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The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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March 2 2004 Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Book 1)
In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes readers on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

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

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Deaver (A Maiden's Grave) is too fond of gimmicks. They range in this novel from the extreme (his detective here, Lincoln Rhyme, is a quadriplegic who can move only one finger) to the moderately eccentric (beautiful policewoman Amelia Sachs, who acts as Rhyme's arms and legs, suffers from arthritis). And his villain, a serial killer who models his crimes on ones he finds in a book on criminal life in old New York, has an uncomfortable way of slaying each of his victims in ways guaranteed to stop the heart or turn the stomach: buried alive, flayed by high-pressure steam, eaten by hungry rats, burned alive, attacked by mad dogs. All this takes place in the course of one busy New York weekend as the killer helpfully leaves playful little clues as to where he's going to strike next and Rhyme uses his immense savvy (and a battery of computerized testing tools) to figure it out. The whole affair, in fact, is incredibly silly, though the headlong narrative, with Sachs arriving in the nick of time (driving at 80 mph through New York streets) to perform rescues that seem to belong in a comic strip rather than a novel, never lets up, and there is plenty of genuine forensic knowledge in evidence. There are dramatic switcheroos up to the very last page, and a climactic battle to the death that might make even teenage boys wince. For it seems to be at that kind of readership?uncritical and doting on violence?that the novel is aimed. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; film rights sold to Martin Bregman and Universal Pictures; simultaneous Penguin audio. (Mar.) FYI: An HBO movie of A Maiden's Grave, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, will air in January 1997.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The world of crime science Nov. 7 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
I like the story structure most. There are Killer¡s monologues and Lincoln Rhyme¡s deduction. It excites me to chase every wording and chapter by chapter. Sachs¡ adventures in venue are so attractive. I am interested in crime science now. Lincoln Rhyme¡s tragedy begins when he becomes paralyzed. Luckily, Amelia Sachs brings him back from despair. The bone collector loses his family accidentally and then embeds ¡¥revenge¡ in his entire mind. Bringing Rhyme to death becomes his aspiration. This novel surprises me page by page. After reading, I realize that meaning of life is contributing our talents to society, even our lives are coming to an end. Let¡s enter the world of crime science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Duo Since Holmes and Watson! Feb. 26 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Bone Collector" is the first in the riveting Lincoln Rhyme-Amelia Sachs series, and it leaves the reader gasping for more.
Take one handsome and brilliant forensic scientist--who now happens to be a quadriplegic who can move his head and exactly one finger. Team him with a gorgeous redheaded cop with a chip on her shoulder and a propensity for biting her nails to the quick. Present them with a serial killer to end all serial killers. And then hang on tight, because this plot has more twists and turns than the most sophisticated roller coaster.
As the book opens, a despairing Rhyme is methodically planning his own suicide, with the help of a Kevorkian-type doctor. Trapped in his useless body, the former criminalist feels he simply cannot go on. Then he is asked to help solve one more case--and his brilliant mind simply cannot resist the tantalizing and baffling clues.
With a slew of high-tech gadgets (fascinating) in his bedroom, and the unwilling Amelia Sachs acting as his stand-in at the various crime scenes, Rhyme tracks a killer whose twisted mind jumps back and forth from the real world to that of Old New York. This is one heck of a perp: He thinks he's living 100 years ago, and his murders have everything to do with that delusion.
No way can the reader guess the end; no way is the reader going to be satisfied with only one Rhyme-Sachs novel. Fortunately, there are more--and I've ordered them all!
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"The Bone Collector" written by Jeffery Deaver is one of the most fascinating books about forensics that I have read to date. It takes place in Manhattan where a dangerous killer is on the loose. Officer Sachs teams up with Linclon Rhyme, the best forensic criminalogist that the public has seen. He got in an accident when he was investinating a crime scene that left him paralzed from the neck down but he still has some movement in the fingers of his right hand. From his bed he digests and dissects the clues that Sachs brings back from the crime scenes hoping he can capture this mad man. The whole time the murders are going on there is a UN conferance in New York. So the atmosphere is very uptight which causes procedures to be rushed. The mayor is torn between stationing his men at the UN conference or sending them to aid in the investigation. The killer is now killing people faster and Sachs and Ryhme are not showing signs of getting the case solved, consequently they are kicked off the case, eventallly they are reasigned. I dont want to ruin the ending for you so I'll just say this one thing...the killer is alot closer to the characters then one would think. Once you find out who it is you won't beleive it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This will chill you to the bone! May 12 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have never been a very big fan of crime novels, but Jeffery Deaver has kept me coming back for more. In this, his first in a series about Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic genius, Deaver shows just how much research goes into making his novels realistic. It is clear that the author has studied forensics, anatomy, and police practices. The story revolves around a man who is simultaneously living in the present, while thinking of himself as a killer from the early 1900's. Deaver's ability to present New York's past and modern worlds together is wonderful. The character development is excellent as well. Lincolm Rhyme is one of the best characters I have ever come across. His knack for understanding the criminal mind is beyond measure. Deaver deftly gives the reader a view of life from the perspective of Rhyme, someone who cannot do more than move his head and one finger, yet has an intelligence few can match. The other main character is Amelia Sachs, a beat cop, who is drafted by Rhyme into being an extension of his body by doing the necessary leg work (and sometimes gruesome tasks) that he cannot. The relationship that develops between them is great, and at times, provides a little humor to an otherwise dark story. I highly recomend this book, unless you have a really weak stomach, since some scenes are gory. Keep down your dinner, and you'll be reading long into the wee hours of the morning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Book, THEN See the Movie May 5 2002
By Carrie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Bone Collector, with Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, doesn't do full justice to Deaver's suspenseful forensic novel. The book has far more cases than the movie, but this is most likely due to trying to cram several hundreds of pages into 2 hours. The movie, however, is a wonderful tie-in with the book. Deaver's descriptions are fantastic; though I was a little lost with the chemicals and the usage of the men's forensic "toys," I learned a lot about forensic science, much more than any episode of CSI could ever teach someone. The crime scenes in the novel were graphic, bloody, cringe-worthy, and a delight to read for someone who loves thrillers. I liked how Deaver included the "chart" of the murderer's M.O. It let me pretend I was right in the room with Linc and Amie, trying to figure out when the Bone Collector would strike next. It's not just a slash 'em up novel, though; Deaver weaves suspense, heartache, and a little flirtatious romance into a tight, cohesive web of mystery that kept me in my chair reading until I had finished the book all the way through in one night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie first book second
I never read books after the movie seen, bit this time I really got into it. Cannot wait to read more of his books.
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Published on Oct. 5 2003 by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good.
This book is suspenseful and full of plot twists. The forensics make it very interesting, and it is much better than the movie. Buy this, and all of Deaver's other works, too.
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