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The Stone Monkey

(Lincoln Rhyme #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  17,631 ratings  ·  654 reviews
With The Stone Monkey, New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver revives his most beloved characters, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. The audiobook abounds with Deaver's famous trademarks: deadlines every few hours, wholly unexpected plot twists, his breakneck pacing, and characters who are heartbreakingly real. Abridged. ...more
Audiobook, Abridged, 6 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Damn. Fred Dellray (FBI) is back. He had a brief appearance in the previous novel - towards the end, but it looks like he's back full-time, now. He's still talking in his lingo. Then again, even when he's speaking in proper English - I still don't know what he's on about.

Rhyme'' and the team are trying to apprehend the Ghost (Snakehead) - who is a part of a human smuggling ring - conveying Chinese illegal immigrants to New York via a ship: the Fuzhou Dragon.

The 'Evan Brigant' has twenty five s
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still loving this series very much, Rhymes is brilliant as always, I did however want to reprimand Sachs a time or two. Lol. ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

One of the weaker Lincoln Rhyme books I've read to date, but it did pull up it's socks near the end and redeemed itself. Jeffery Deaver must have visited China or received some sort of table top book of Chinese culture as over half of this book concerned itself on Chinese people and their culture. That's not a massive issue and was quite informative in its way but I wanted to read about a quadriplegic forensic expert hunting people down in his little village, New York, and not about the diff
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this said stoned. Now I'm less interested in reading it. ...more
Ardent Reader
What can I say?
This series keeps getting better and better.
Epic as usual...
Rajish Maharaj
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful exciting novel from JD, but id like to see Amelia getting back to being assertive. Stand up n give ryhme some hell... Tom seemed too passive in this as well.. But still a nice read...
Ramsey Hootman
I looooooved this one! In a series where I like the main characters I often get frustrated by an author's insistence on spending a bunch of time on secondary characters or "main" characters who will appear only in a single book. However, I really like how Deaver keeps the Rhyme/Sachs personal stuff to a minimum and somehow he always gets me to care about his one-book characters.

I am also continually impressed by Deaver's research skills. I love how he picks one or two topics for each book to foc
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Solid Rhyme. Will you anticipate the trademark Killer identity twist? The sprinkling of Chinese culture is superficial but respectful.
Brian Steele
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An older gentleman I know loves both mystery and horror novels. He's quite well read in both genres, and has declared on multiple times that Jeffery Deaver is his favorite mystery author. I got my hands on this book and decided to crack it before bed around midnight. At 5am, I was cursing the man's name because I couldn't put the book down.

I couldn't even tell you why. It wasn't filled with a poetic narrative or unbelievably engaging characters. As opposed to raving serial killers, it featured a
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, they're 100% focused on the murder scenes and towards the end, we're just blown away by their conclusions of the murder cases!

A cargo ship bound carrying immigrants from China, along with a homicidal human smuggler and hitman known only as the Ghost. Rhyme and Sachs are asked for help from the FBI and also the INS to capture the Ghost, who they have been after for some time. But the capture goes south when Ghost ign
Fiction, mysteries. Quadriplegic forensic scientist chases criminals. And wow how much do these books piss me off? It's not just the handling of the disability (which is rather ham-handed and painful) or the plotting (baroque to the point of near incomprehensibility and to the detriment of any consistent characterization). It's mostly the grating style, the ad nauseum use of a select few storytelling devices (show black hats planning something nefarious, show white hats walking into trap unaware ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been my favorite in the series so far. The struggle of immigration and the power of love and family and the length one will take protect their loved ones was something I appreciated being explored in a psychological thriller. I also admire the progression of the meaningful and deep relationship between the two main characters.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually did not like this story much. For some reason, it did not interest me much and I had a hard time getting through it. Quite disappointing for a Lincoln Rhyme story.
I went into this book not expecting to be blown away. I find that nothing that I've read from Deaver has yet compared to the first Lincoln Rhyme novel - The Bone Collector. The plot quality appears to be going slightly downhill, though far from jumping the shark. On the other hand, I was not looking forward to reading about Chinese gangsters and human trafficing. As I've mentioned before in my thriller/mystery reviews, I am not too fond of organized crime in my fiction. Give me a serial killer, ...more
Patrice Hoffman
This book started out fast paced enough for me but eventually I really got confused with all the characters. There were so many different names it was confusing after a while. The only saving grace were the charts that were at the end of many of the chapters that helped me keep up. I still found the book enjoyable overall, but when compared to his other books this one wasn't my favorite. ...more
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this installment in the Lincoln Rhyme series. I love how he is able to solve puzzles especially considering his disabilities. I am definitely going to continue with this series. I'm so glad I won one of his novels through giveaways to introduce me to this series. ...more
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
This one is not a bad book but it just was a little drawn out for me, I have been bingeing Jeffery Deaver and it might be time to take a break. It was a little redundant in style but over all a good mystery.
Terri Lynn
I am a Jeffery Deaver fan who started reading his books in 2010 beginning with the one he just had published and eagerly backtracking through them all while keeping current with new ones.

I enjoy all of Deaver's books and this was no exception. I have gotten to know Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs and their co-workers fairly well and love getting another opportunity to visit them.

In THE STONE MONKEY, Lincoln Rhyme is in his NYC townhouse following the action as a ship carrying illegal aliens from Ch
Pratibha Pandey
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best thing I like about a book is when the author does a good research about the setting and the characterization of his book. And Jeffery Deaver is one of my favorite author for the same fact. The Stone monkey is about chinese immigrants being smuggled into US borders and how one such shipment meets a different fate all thanks to Rhyme's intervention. He fails to save all the families but vows to not let the killer "Ghost" harm any of the two families who manage to survive the drowne ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, it goes in the unputdownable pile. I got chills when it was revealed who the perp was...even though it was a "should've guessed" moment. Thinking about reading it again knowing the plot to see it from a different perspective. ...more
Jedi Sheriff
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was brilliant! If I hadn't had so much going on at the moment I would have finished it earlier but when I had the opportunity to read it I was hooked! ...more
Somehow got an abridged copy so now will have to go back and find the real thing and reread
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emma Craven
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Was I the only one who pictured Sonny Li speaking in the voice of Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?!

"Hey, lady! You call him Dr. Rhyme!"

At first, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first 3 Lincoln Rhyme books. The beginning didn't interest me and the Ghost hunting down the remaining immigrants didn't make sense. Luckily the pace sped up, the story had some twists that I didn't see coming, and the ending cleared everything up. I had been putting off this book for
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, favorites, thriller
With this book I truly felt in love with Jeffery Deaver. This wasn't my first, The Coffin Dancer was, but this is the book that started my long adventure with Deaver's books. The research this author makes for every story is amazing. And I love the twist and turns. ...more
Nancy Ellis
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great suspense story about illegal Chinese immigrants being killed by their smuggler. Deaver really gets to you with the stories of the immigrants and what they go through to escape China for hopefully a better life in the U.S. I also really enjoy the characters in these books, especially Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, of course. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
Kwang Suporn
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book, by far, made the most enjoyable reading out of the first four books in the Lincoln Rhymes series I've read. ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stacia Hoke
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not your average Lincoln Rhyme novel but still quality Deaver. Stone Monkey is one of the more difficult Rhyme books to follow and is certainly a more challenging read, but well worth it. This book had the same level of suspense and mystery as the rest, but also tugged at my heart strings (which I wasn't expecting). Insanely impressed at the amount of detail in Chinese culture and how Deaver used it to write a plot-twisting story! ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Repeated formula used by Deaver, however this novel gave me an insight on Chinese culture and history which made it really interesting.

The book itself is written like a movie script and was quite the page turner...
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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. ...more

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