The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2 2004
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Written in 1997 this novel introduces Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic forensic criminalist as its main protagonist with Amelia Sachs, a 31 year old police officer, as its main character, along with them it showcases strong secondary characters in Lon Sellito, a homicide detective working for the NYPD and Thom, Lincoln Rhymes’ full-time care assistant. The movie adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie was made in 1999. To this day, this series is a success and still strong in the ratings.
In “The Bone Collector”, the plot depicts a frantic race to save lives and catch a killer , it has a generous hunk of CSI style forensics investigation, is action packed with a multitude of wild chases, some fascinating disclosures and a few gruesome scenes and the pages are filled with Interesting and colourful characters. We have drama and suspense everywhere and there isn't much down time for a breather.
Rhymes is a high-level quad, a man trap in a broken body with a sole falcon living on his windowsill as company and it quickly becomes apparent that he is a bitter, angry and aggressive, he is strongly considering suicide. When his loneliness is interrupted by his former colleague who needs help in an ongoing crime investigation his interest eventually peaks at the highest level, just what was needed for Rhymes set aside the decision of suicide. Assisted by the beautiful Amelia Sachs they track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold secret to saving his victims. There is a lot going on I will abstain to divulge in order to tease you….
This is quite a captivating story an absolute page turner …... “The Coffin Dancer” is the next to follow the Lincoln and Amelia saga and I surely will add it on my TBR list.
Too many books …too little time but never too late to read a good story.
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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okay book, first two thirds are very slow and lack any sense of the story moving forward. last third is pretty good though.Published 2 months ago by elliot wilson
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I never read books after the movie seen, bit this time I really got into it. Cannot wait to read more of his books.Published on June 16 2014 by Debra Ann
I liked the movie when I first saw it, so I thought I would try reading the book. Sorry for whoever the screen writer for the film was, but you completely destroyed an awesome... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2013 by Amanda Weir
This was the first novel featuring Lincoln Rhymes and Amanda Sachs. It is not as complicated as later plots, but enough to keep you turning the page. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2013 by mhzajac
Product was as described, Shipping was pretty fast. I've read this book before and am gonna read it now for a second time. I absolutely love it!Published on Jan. 27 2012 by serena_mcr
absolutely terrific. Even though I had seen the movie before I read the book there was still plenty more to the story. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Trouble