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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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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!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheri
  • Kennesaw, GA, United States
  • 07-01-14

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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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.

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it's gotten way too implausable

I really like the characters. I love Rhyme's knowledge and collection of facts. I like that Sachs has arthritis which hurts her a lot sometimes when she has to run or bend. This makes her more realistic.

I enjoy learning whatever it is that Deaver has researched in order to write the book. This time it is tattoos. I appreciate the artistry, knowledge and dedication of the really good tattoo-ers.

But I have grown a little tired of the very convoluted plots, like the poisoned wine in The Princess Bride. Although they are immensely clever, I just don't see these as being very plausible. In this book, I thought there was a mistake in the action; I thought the female tattoo artist would have been killed because of what she told Rhyme, and how smart the bad guy is.

Deaver used to be even with Baldacci in my book, but I think I will go back to Baldacci.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another hit for Jeffrey Deaver

Again, I was kept on the edge of my seat but still given enough clues to solve the case myself. great detective novel.

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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