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The Stone Monkey: Lincoln Rhyme Book 4 [Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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14 April 2003

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

Over the next 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 policework - 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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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (14 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340734019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340734018
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'The best psychological thriller writer around' - The Times

'Teeth-chattering suspense' - Daily Mail

'Stunning' Scotsman

'This is Deaver as his followers expect him to be, crackling and compulsive' Publishing News

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Unspectacular Stuff 15 July 2002
By A Customer
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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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
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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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whens the next one out?! 12 May 2002
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deaver does it yet again 1 Aug 2003
By A Customer
This is another brilliant book by Jeffrey Deaver, although it is slow to get going by the end it is a real page turner, which is impossible to put down. Another excellent Lincoln Rhyme epic with the usual unexpected twists and turns! There is also the brilliant character development of Sachs, which definately adds alot to the book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 May 2002
By A Customer
Deaver's books just keep on getting better and better. This one is no exception.
All the usual characterrs are back in full force, as well as some new excellent subsidiary characters. John Sung, Sony Li, Sam Chang, and the captain of the Fuzhou Dragon, who, even though he only features in the first couple of chapters, is an incredibly strong presence.
Deaver packs it all again, knowing exactly what his readers want. Quirky characters, a quick, tense, suspenseful and original plot, which has complex and interesting twists. (It is a good thing that here he has cut down on his twists...he still has some (really good ones) but just not quite as many. sometimes he can go over the top.) The relationship between is Rhyme and Sachs is moving along nicely. I like the fact that Deaver is not rushing their relationship. It tells us a couple of things. First, the he plans at least several more Rhyme books, during which their relationship will progress. Second, he is a talented writer who thinks ahead. Some writers who write series characters develop their characters really well early on in a series, but in the later novels there is nothing left to develop, so the characters begin to seem wooden and very two dimensional. (james Patterson, this is you im talking about.) Wise writers choose to develop their characters more slowly, giving room for a series to seem fully developed. It is the mark of a really good writer that even though the characters are still being developed, they do seem fully fleshed out in all the novels, even though they are not fully devloped. Deaver manages to do this so well. There are still things we have yet to know about Rhyme and Sachs, but still their characters are wonderfully vivid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 9 April 2014
By Rubydoo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a really good read, just as you would expect from JD. Very enjoyable - arrived quickly and totally happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book set in stone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to his best
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This is a real page turner - as are all Jeffery Deaver books. Only 62% of the way through it - have had all sorts of ideas as to who the mole is, but have been wrong every time -... Read more
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I absolutely loved it! Well researched, well-written, good story line and the twists in it were quite unpredictable. Definitely my favorite Jeffery Deaver novel!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fast paced, twists in all the right places. Gripping and exciting
I'm ready for the next lincoln rhyme book please.
Published 8 months ago by Caroline Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars ususal best
As usual a gripping read. Didn't want to put it down. What a masterpiece. Cant wait for the next Lincoln Rhyme book
Published 8 months ago by Janice Canning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lincoln rhyme
Excellent book in Lincoln rhyme series as always a compulsive page turner, buy this book it is a good read
Published 8 months ago by zeus
5.0 out of 5 stars good condition
will not be reading the book it was purchased for teenager to read as she enjoyed the first of the series
Published 10 months ago by sunan
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected.
No surprises as to how gripped I was by this Lincoln Rhyme mystery.l loved every moment of the twists and turns I was subjected to! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynda Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeffrey Deaver is one of my biggest favourites
I would have given a 5, but it's just not his best book. But then - if you are as big a fan of J. Deaver as I am, you will probably want to read this one as well - certainly, if... Read more
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