The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector

by Jeffery Deaver


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In the #1 international bestselling sequel to The Bone Collector, Lincoln Rhyme must untangle a twisted web of clues before a criminal inspired by the Bone Collector targets more victims — or Rhyme himself.

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594699491
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 277,166
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 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. 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. You can visit his website at


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 Skin Collector 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As much as I love a good bargain, I find the better books to be the most entertaining. This one had a lot of really interesting twists to it. All the content was highly improbably but that is what made it fun to read. In this society, I don't read for enlightenment, I read to escape and this book was very good escapism fare.
PowerMacMan More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to the next Jeffery Deaver book. This time I was somewhat disappointed. Yes, The Skin Collector is still written in the same style, with chapter ending cliff-hangers and plot twists and surprises galore. Lincoln Rhyme is still the same ornery, insightful, forensic detective, trapped in his electric wheelchair.  But I felt that this book wasn’t quite as intense. The cliff-hangers seemed a little forced. You weren’t drawn in, and then slammed to the floor, like in most of Mr. Deaver’s books. If I wasn’t expecting so much, I wouldn’t have been as let down. Another thing that bothered me about The Skin Collector was the last few chapters were there only as a lead into the next book in the series. I don’t need to have that sort of enticement. I’m going read the next Lincoln Rhyme book, and I won’t remember this little section when I do. Mr. Deaver will have to repeat most of it in the next volume anyway. So what’s the point? I just don’t get it. Anyway, back to the review. Overall the book was OK. There were enough plot twists and unexpected events, and everything felt logical and possible, just not up to the high level of most of Mr. Deaver’s books. I give The Skin Collector 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. If you like suspense, and thrillers without too much gore, and mysteries with many surprises and unexpected twists, and haven’t read any of the Lincoln Rhyme series, then you will probably like this book. If you are new to the series, there will be a lot of references to events from the previous books, but they really won’t get in the way of your enjoyment of the story. But if you love this series, like I do, you will come away feeling somewhat disappointed, like I did, but you will read it anyway, like I did. And you will wait, hoping that the next one is as good as we know it can be.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
A typical Lincoln Rhyme novel is built on an accumulation of facts or clues to be analyzed and repeatedly summarized at the end of each chapter, as the criminologist and his team attempt to solve a crime and lead to the capture of the culprit. This novel is no different, except for the crime, its methodology and purpose and some additional plot complications. To begin with there are a series of killings in which the perpetrator murders the victims by injecting poison by means of a tattoo machine, which he uses to leave cryptic clues. The murders take place in various underground locations in New York City. Rhyme and Sachs attempt to anticipate where each murder will take place, as well as the motive for the killings. The title of this novel (and the theme, “Skin”) is a throwback to an earlier novel, “The Bone Collector,” another serial killer who terrorized The Big Apple, to whom a vague reference is made in the present plot. As in previous entries in the series, the characters are well-drawn, the plot moves forward methodically, Rhyme is depicted in his gruff manner and in the end it all comes together in an unexpected manner. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look forward to Jeffrey Deaver books as I am a longtime fan of his. But, not this time. The book was just okay, not what I was expecting. Very dry, little suspense and a mixed plot that I felt just didn't work. Kat
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Skin Collector is the eleventh book in the Lincoln Rhyme series by American author, Jeffery Deaver. Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his NYPD associates, Amelia Sachs, Ron Pulaski and Mel Cooper are called in to investigate the case of a serial poisoner whose intentional clues left on victims’ bodies are baffling, to say the least. As well, news of the death of his latest nemesis, The Watchmaker, sees Lincoln sending Pulaski on a rather dubious undercover mission. Deaver gives the reader plenty of information about poisons, about tattooing and about New York’s underground tunnels. As always, there is an abundance of twists and red herrings. Rhyme’s own lab does seem to manage to get results rather instantly, and occasionally, the lack of communication between various sections of the services seems incredible. Nonetheless, there are a few exciting climaxes. While the crime scene investigation sections and the examination of trace evidence bits are, as always, interesting, even gripping, the bizarre perpetrators are starting to wear the believability fabric just a bit thin: a man who kills his victims by tattooing them, not with ink, but with exotic poisons (a different one for each victim): all this in New York’s underground tunnels. Really? A reader’s suspension of disbelief will surely only go so far….. Not Deaver’s best.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite The Skin Collector was written by author Jeffery Deaver and read by Edoardo Bellerini. We first met Lincoln Rhyme in The Bone Collector. There is a new killer on the loose and there seems to be a connection between him and the Bone Collector. The killer stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. His method of murder: a tattoo gun loaded with poison. Both Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are working the case. Once again we have Lincoln Rhyme at his best. He solves crimes from what seems like the most insignificant details.  The Skin Collector is a fabulous thriller that brings back my favorite characters, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. The plot is entertaining and well developed. The author has included twists and turns that make this a thrilling read. In The Skin Collector, we see a different side of Lincoln Rhyme. He has developed more of a sense of humor and a bit of a softer side. The romance between Rhyme and Sachs has advanced. The one part of the story that I found unsatisfying was toward the end where a former villain and Rhyme are having a discussion on the phone. It felt contrived. But I can overlook that since the rest of the novel was so entertaining. The Skin Collector has all the right elements to make an exciting read; it is fast paced, with surprises around every corner, a touch of romance between Rhyme and Sachs, excellent writing, a great plot, and a great reader.
Sassyg1rl More than 1 year ago
Deaver always keeps you guessing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have been slightly disappointed of late with other of Deaver's L.Rhymes books but this on is getting back to the originals - almost there.... Good read.
myway More than 1 year ago
Deaver's books never disappoint! I've heard people say they can be predictable, but I'm sure that's accurate. I've read them all and even now, just when you think you know, you don't. Without giving away too much - the characters are tried and true and fantastic, as usual. Great story as well. Deaver always manages to bring something deliciously creepy to life that make you think about the next time you...(left blank so as not to spoil the plot). It's a great read; goes quick, as all Lincoln Rhyme books do. Already can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeffery Deaver has such an imagination. I don't want to put the book down until its finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Jefferey Deaver as I love him. The twists in the story got me, as I hoped they would. I read it quickly, and thought about the book waiting for me while I was at work, something that doesn't happen so often anymore. Unfortunate only that now I'll have to wait two years for the next one....
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Love all the characters
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Annefj More than 1 year ago
As I read each book in this series, I enjoy it more. I've read 11 of them now and plan to continue. They are exciting, the plots are intriguing and interesting, plus I always learn something. I love the characters too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello I am a big fan of Deaver, I love his work. the book is not for a 12 year old. If you are a Deaver fan you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never tire of reading books about Lincoln Rhyme. I really could not affotd to buy this book but could not resist!
customer2 More than 1 year ago
This Lincoln rhyme book had way to much detail which made it go by very slow. I personally thought this was the worst Lincoln rhyme book.
bmoruz More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as the Lincoln Rhyme series is always interesting. It was full of suspense and had some twists and turns. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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