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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"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
"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...
"Great book & great narrator"
Great book & great narrator . First time to hear this book and worth every penny five stars
There are so many characters and the narrator had got a different voice or each and maintained them throughout. Did not particularly like his female voices but it did give them definition for their characters. Story was great.
"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.
"Macabre and Maudling"
Not one of JD's best novels. Narrator tried his best to give some oomph to the pace and flow of the storyline. But at the end I am left with only gorey memories not a plot nor suspense.
"Different from the usual crime fiction!"
No, but only because I would almost never read anything twice. I would choose one of the author's books again though especially if read by Jeffrey Harding, an excellent narrator. He has a good pace and gets his stress and intonation right and is good with different voices. Actually sounds as though he has read it properly beforehand and prepared it which it seems to me that so many narrators don't! Brought it to life very well.
The first one I have read.
I wouldn't pick one out.
Wouldn't have the time but I certainly wanted to keep coming back to it. Good central characters with a twist
Not sure if there is a series with this central character but if there is, I would select it
Up at the top
Where do I begin - the story line (I couldn't put it down) and the narration is excellent
I am now going to read these books in order
"Great book and storyline. Better Voice actor need"
The desire to hand the reader a tissue was constant due to the irritating nasally sound of his voice.
I'm a huge fan of Lincoln Rhyme. I have the entire set of books - my favourite being the Vanished Man.
Different voice actor.
I'd purchased this audio book for a long road trip. It was a waste of money. I had to switch it off.
"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.
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