The Stone Monkey
by Jeffery Deaver
‘Lincoln Rhyme’ series Book #4
Recruited to help the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service perform the nearly impossible, Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, Amelia Sachs, manage to track down a cargo ship headed for New York City carrying two dozen illegal Chinese immigrants, as well as the notorious human smuggler and killer known as “the Ghost.”
But when the Ghost’s capture goes disastrously wrong, Lincoln and Amelia find themselves in a race against time: to stop the Ghost before he can track down and murder the two surviving families who have escaped from the ship and vanished deep into the labyrinthine world of New York City’s Chinese community.
Over the next harrowing forty-eight hours, the Ghost brilliantly and ruthlessly hunts for the families, while Rhyme, aided by a quirky policeman from mainland China, struggles to find them before they die, and Amelia Sachs pursues a very different kind of police work – forming a connection with one of the immigrants that may affect her relationship with her partner and lover, Lincoln Rhyme.
Review: I finished this book on Friday, May 18th, 2007. As part of a series, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first three.
I thought the plot went well. There’s a twist you don’t see coming as well, but the way it came about, I thougth, didn’t help the story. I most certainly didn’t like the ending – not completely.
The characters are, for the most part, the same, and it’s a joy to read about Rhyme and Sacks. A few characters I didn’t like, but I belive Deaver wrote them that way on purpose. But I didn’t find the book to be as fast-paced and as exciting as the first three. Not a major disappointment, one to cause mt to stop reading the series, but I sure hope it gets better.