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The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
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Aug 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, mystery-suspense-thrillers
Read from August 30 to September 01, 2011

I had seen the movie version of THE BONE COLLECTOR and was not fond of it. I am a huge fan of Jeffery Deaver and decided to finally read this one.

First of all, I'd like to talk about the movie. When a writer creates characters and a story from his/her own imagination, the details should be respected. After reading the book, I have the feeling that the movie producers simply wanted to buy rights to this book not because they liked the story but because it was a best seller coming from a popular author. They wanted to turn this into a black movie with black characters. The head character Lincoln Rhyme is a white man. Amelia Sachs is a white woman with hair as red as her flaming temper. Thom, Lincoln's assistant and physical therapist is a gay white man. So why, in the film, is Lincoln Rhyme suddenly Denzel Washington, a black man and why is gay white Thom now a black woman? Amelia's hair color was changed because Angelina Jolie, a pitiful actress at best, was their choice to play Amelia.

To me, this is disrespectful to both author and to the characters. They should have filmed the story using a white actor (George Clooney, for example) as Lincoln, a redhaired actress or at least one who colored her hair red or used hair pieces as Amelia, and a white man as Thom. Changing these things was a racist act (yes, you CAN be racist towards white people). It is like deciding to make a miniseries of the wonderful Alex Haley book ROOTS and change all the characters to Asian just because you had some Asian actor friends.

I enjoyed this story. Lincoln Rhyme had been at the top of the forensic game when an accident at a crime scene left him a prisoner in his own body, paralyzed from the neck down. His marriage crumbled, his career ended, and left unable to care for himself, Lincoln is actively planning suicide with the help of a doctor when a case just literally is dropped into his bedroom. He meets patrol officer Amelia Sachs who had stumbled onto a dead body and the race is on.

Lincoln can't help being drawn into trying to solve the case. The killer- the Bone collector- kidnaps and kills people , leaving very unique clues that take forensic muster to figure out. Poor Amelia, hoping for a people job (she has terrible arthritis), is forced to walk the grid at the scenes and be Lincoln's eyes. At one point he wants her to saw off a pair of hands as evidence! He finds her strangely attractive but she isn't interested.

When the FBI tries to barge in and steal the case away, taking it in the wrong direction, it is Amelia who suddenly steals the evidence and returns it to the makeshift lab at Lincoln's townhouse. Lives are at stake and she sees firsthand that the FBI are going in the wrong direction.

How does she wind up in Lincoln's bed? How does she and Thom keep him from committing suicide (obviously there are many more Lincoln Rhyme books in the series so this is no spoiler)? What inspires him to stay alive? Who is this bone collector and why is he murdering people who remind him of characters in an obscure book he stole from the library just as they died in history in this book? You'll have to read the book to find out. You won't regret it.
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