The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme Series #1)

The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme Series #1)

by Jeffery Deaver

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The first novel in the New York Times bestselling series featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme—from the author of The Never Game.

“Lightning-paced…a breakneck thrill ride.”—The Wall Street Journal

Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics—until an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying and ingenious duel of wits. With police detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme must follow a labyrinth of clues that reaches back to a dark chapter in New York City’s past—and reach further into the darkness of the mind of a madman who won’t stop until he has stripped life down to the bone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101209080
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1998
Series: Lincoln Rhyme Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 16,533
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.


Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

May 6, 1950

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

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The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Neil_Collins More than 1 year ago
I had seen the movie adaptation of this book long before I knew anything about the book itself. When I stumbled upon Jeffery Deaver, the author, and discovered a series featuring Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, I wanted to read them all, based on how much I had enjoyed the film. As is all to often the case, the book and the film share a title and a few elements, but the stories are so very different as to be nearly unrelated. Fortunately, Mr. Deaver's story was exceptionally well written. I found the construction of the storyline dynamic and exciting, and the fact that it differed so from the movie left me guessing at many of his twists and turns. For those unfamiliar with the story, Lincoln Rhyme was the most brilliant forensic investigator ever to have been a part of the NYPD. He had created their protocol for forensic investigation, worked with the FBI, established databases for cataloging trace evidence. He'd done it all. Until a falling beam on a crime scene he was working stuck him, crushing the fourth cervical vertebra, leaving his supercharged brain nearly the only working part of his body. His head and shoulders, a little movement in his left ring finger, and his vivid recollection of the city are all he has; other than a desire to end his own life. Patrol Officer Amelia Sachs is a tall, beautiful, former model with aspirations of getting off the street and into her new assignment in public relations. In ways, she may be even more damaged than even Rhyme. When she is called to investigate the report of a partially buried body, she discovers an intentionally left clue to a series of abduction murders. Murders that have not yet happened. Racing against time, Rhyme is reluctantly drafted to run the forensics, and he pulls in the equally reluctant Sachs as his eyes and legs to work the scenes. The resulting symbiosis is far greater than the sum of its parts, and the whirlwind telling of the story is masterful. The Bone Collector is an energetic and well researched book, full of vivid and often troubling images. Jeffery Deaver has done a fantastic job here, and I whole heartedly recommend this book to all.
UpAllNight More than 1 year ago
I have been a follower of the "New Religion", Forensics, for years. While laid up with an injury, I discovered "Forensic Files" on CourtTV... which, unlike entertaining "scripted" TV series such as CSI, does not spoon-feed or sugar-coat the science behind solving crime for the audience. That being said, Mr. Deaver gives me the pleasure of enjoying true forensics... not something dumbed-down for the enjoyment of the masses. Truly, how often is the Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer even mentioned on CSI? Mr. Deaver is obviously very comfortable with the inner workings of forensic science... making sure his characters are fully capable of bandying the terms back and forth in a way that makes perfect sense to the audience, while never bogging down the break-neck pace of the story - a talent some other authors could well benefit from learning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read The Bone Collector and it's a very good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw the movie too, and the book and the movie where both very good!!!!!!!!
HerbBCO More than 1 year ago
Characters are great, with many details about crime scene investigation. I found a later part of the series and had to start at the beginning, just because the one I read was so good. This helped me understand better some of the later parts in the series. Each book can be read out of order, but they make more sense if you start at the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to finish what others have raved about. The f word and its useage increases as the story goes on. I understand using language of the culture however this was over done. I have enjoyed his other books and as such am giving the second book a try. If language offends you avoid this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. Creepy, complex characters, twist at the end...what more coild someone ask for? Lincoln rhyme is a former detective who was injured in an accident that made him a quadriplegic. Now he can only move his head, shoulders, and left ring finger. Unexpectedly, hiold partner comes to him asking for his help on a case. This bothers rhyme because it gets in the way of his goal of killing himself, but he rediscovers that he is an amazing detective. Like brilliant.
ctmsludu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was overall a well written and good read. the cons of this book are that at some points the dialogue gets confusing and that it is downright scary, which is also its best quality. The pros of the book are that it is very descriptive and the attention to detail is one of the books best qualities.This story is exciting, scary, mysterious, suspenseful, and action-packed and as scary as tripping during a stampede.
Neverwithoutabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! I can't believe I haven't discovered this author before now. This book is great and I'm not surprised there's a movie. I've probably got to see that soon. The book is practically written to be made into a movie! There are elements in it that you find in such shows as Criminal Minds, CSI, The Mentalist and Bones and yet it is completely different. I was hooked from the beginning and totally absorbed by the time things were coming together to solve the crime. I'm definitely continuing on with this series.
WeeziesBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Deavers book ¿The Bone Collector" was my first read in the first in the Lincoln Rhyme series and I became hooked. Rhyme¿s is quadriplegic forensic criminologist. Amelia Sacs is his girlfriend and works as his hands and eyes on the scenes of crimes. They both believe strongly in the law and together they fight to save people¿s lives each day.In this first book of the series, Rhyme is filled with his own sense of uselessness because of the limitations of his body and he wants to end it all for himself. That is until he is asked to solve a very important crime where a man is found buried alive and clues are found about the next victim. As he is pulled into this investigation, it changes his whole attitude about his own death and he begins to use his mind in extraordinary ways.I read this book and have seen the movie with Denzel Washington and still get the chills when I think of the twisted way that the killer¿s mind worked. The technology that Rhyme is able to use is amazing and was an education for me. In this book the introduction to the characters that will continue to be developed in future Deavers novels will have you wanting to read more. I am a strong Jeffrey Deavers fan and encourage all mystery and thriller readers to read a Deavers book today and this is the one of the best for starting the series since it is not only the first, but tremendously exciting.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was tempted to give up when I hit this piece of description of the female cop, Amelia Sachs, on page 23: Her Julia Roberts lips grew taut. Her incredible beauty is described ad nauseum in the novel--we're told at one point she has "iridescent blue eyes." And Sachs came off early on to me as incredibly whiny--but she did grow on me. She's partnered with Lincoln Rhymes, a quadriplegic who was a top criminologist in the New York Police Department before his accident, to be his eyes and ears, a situation that makes me think of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. He's the brain, she's the brawn. The forensic details were fascinatingly presented; because she has to be Rhymes eyes and she's new to crime scene work, it allows scenes to be described and have Rhymes explain so that we learn forensics along with her. As a New York City native and resident, I also loved the bits of city history and geography prominently featured in the mystery. Several aspects of this novel about a series of kidnappings seemed melodramatic, gruesome, and far fetched. And the resolution features a ludicrous coincidence. But the chemistry between Rhymes and Sachs ultimately redeemed the book for me, and I might someday read more in the series.
Augster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love the "Lincoln Rhyme" series. I started reading them after seeing "The Bone Collector" movie starring Denzel Washington. I am fascinated with how crimes get solved by brilliant detectives.
FireandIce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book after my husband raved about it. I found it to be well written, interesting and not a complete "spoon-feed". As with many mysteries, the end left me a little dissatisfied, but it was worth the read to get there. I will definitely be reading more of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels.
4everbooklove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Description: The hero of Jeffery Deaver's thriller The Bone Collector is 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. My Thoughts: This is my first Jeffery Deaver book and I thought it was an outstanding work of fiction. The Bone Collector movie was based on this book and I have to say that the movie stays pretty close to the original story. I really enjoyed this book a great deal. Lincoln (Linc) Rhyme is a former criminalist and accomplished author who is a quadriplegic after being injured in the line of duty. When we first meet Linc, he is a bit ornery and loathsome of his physical state. He only has the use of his shoulders, neck, head, and ring finger. He has contacted a doctor turned euthanist about killing him and eliminating his physical tomorment. But then the serial crimes begin and he is contacted by a former colleague with a request that he use his profiling abilities to help them apprehend the suspect. Link meets Officer Amelia Sachs who discovers the body of the first victim. Linc finds her intelligent, bold, and perceptive. The two quickly develop a rapport and Amelia becomes his protégé.Now I will cast one disparaging stone at this line of the story. I am not going to say that this isn¿t possible. However, I would guess that it is highly unlikely that a brilliant, well known, and accomplished criminalist would choose a nobody officer to be his protégé, regardless of her potential. The instant connection between the characters feels a bit contrived.Amelia begins to operate and think like a criminalist (again unlikely without proper training) as she is receiving on the ground guidance from Linc. Linc, Amelia, and the team of officers embark on a mission of trying to beat the clock and outwit the killer before he kills his next victim. They lose the second victim because there are unable to reach her before she is virtually boiled alive but manage to save a few others. They save the last victim and her daughter only to have that salvation blown to smithereens by the victim at the end. This was a fast paced suspense/thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the very end. I was aghast when I realized who the actual killer was. Truly, he was a wolf in sheep¿s clothing. Brilliant and captivating!
AineMcG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. I really enjoyed this and was almost shouting at the main characters. This story really pulls you along with an excellent twist at the end (I've not seen the film). Wish I'd read this sooner, thoroughly enjoyable.
JKazenel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really great concept, not that greatly executed. I'm sick of reading books about a nerdy guy and a sexy lady going and solving a mystery and then (although it didn't happen in this book), hooking up. Overall, this book was highly unoriginal.
mashley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good start to Lincoln Rhyme crime mysteries.
lupoman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first book from this author and it was a page turner; what an amazing story. The main character Lincoln Rhyme "walks" his assistant through her first crime scene and the reader is there by her side as she struggles through every step. Be sure to put elastic bands around the balls of your shoes so you can distinguish your footprints from everyone elses. I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read another in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good suspenseful read. So different from the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading Deaver - spellbinding
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series alot, starting with this one. The movie was even better. Angelina & Denzel have amazing chemistry as their characters fall in love during the madness of tracking a serial killer. WOW!!!
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