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The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451188454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451188458
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.9 x 19.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,187 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. --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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Ka Yee on 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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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 16 2014
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My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

My Review: I picked up this older read based on a recommendation from a library customer. I had, of course, heard of Jeffrey Deaver and knew that this book had been made into a movie years ago with the main character being played by Denzel Washington. Always on the lookout for a new suspense writer I thought I'd dive into a new series.
Unfortunately this book just wasn't my cuppa tea. It definitely had its suspenseful moments. At first the forensics/scientific side of things interested me but it soon became clear that this book was more about the forensics than the suspense. There were pockets of suspense throughout the book (which honestly is what kept me reading) but the science bogged down the story. I'm sure for someone more interested in forensics it would have been great but for me who finds it mildly interesting it was a little too much. I think that because it was all written (and not laid out on TV like in CSI: NY format that I could view) it became really heavy in the scientific descriptions. Add to the fact that there were very gory descriptions and I didn't love this book.
I also found it hard to believe that Lincoln and his team could figure out some of the clues so easily. The explanation was often given but it was told in such scientific mumbo-jumbo that I wasn't sure if it was even feasible for them to come to the conclusion so quickly.
What I did like was Lincoln and his rapport with Sachs as they learn to work with each other. Lincoln's mind set and his physical limitations made him a very unique and interesting character. Getting a chance to understand what he lives with, as a quadriplegic, on a daily basis (emotionally and physically) was something that I didn't expect to get from a suspenseful read.
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"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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