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The Stone Monkey: Lincoln Rhyme Book 4 [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Deaver
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lincoln Rhyme returns - to take on the terrifying world of Chinese organised crime.


Recruited to help the US government perform the nearly impossible, Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs manage to track down a cargo ship carrying two dozen illegal Chinese immigrants, as well as the notorious human smuggler and killer known as the Ghost.


But when the Ghost's capture goes disastrously wrong, Lincoln and Amelia find themselves in a race against time - to stop the Ghost before he can discover and murder the two surviving families who have vanished deep into the labyrinthine world of New York City's Chinese community.


Over the next harrowing forty-eight hours, the Ghost ruthlessly hunts for the families, while Rhyme, aided by a policeman from mainland China, struggles to find them before they die and Sachs pursues a very different kind of police work, forming a connection with one of the immigrants that may have consequences going to the core of her relationship with her partner and lover, Lincoln Rhyme.



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    Amazon.co.uk Review

    Many fans will feel that The Stone Monkey is Deaver's strongest thriller yet.

    The new book boosts the storytelling acumen onto a new level as Rhyme and Amelia Sachs take on the violent world of Chinese organised crime. Recruited to aid the US government in a highly difficult (and dangerous) task, Rhyme and Amelia succeed in tracking down a cargo ship carrying a group of illegal immigrants along with the sinister human smuggler and killer known as Youling--the Ghost. But the capture of the Ghost goes pear-shaped, and Rhyme and Amelia are launched into a frantic race against time; they must stop the Ghost before he can track down and destroy the surviving families who have gone missing in the cloistered and secretive world of New York City's Chinese community. As 48 hours anxiously tick by, the malevolent criminal ruthlessly hunts the families while his pursuers (aided by a policeman from mainland China) struggle to prevent the carnage. Amelia, meanwhile, has forged a connection with one of the immigrants that may have considerable consequences for t! he relationship with her partner and lover, Lincoln Rhyme.

    Needless to say, the tension is ratcheted up as relentlessly as ever (Deaver has few peers in this arena), but it's the new wrinkles that he finds for the quixotic relationship between his two mismatched protagonists that are the wellspring of The Stone Monkey’s forceful appeal.--Barry Forshaw

    Amazon Review

    Many fans will feel that The Stone Monkey is Deaver's strongest thriller yet.

    The new book boosts the storytelling acumen onto a new level as Rhyme and Amelia Sachs take on the violent world of Chinese organised crime. Recruited to aid the US government in a highly difficult (and dangerous) task, Rhyme and Amelia succeed in tracking down a cargo ship carrying a group of illegal immigrants along with the sinister human smuggler and killer known as Youling--the Ghost. But the capture of the Ghost goes pear-shaped, and Rhyme and Amelia are launched into a frantic race against time; they must stop the Ghost before he can track down and destroy the surviving families who have gone missing in the cloistered and secretive world of New York City's Chinese community. As 48 hours anxiously tick by, the malevolent criminal ruthlessly hunts the families while his pursuers (aided by a policeman from mainland China) struggle to prevent the carnage. Amelia, meanwhile, has forged a connection with one of the immigrants that may have considerable consequences for t! he relationship with her partner and lover, Lincoln Rhyme.

    Needless to say, the tension is ratcheted up as relentlessly as ever (Deaver has few peers in this arena), but it's the new wrinkles that he finds for the quixotic relationship between his two mismatched protagonists that are the wellspring of The Stone Monkey’s forceful appeal.--Barry Forshaw


    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 555 KB
    • Print Length: 612 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BB8IT1M
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (13 Nov. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002V092PG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

    His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

    You can find out more about Jeffery on his website www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Lincoln Rhyme Novels Continue Improving..... 30 April 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    Jeffrey Deaver has done it again..... I am a huge fan of the Lincoln Rhyme series and this one I believe to be the pick of the bunch. There are so many twists and turns and the final chapters truely have you sat on the edge of your seat!
    This is one book that once picked up you will be unable to put down - truely remarkable.
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Unspectacular Stuff 15 July 2002
    By A Customer
    Format:Hardcover
    Deaver made a huge impact on me with the Bone Collector and subsequently I have purchased all his offerings - including his previous novel which were wrapped up in new covers to fool the unsuspecting - his style of faint romance between Sachs and Rhyme, a cruel and ruthless villain and a sudden twist is beginning to wear thin. While I enjoyed the book it is all a bit "thriller-by-numbers" as opposed to the genuine attention holders he produced for a while. Like James Patterson the one-book-a-year author production line tends to diminish the final product. Read on a plane.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars DEAVER DOESN'T "MONKEY" AROUND WITH THIS ONE 14 April 2003
    Format:Hardcover
    This is the fourth book in the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs' series featuring Lincoln as the quadriplegic consultant to the NYPD with Amelia acting as his eyes and legs by walking the crime scenes for him, while reporting back everything she sees and feels. While one might think that having someone heading up an investigation, who's confined to a wheelchair, might be a little far-fetched, then you haven't made the acquaintance of Lincoln Rhyme. Deaver makes this series so interesting by putting top notch technology at Lincoln's fingertips (just a figure of speech as Lincoln only has feeling in his left ring finger).
    As the story opens, Lincoln has tracked down a cargo ship, the Fuzhou Dragon, said to be bringing in illegal Chinese immigrants. The smuggler is a man known as "The Ghost" -- aptly named as there are no known photographs of him in existance. Not only is The Ghost a smuggler of illegal aliens, he is also a killer and Lincoln has been asked by the FBI and the INS to help them capture this murderer before he strikes again on Lincoln's turf.
    A good part of this story takes place in New York's Chinatown as The Ghost tries to track down two of the families he has smuggled into this country. At the same time, Lincoln and Amelia are trying to reach these families first before The Ghost gets to them. This is the real mystery.....why is The Ghost after immigrants he, himself, has smuggled into this country?
    Deaver's descriptions of this area and its Chinese cultures are well researched and make for some very interesting reading. It's actually one of the best fictional trips into Chinatown that I've yet to come upon.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Topical, intelligent and good reading 14 Jun. 2005
    By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    Jeffery Deaver's popular duo of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back again in the fifth in their series, one that was preceded by The Bone Collector, The Coffin Dancer, The Devil's Teardrop (cameo for Rhyme only) and The Empty Chair . They are all good, and Deaver has created an enigmatic character in the immobile Lincoln Rhyme who, grumpy though he is, always displays such a lucidity of mind and exceptional talent for forensics that all other characters in the book pale into insignificance. He's human though, he has failings, but we always forgive him because we know that despite his intense frustrations (brought about by his almost absolute physical disability) he is a man of integrity and sound judgement.

    In The Stone Monkey he is on the trail of a 'Snakehead', a Chinese man who exploits the desperations of those in his home country and who seek a better life in The Beautiful Country (is New York beautiful?). The Snakehead, aka Ghost, is a pretty nasty piece of work and his identity is cleverly hidden throughout most of this story although I have to confess that, for once, I got it right quite early on. It didn't spoil a thing though, the book gave me new insights into the pain and politics behind human trafficking, and once again I can give a Deaver novel the thumbs-up and a strong recommendation.
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    40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Whens the next one out?! 12 May 2002
    Format:Hardcover
    As an avid fan of Jeffrey Deaver and a follower of the Lincoln Rhyme series, I eagerly awaited for the fourth installment.
    The Stone Monkey is another great story and well written addition. However, I found that this novel certainly isn't best of the four and my least favorite. I think this is mainly because there is less character development, particularly of Rhyme (the ex. head of forensics quadriplegic) and his partner Sachs (a crime scene officer).
    Apart from the aforementioned, I must say once I started reading the book I couldn't put it down. Deaver's portrayal of the human smuggling underworld was grim as ever! and that of the chinese society brilliant. Deaver really delves into these subjects providing the story with intricate details. Add this with a chilling plot, unexpected turns, lovable and detestable characters - you end up with another outstanding Deaver thriller...
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    25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Let's twist again! 6 Feb. 2004
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The fourth title in the Lincoln Rhyme (and Amelia Sachs) series is a fast paced enjoyable read with Deaver again proving he is one of the most enjoyable of psychological thriller writers currently working.
    Anyone new to the Rhyme books will be able to have as much fun as seasoned readers in trying to guess the plot twists. But take a tip from me - I bet you won't be able to guess correctly. That is the fun part. I thought I had this one sussed but when the major twist was revealed I realised that Deaver had tricked me again.
    A couple of minor quibbles - the story does seem a bit leaden when trying to develop certain characters relevant only to this book when the main characters still aren't given enough time. Also some of the plot developments gained from the crime scene evidence are a little bit convenient.
    'The Stone Monkey' was overall a worthy addition to the Rhyme/Sachs series. Not as good as my favourite 'The Coffin Dancer' which had a plot twist which I could only liken to the movie 'The Sixth Sense'. It made me want to re-read it again to make sure the twist worked.
    Now the plot for 'The Vanished Man' really does look interesting.
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