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The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  120,765 Ratings  ·  1,694 Reviews
In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes readers on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him c ...more
Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Signet (first published 1997)
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AndyS I skipped around reading because I saw "The Bone Collector" years ago... Seems each I read stood on it's own very well..

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Jul 21, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Tim The Enchanter
My #6 Read of 2014

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome - 5 Stars

I contemplated adding a few more Awesomes to the review heading but I didn't want to overdo it. I read this as part of Book Pal challenge in one of my Goodreads groups. I have a tendency to read crime and mystery fiction written outside of North America or by lesser known authors. Given that I am apparently some pretentious snob, I assume that the more popular an author is, the more watered down and crowd pleasing the story will be. Je
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

18/8 - I have seen the movie a number times so I know who the killer is, but I can't remember his exact motive, so at least there'll be one surprise for me at the end. I really enjoyed the movie and was always disappointed that there weren't further instalments in the series. For me, Angelina Jolie is Amelia and Denzel Washington is Lincoln Rhyme (funny that they've both got American president's names), they are now inextricably linked. I will nev
Cathy DuPont
Sep 10, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 30, 2009 Drew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
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
Mar 05, 2009 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
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
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
So I watched the movie the other night (I know, I know) and I had no idea this was a book until it said so in the credits!

My local bookshop has this on sale for £2.99. I may be on a book-buying ban but my mum isn't.

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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
Freda Malone
Sep 29, 2016 Freda Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having watched the movie before reading the book, it wasn't difficult to get through. However, the forensics as it is written can get pretty confusing. I kept thinking if the forensics were this easy we'd never have a problem solving a murder. I was given the impression by several readers that Rhyme was a 'whiner' and a 'disabled' asshole. Meh, no more than what was shown in the movie. Now having read what Rhyme was going through, I'd have seriously thought of assisted suicide myself. No human o ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Exciting, powerful and thrilling, The Bone Collector is an unforgettable crime novel with one of the most interesting characters I've ever read of in the genre.
The Books Blender
Jun 14, 2016 The Books Blender rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Per la precisione: 4,75 ★

Questa recensione è presente anche sul blog:

Arrivo un po' tardi a leggere questo libro (considerato che sono un'avida lettrice di thriller) e ammetto d'aver ritardo a scrivere questa recensione, perché...

Deaver scopre subito le sue carte: un folle assassino particolarmente affascinato dalle ossa, un (ex)poliziotto tetraplegico intenzionato a farla finita con la sua vita e una poliziotta nel posto sbagliato (poveraccia, si ritrova
Jul 07, 2016 Saša rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mnogo, mnogo bolje od filma.
Mnogo paznje posveceno detaljima, pristojno uradjeni karakteri i odlicna jeziva atmosfera.
Janie Johnson
Dec 02, 2012 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
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
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
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
5 sao

Môt cuôn truyên trinh tham tuyêt vơi!

Cuôn sach nay se lam thoa man nhưng ai yêu thich tinh tri tuê, suy luân, ti mi nhưng con ngai cai không gian bưc bôi, khep kin cua trinh tham cô điên. Va cung se lam hai long nhưng ai say mê sư ly ky, mao hiêm, nhưng ky thuât mơi la, tiên tiên cua dong trinh tham hiên đai, nhưng cung đa chan sư khoa trương, chi mang bê nôi cua dong sach nay.

Phai noi la co rât it cuôn sach ma minh cam thây không chê chô nao đươc như quyên nay. Hê thông nhân vât cua sach r
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
May 03, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For years I discounted Jeffrey Deaver's writing, assuming he was just another copycat writer in the style of Thomas Harris or John Sandford. So many serial killer stories were created in the fertile grounds of the 90's in the wake of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven, the genre was completely saturated by weak, would-be clones. The mediocre movie of The Bone Collector didn't help much to change my way of thinking.

How wrong I would have been.

The Bone Collector deserves to be placed in the top te
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
Oct 08, 2011 Alondra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
S.J. Abbo
Apr 27, 2016 S.J. Abbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after I already watch the movie and Nevertheless, I was constantly alert, and even surprised by some scenes. That, I think, is reason enough for you to understand how good the author is at what he does!
The book is, like always, even better than the movie but, I must confess that I did all the time in my head see Denzel and Angelina as main characters.


I like it, very much, and I will definitely read the next one too!

Jan 04, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say other than I absolutely LOVED this book?! Incredibly well written, engaging story with psychology, police protocol, crime history...the list goes on! I am a sucker for a good gory crime novel, so this ticked basically every box for me. I very much look forward to reading more of the Lincoln Rhyme series.
Meghan K.
Jan 03, 2014 Meghan K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, crime, ebook
Na první setkání s Lincolnem a Amelií hodně dobré! Musím uznat, že jsem většinu času vůbec neměla tušení, která bije. A ty popisy z pohledu Sběratele kostí byly tak realistické, až jsem z nich dostávala husí kůži. Vážně se těším na další díly :)
Mar 16, 2015 Perri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the characters- diverse, complicated, real. Loved the action-sometimes I couldn't read fast enuf with the nerve wracking deadlines-and had to peek ahead! Ku-RAY-zee! Four and a half stars
Feb 26, 2017 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great Mystery/Thriller type book. This book has been on my TBR list for years, but my library never had it in audio form. So I saw it on sale at audible and bought it. I completely enjoyed the story, the characters, the twists, etc., but oddly enough, I didn't care for the narration. It wasn't my favorite. Once I could look past that, I fell in love with the characters. This book had a great pace and it all flowed so well. The antagonist was perfectly creepy. I always love that. And the M ...more
Narrator: Jeff Harding

I've been having much better luck with the crime/thriller genre than I've had with Romance or gay MM Romance and can't see myself returning to the latter genres. For now, anyway.

I suspended my listening of the first Lincoln Rhyme audio because Jeff Harding, very good narration, btw, made Rhyme sound far too irascible for me to put up with. But, as I said to another GR friend, it was a bad time for me and the last thing I needed was to liste
Good plot and good characters even been shadowed by Rhyme and his knowledge about everything, really that can be describe as impossible.

A murder who likes bones and has a conection with his past lifes and is giving tracks to the police to tell them how smart he is and oopps there is Rhyme.


Apparently he can solve anything and how they save the victims and be in a lot of places.
Besides the romantic aspects that I did not like bc Amelia really deserve some less egoistical.

Its a good book but the ma
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
Soooo thrilling, I think I'm still recovering from the shell-shock. Amazing characters, well-done pace, and some unbelievable twists in the end. You kind of have to suspend your disbelief, when a common patrol officer Amelia Sachs gets to do everything from crime scene to tactical without being reprimanded, but that's not even an issue. Lincoln Rhyme is a great spin on your typical badass detective, and the rest of the cast is unique too! Thom! The Hardy Boys! You name it. I can't wait to read t ...more
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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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