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The Bone Collector: Lincoln Rhyme Book 1 Paperback – 4 Sep 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2 edition (4 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340682116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340682111
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The hero of Jeffery Deaver's thriller The Bone Collector is Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic scientist known to his peers as "the world's foremost criminalist". Rhyme will need all his reason--and his considerable stock of high-tech tools--about him to solve this latest brain-twister: a serial killer with method to his madness. In tried and true thriller fashion, the killer's crimes are described in lurid detail, as is the astounding technological equipment with which Rhyme examines the evidence--everything from an energy-dispersive x-ray unit to a mass spectrometer.

Every fictional detective has his or her gimmick, from Sherlock Holmes's violin to Nero Wolf's orchids, and Rhyme is no exception. He is a quadriplegic who can move nothing but a single finger. Gadget-philes will be in seventh heaven reading about Lincoln Rhyme's tools; other readers might feel the book could do with a few more plausible characters and a little less technology.


Praise for Jeffery Deaver (:)

The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. (Daily Telegraph)

The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. (Guardian)

One of the world's best plotters - his intricate twists and turns catch out even the hardened thriller reader . . . This is a true master at work - elegant, assured, supremely crafted thriller writing at its very best (Daily Mail)

'The best psychological thriller writer around' - The Times

'Teeth-chattering suspense' - Daily Mail

'Stunning' Scotsman

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Format: Paperback
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.
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Like every other reviewer so far I have to agree that this is a 5* read. Jeffery Deaver blows Patricia Cornwell out of the water. This is the first Lincoln Ryme novel - Lincoln starts the book as a Quadriplegic with a death wish - trying to find a doctor who will grant his wish to put him out of his misery. Along come a string of really sick murders designed to tax Lincoln's forensic skills and lateral thinking. With the unwilling help of Amelia - the beautiful policewoman who stumbled on the first of the crime scenes, he takes us into the mind of the killer with only the smallest amount of physical evidence. Right to the end you will NOT guess who the killer is. You will forget his disability and be carried along by the sheer brilliance of his deductive reasoning. As for whether or not the plot is really feasible or realistic and whether they can really do stuff like this - you really won't care. His next book, the Coffin Dancer is also excellent and sufficiently different to suggest that he won't become too formulaic
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If I could give it more I would, although I have marked a number of other books 5 stars (if books aren't good I can't finish them which makes me think I'm not worthy of reviewing them) there are very few authors out there that compare to Jeffrey Deaver. This man is a master of his craft. This is the first of Deaver's novels to feature Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs and I would recommend that you start with this book to get an understanding of how their relationship forms. There are times when this novel is positively gruesome and you do wonder how Deaver manages to think up some aspects of the plot as well as complete what must be huge amounts of meticulous research across a wide range of subjects to make this book so believable (in an unbelievable serial killer kind of way).

I bought this book after seeing the film and while the adaptation of this was far better than of the James Patterson novels, it is another example of how the detail in a book will far surpass what they are able to put into a film. Deaver's plots are complex and full of twists, this is a novel that although you can read quickly, due to the fact it's brilliant, you do need to actually concentrate on it so that you don't miss something vital or any of the complex information. It's a real grown-up thriller!
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
This is an especially suspenseful thriller made more so by the personal angst of the main character, Lincoln Rhyme. A quadriplegic, forensic ex-detective for the New York City Police Department, Rhyme is brought out of retirement by the police department to assist them in the apprehension of an apparently psychopathic killer who is loose on the streets of New York.
The forays into bits of arcane New York history, as well as the sleuthing done almost entirely through the application of forensics and deductive reasoning, make for a very interesting read. While at times it seems that no one could be as uncannily accurate as Rhyme in deciphering the meaning of the physical evidence, this contrivance does serve to move the plot along.With the story line so engrossing and the crime scenes horrific, as well as ingenious, it is the kind of book that is hard to put down, because you simply cannot wait to see what happens. The surprise ending is the icing on the cake.
Assisting Rhyme with his work is Police Officer Sachs who, while not as compelling a character as Rhyme, is essential to the story. It is her character who does the 'heavy lifting' so to speak. Highly intelligent and resourceful, with an innate appreciation of the importance of physical evidence, she inspects and preserves the crime scenes, as well as gathers the physical evidence from which Rhyme ultimately weaves his magic. She also serves as somewhat of a Deus Ex Machina in that she saves the day in more ways than one.
Sachs is a wonderful foil for Rhyme in that she runs hot to his cold. She is driven by her desire to help others, as well as by her own personal demons, while he is ever the calm, cool, collected clinician, whose desire to preserve a crime scene may supercede the milk of human kindness latent within his emotionally atrophied soul. The personal connection that Rhyme ultimately develops with Officer Sachs is one that leaves you hoping that they will be teamed up again in yet another novel.
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