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The Stone Monkey [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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Jan. 28 2003 Lincoln Rhyme Novels
The page-turning New York Times bestseller from Jeffery Deaver’s “simply outstanding” (San Jose Mercury News) Lincoln Rhyme series!

The FBI has recruited forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and his protégée, Amelia Sachs, to capture “the Ghost,” a homicidal immigrant smuggler. But when they corner him aboard a cargo ship, the bust goes disastrously wrong and the Ghost escapes. Now the killer must eliminate two families who witnessed his flight before they jumped ship and vanished. . . . Searching New York City’s Chinatown, can Rhyme and Sachs find the Ghost’s targets before he does?

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When a vicious smuggler known as the Ghost scuttles a ship filled with undocumented Chinese immigrants less than a mile from New York harbor, only a handful of survivors--and the Ghost himself--manage to escape the burning vessel. Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic NYPD forensic detective first introduced in 1997's The Bone Collector, and Amelia Sachs, his partner and lover, must stop the Ghost before he murders the two families who made it to shore. The families have gone to ground in the all but impenetrable world of Manhattan's Chinatown, a fact that makes the pair's two allies--Sonny Li, a Chinese cop, and Dr. John Sung-- invaluable partners.

The group's race against time showcases Jeffery Deaver's many talents, particularly intricate plotting, plenty of surprising twists, and breakneck pacing. This is a real standout from a writer whose previous thrillers have earned him a solid following among mystery fans. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This title got pushed up from May to March, moving readers that much closer to Deaver's harrowing tale of a smuggler whose cargo is human.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The REAL "CSI New York" May 23 2004
By lb136
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Stone Monkey" is another of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels, and as usual it combines the intracies of crime scene investigation with cliffhanger-a-minute plot twists and turns, as well as the author's exacting research into his topic. You'll quickly realize that nothing is at it seems--you know surprises are coming, and maybe you'll try to anticipate the author's deviousness. And since the author lays the clues right out for you, it can be done (but not easily), so when the secret is revealed it's usually a forehead-slapping moment, when you realize you should indeed have seen it coming.
This time out, the quadriplegic Rhyme and his "walk-the-grid" colleague, Amelia Sachs (as spectacularly neurotic as ever) are involved with the underworld of illegal Chinese immigration. They have to fight not only the perpetrators, but possibly a mole among the various organizations--NYPD, FBI, INS, Coast Guard, U.S. State Department, the Chinese government--involved in the case. Since the book is part of a series, you know the good guys will win, but how? That's where the thrills are.
Notes and asides: on p. 282 the term NYFD is mentioned. Sorry. It's NYPD but FDNY. Mr. Deaver, familiar as he is with things NYC, must know that. Somewhere in Outsourceiana (Indiana? Idaho? Iowa? India?) is a copyeditor who thinks "wow! I saved Jeffery Deaver from an obvious error." Err, no.
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4.0 out of 5 stars clever and well thought out thriller Feb. 24 2004
By Larry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A shipload of illegal Chinese immigrants sinks off the coast of Long Island. It appears an explosion has occurred which succeeded in destroying not only the ship but killing many of the passengers onboard. One of the survivors is a smuggler of the Chinese into this country. He is a ruthless killer nicknamed "The Ghost" because he has never been caught and always is ahead of the authorities. The Ghost is intent on killing any of the other survivors of the ship. Involved in the manhunt to capture the killer is the quadriplegic police investigator, Lincoln Rhyme, with his assistant, Amelia Sachs. Rhyme has set up a police lab in his apartment and with the help of the officers in his division, is involved in a cat and mouse chase of The Ghost.
Jeffrey Deaver has written another successful thriller starring one of his most memorable creations, Lincoln Rhyme. Much effort and empathy has gone into the subplot of the plight of the illegal Chinese immigrant. In attempting to write a nonstop action thriller, Jeffrey Deaver resorts to certain stock devices such as some of the impossible escapes of the villain. Sometimes Lincoln's assumptions based on the evidence presented to him are a bit of a stretch. This is something that has occurred in the other Lincoln Rhyme novels. However, characters are well thought out and the story is quite clever and entertaining. Overall, a recommended read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Anywhere Near His Best Feb. 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, along with INS, are in hot pursuit of the criminal mastermind and international fugitive known only as the Ghost...with the trail leading off Orient Point, Long island and a Chinese cargo ship carrying refugees and human slaves. But as the Coast Guard moves in to arrest, the ship is destroyed in a suspicious explosion and the Ghost once again escapes the law and flees into New York's Chinatown. He's determined to silence forever any survivors who could reveal his identity. Now Lincoln and Amelia embark on a desperate search, uncovering clues along the way that will either lead to success-or certain death. The book is OK, but the outcomes were predicitable and the answers came to Lincoln too easily. Seems like he had access to every bit of information in the world. He didn't have to work hard enough to get the answers
Someone should tell Mr. Deaver that there are 26 characters in the English alphabet, not 25. I found that rather odd, coming from a writer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does not yield the best of Deaver Feb. 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would say this book can be enjoyed or not depending on the reader
If you are a new Deaver reader and to this crime genre then you will be jolted by his tricks and turns but if you are an experienced Deaver reader seeking to drink the best juice of his brains as you did in past experiences I can tell you that this story was written employing old gimmicks that will not satisfy your expectations, because you can infer beforehand what card is under his sleeve
In respect of the story, illegal Chinese alien smuggling into the U.S, in my opinion exhibits some research about Chinese culture but poor recollection of INS procedures. The alien movements from the first time they set foot on US soil with no knowledge and not language look not plausible due to both time span and events. Well, miracles can happen !!!
The ending is poor too, our hero Lincoln Rhyme comes reeling off the whole truth hidden behind the tale in a very confusing way, vomiting one fact after the other in many layers and in few pages, all of a sudden, as to definitely nail down the bad guy. Well, miracles can happen !!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A true disappointment Dec 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My mother, like myself, an avid fan of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels, recommended The Stone Monkey and during some down time I had between semesters, when I could catch up on some junk-food reading, I decided to read it. I thought I'd treat myself to what I thought was going to be a great book. Unfortunately my expectations had been raised much too high, either by her praise or the positive memory I had of the movie The Bone Collector, because this was a true let down.
This was my first foray into a Deaver work and I don't plan an attempt at a second, for I truly dislike the way he gets his thrills. I can appreciate when an author can deftly turn the tables on his readers without them having to question all that has come before. Unless I'm reading science fiction or fantasy, I'm very unwilling to suspend disbelief, but that is precisely what I had to do in order for this plot to make any sense. Unfortunately, I can't state all the numerous places in this book that fail stand up under close retrospective scrutiny, without spoiling it for those who might be suckered into reading it. Suffice it say that if you truly appreciate masters of the art of mystery, suspense or thrill, like Thomas Cook or P.D. James, where all loose ends dovetail fittingly into a sensible denouement, you will be disappointed with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it a lot
Was right up there with the Skin Collector and the Bone Collector. I enjoyed it a lot.
Published 1 month ago by Christine Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars When does the movie come out?
So far my favorite Lincoln Rhyme novel. No re-hash-nopsis here but please pick this up if you would like to be entertained. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by S. Seremak
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Although this is my first Deaver read, it was indeed and excellent outing. I was familiar with the characters from the movie, Bone Collector, but at the time was not aware that... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Jenna1959
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lincoln Rhyme Sagas Continue....Worthwhile Read
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back in this spine-chilling novel. A famed criminologist paralyzed from the neck down, Lincoln compensates for his disability with his brains-and... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by J. Kirkman
2.0 out of 5 stars The Stone Monkey
I have always been an avid fan of Jeffrey Deaver but this is the second book in the Lincoln Rhyme series that has disappointed. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting, if predictable
Deaver's story of a snakehead's smuggling human cargo into the US moves along with excitement and suspense. Authors develop their habits. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2003 by G. B. Talovich
2.0 out of 5 stars He needed to do his research
I enjoyed the Blue Nowhere and the movie The Bone Collector. While the pacing and the concept of Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia is interesting, it was marred by his... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003 by C. Reyer
1.0 out of 5 stars The world's most overrated mystery writer
Jeffry Deaver lays another egg. The Bone Collector should've been a Batman comic book (that would've made it more exciting, anyway), The Empty Chair was idiotic and boring, and... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003 by Eric Turowski
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