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The Stone Monkey: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Lincoln Rhyme Novels) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2012
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About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the author of two collections of short stories and twenty-eight previous suspense novels. His most recent #1 international bestseller is Carte Blanche, the newest James Bond novel. Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers.Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award, and a Gumshoe Award. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in North Carolina.
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Once again, Jeffery Deaver has proven himself. I didn’t doubt him for one minute. The characters in the story, “Stone Monkey” were well developed and believable. This fast paced, action packed, suspenseful crime fiction story sent me on an exciting mental roller coaster ride that I will never forget.
I always try to solve the crime before I finish the story. I thought, “Darn, why did he tell me who the killer was? I could have figured it out.” In this book, Jeffery Deaver solved the puzzle for me, but I was still confused, go figure. Every time I think I have all of the answers Jeffery Deaver changes the questions. The book kept me guessing and that’s one of the things I liked about the book.
I do see a slight pattern in the series because the police unknowingly confides in the killer as in one of the previous books in the Lincoln Rhyme series. I say, slight because I have only seen this in one other book in the series. Of course, the murderer is able to stay ahead of the police because he has inside information. But, Lincoln Rhyme out thinks the killer once again.
Lincoln Rhyme is a brilliant quadriplegic criminalist that plays a significant part in keeping the story moving. Lincoln Rhyme is the main character in the series. His clever, precise, detailed investigation is what solves the crime and brings the villain, “The Ghost” to justice. The gorgeous Amelia Sachs is his girlfriend and she does all of the legwork. Poor Amelia Sachs suffers from endometriosis. Amelia Sachs performs a dangerous stunt while investigating the crime when she thinks of saving a child. She’d do just about anything for a child. She wants children of her own badly. A child is part of her motivation for going after the Ghost.
I especially remember the climax of the story when the killer was about to be caught. I laughed out loud as it seemed my insides would explode from the suspenseful anticipation.
I did have a problem with the pronunciation of some of the Chinese words and names, but they were relevant to the story. The story was about a shipload of Chinese immigrants being smuggled into America by The Ghost. I wondered why the immigrants were being hunted throughout the story. Lincoln Rhyme explained it toward the end.
I really cared about the characters. I was a little upset when I thought, Fred Dellray was murdered. Fred Dellray is an FBI agent that helps Lincoln Rhyme solve cases. One of the main characters actually did die and it was a heartbreaking scene. I got a little upset when it seemed like the ghost was going to be set free after Lincoln Rhyme and his team’s effort to capture him.
The Ghost had an interesting back story that the author reveals in the middle of the story. The Ghost had been a hunter since childhood when he hunted rats and vicious dogs for food after his family was murdered in China.
I was left with several unanswered questions. I didn’t think The Ghost was very smart because he drove stolen cars. In this story, The Ghost has a lot of Guanxi, connections, so why didn’t he have a legitimate car? I wondered how the pray got the map to find the hunter. I don’t think the scene where the Chinese cop died was explained well at all. I couldn’t tell if The Ghost got the gun that he killed a cop with from a shopping bag or an ankle holster. Why didn’t the murdered cop have handcuffs? Would a cop really apprehend someone as dangerous as The Ghost single handedly? One of the characters was given $500 to buy a gun that cost $300, but he gave his father back the remaining $100, did I miss something? Amelia Sachs was given a nickname in the middle of the story, why? It wasn’t necessary, it only confuses the reader.
I’m advising you to fasten your seatbelt before reading this book.
Rhyme and Sachs are together as man and woman, but not yet husband and wife.
Some more humanity is given to both and they are given more humanity in their world than merely a figment of an author's concept.
The crime and perpetrator are in a room full of mirrors slowly circling like a carousel. But the best emotions are found in a woman, a crudely made kitty doll, and a child with a beautiful name.
This one pulls the reader in.
Find out for yourself.