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The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  83,219 ratings  ·  1,158 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 427 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Signet (first published 1997)
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This is my all time favorite book. When I was in high school I hated to read. The only books I would read were the cheesy movie knock off books. I read Mission: Impossible, Batman and Robin, and The Saint. My mom had said this was going to be a movie and the movie paperback edition had just come out. I read this book in record time for me and was captivated. No book had ever held my attention, or kept me up at night with a flash light because I had to find out what happened next.

Jeffery Deaver...more
Everyone was right... the book is waaaaay better than the movie. I adored the characters very much. All of the down-to-earth in their own sort of way, including Lincoln. I don't know how Deaver did it, but you really feel what it's like to be his character; all trials and tribulations. I do have to admit that, after watching the movie, I believe that Denzel and Angelina played their characters very well.

The novel isn't just fast-paced, it's lightening speed! Hell, you get as much sleep as the ch...more
Cathy DuPont
Jan 15, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Sandy Merryman
According the number of feathers I found in my yard Sunday, a neighborhood cat stalked, caught and killed what appeared to be a seagull. Its feathers looked like a gull and I’m close to Matanzas Bay and although not an expert on birds, I can surely identify a gull’s feathers.

As I was inspecting the ‘crime scene’ I looked at my feet and thought, “oh my God, I’m contaminating the scene of the crime!” I don’t think I’ll ever look at such scenes the same after reading about Lincoln Rhyme’s keen eye...more
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Like many book-to-movie adaptions, the film version of The Bone Collector cannot be compared to the terror Jeffery Deaver creates in this chilling novel.

The Bone Collector is the first in a series of books about Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic criminalist who had to leave his beloved job in the police force after an accident left him paralysed from the neck down.

Depressed by his life as a quadriplegic, Lincoln is planning his suicide… until his old partner calls him with...more
Once upon a time, during my undergrad, I did a module on crime fiction. It was fascinating stuff, but I had major problems with the lecturer. One problem was that when I sent in an anonymous suggestion that she warn students of the level of sexual violence in one of the books, she responded that students shouldn't be such "fragile little flowers", and should have expected it on a course about crime. I constantly regret not standing up and pointing out to her that I am not weak for wanting a warn...more
It's a page-turner, and to Deaver's credit, the extensive scenes about collecting and analyzing crime scene trace evidence rarely get boring.

Unfortunately, it's also pretty far-fetched. I'm willing to accept the elaborate murder methods, the exacting evidence collection, and the rapid clue-solving because they're the point of the novel. I accept that Lincoln Rhyme is a superhuman genius up against a larger-than-life serial killer because that's what makes this worth reading. I can ALMOST accept...more
Janie Johnson
Another great Deaver novel. This was so much better than the movie was. So much more in depth, from the investigation itself to the personality of Lincoln Rhyme. So glad I decided to finally read it. I was not sure I would enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Kathryn Dance series simply from the forensic aspect. I am more about the action side of mystery, but this one has plenty of action involved. The imagery of this story is amazing. I could not believe how visual it was for me.

So we have a seria...more
Forensics was definitely the main plus-point of this book. Its graphic scenes of torture were definitely its biggest drawback. It was far too much, everyone in the book club felt the same way. The rat scene in particular was atrocious. I still baulk and shiver thinking about it now. Ugh.

It's a shame as the author clearly did a lot of research into forensics and some of that was interesting (although it still wasn't water-tight, there were some little mistakes). But there were other problems too...more
Jan 19, 2013 Alondra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery-Lovers
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5 Stars (we really need half-star ratings, Goodreads)

What a great read. Too bad I saw the movie first. It took me a while to get Denzel out of my head; and fans of his know this is quite difficult...all that fine-ness and such... but, I digress. The movie was excellent, but as we all know certain liberties are taken in Hollywood. What you get on screen is not necessarily the way the book was written; as is the case here.

The story-line of the killer, and WHY he does what he does, at the very ba...more
At the beginning of this book, I wondered if it would really be possible for Deaver to take a quadraplegic who is planning suicide and make him into a credible main character. I'm still not sure how he accomplished it, but Lincoln Rhyme turned out to be a great hero. I really liked his character, even when he was grumpy and ill tempered. I enjoyed seeing him open up to others again as he became involved in the investigation. I felt very sympathetic toward him when he showed vulnerability in how...more
Ramsey Hootman
The short version: This book is perfect. Buy it immediately.

The long version: Sometimes you get caught off guard. I picked up The Bone Collector because I have a long-standing mission to read and review books with disabled protagonists. (Soon-to-be-updated list here.)

I really wasn't expecting this one to be any good. Quadriplegic who's retained the ability to move one finger? And what miraculous feats will he be accomplishing with his single finger? Yeah; I was totally prepared for the "super-po...more
Well, it was certainly better than the movie...but not by nearly as comfortable a margin as I would have expected. What's surprising is just how far-fetched and borderline ridiculous so much of this novel is. Despite the fact that author Jeffery Deaver obviously did his research down to the slightest detail, very little of the plot comes across as even remotely believable. The last fifty pages made my eyes hurt from rolling them so much. My favorite thing about THE BONE COLLECTOR is that the mai...more
By far, Jeffery Deaver is the one author with that uncanny ability to develop plot twists and very complex characters that leave you stunned to the end. If you've seen the movie, trust me, the books are far more ingenious and developed as compared to what we were presented with on the silver screen. The Bone Collector is a series novel starring Lincoln Rhyme, our famous forensics expert bound to his bed and mobile wheelchair.

Reading this novel I am reminded to never commit a crime. The art of fo...more
I don't usually read mystery-type books. I always figure they have awful writing and annoying characters. I don't know why, this is just something that I've gotten in my head. Was especially nervous about this one because I had already seen the movie, so I figured it wouldn't be fun to read because I already knew the end.

Basically I was wrong on all counts. This won't enter my 'favorites' pile, but it was certainly readable. I already had a basic idea of the story & knew the end and I was st...more
Ryan Tobin
This book was a challenging read for me which I very much welcomed.

The main characters, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, formed an excellent partnership as the book progressed (despite their hostile opposition towards each other in the beginning), and the descriptions of the crime scenes were detailed so clearly that I felt like I was “walking the grid” myself.

Watching the profile of the killer take shape was also quite interesting and the final reveal of his true identity was very nicely done. W...more
Jun 04, 2014 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good mystery & forensics
Shelves: 2008, mystery, jls, re-reads, 2014
6/2014 ... Read this one again and still a solid 4 stars. I do like the characters in this and look forward to continuing the series.

1st read in 2008 ... Very detailed description of crime scene investigation. I would have given it 5 stars except that it's a bit too gory & gruesome in some places for me. Loved the surprise ending ... totally unexpected to me. Especially love the 2 main characters & plan to read more of this series & his other books. And yes, it's much better than the...more
Scary and suspenseful. If you saw the movie, disregard it and read the book which is SO much better. This is one I recommend to all of my friends!
The Bone Collector is simply an amazing book. Not only is this novel one of the best I have read of Deaver's so far, I cannot give this book enough praise.

I love Deaver's mind. I love the creativeness of this book, its genuine story, and of course, a well-crafted, meticulous, and rounded out story. Deaver does NOT leave lose ends in his books, and of course, this is no exception.

Another thing I loved about The Bone Collector is this is the introduction to Lincoln Rhyme. The case in this firs...more
Jane Stewart
It kept my interest. It’s a good escape. I enjoyed watching smart, talented people. I liked the relationship development.

Lincoln is a modern day Sherlock-Holmes-type police detective in New York City. He is an expert with collecting and analyzing evidence. He can tell where someone has been by the dirt on their clothes. He was in charge of forensic investigations until he was injured by a falling roof beam, hitting his neck. Now a quadriplegic, he can only move his neck, head, and on...more
The Crime Scene Scene
The Bone Collector is the first novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver. A husband and wife are kidnapped in New York. Later the body of the man is found buried near some railway tracks with his hand sticking out of the ground wearing his wife's wedding ring. Quadriplegic investigator Lincoln Rhyme, an expert in forensics, is called in to help investigate and recruits Amelia Sachs to assist him. What they face is a race against time to catch a killer who leaves them clues to the wher...more
There's nothing quite like this book.

There's a fair amount of action sprinkled throughout the book, and a great build-up that leads to a roller-coaster ride finish. The book is very technical, almost like CSI in book format, with a bit of 24 toward the end--a litany of plot twists rewards those who read through 'till the end. Luckily, none of it feels too contrived.

The dialog is tight and easy to read; you'll be turning the pages fast. The characters are fascinating...I mean, you have a rookie...more
BJ Rose
Lincoln Rhyme is a forensic scientist who is also a quadriplegic - who can move one finger! So how is he able to do his job?! Enter Amelia Sachs, who becomes Lincoln's eyes & legs at the scene as he trains her to 'walk the grid' of crime scenes and bring the evidence back to him for analysis and conclusions. Usually I get turned off as authors become too wordy about technical aspects of a job, but this just worked for me, partly I think because Lincoln's brain & mind & voice are the...more
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
I wanted a murder mystery and boy did I get one! I remember seeing this move a while ago, then it came on the other day inspiring me to read the book. So happy I did because it's, of course, way better than the movie and it had me flipping through the pages, craving more and more.
What a great thriller. Love Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. I'm excited to read more of Jeffrey Deaver's series on these to characters.
Barış Erdem
Kemik kolleksiyoncusu yazarın saatçi'den sonra okuduğum ikinci kitabı.Ne yazıkki Saatçi'den aldığım tadı bu kitabında tam olarak bulamadım.Yine karakterler güçlü, dil anlaşılabilir ama olaylar birbirini çok tekrar ediyor ve sonlarına doğru artık bitse hissi veriyor.Bir de ufacık ipuçlarından bir hayli zorlama çıkarımlarda bulunulmuş.3 yıldız verebileceğim kitaba sonlarındaki gelişmeler sayesinde 4 yıldız veriyorum.
The Bone Collector is the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffrey Deaver. (It was also made into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.) I know I’ve tried reading Deaver before and didn’t really care for him, but I really enjoyed The Bone Collector. It was a continuous thriller, which I would say was similar to James Patterson’s Alex Cross series… as the suspect murders each victim, the cops get closer and closer. There was a lot of scientific / forensic description in...more
Elizabeth A
This is the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series, and introduces us to Lincoln, a brilliant criminologist who was injured on the job, and is a quadriplegic considering suicide. Every one needs a side kick: enter Ameila Sachs, a cop who is so beautiful (no surprise there!) that she once worked as a model. Our duo is on the trail of a serial killer loose on the streets of Manhattan.

This is a fast paced police procedural that reads like a historical novel. Lots of "Old New York" stories, and loo...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Lincoln Rhyme is a criminologist who is left bedbound and unable to move anything but his head and one finger after a dreadful accident in the line of duty. He is asked to assist on a case in which a sadistic and brutal murderer is committing horrific murders in New York. He takes on the case and runs the enquiry from his bed using detective Amelia Sachs as his eyes, ears and legs during the investigation. Sachs goes into the most dreadful crime scenes to...more
Kendi kendime spoiler verip katili öğrensem de bu bilginin tadını hiç değiştirmediği bir kitaptı; katilin motivasyonu, Lincoln'ün hikayesi, Amelia'nın geçmişi, seri katil içinde seri katil yani orjinal kemik koleksiyoncusu; en sondaki oha dedirten süprizi derken 5 yıldızı hayli hayli hak etti.

My, my, my! Lordy! What a good book. I skipped work and read it in ONE day. Couldn't put it down; no kidding. The very end just kept getting better, better and BETTER. Surprises up to the very end. wow. good good.
Lincoln Rhyme built a strong reputation being known as of the best crime solvers in New York. That came to a halt as his world comes crumbling down on him leaving him powerless and disabled. And legally just a civilian.
An evil masterind gives him the chance to prove himself again as he gets tasked to hunt the mysterious killer who has a strange idea. The perp has a "need" to see his victims' bones.
Lincoln teams up with Amelia Sachs a strong-willed officer that finds a calling better than her pat...more
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro...more
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