- Published: 1998
- Number of pages: 421 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 0.45 MB
- Authors: Jeffery Deaver
Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics—until an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying and ingenious duel of wits. With police detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme must follow a labyrinth of clues that reaches back to a dark chapter in New York City’s past—and reach further into the darkness of the mind of a madman who won’t stop until he has stripped life down to the bone.
Review Praise for The Bone Collector“Stunning…fascinating…a page-turner.”—People “The Bone Collector is so dazzling, it makes your eyes water.”—The New York Times Book Review “The headlong narrative…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.”—Publishers Weekly “Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to a turbocharged plot that puts Benzedrine to shame.”—Booklist “Craftily blends cutting-edge forensics, turn-of-the-century-Manhattan mayhem, pursuers becoming pursued.”—The Wall Street Journal“A top-notch thriller….Rhyme is a great character…and Sachs a great partner. Chilling.”—San Francisco ChronicleMore Praise for Jeffrey Deaver“The master of ticking-bomb suspense.”—People“The Lincoln Rhyme series is simply outstanding.”—San Jose Mercury News “[Rhyme] is among the most brilliant and vulnerable of crime fiction’s heroes.”—New York Post “[Deaver is] the most clever plotter on the planet.”—Publishers Weekly “Deaver is the master of the plot twist, and readers will only drive themselves crazy trying to outguess him.”—Booklist
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⭐ I might be that some time spent in law enforcement a long time ago has left me jaded here, but I don’t usually have as much difficulty suspending disbelief as I did with this one. The scenarios, explanations, dialogue, characters, and everything else involved in the story are absolutely and ridiculously unbelievable. I mean, they are DUMB! I can’t believe there were so many positive reviews of this drivel. Lincoln Rhyme is supposed to be a curmudgeon, I get it, but he comes across as simply unlikeable (just for kicks, I might go back into the text and count how many times he “barks” his responses to people.) Couple the distasteful main character with the fact that he annoyingly has a pat and ready answer for absolutely every piece of evidence that is presented to him and the result is a farce. I finished the book because I wanted to see if it would get better…but it didn’t. This would have been a one-star review, but I gave it a second star for finally coming to an end.
⭐ I read this book for the first time when it first came out back in 1998. I loved it from the beginning and read the entire Lincoln Rhyme series after that.I also saw THE BONE COLLECTOR movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelie Jolie, who both did a masterful job in bringing their characters alive from the book. And as I remember this movie followed the book pretty closely.I decided to re-read this book because there is a new television series on called THE BONE COLLECTOR. It seemed like there are a bunch of discrepancies from the book and I re-read it just to refresh my memory.The TV show is okay but it barely follows the book and, in comparison, definitely makes the movie shine.Lincoln Rhyme was a criminalist with the New York Police Department until he was injured on the job and became a quadriplegic. He’s having a difficult time finding the desire to live when abruptly he is called upon to consult on an unusual case. He brings in Officer Amelia Sachs to be “his feet” at the crime scenes.I loved the storyline. I loved the characters especially Lincoln, Amelia, and his health aide Thom.If you haven’t read this book and this series, you are genuinely missing out on one of the best police procedurals out there.
⭐ OMG! This book was freaking awesome! As a physically disabled person, it is difficult to find books with a disabled main character that is written in a realistic way, such as thoughts and feelings, and the day to day difficulties along with the successes. It is hard to explain. I absolutely loved and appreciated the way Mr. Deaver got it right from the start with his characters. I DO NOT condone the idea of suicide,but I do understand the need of having independence and purpose. Mr. Deaver gives his main character both and in a huge way! This book was a definite page turner from start to finish, and it was non stop action with nothing but surprises along the way! Highly recommend!!!
⭐ This is a very interesting book but also very realistic. Be warned, itcontains episodes that may turn your stomach. The author wanted to createa thriller with a leading character who solves crimes by using only his mind.But, still, action and/or violence should turn up every few pages.This hero is severely disabled – he can move only his head and one finger.To compensate, he is an ex-cop and a respected expert in forensics so he hasnumerous old cop buddies who keep calling him for opinions and instructions.He faces a villain here who is just plain nuts, who lives in the past and works hisevil in historic ways on victims who he believes are also in the past.This leads our hero to the books – history books, that is.
⭐ This is my first novel by this author. I saw the movie based on this book not realizing at the time that it was based on a novel. I prefer to read the novels first as so much tends to be edited out. The story sort of plods along but I kept plowing to get to the antagonists’ reasoning. Knew it would be different from movie but still personal and sick. I hurt for the victims even though I knew they would die. And I couldn’t reconcile the books cover of Rhyme and Sachs with the descriptions in the books or with the two wonderful screen actors. Handsome and beautiful just didn’t mesh w the cover image. But the police procedure..the methodology behind the investigation… wholly absorbing and for that I shall seek out more from this author.
⭐ Jeffry Deaver is one of the best thriller writers there is. The Bone Collector, the first of the Lincoln Rhyme novels is certainly no exception.Although Lincoln Rhyme, formerly head of the Investigation and Resource Division of the New York City Police Department, is now a quadriplegic and can only move his head and done finger, there is no lack of action and tension in this gripping story. When the department asks for his help again with a case, Rhyme reluctantly agrees to help them try to solve it. He appears to know almost everything about everything, and to be able to decipher clues from the most microscopic evidence. With the help of patrolwoman Amelia Sachs, his personal aide Thom, a crime-scene tech, and the two detectives who lured him into working on the case to begin with, Rhyme unravels all the clues through the most unexpected twists. He must overcome obstacles raised by the political establishment, the FBI, and even his own reluctance, as well as the traps set by the perpetrator to finally solve the case.
⭐ Too gory and graphic for me. Only read the first few chapters and gave up. I read a lot of suspense, mysteries, crime series, etc. and this book seemed to delight in detailing as much graphic gore as possible – and what was the point? Maybe to horrify? Well, I was and just had to quit.
⭐ I like police procedurals but I also hate police procedurals. The behind the scenes glimpses they seem to provide are more interesting but this like so many of them got too clever by half, not enough shoe leather and too much brilliant deduction. While the human element was present it was a bit too telegraphed and stylized, the relationships with the “great man” and his transformation did not sell very well for me. The love interest was predictable but sweet so in real life I would not expect it to last. Also the transformation of his apartment to lab stretched my credulity.All in all I enjoyed it but not so much that I am running to read the next book in the series, maybe on some future long plane flight.
⭐ Everyone but me, it seemed had a strong opinion about this book when it first came out some years ago. So I read the book and read it again. The first time was for pure enjoyment to a new world to me. The Second time was for me to see what clue I had merely run over and study how great this writer truly was. I have survived 2 major moves since that day and missed packing The Bone Collector somehow. I am grateful it is offered again. This book still stands strong after 22 years. The movie was good , maybe a hand with 3 aces. THE BOOK IS A ROYLE FLUSH!
⭐ Lincoln Rhyme is a very intriguing character in his own right. Lincoln Rhyme is a very quirky and nerdy genius elite, with a wide range and extensive knowledge of forensics/history which is inspiring in itself given his challenges. Amelia Sachs is a great cop in her own right and it took the meeting of a lifetime with Rhyme to challenge her mindset and infuse confidence in her abilities to round out her ego so she can symbolically and literally drive faster. I’m looking forward to completing the rest of the series.The rest of the characters on the team are just as memorable because they all have issues of some kind that compliment and each other. Who doesn’t love Thom!I totally loved the movie but the book is in my opinion worthy of binge reading the collection.
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