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The Bone Collector

(Lincoln Rhyme #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  134,101 Ratings  ·  2,057 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, 528 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Signet Book (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 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
I think I found a new favorite series. Rhymes mind is crazy brilliant. And I love the dynamics between him and Sachs. They make a great team, they're ingenious together.
Jul 21, 2010 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
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic series! an engrossing,entertaining,fast-paced,plot-twister of a series..Lincoln Rhyme is just stunning in this mystery,with all his brain power than he has to rely on..action-pact (paperback!)
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I haven't read anything by this author before - was I in a fugue? I read this as part of - The Lincoln Rhyme Collection books 1 - 4. Because I seen the movie first - a myriad of times - I couldn't help but visualise Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in their respective roles. Bad idea. In the book, Rhyme is Caucasian and Amelia Sachs' is a fiery redhead. So that took some getting used to.

There's a killer on the loose - and ex IRD (Investigation and Resource Division) head, Li
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Awesome start to a new crime detective series for me!

Lots of plot twists and I really loved the characters of Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs and Thom. I definitely plan on continuing with the books.

The forensics was excellent and very detailed in this book along with the clues to catch "The Bone Collector". The action was gripping and the suspense of the book was great.
I loved the whole cat and mouse chase of this book to get to the next victim. The ending was epic with who the killer was and the b
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: detective
I absolutely love Jeffery Deaver, his writing style just keeps you hooked and makes you think of the book even when you aren't reading it.

I never watched the film for this book and I am so glad that I didn't as I don't think that it could live up to what my imagination went through while I was reading this book. The twists and turns in this book were not what I expected at all, the characters and settings are so well described you can close your eyes and picture yourself watching them, seeing ex

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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

I've read several of novels in Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme Series, but never The Bone Collector. Here we meet the brilliant, impatient, and rude Criminologist.

Lincoln Rhyme was a genius in Forensics when he worked for NYPD until a serious accident left him a cripple (Rhyme's word). He can move everything above his shoulders and his left pinkie finger. He has lost interest in everything and is awaiting a doctor that may give him what he's been praying for - help to kill himself. The
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★★★★ 1/2

Devo decisamente rivalutare i thriller che ho letto fino ad ora, questo è di un altro livello.
Cathy DuPont
Sep 10, 2012 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
La Tonya  Jordan
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/Thriller Lovers
Recommended to La Tonya by: Tanya
Shelves: good-read
This book is taking me longer to read because I am enjoying looking up criminologist terms I do not know. This helps with the proper pronunciation and function of the word. I saw this movie a long time ago starring Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme and was fascinated with the technology and science. But, reading about it is slow going.

The entire NYPD and eventually the FBI is looking for the Bone Collector. He is a madman living out a fantasy from another century. The rat scene with Morella wa
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness what a ride

I didn’t watch the movie
But enjoyed the 37 chapters that Deaver wrote

The story line
The cast
The deduction and clues
And finally the unsub

Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
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
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
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 news of a murder. The killer h
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I do have quite a few of Mister Deavers books about Lincoln Rhyme aand when I read this book first CSI and their ilk had not yet caught the interest of the general viewing public. It was still a few years away actually.

Lincoln Rhyme's, a quadriplegic forensic criminalist, first outing in which he meets an Amalia Sachs who will be his partner in many ways in the series that would follow this book. Who at the time of release was quite an original with the view at forensic science and its use of it
Ashish Iyer
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deaver is a terrific storyteller. and he takes the reader on a rollercoaster of teeth chattering suspense and mystery. Plotting were brilliant. Everyone was right, the book is way better than the movie. It's a page-turner, and to Deaver's credit, the extensive scenes about collecting and analyzing crime scene trace evidence rarely get boring. The pace is terrific. This book is indeed ticking bomb suspense.
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
Jul 15, 2015 marked it as to-read
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.

Freda Malone
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Bill Lynas
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read all of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels I thought it would be nice to go back to the first one & remind myself how it all began. However, with a huge TBR pile to contend with (well, who doesn't ?!) I went for the shorter audio version.
Kerry Shale does a good job as narrator & the story still holds up well after twenty years. Deaver may use the same formula time & again in future stories, but he is undeniably skilled at building tension worthy of a Hitchcock movie.
The Books Blender
Jun 14, 2016 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
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
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prestiti
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Jul 07, 2016 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.
Uyên Khôi
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, favorites
Chuyện thám tử đi lòng vòng nghe ngóng lời khai, quan sát hiện trường, suy luận rồi đưa ra kết quả á, xưa như Trái Đất rồi. Thám tử bây giờ nằm một chỗ, nhìn dấu giày, phân tích các loại bụi, và hàng hà sa số các thể loại những điều bé tí xíu khác mà tưởng chừng như vô hại, lại có thể phá án. Thật là kì diệu mà huhu :(((

Đọc đi các bạn, mình thề là cuốn sách này hay lắm, hay tới nỗi mình không biết review cho nó thế nào, cứ chần chừ mãi, cuối cùng lại thành ra cái review ngắn cũn cỡn thế này :((
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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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