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Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  108,833 Ratings  ·  1,468 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, 433 pages
Published January 5th 2000 by Calmann-Lévy (first published 1997)
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Dec 02, 2012 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
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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
Jan 15, 2013 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
Apr 03, 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
Jul 15, 2015 Aly∞ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2009 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  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
Janie Johnson
Mar 16, 2014 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
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
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
May 06, 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
Jan 19, 2013 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
Mar 19, 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
Dec 13, 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.
Oct 29, 2015 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 :)
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
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
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.
Feb 07, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mega-ňamka, mrtvolky
Jsou knihy, u kterych clovek proste MUSI byt stastny, ze vraha uhodl. (Nebyl to zahradnik :D :D ) A jop, nasla jsem noveho super killera, inteligentniho a hraveho az me boli vsechny kosticky v tele.. Aaaa, miluju kosticky. Som se neco noveho naucil. HaHa.

Olen pettynyt. Odotin Luunkerääjältä enemmän. Tämänkö lukemista olen odottaut näin kauan? Tässäkö on se kirja, jonka odotin räjäyttävän pankit? Tässäkö kaikki?

Ääh... Kenties olen nähnyt elokuvan liian monta kertaa, sillä se vaivasi ajatuksieni taustalla koko ajan lukiessa. Tämä on taas niitä hetkiä, joina minusta tuntuu että pitäisi survaista pää pensaaseen kun teen tunnustuksen: viihdyin elokuvan parissa paremmin. Tarina ja juoni tuntuivat yhteneväisemmältä eikä niin kaukaa haetulta, Denzel Was
Nov 18, 2014 Ms.pegasus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in crime thrillers
Shelves: fiction, thriller
Deaver captures New York's distinctive bustle in a single snapshot. Ten thousand visitors are converging for a UN peace conference. Patrolwoman Amelia Sachs eagerly anticipates her new posting in the Public Affairs department. Tammie Jean Colfax rushes home from the airport after a long business trip. And famed criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is eagerly awaiting the visit of a very special kind of doctor. Everyone has plans. All of these plans are about to be disrupted by a bizarre serial killer.

The p
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 fi
Sep 23, 2015 Adamus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Wow that was definitely one of my favorite crime books by far!! The Lincoln Ryhmes series seems like it's going to be a great series & can't wait to start the second one. It was so much better than the movie. I remember watching the movie a while ago, but never realized it was about this book. This book was different tho with all the crime scene stuff going on I really enjoyed it. I liked all the characters & all the twists. For being a long paper back it keep you on the edge of your sea ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Osvaldo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Normalmente cuando uno descubre un nuevo autor que literalmente te hace salir disparado (blow your mind) es casi natural qué digamos qué es el mejor de todos, sin embargo con Deaver me atreveré a decir qué es de los mayores exponentes de thrillers psicológicos jamás nacidos, es simplemente excelente este libro... reseña hoy en la noche.
Jan 13, 2009 Jacki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryan Tobin
Oct 26, 2014 Ryan Tobin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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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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