King of suspense Jeffery Deaver promised he would alternate books about quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance, body analysis expert with the California Bureau of Investigation, and has remained true to his word.

XO follows The Burning Wire in 2010 featuring Rhyme and Carte Blanche – the latest instalment in the James Bond series, published in 2011.

In XO, Dance finds herself in the right place at the right time when her country singer friend Kayleigh Towne reveals she is being stalked by an obsessed fan, shortly before a homecoming concert. Despite being off-duty, Dance jumps into action when one of Towne’s crew is killed, echoing the lyrics of one of her own songs.

Fans of Deaver – a folk singer who has gone to the effort of writing 11 ‘Towne’ tracks and even recorded an accompanying album – will enjoy the thrills and spills with his latest book, even if they have an inkling of what to expect, but this is also ideal for those wanting an introduction into his works.

Rating: 8/10