The Edge is a stand-alone thriller and not a Lincoln Rhymes novel. The first several Lincoln Rhymes books were really good, but some of the more recent ones have not satisfied me. At any rate, Deaver introduces a new character who is not connected with the Lincoln Rhymes series (or Katherine Dance spin-off series).
Corte works for a government agency similar to Witness Protection. In the agency's jargon, he is a shepherd, the one whose job it is to keep his individual(s) safe. He has been assigned to protect the family of a D.C. cop.
His opponent is Henry Loving, a lifter, whose purpose is to extract information through torture. His victims die, but simply removing them is not the main intention--gaining information is.
There is history between Corte and Loving, and Corte's decisions concerning the protection of the Kessler family may be a little different than usual. He wants more than to keep the Kessler family safe; he wants Loving.
As in all of Deaver's books, there is a twist or two.
I thought Corte's character was a little thin, but wonder if this is really a stand-alone-- or a possible new series. If it is a new series, maybe Corte will give Deaver a little more scope (since Lincoln Rhymes is paralyzed, the Rhymes' novels must follow a certain course), and Deaver will flesh out Corte a bit more.
Fiction. Crime/Mystery. 2010. 416 pages.