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The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11 | [Jeffery Deaver]

The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11

The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.
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Publisher's Summary

In his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced listeners to Lincoln Rhyme - the nation's most renowned investigator and forensic detective.

Now, a new killer is on the loose: A criminal inspired by the Bone Collector. And Rhyme must untangle the twisted web of clues before the killer targets more victims - or Rhyme himself.

The Skin Collector

The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death.

When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: Whom will the killer attack next? What is the message behind the victims' tattoos? Does the killer's own inking - a fanged centipede sporting a woman's face - hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission?

As time runs out, Rhyme discovers that the past has returned to haunt him in the most troubling way imaginable....

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2014 Jeffery Deaver (P)2014 Hachette

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    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 05-27-14
    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 05-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Bongoman

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    "Time for Rhyme & Amelia to retire..."

    With "The Skin Collector" I believe Deaver has "jumped the shark"!!! This book was actually boring. A rehash of an earlier book with different characters. I kept waiting for the Deaver magic to happen, plodding thru page after page; wanting to give up but forcing myself to continue only to regret not abandoning the book. The earlier works of Deaver held you page after page, waiting for the next twist. This book proves to me the author has lost his magic. Can't recommend, a "formulaic" boring story...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 05-20-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 05-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This book is so well written, it's right up there with The Bone Collector and The Cold Moon which are my two favorite Rhyme books. This book brings the shadow of the Bone Collector back and actual conflict between Rhyme and the Watch Maker which is outstanding. The end if this book is one heck of a cliffhanger setting the listener up for the next in the series which I'm sure will be just as good.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Oh yes. Deaver leaves clues all over the place but they are so randomly placed and innocuous that you don't realize they are even clues until Rhyme unearths and points them out as clues. The story is told in a very methodical well thought out way, very complex but none the less easy to follow.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing at all wrong with Edoardo Ballerini's performance. I thought he did a great job. Good inflections and character changes with out over dramatizing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. Of all of Jeffrey Deaver's books this one rates right at the top!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah United States 07-11-14
    Deborah United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not What I Was Hoping For!"

    I loved the movie version of the Bone Collector and was hoping this would be a series of books I would enjoy. If this book is an indication of the others, I was disappointed. In my opinion the narrator can make or break an audio book, and I did not care for Ballerini's reading style. I also feel that the author took the opportunity through his story to bash anything he considered remotely "right wing", and that always turns me off. I guess I compare everything to John Sanford's "Virgil Flowers" series, and this one didn't even come close. Virgil is a great character and Eric Conger is an amazing reader. I am also a big Lee Childs' and Vince Flynn fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-01-14
    Cheryl Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator has VERY irritating voice!"

    Book is OK - storyline is standard Lincoln Rhyme. I would have given a higher rating but for the narrator. This is the first book I've heard him do, but his voice really got on my nerves!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine D Williams CALISTOGA, CA, US 06-17-14
    Catherine D Williams CALISTOGA, CA, US 06-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "conehead"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't mind the performence.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffery Deaver’s story?

    The reader. I did not hear enough of the book of the book to evaluate it, because I hated the performance.


    What didn’t you like about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

    He sounded like a Conehead


    What character would you cut from The Skin Collector?

    The Reader! I did not hear enough of the book make a comment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Lopez Island, WA, USA 06-15-14
    Patricia Lopez Island, WA, USA 06-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator ruins the book"
    What would have made The Skin Collector better?

    possibly nothing.


    Has The Skin Collector turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

    He was terrible. To sappy, breathy and artificial. He tried to be dramatic and he failed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 06-11-14
    Janie O'brien US 06-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Almost a flat liner"

    Nor even Edoardo Ballerini's mellifluous voice could raise the temperature of the story told in this book beyond tepid. It was not so bad I abandoned it, but I found myself drifting off and away on a number of occasions but was able to pick the thread up easily again, which is not always a good sign. In really good books, if this happens, I have to replay, as I don't want to miss a word. Unfortunately, Deaver's books, like so many other writers of series, have become formulaic. I had guessed the 'perp' by the first 1/3 of the book and the rest was spent wondering what the denouement would bring and, for me, there was not a lot to get excited about. It wasn't badly written, it was a book that had just been written in a pretty ordinary and predictable way; no interesting writing here, if you're looking for a little, as least, literary skill. If you've read the Bone Collector don't waste a credit on this book, just read the Bone Collector again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol L. Riegel Louisville, KY United States 06-10-14
    Carol L. Riegel Louisville, KY United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2000

    Love mysteries

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    "Kept Thinking It Had to Get Better"
    Any additional comments?

    I read and enjoyed other books in this series. Therefore I kept thinking this had to get better. If I was really interested in learning in depth details about different kinds of poisons, I would have listened to or read a textbook. The story could have been interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susana Ojai, CA, United States 08-12-14
    Susana Ojai, CA, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2005

    I like edgy, offbeat books. All of my audiobooks are mysteries because I listen in the car. I prefer to read more literary works.

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    "Not disappointing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It had bizarre situations,suspense, and interesting characters. And it left the reader looking forward to the next book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Skin Collector?

    I felt the discomfort that Amelia was experiencing when she was going through the tunnel to investigate the first murder. Anxiety and fear.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It came near the end but I don't want to spoil it. When the murderer is revealed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am always moved by Lincoln's situation, his incredible mental capacity and his physical helplessness.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the narration and the plot twists. I look forward to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne San Diego, CA, United States 07-15-14
    Anne San Diego, CA, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just when I thought it couldn't get worse..."
    Would you try another book from Jeffery Deaver and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Probably not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Just bought "Watching You" by Michael Robotham


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was simply awful. It was like listening to really bad actors in a really bad play. The story wasn't great, and just when you thought it couldn't get any more ridiculous, it did...BUT the narrator made it SO much worse. I listen to a new book nearly every week and this narrator was one of the worst.


    What character would you cut from The Skin Collector?

    Pam. Ungrateful little b word!


    Any additional comments?

    Where is Michael Connelly when you need him?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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