The Bone Collector Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York City is thrown into chaos by the assaults of the Bone Collector, a serial kidnapper and killer who gives the police a chance to save his victims from death by leaving obscure clues. The cops go to Lincoln Rhyme, an ex-NYPD forensics expert left paralysed after an accident on the job. Rhyme reluctantly postpones his ambitions towards suicide and puts together a forensic investigation team, enlisting as his eyes and ears young police officer Amelia Sachs.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 48 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||10 February 2012|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 17,290 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
92 in Modern Detective Mysteries
557 in Hard-Boiled Mystery
11,767 in Teen & Young Adult (Books)
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At last the title makes sense! I could never quite "get" why the movie was called "The Bone Collector." It's an excellent story which introduces most of the "Rhyme" characters in a fast-moving thrill-ride.
I should've read it years ago.
Gripping, gory and thoroughly intriguing! I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
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This is the first in Jeffrey Deaver’s series featuring quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Injured whilst ‘walking’ a crime scene Rhyme is struggling to come to terms with his disability. He is seriously wondering whether his life is now worth living.
A killer stalks the streets of New York City. He is kidnapping his victims and planning horrific deaths for them. He compounds his intentions by leaving the police clues at each scene of his next intended murder. It is a constant race against time and the police appear to be losing. The authorities turn to Rhyme but is he in a fit state to cope with demands of a serial killer investigation.
In addition to the search for the killer there are several sub-plots continuing throughout the story. Rhyme’s pessimistic attitude to life is a constant feature. The ‘turf’ wars that can and do exist between different organisations sometimes to the detriment of their primary objective. The on-going United Nations conference that New York is currently hosting.
Deaver writes well in my view and in addition to his description of the physical limitations a quadriplegic such as Rhyme experiences he also shows a good insight into the emotional and mental health aspects of such a condition. Deaver does not spare his readers the realities of such an existence.
Well worth a look.
The film is a help, though Rhymes is far more likeable through being played by Denzel
A good start - I hope!
In parts there is a little too much forensic detail and technical information but I coped by glancing over it to get back to the story.
It's a different take on the usual detective novel and I enjoyed getting to know the characters, who were well drawn.
The fact that Rhyme is crippled and can only move his head and one finger, and needs everything doing for him, down to the most basic bodily functions, is dealt with in a matter-of-fact, non-pitying way, and does not become ' the story', a quadriplegic is what he is, not who he is and it is simply part of the tapestry of the story.
I heard Mr Deaver being interviewed on Radio 2 and I realised he was a writer I had not yet read, I'm glad I did.
Starts off with some quite technical terms to get you into the lingo (and, to be honest, it just went staight over my head), but once the story beds in it becomes a good read.
The characters are competant, clever and well thought out. The plot is easy to follow but also interesting. The subplots weave well into the main plot. The pacing is strong.
I give it 4 stars because i've already read book 2 in the series and that is even better!
The book is identical in plot to the usual Rhyme novel stop the badguy before they kill again, using a team of NYPD cops a disabled genius and a supermodel policewoman (sounds ridiculous right). It is infact a brilliant blend that makes for a great book every time.
Rhyme in his first book is contemplating suicide whilst trying to stop a copycat killer obsessed with human bones, the killer leaves clues at the crime scene in order to give the police a chance to save the next victim and on goes the story.
Typical Deaver puts in a twist or two at the end and though this one was a little obvious (im not sure if its generally obvious or just because ive read every RHyme-Deaver novel) it was still good to get to. Definitely a book worth adding to your shelf but not quite as good as The Coffin Dancer or a few of his other brilliant novels.