The Bone Collector: Lincoln Rhyme Book 1 Paperback – 4 Sep 1997
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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. --Amazon.com
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
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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.
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!
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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There's a lot of science procedures in this book, but it's written in a way that is easy enough to understand. Fantastic murder book! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pen Name
I remember seeing this movie and it wasn't very good but the book is sooo well written. I read this every minute I could get and finished it late in the night. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Naz k
Yes 5 stars for this first story I have read by this author, I went by the reviews and started to read the first book and I am glad I did, I found the whole story very gripping, I... Read morePublished 18 days ago by jude
Well written and researched, but reading some of it is hard work! Mainly the scientific procedures used. Other than that its a great book with good likeable characters! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel
I am not familiar with the author's work so perhaps I was not prepared for the gruesome aspects of it. Too many acronyms to keep up with.Published 2 months ago by MRS W SMITH
I liked the quality of the writing & the plot. Well worth a read if you like exciting thrillers yesPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer