citizens of New York are in a panic, and Rhyme and his team must unravel the plot before more cranes drop. But while everyone else is focused on preventing more mayhem and death, Rhyme draws his own conclusion and deduces that the true mastermind behind the terror is his nemesis known as The Watchmaker. Will Rhyme be able to stop him in time or will the citizens of New York have to keep looking up, waiting for the next crane to plummet to the city below?

As he has done in previous novels, it sounds like Deaver is once again up to his old tricks, turning everyday objects into deadly weapons. After reading his novel The Steel Kiss, we still can’t ride an escalator without worrying that some madman has rigged it to basically eat us. Now it appears Deaver will have us avoiding construction sites!

If this kind of thriller is up your alley—and we can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be, especially if you’re already invested in this compelling series—then make sure you pre-order The Watchmaker’s Hand today so it arrives on your doorstep on November 28. Enjoy!

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About the author

Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He has served two terms as president of Mystery Writers of America, and was recently named a Grand Master of MWA, whose ranks include Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Mary Higgins Clark and Walter Mosely.

The author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards.

His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize. The Garden of Beasts won the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers Association in England. He’s also been nominated for eight Edgar Awards by the MWA.

Deaver has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, the Strand Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Raymond Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy.

His book A Maiden’s Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Lifetime aired an adaptation of his The Devil’s Teardrop. NBC television recently aired the nine-episode prime-time series, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector.

To learn more, visit and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

By Jeffery Deaver
400 pp. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. $29.
ISBN 978-0-5934-2211-3

Pre-order The Watchman’s Hand direct from Jathan & Heather Books or anywhere else fine books are sold.

Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver
(Photo by Niko Giovanni Coniglio)

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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