While I must admit a bit of disappointment with an ending that felt a little too pat and abrupt, I really liked this book overall. It reminded me a lot of "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr, which I thought was one of the best books of this genre that I've read. As a forensics nut, I LOVED Deaver's attention to crime scene details, and that he reposted the latest list of clues every few chapters so that the reader could join right in with Rhyme, Sachs, and company in the hunt for the sadistic killer. Bravo!
I saw the movie first, then read the book. Both are very good, but the book is superior simply because there is so much more information offered regarding forensic investigation. A former renowned criminalist, Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic confined to his bed. With the ability to move his head, neck and one finger, Lincoln has the best technical support at hand but has lost his zest for life and is looking forward to an assisted death. But he's drawn into the search for a man who snatches hostages … more
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The hero of Jeffery Deaver's thrillerThe Bone Collectoris Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic scientist known to his peers as "the world's foremost criminalist." Rhyme will need all his reason--and his considerable stock of high-tech tools--about him to solve this latest brain-twister: a serial killer with method to his madness. In tried and true thriller fashion, the killer's crimes are described in lurid detail, as is the astounding technological equipment with which Rhyme examines the evidence--everything from an energy-dispersive x-ray unit to a mass spectrometer.
Every fictional detective has his or her gimmick, from Sherlock Holmes's violin to Nero Wolf's orchids, and Rhyme is no exception. He is a quadriplegic who can move nothing but a single finger. Gadget-philes will be in seventh heaven reading about Lincoln Rhyme's tools; other readers might feel the book could do with a few more plausible characters and a little less technology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.