The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

Book - 1997
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In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes readers on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 1997.
ISBN: 9780451188458
Branch Call Number: DEA
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 23, 2020

Good read!

Aug 13, 2020

(Lincoln Rhyme #1)

Jan 30, 2020

I was excited to read this book with the upcoming movie (or tv series idk) but once I got into it, I discovered that the author has no idea of how to write a woman character. Or maybe he's never spoken to a woman in real life. One of the main characters in this book is a woman, and it is so clear as you read that the author just doesn't know how a woman would actually react in any of the situations that occur in the book. I also thought that the plot had a lot of holes, the flashbacks made the timeline confusing, and the "big reveal" hadn't been hyped up nearly enough, so when the killer was revealed it was just meh.

May 05, 2018

The first Lincoln Rhyme / Amelia Sachs novel and it is a jewel. Deaver's encyclopedic knowledge of forensics is breathtaking and he is a master storyteller to boot. Was definitely not expecting the killer twist at the end. A joy to read.

Nov 27, 2017

If you've seen the movie then you know generally what to expect from the book. However, Jeffery Deaver's writing does and excellent job at building up the suspense and getting your heart to race. There are differences between the book and the movie, enough that I wasn't sure who the bone collector was in the end! If you're a fan of crime novels heavy in forensic analysis then this book is for you.

Apr 11, 2017

first in a long series

Mar 13, 2017

Scare the crap out of you kinda read :>), movie excellent adaptation and worth it! Great choice of actors and actresses-rat scene scary and edge of your seat.

Jan 06, 2017

The movie was good, the book was better!

Jun 07, 2016

excellent book to start a serie love the twists and easy to read

May 05, 2016


18/8 - I have seen the movie a number times so I know who the killer is, but I can't remember his exact motive, so at least there'll be one surprise for me at the end. I really enjoyed the movie and was always disappointed that there weren't further instalments in the series. For me, Angelina Jolie is Amelia and Denzel Washington is Lincoln Rhyme (funny that they've both got American president's names), they are now inextricably linked. I will never be able to think about Rhyme or Sachs without seeing them as the actor's portrayals of them.

I'm loving the extra details I'm getting from the book that weren't included in the movie due to time constraints. More details about the first two victims (who are completely different people in the movie), more background on both Sachs and Rhyme, including Rhyme's connections in the police force. It's funny what details get left by the wayside on the journey between a book and the movie/tv show. In the movie Amelia's last name is changed from Sachs to Donaghy (I never get the reasons behind name changes, they seem so arbitrary and pointless) and her arthritis is no longer a contributing factor in her desire to leave Patrol. In fact if I remember rightly there's no mention of her wanting to leave Patrol, she just does spontaneously in order to help Rhyme and solve the case. To be continued...

21/8 - Bloody review-eating website! I can't remember all of what I wrote before it got eaten, but it went something like this. Now that I've finished the book it turns out that the movie is quite different from the book - everyone except Lincoln has had their name changed (or their race, or gender), the killer and his motives are different, the victims are all different as are whether or not they survive, what he does to the victims and the clues he leaves are different. Only Lincoln and the general idea of the story are carried over from the book to the movie.

I really enjoyed the frantic pace injected into the 'evidence examining' scenes by the constant pressure of getting to the victims before they die. In my head I could see the camera flicking from one character to another as Rhyme fires off questions or instructions regarding some bit of evidence or other. I think I might enjoy the next book even more than this one, not having any preconceived notions of the plot, except for what Rhyme and Amelia look like.

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Sep 11, 2011

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FavouriteFiction Oct 27, 2009

Quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to help track down a killer who is obsessed with old New York and leaves clues that can help save his victims. Lincoln drafts Amelia Sachs who acts has his arms and his legs. Will the cynical detective and his new partner be clever enough to track down the Bone Collector?


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Sep 11, 2011

Violence: This is a murder mystery, and the murders are pretty gruesome and very well (very graphically) described.


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