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The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
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Feb 04, 08

bookshelves: mystery-suspense
Read in May, 1999

This one was recommended to me by several visitors to my site, and thanks.
Jeffery Deaver obviously puts a lot of research into his novels. A Maiden's Grave enlightened us on the lives of the Deaf, and now he enlightens us on the plights of the paralized.
Lincoln Rhyme is a bitter quadrapalegic, formally one of the nation's top forensic criminologists, whose expertise is called upon to solve a rapid serial killing spree.
It's a real page turner with suspense, surprises, and a few dashes of wit to boot.

I love it when an image is printed in your mind from the most bizarre of descriptions. Here he describes a terrified little girl:
"Her tiny chest rose and fell and tears streamed down her face. Her mouth was open and the dot of her pink tongue seemed glued to the right arc of her lip."
Man, how original is that?

My only knock against the story was that I felt the evidence seemed to come just a little to easily towards the end. But what do I know? I'm not a detective. I'm sure luck comes into play in reality as well.
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