New York City is thrown into chaos by the assaults of the Bone Collector, a serial kidnapper and killer who gives the police a chance to save his victims from death by leaving obscure clues. The cops go to Lincoln Rhyme, an ex-NYPD forensics expert left paralysed after an accident on the job. Rhyme reluctantly postpones his ambitions towards suicide and puts together a forensic investigation team, enlisting as his eyes and ears young police officer Amelia Sachs.
©1997 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2006 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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"Cracking listen brilliantly read"
This is the first Jefferey Deaver that I have either read or listened to, and it definitely won't be my last. If you like Greg Hurwitz and Michael Connelly, you'll love this. It is very fast paced and it ties all the ends up nicely. I do like the author to tell me the end and not leaving me guessing... after all it's the author's story and I am paying him, so I want a proper end.. even if I don't like it.
Jeff Harding narrates this brilliantly, (one of my favourite narrators and I often pick a story simply because he's the narrator.) I love all the voices, he does, especially the black policewoman who cracks me up... he's brilliant at getting the sassy edge.
This story really keeps you guessing ... and even when you think you know who did what and why.. there was a brilliant twist I didn't see.
I don't want to spoil the plot but I can honestly say it's one of the best listens for a while, it got me through a lot of teadious jobs...
Highly recommended, I didn't want it to finish...
"Quadriplegic Ex-Cop in a fight. Fantastic"
What a great book with a preposterous yet joyous storyline. This was my first encounter with Lincoln Rhyme and his cantankerous view on life.
I absolutely love this story and the characters were brilliant, Amelia was the perfect stooge to Lincoln and the supporting characters made for a high enjoyable yarn. It is a book where you just suspend any grip on reality you might have and just enjoy. Based on this book I will look forward to the rest of the series. Natation was perfect and built the characters extremely well
Very glad I read this as my first as it seems to set out its stall for future books
"A great book to listen too"
I found this audio book great to listen too, the narrator read it in a such a way that I became lost in it as though I was there with them. The story line is engrossing and the book is so informative re: forensic science.
My favourite character has to be Amelia Sachs, she of course one of the main characters but I liked the way that she coped with being pulled into this completely different job she found herself doing and the way she managed to cope with such difficult circumstances.
Some people that I have listened to reading books have been awful but I really enjoyed his style and the way he draws you into the story line.
Not a book to make you laugh, some parts made me want to cry, others were unbelievably tense.
The characters in this book are great and I have enjoyed others in this series.
"Not my favourite!"
Whilst I listened to the end and enjoyed the story, especially the idea that the paralysed detective 'put off his suicide' as he became interested in the case. It didn't grip me so I gave it an average rating.
"A must-read book"
One of the most gripping audiobooks I've read in a long time
The vivid descriptions of emotions on the face of the patrol officer dealing with the victims
A book you just can't stop listening to, despite having seen the film, the book far surpasses the on-screen renditions.
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