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The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme #4)

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Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and his protge, Amelia Sachs, are recruited by the FBI to capture the Ghost, a homicidal immigrant smuggler whose next intended victims--two families who jumped ship and vanished in New York's Chinatown underground--are the only witnesses to his crimes.
Paperback, 548 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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Pinky
Oct 15, 2013 Pinky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this said stoned. Now I'm less interested in reading it.
Richard
Aug 06, 2014 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
7/10

One of the weaker Lincoln Rhyme books I've read to date, but it did pull up it's socks near the end and redeemed itself. Jeffery Deaver must have visited China or received some sort of table top book of Chinese culture as over half of this book concerned itself on Chinese people and their culture. That's not a massive issue and was quite informative in its way but I wanted to read about a quadriplegic forensic expert hunting people down in his little village, New York, and not about the diff
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Lightreads
Fiction, mysteries. Quadriplegic forensic scientist chases criminals. And wow how much do these books piss me off? It's not just the handling of the disability (which is rather ham-handed and painful) or the plotting (baroque to the point of near incomprehensibility and to the detriment of any consistent characterization). It's mostly the grating style, the ad nauseum use of a select few storytelling devices (show black hats planning something nefarious, show white hats walking into trap unaware ...more
Ramsey Hootman
I looooooved this one! In a series where I like the main characters I often get frustrated by an author's insistence on spending a bunch of time on secondary characters or "main" characters who will appear only in a single book. However, I really like how Deaver keeps the Rhyme/Sachs personal stuff to a minimum and somehow he always gets me to care about his one-book characters.

I am also continually impressed by Deaver's research skills. I love how he picks one or two topics for each book to foc
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Brian Steele
Mar 16, 2011 Brian Steele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An older gentleman I know loves both mystery and horror novels. He's quite well read in both genres, and has declared on multiple times that Jeffery Deaver is his favorite mystery author. I got my hands on this book and decided to crack it before bed around midnight. At 5am, I was cursing the man's name because I couldn't put the book down.

I couldn't even tell you why. It wasn't filled with a poetic narrative or unbelievably engaging characters. As opposed to raving serial killers, it featured a
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Mel
Sep 12, 2012 Mel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually did not like this story much. For some reason, it did not interest me much and I had a hard time getting through it. Quite disappointing for a Lincoln Rhyme story.
Nimue
Aug 09, 2012 Nimue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best thing I like about a book is when the author does a good research about the setting and the characterization of his book. And Jeffery Deaver is one of my favorite author for the same fact. The Stone monkey is about chinese immigrants being smuggled into US borders and how one such shipment meets a different fate all thanks to Rhyme's intervention. He fails to save all the families but vows to not let the killer "Ghost" harm any of the two families who manage to survive the drowne ...more
Michael T Bradley
Meh. Got about a third of the way through it and realized I just did not care anymore. If you liked the first two books in the series, you know what you're getting yourself in for. If you, like me, were interested in the characters but the writing style was a little stale after the first book, it doesn't get much better. I'll say this: the POVs from the "bad guys"' definitely keeps improving and feeling more relevant and/or necessary with each book, so that's something. And there's nothing reall ...more
Terri Lynn
I am a Jeffery Deaver fan who started reading his books in 2010 beginning with the one he just had published and eagerly backtracking through them all while keeping current with new ones.

I enjoy all of Deaver's books and this was no exception. I have gotten to know Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs and their co-workers fairly well and love getting another opportunity to visit them.

In THE STONE MONKEY, Lincoln Rhyme is in his NYC townhouse following the action as a ship carrying illegal aliens from Ch
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Patrick Ellard
This fourth entry into the Lincoln Rhyme series contains all of the usual hallmarks, intrigue, forensic insights and interesting characters that the previous three books have but yet still it seems as Deaver was running a little short on ideas when it came to the actual plot.

A snakehead is transporting illegal Chinese immigrants to the US only for the coast guard to interrupt the operation leading the snakehead to blow up the ship. Unfortunately for him a number of passengers survive forcing to
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Harry
Jul 04, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nancy Ellis
May 08, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it
Great suspense story about illegal Chinese immigrants being killed by their smuggler. Deaver really gets to you with the stories of the immigrants and what they go through to escape China for hopefully a better life in the U.S. I also really enjoy the characters in these books, especially Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, of course. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
Emma Jolie
Jun 01, 2015 Emma Jolie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Was I the only one who pictured Sonny Li speaking in the voice of Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?!

"Hey, lady! You call him Dr. Rhyme!"


At first, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first 3 Lincoln Rhyme books. The beginning didn't interest me and the Ghost hunting down the remaining immigrants didn't make sense. Luckily the pace sped up, the story had some twists that I didn't see coming, and the ending cleared everything up. I had been putting off this book for
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Linda
May 04, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love the Lincoln Rhyme novels. There's just something about them that spurs me on, even for 500 pages.

This one involves Chinese dissidents whose illegal ship is seen by the Coast Guard and chased. The ship is blown up by someone and only 2 lifeboats make it to shore. However, once ashore the dissidents discover that someone is trying to kill them.

Enter the world of snakeheads or mules as the Mexicans call them. This snakehead happens to be one called the Ghost who is the most notorious.
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Trevor Burton
This book begins with Chinese migrants being shipped over to the US by a snakehead, called the ghost. What is not understandable is why they first went by plane from south China to Leningrad where they boarded the boat. This was referred to later in the book but I was still none the wiser.
The ship is scuttled off shore of the US by the snakehead and most of the immigrants drown. The snakehead survives and sets about tracing the whereabouts of the surviving immigrants via his connections in New Y
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Victoriacommts
I have to say this one cannot stand in the same grade with the first two, or three of Lincoln's series. I mean when reading those ones, I couldn't help stopping because I was so eager to know what happened next; but as for the Stone Monkey, I put my iPad down several times to do other things with the "ability" to predict what was going on - I had had good guesses.

My first language is Chinese, and I read the Chinese version, online for free. I was pretty interested to see how Deaver would apply h
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David Roberts
Feb 10, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the procedural thriller The Stone Monkey by Jeffrey Deaver which is a very good novel which I bought from a car boot sale. This novel is part of the Lincoln Rhyme series about a quadriplegic police officer and his female sidekick Amelia Sachs. She suffers from arthritis and is an ex model. He is a specialist in solving serial murders and was shot in the vertebrae that left him incapacitated. This book is the 7th in the series and came out in 2002. I reviewed The Bone Collector rec ...more
Beth
Deaver, you smart cookie - 5*

I don't regret how late/early I stayed up to read this. I may be a little tired now but I don't care because this book was intense! I think I was running on adrenaline; I needed to finish this book.

I'm still astounded that I've just finished the 4th book in the series and it's still 5*. I'm used to reading series where the sequel (and so on) are nowhere near as good as the first book but this series is phenomenal. This really highlights how amazing Deaver's writing
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Kwang Suporn
Feb 01, 2014 Kwang Suporn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book, by far, made the most enjoyable reading out of the first four books in the Lincoln Rhymes series I've read.
Bill Hall
This was my first Deaver novel. I found it a quick read with his straightforward narrative. I thought it a very original story and in some ways similar to Clive Cussler's books, especially the Oregon Files. That was not so much because the story begins at sea, but because of the kinds of characters in the story, especially the villain "The Ghost."

Readers of Deaver's books are already familiar with the quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhymes and his assistant criminologist Amelia Sachs. The movie "
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Jedi Sheriff
Sep 01, 2015 Jedi Sheriff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was brilliant! If I hadn't had so much going on at the moment I would have finished it earlier but when I had the opportunity to read it I was hooked!
Patrice Hoffman
Dec 12, 2011 Patrice Hoffman rated it liked it
This book started out fast paced enough for me but eventually I really got confused with all the characters. There were so many different names it was confusing after a while. The only saving grace were the charts that were at the end of many of the chapters that helped me keep up. I still found the book enjoyable overall, but when compared to his other books this one wasn't my favorite.
Sharon
Dec 26, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels for quite some time now. In this one, Deaver sends Lincoln and crime scene investigator Amelia Sachs into new territory: human smuggling.

The book begins with a group of Chinese people living in the hold of a ship called the Fuzhou Dragon. We get to know who they are ... and also about the smuggler, known to law enforcement as The Ghost. When the Coast Guard spots the Dragon and starts the interception process, The Ghost scuttles the ship.

S
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Nicola
Jun 07, 2015 Nicola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jacq
Nov 27, 2014 Jacq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read some reviews of this book and found many people think it is a weaker book in the series. Personally I disagree, I thought it was great and am in love with this series! I am so happy I picked up a copy of 'The Bone Collector' when I did, otherwise I may have never read it! I didn't find that this one lulled or felt "weaker" at all. I loved the Chinese cultural aspects, the mystery, and of course the characters. I have been reading the books back-to-back and I'm not at all tired of it ...more
Chan
Aug 25, 2014 Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another detective novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series. If you have never read one Rhyme a brilliant forensics detective who breaks open cases buy deductions he makes from the gathered clues. However he is a quadriplegic and must rely on others to get the information for him and to him which is the basis of the relationships that he forms with his colleagues, many of which are interesting.

This particular book was fun because of the characters he brings into them. Sonny Li is a dangerous, funny, an
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Aries
Aug 01, 2012 Aries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Un romanzo forse sotto tono rispetto ai livelli a cui mi abituato Deaver nel suo ciclo di romanzi dedicato a Lincoln Rhyme. Stavolta lo sfondo è quello del traffico di uomini tra Cina e Stati Uniti. Come dicevo, forse un po' meno appassionante, ma comunque una più che piacevole lettura
Maggie
Feb 27, 2016 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, it goes in the unputdownable pile. I got chills when it was revealed who the perp was...even though it was a "should've guessed" moment. Thinking about reading it again knowing the plot to see it from a different perspective.
Linda
Mar 10, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audio-book
The Ghost has murdered before and he certainly will not hesitate to do it again, and again, and again. The Ghost is on a ship smuggling people from China to America. He has brought these people here for a reason though and it is not to set them free.

When the ship capsizes and many people are lost, some drowned, and others are shot, but why? This becomes a baffling case for Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs as they try to save the people who managed to escape into the city. It remains to be seen who
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Sameera

A proper mystery novel. Suspense and gripping till almost the end. The plot is good, based on human smuggling by a snakehead from China to US.Rhyme - Sachs partnership is as usual except that Rhyme's got a new mobile chair or whatever and Sachs arthritis. In one mind, I do appreciate the research done by the author on Chinese characterization and stuff, but towards the end of book, I felt I was force-read through lot of Chinese mythology, Confucius, their dragon thing, Feng shu and much more, wh
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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.
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