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Product Details

  • Series: Lincoln Rhyme
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455517135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455517138
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (845 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Someone is murdering people, killing them by injecting poison as he creates exquisitely detailed tattoos on their bodies. Lincoln Rhyme, the quadriplegic criminalist, and his team race against time to identify and stop the villain before the body count rises. To make matters more perplexing, the unknown perpetrator appears to have learned how to keep his crime scenes clean and evidence-free, from Rhyme’s own writings (specifically an article about an old case involving a killer known as the Bone Collector). How do you catch a killer who’s learned how not to get caught by the best criminalist in the business? Meanwhile, the Watchmaker, the fiendishly clever killer introduced in 2006’s The Cold Moon (but referred to in intervening books), still haunts Rhyme, even after the man’s death in prison, making it hard for the investigator to devote his full concentration to the murder case at hand. Another suspenseful and twist-filled entry in this always-exciting series. --David Pitt


"Outstanding...the endgame remains in doubt to the end. Deaver proves himself a grandmaster of the genre as each surprise leads to an even bigger surprise, like a series of reverse Russian nesting dolls."—Publishers Weekly -- Starred Review

"Jeffery Deaver has brought a unique voice to the thriller genre, mixing high energy action into novels about a brilliant criminalist...Lincoln Rhyme has become one of the genre's most iconic characters."—South Florida Sun Sentinel

"Deaver's ability to tell the reader everything and still manipulate the story with diabolical twists is the sign of a master at work. Readers unfamiliar with Lincoln Rhyme will find a detective that rivals Sherlock Holmes, and fans will enjoy the familial and reflective aspects of previous cases."

Associated Press

"Like all of his books, the storytelling is intricately plotted, with plenty of feints, misdirections and endgame twists to keep the reader guessing."—Raleigh News and Observer

"For those who have never read a Deaver book this is definitely the time to start. Once you are hooked you will find yourself searching for everything he has written in the past and that is plenty. He is one of the premiere writers of mysteries and each and every one of his books is a reading pleasure from beginning to end.
So get a copy of THE SKIN COLLECTOR and settle yourself in for hours of reading satisfaction."—Huffington Post

"Another suspenseful and twist-filled entry in this always-exciting series."—Booklist

"[A] page-turner full of Deaver's signature moves: frantic pacing, forensic minutiae, blindsides, gotchas and hairpin plot turns...a true return to classic form for Deaver."—Winnipeg Free Press

"'Deavotees' will expect and gratefully receive the many twists and sudden turns...No one is better at narrative misdirection. Just at the point you think "That's impossible!" Deaver demonstrates the exact opposite...Once again the depth of his research and characterisation has created a superb example of modern American Gothic."—The Evening Standard (UK)

"This is Deaver at his very best and not to be missed by any thriller fan."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Kill Room - A "Best Summer Book of 2013"

"Chillingly effective...Jeffery Deaver's quadriplegic detective has never been better...Equal parts Marathon Man and top-notch political thriller, this is Deaver at the top of his game. Rhyme remains the most original hero in thriller fiction today who may have met his match in Swann. Not to be missed."—Providence Sunday Journal on The Kill Room

"Jeffery Deaver has written an ace thriller to keep readers guessing and gasping with his latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Kill Room. A master magician with words, Deaver misdirects with one tale while what's really going on is just off the reader's radar...The numerous twists and turns in The Kill Room are so fast and furious that by the novel's end, the reader will be dizzy - and clamoring for more."—Associated Press

Customer Reviews

Characters and story development were well done.
Great mystery with twists and turns, keeps you guessing.
Jane Hogan
The writing was disjointed, too many plots and endings.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Baker VINE VOICE on May 14, 2014
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And that, and that, and that. Picture a roller coaster slowly going up, click, click, click, then you're at the top and falling fast, turns, more turns, upside down and all of a sudden it's over and you are just shaking your head and wondering what happened. That is what reading THE SKIN COLLECTOR feels like.

It is written in typical Jeffrey Deaver fashion: plots, protagonists, lists of clues and then more twist and turns until it is finally over. It is almost like the show 24, but crazier. If you are a Jeffrey Deaver fan you will LOVE THIS BOOK.. If you are not, you will still love it. My only gripe is that I bought it yesterday, the day it was released, and in 24 hours the kindle price dropped 5.00. Still worth every penny though.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2014
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Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme and Dance books are one of only a handful of book series I devote my limited space to in my "library" with the purpose of re-reading. Although I may have liked other Deaver's books a bit better, Deaver's books are still so much consistently better in writing, fast-placed, intricate, challenging and informative plots than the majority of suspense novels out there, they demand a five star rating.
It is also important to note that reading this novel will provide a much better understanding of his next novel, as this novel also sets the scene for his next one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Jeffery Deaver's last book featuring Lincoln Rhyme, Kill Room, left me slightly underwhelmed. There was a lot of political comment in the book that I found myself glossing over. Deaver also took quadriplegic Rhyme away from his New York City townhouse to a crime scene in the Bahamas, but it just didn't work for me. It seemed forced and almost gimmicky. It was an okay read, but not a standout in the series for me.

However, Deaver's latest book, The Skin Collector (#11) takes us back to what Lincoln Rhyme does best - and the type of story I like best - solving cases based on the evidence and minutiae gathered at a crime scene by his team. And Lincoln's superlative powers of deduction.

The Skin Collector opens with a wonderfully creepy scene that introduces us to the perpetrator, Billy. It's one of those chilling prologues that promises a great read. And it delivered. Billy is a tattoo artist who delights in finding pristine skin for inking his cryptic messages. And his choice of ink is deadly. Billy Haven is clever - he's studied Rhyme's methods and leaves little if anything behind at his scenes. Yes, plural - Billy has a plan and it looks like he's taking inspiration from Lincoln's first case - The Bone Collector.

Deaver employs the history of New York and it's tunnel and underground passages to great effect in The Skin Collector. I ended up checking out many of his references online - it's pretty fascinating history.

I thought I had predicted where the plot was going to go about three quarters of the way through the book. But I was pleasantly proven wrong! Deaver inserts a twist, then a turn, then another twist - and I think there may have been another turn.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BruinsFan on May 20, 2014
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Warning: Spoiler Alert!!!!

I'm giving this book four stars because, for the most part, it was a decent read. However the convoluted attempts to tie up the story in the end were borderline absurd.

We have a tattoo artist using poison to kill victims which turns out to be a red herring for a larger terrorist attack by a right wing militia group which turns out to be a cover for an elaborate scheme to break the Watchmaker out of prison with the end game of derailing Lon Sellitto so he can't investigate a mueseum break-in? Seriously? Why not just send a hit man to take care of Sellitto and be done with it?

I appreciate that Deaver isn't trying to be a paint-by-numbers mystery author, but sometimes less is more. Lincoln is smart, but some of the deductions and parallels he made had me rolling my eyes. Nobody is THAT good. I also wish he would stop being so mean to the people on his team. If I had to work with a jerk like him every day I'd be ready to jump off a cliff.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Covington on May 26, 2014
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It appears to be a swing and a miss for Deaver on this latest installment of the Lincoln Rhyme series. I would actually be surprised to find that this wasn't written by somebody else, as the tone and arc seemed very "off " compared to earlier works. Lincoln has been difficult to deal with in the past, but was really just a prick to everybody in The Skin Collector, and not for any particular reason. Also, Amelia's attitude towards other people and her cavalier attitude to almost plowing people over while she is driving doesn't ring true to earlier stories. It's not like the characters are evolving or growing, and I'm sorry to see the quality of Deaver's work decline.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chile Chica on May 18, 2014
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I'm a Lincoln Rhyme fan, and I had higher expectations for this book. I enjoyed the first part of the book, as the background was set up, but a couple of minor things niggled at me that didn't sound right. They were writing cliches, and although they didn't ruin the story, they lowered the quality that I was used to. It seemed like there was almost too much going on in this book. Too many threats, too many threads, and of course Lincoln was one step ahead almost every time. Too pat. But then, when one of the main characters became critically ill, it felt like the reactions of the rest of the "gang" was way too laid back. Hardly enough dismay expressed, so it felt false, and I kept expecting it to be yet another red herring at any moment. That being said, it's a book that you can still enjoy. I think Deaver tried too hard, and I was a little disappointed. 3.5 stars
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More About the Author

Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. He has one younger sister who writes novels for teenagers ' Julie Reece Deaver.

Deaver wrote his first book ' which consisted of two entire chapters ' when he was eleven, and he's been writing ever since. An award-winning poet and journalist, he has also written and performed his own songs around the country. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. After graduation he decided to practice law for a time and worked for several years as an attorney for a large Wall Street firm. It was during his long commute to and from the office that he began writing the type of fiction he enjoyed reading: suspense novels. In 1990 he started to write full time.

The author of twenty-two novels, Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony award, a Gumshoe Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year. In 2001, he won the W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award for his Lincoln Rhyme novel The Empty Chair. In 2004, he was awarded the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Garden Of Beasts and the Short Story Dagger for "The Weekender." Translated into 35 languages, his novels have appeared on a number of bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the London Times and the Los Angeles Times. The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme. A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO film retitled Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin.

Jeff has also released two collections of his short stories, called Twisted and More Twisted.

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