Sunday, January 20, 2013

Suspense - The Bone Collector

Author: Jeffery Deaver

Title: The Bone Collector

Publication Date: 1998

Number of Pages: 427

Geographical Setting: New York

Time Period: 1990s

Series: 1st in the Lincoln Rhyme Series

Plot Summary: Suspense novels aren't generally my cup of tea but I really did enjoy this one. It was extremely fast paced and the serial killer added some historical intrigue to New York City that I found appealing.

The book starts off as young Detective Sachs discovers a hand emerging from the dirt. As she assesses the crime scene she realizes that the killer left behind clues that have to be deciphered in order to find the next victims before they too are killed in an unfortunate manner. She gets paired up with Lincoln Rhyme, formerly one of the best criminalists in the country and now quadriplegic, and together they make an unlikely duo as they try to track down one of the smartest and most demented serial killers New York City has ever seen.

This novel is great, but not for the faint of heart, there are scenes that will make your stomach churn and make you sleep with the light on. Lincoln and Sachs have their hands full with one crafty and disgusting serial murderer.

This suspenseful read is also the basis for the movie, "The Bone Collector," starring Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, and Queen Latifa. The movie follows the novel quite well and is a great adaptation. Fans of the lead character, Lincoln, will be pleased to learn that there is a whole series dedicated to his thrilling adventures.

Subject Headings: (via WorldCat)
Rhyme, Lincoln (Fictitious character) -- Fiction. Police -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction. Forensic scientists -- Fiction. Quadriplegics -- Fiction.

Appeal: Fast paced, explores the world of forensic science, dark, and graphic.

Similar Authors & Works:
1. Fiction: (via Goodreads)
Rules of Prey by John Sandford
Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
The Poet by Michael Connelly

2. Non-Fiction: (via subject heading search in WorldCat)
Solving Crimes: Pioneers of Forensic Science by Ron Fridell
Forensics: Solving the Crimes by Tabatha Yeatts
Vice Cop: My Twenty Year Battle with New York's Dark Side by Bill McCarthy

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