The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver (‘Lincoln Rhyme’ series Book #4)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: January 28, 2003 - 576 Pages - ISBN: 0743437802 - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

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.

Rating: .75

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The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver (‘Lincoln Rhyme’ series Book #2)

Simon & Schuster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: March 1999 - 576 Pages - ISBN: 0671024094 - Published By: Simon & Schuster

 

The Coffin Dancer

by Jeffery Deaver

‘Lincoln Rhyme’ series Book #2

Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is put on the trail of the Coffin Dancer, a cunning professional killer who has continually alluded the police. Rhyme – a quadriplegic since a line-of-duty accident – must use his wits to track this brilliant killer who’s been hired to eliminate three witnesses in the last hours before their grand jury testimony. Rhyme works with his eyes and ears, New York City cop Amelia Sachs, to gether information from trace evidence at the crime scene to nail him, or at least to predict his next move and head him off.

So far, they have only one clue: the assassin has a tattoo on his arm of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a coffin.

Review: Holy cow, what an awesome book! I thought the Bone Collector was good, this one’s better. Although most of the characters are the same, you feel more personal toward them all, especially Lincol and Amelia. Terrific, fast-paced plot, twists that leave you with the hair raising on the back of your nect, turns that leave you flipping the pages well after midnight (I know I did.) Added sexual tension between Lincoln and Amelia brought a whole new sizzle, and the last chapter left you with a ‘ooo-la-la’ remark. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, and I’ll be so disappointed if the rest of the series doesn’t measure up to this one. Awesome, awesome book!

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The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver (‘Lincoln Rhyme’ series Book #1)

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Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: March 1998 - 352 Pages - ISBN: 0451188454

 

The Bone Collector

by Jeffery Deaver

‘Lincoln Rhyme’ series Book #1

Lincoln Rhyme, ex-head of NYPD forensics, was the nation’s foremost criminalist, the man who could work a crime scene and come away with a perfect profile of a killer, frozen in time. Now, Lincoln is frozen in place – permanently. An accident on the job left him a quadriplegic who can move just one finger, a great mind strapped to his bed, mulish and sarcastic, hiding from a life he no longer wants to live.

Until he sees the crime-scene report about a corpse found buried on a deserted West Side railroad track, its bloody hand rising from the dirt. It belonged to a man who got into a cab at the airport and never got out. Reluctantly, Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold the secret to saving his victims – if Rhyme can decipher them in time. The search leads him to the Bone Collector, whose obsession with old New York colors every scrap of evidence he leaves for Rhyme and his new partner, Amelia Sachs, whom he drafts as his arms and legs. But she’s never worked a crime scene in her life – and he can only whisper in her ear as she does the exacting work he loved more than anything else.

Review: Everyone was right… the book is waaaaay better than the movie. I adored the characters very much. All of them down-to-earth in their own sort of way, including Lincoln. I don’t know how Deaver did it, but you really feel what it’s like to be his character; all trials and tribulations. I do have to admit that, after watching the movie, I believe that Denzel and Angelina played their characters very well.

The novel isn’t just fast=paced, it’s lightening speed! Hell, you get as much sleep as the characters do in a 24-hour period, LMAO! So many twists, turns, suspense and action, you can’t help reading it until waaay after the midnight hour. What I loved about this book is the details! Whether it’s crime scene, evidence or the cop lingo (terminology of forensics)… everything is well put together, and you don’t miss a beat. Snap, snap, snap, one thing right after another. This is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. can’t wait to read more of Deaver’s work!

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