American-born Jeffery Deaver has gained a bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University during his lifetime. Initially, Jeffery worked as a journalist before practising law at a large Wall Street firm, however he later combined his two great loves and turned his hand to crime writing. His first novel, which was part of a trilogy, was published in 1988. Jeffery began writing full time in 1990 and is now an internationally-renowned, best-selling author. He has published more than 30 novels and collections of short stories, as well as a non-fiction law book, selling over 50 million books worldwide. They have been translated into more than 25 languages and sold in 150 countries.
Jeffery has been awarded the Steel Dagger and the Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association, as well as the Nero Wolfe Award. In addition, he has received the Ellery Queen Readers Award for the Best Short Story of the Year and has won the British Thumping Good Read Award.
Many of Jeffery's novels have been turned into feature films including Maiden's Grave, The Devils Teardrop and The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Jeffery is also a folksinger and previously performed in music clubs across San Francisco and Chicago.
The Burial Hour
A businessman is snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight - or so it appears to the eight year old girl who is the 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 Naples. The killer's M.O. is bizarre and frightening. Obsessed with music, the man records the final breaths of his victims, then uses their dying sounds to compose a tune. 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.
“The best psychological thriller writer around” - The Times
“ Deaver is a master of plot twists, and they are abundant in this story...essential for fans of the franchise ” - Daily Mail