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34 people found this helpful
on 20 May 2005
The first of the Lincoln Rhyme books, and the second one I read. The main character is a "criminalist", a forensic expert. He used to be head of NYPD's forensics department but was badly injured at a crime scene and is now paralysed from the neck down, apart from one finger. In this book he is near to achieving his aim of committing suicide but his interest in life is rekindled by a fascinating case and a female police officer. Will it be enough to keep him going?
The book tells the story of the Bone Collector, a murderer who has a particular interest in peoples' bones. He kidnaps people in his taxi or goes out to find them, basing all his actions on an old book about a killer in the last century. At each crime scene he leaves clues leading to the next one - can Rhyme and the rest of the team get there in time to save the next victim? And can they use the evidence he accidentally leaves to catch him rather than just following in his footsteps? The twist in the tale is one of the most memorable I've come across but I can't say any more without ruining the story! A highly recommended read.