Have You Heard About... The Bone Collector

… the brilliant quadriplegic forensic investigator, Lincoln Rhyme? Rhyme makes his first appearance* in Jeffrey Deaver’s The Bone Collector when a savage serial killer starts harvesting the bones of his victims in increasingly gruesome ways. Also joining the search is Amelia Sachs, a police detective who suddenly becomes Rhyme’s unofficial and unwilling partner.

Most readers will come to this novel because of the forensic details, and they will not be disappointed. The wealth of information about crime scene investigations is ASTOUNDING. Those were actually my favorite parts of the novel - the collecting of evidence, the conclusions drawn from a tiny clod of dirt or a stray carpet fiber. And the writing itself was just as sharp and intelligent as Rhyme’s investigative skills.

And then there are the plot twists…This book is full of them, from beginning to end. But the author kept them from feeling cheap or manipulative, so I felt like I was reading in a constant state of surprise.

After I finished reading, I took stock of everything I had come across in this book - intelligent writing with fascinating forensic details, well-developed and interesting characters, a detailed setting, a terrifying serial killer, and plot twists all over the place. Very rarely have I come across such a well-rounded and well-executed thriller. If you enjoy forensic mysteries and have not yet read this novel, read it. Read it now. No, seriously. Stop reading this and go pick up the book.

* The later books in the series include The Coffin Dancer, The Empty Chair, The Stone Monkey, The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card, The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, The Burning Wire, The Kill Room, and The Skin Collector.

 

Reviewed by Katie (staff)