- Series: Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Book 1)
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons (May 6, 2014)
- Language: English
Praise for The Bone Collector
“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 Chronicle
More 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
Jeffery Deaver is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, including the Lincoln Rhyme series. He has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year.
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.
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.
Saw the movie and enjoyed it very much. Decided to read the book as a prelude to the other books in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Expected the book and the movie to be very much the same and was pleasantly surprised that they weren’t. The book was far better than the movie and the characters were even better in the book.