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The Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme) Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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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
"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
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On the other hand, regarding Lincoln's insistence on following the rule that is not a rule of not ending sentences with prepositions, please desist. You can verify with Strunk and White that it is and always has been acceptable to end sentences with prepositions. Also, there are constructions called verbal phrases, such as "put up with" and "come across" that are perfectly valid as they are. Resorting to awkward constructions including "from which," "to which," and "for which" is simply unnecessary.
Finally, as an adult, Lincoln should not have to resort to looking at his hands to determine left or right, so please stop mentioning the "left-hand" or "right-hand" side of anything.
This is quite far into the Rhyme series as to have the usual cast of characters very developed. The reader can visualize each clearly. Jeffrey Deaver’s writing is very good, adding to this series.
On a personal note, I would have preferred the “serial killer” genre continue as is. A good 75% into the book there is a very large plot twist I didn’t care for. The “serial killer” genre could have easily tied in with the Watchmaker without the near do well aunt, uncle, cousin, etc. and their agenda.
I’ve read all the Lincoln Rhyme novels and haven’t been disappointed in any of them.
In any Deaver book there is a vast amount of knowledge on display about a variety of subjects. This book is not short on detail and interesting facts. If you have never read any Jeffery Deavers' books this is the one to read. It will send you back to read the rest of the Rhymes series. As for me well I am a Jeffery Deaver fan for life I have been reading his work since A Maiden's Grave (1995). His writing style is effervescent! My personal favorites Twisted( collection of short stories, ) and The Devils teardrop (1999)
You shouldn't be surprised. After all, this is Deaver's 11th Lincoln Rhyme novel. Presumably you've read at least some of the previous Lincoln Rhyme mysteries and already know Rhyme is a brilliant criminalist locked into a body of a quadriplegic, with almost nothing intact but his brilliant mind. But he's molded his apartment environment to work for him, and rarely needs to leave. Every bit of lab equipment he owns rivals or exceeds the best out there. For Rhyme, though, those are mere tools for a long-term passion: Figuring out puzzles that come from murders, often of the most heinous type.
In The Skin Collector, there are clear parallels to Deaver's earlier novel, The Bone Collector. For me, this wasn't bothersome, but from reading other reviews it's clear other readers were bothered, or even annoyed. However, The Skin Collector is, after all, part of a series. (It's also not the only series that Deaver has in a long career with more than 30 books, most if not all published in a variety of languages because they're so popular.)
But I digress. The Bad Guy in the story is a tattoo artist and a perfectionist. He's also very smart — and indeed, thrilled to be the subject of Rhyme's investigation. That happens quickly because the Bad Guy essentially tattoos people to an early grave. You'll get no spoilers from me. Read the story to see what I'm talking about. Just know that the Bad Guy's own understanding of forensics makes him a worthy rival for Lincoln Rhyme.
Of course, given that Deaver made Rhyme a quadriplegic, it only makes sense that secondary characters must be compelling and offer opportunities for plenty of action in the story. The best? Amelia Sachs, who drives a muscle car and manages to push aside any fear she has to go after the Bad Guy. She's gutsy, shrewd and coincidentally, more than a mere colleague to Rhyme. The point? Without Sachs, it's unlikely even Deaver could pen a mystery on the level he does because of the physical limitations his main character has.
I suggest that before you read The Skin Collector, you read some of the other Lincoln Rhyme novels, or at least, yes, The Bone Collector. It's not critical, but it might push you from a four-star review to a five.
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