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am 20. Juni 2000
I'm an Indiana Pacers fan (Actually a Boston Celtics and LarryBird fan) so last night when things started going the Lakers way Iturned off the Tv and finished the last 100 pages of the Bone Collector. It is a great book. I saw the movie but I will have to see it again because even though I really enjoyed the movie, after reading the book I found out that the movie was just not good enough. It could have been great.
This is the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series, and it helped me undestand some facts about Rhyme and Sachs (I read both The Coffin Dancer and The Empty Chair before I read Bone Collector).
From the very first chapter you will be hooked. This book doesn't have the same twists and turns as "Dancer"and "Chair" but it is still very enjoyable. The atmosphere is tense all throughout, and you can't help but feel the fear of the victims... I can tell you that my heart was pumping fast quite a few times as I tried to turn the pages quickly to see if the victim would be rescued, would free her or himself, or whether the bone collector would add another one to his collection.
It is great to see how Sachs and Rhyme's relationship got started. Characters are very well developed in this novel and Deaver's villains are just eerie. Rhyme and Sachs are great characters and I'm actually depressed there are no novels left for me to read in this series. All I can say is I can't wait till next year.
By the way the glossary at the end of the novel is a great touch that helps to understand some of the forensic lingo.
In Conclusion, If you haven't seen the movie read the novel first I'm sure you will enjoy it. If you have seen the movie read the novel anyway. Believe me, the movie was nothing compared to this novel.
Pd. My recommendation would be to read them in order. First Collector, then Dancer, and finally Empty chair. However, even reading them out of order was very enjoyable but now I do feel I might have missed something. (Check out my reviews of Dancer and Empty Chair) END
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am 23. Juni 2000
Perhaps I expect too much out of novels, but I usually hope to find some realism and believability in the way a story plays out. This book had neither.
The time frame in which it takes place is totally ridiculous... between Friday night at 10:30 and Saturday night / early Sunday morning, if my tabulations are correct, our villain has kidnapped 5 people, one at a time, murdered them or left them to die, and planted elaborate clues at each scene for the detectives to find. The detectives(a fashion model-turned-Kojak named Amelia and the crippled genius, the annoying Lincoln Rhyme, who knows virtually every fact about the city of New York, down to the types of dirt found in each block of one of the world's largest cities) manage to find each victim, locate the planted clues, analyze them, and use the obscure and miniscule details to lead them to the next kidnappee... 5 of such crimes solved in the course of 16 hours. (Though the mayhem begins at 10:30 pm on Friday, the first victim isn't discovered until about 9:30 am on Saturday.)
Added to this rapid-fire, breakneck-paced chain of events are several hokie plot twists... the bed-ridden quadrapelegic ex-detective Rhyme goes from attempting to hire a Jack Kevorkian style 'doctor' to put an end to his miserable existence, to finding new meaning in life as he trains his newfound protege, Amelia; the latter makes 2 or 3 major career-changing decisions, from wanting to leave her beat for a desk job, to unwittingly helping our paralyzed hero, to reporting him to her superiors for violating departmental procedures, to deciding to stick by his side through thick or thin. The investigation is first run from Rhyme's bedroom, then yanked away by the cruel and invasive FBI, then stolen back by Rhyme's ragtag group of cohorts (complete with a pair of investigators referred to as 'the Hardy Boys', who annoyingly finish each others every sentence), then partially wrenched away by the feds, then put back in the charge of Rhyme by a U.S. attorney. All of these twists and turns occur in 16 hours? SIXTEEN HOURS? (I'm sure the book continues on past the 16-hour mark... maybe the characters even catch a catnap at some point. I'll never know because I gave up on it.)
Like I said, I like plots to be believable. If this story had taken place over the course of two or three weeks, instead of less than one day, then it may have held my attention better. As it was, I made it to page 288 (out of 423 total), and I gave up, exasperated. The characters in the book didn't take one break, not to eat, sleep, take care of anything else other than this ridiculous case... I, on the other hand, had to take a break from the book. A long break.
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am 21. September 2008
Now that I have finally got around to reading the novel, I have realised how much they managed to screw up the movie with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The movie bears no relation to the book at all! If I was Jeffery Deaver, I would be suing!

The title of the book refers to a serial killer who is fixated on another serial killer a hundred years earlier who killed people for their bones. The serial killer of today is doing the same, driving around in a taxi, picking people up, then overpowering them. New York is in a panic, and what's worse, an United Nations conference is in the city so the city is packed full of people - all needing taxis.

The mayor and the NYPD turn to Lincoln Rhyme for help. But Rhyme, a former NYPD forensics expert, is now a paralysed suicidal depressive, ready to commit suicide. His former colleagues and a beautiful patrol officer called Amelia Sachs, go to him and urge him to help. But can they trust him not to mentally fall apart before the case is over? And can they trust the FBI not to walk in and take over the case at any moment?

Despite a few moments in the book which were slow and boring, the book overall was very enjoyable and despite knowing (thanks to later books) that Rhyme and Sachs would end up together, it was still a really good story. Recommended!
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am 24. Dezember 2005
This is an especially suspenseful thriller made more so by the personal angst of the main character, Lincoln Rhyme. A quadriplegic, forensic ex-detective for the New York City Police Department, Rhyme is brought out of retirement by the police department to assist them in the apprehension of an apparently psychopathic killer who is loose on the streets of New York.
The forays into bits of arcane New York history, as well as the sleuthing done almost entirely through the application of forensics and deductive reasoning, make for a very interesting read. While at times it seems that no one could be as uncannily accurate as Rhyme in deciphering the meaning of the physical evidence, this contrivance does serve to move the plot along. With the story line so engrossing and the crime scenes horrific, as well as ingenious, it is the kind of book that is hard to put down, because you simply cannot wait to see what happens. The surprise ending is the icing on the cake.
Assisting Rhyme with his work is Police Officer Sachs who, while not as compelling a character as Rhyme, is essential to the story. It is her character who does the 'heavy lifting' so to speak. Highly intelligent and resourceful, with an innate appreciation of the importance of physical evidence, she inspects and preserves the crime scenes, as well as gathers the physical evidence from which Rhyme ultimately weaves his magic. She also serves as somewhat of a Deus Ex Machina in that she saves the day in more ways than one.
Sachs is a wonderful foil for Rhyme in that she runs hot to his cold. She is driven by her desire to help others, as well as by her own personal demons, while he is ever the calm, cool, collected clinician, whose desire to preserve a crime scene may supercede the milk of human kindness latent within his emotionally atrophied soul. The personal connection that Rhyme ultimately develops with Officer Sachs is one that leaves you hoping that they will be teamed up again in yet another novel.
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am 27. Juli 2000
This is an especially suspenseful thriller made more so by the personal angst of the main character, Lincoln Rhyme. A quadriplegic, forensic ex-detective for the New York City Police Department, Rhyme is brought out of retirement by the police department to assist them in the apprehension of an apparently psychopathic killer who is loose on the streets of New York. .
The forays into bits of arcane New York history, as well as the sleuthing done almost entirely through the application of forensics and deductive reasoning, make for a very interesting read. While at times it seems that no one could be as uncannily accurate as Rhyme in deciphering the meaning of the physical evidence, this contrivance does serve to move the plot along.With the story line so engrossing and the crime scenes horrific, as well as ingenious, it is the kind of book that is hard to put down, because you simply cannot wait to see what happens. The surprise ending is the icing on the cake.
Assisting Rhyme with his work is Police Officer Sachs who, while not as compelling a character as Rhyme, is essential to the story. It is her character who does the 'heavy lifting' so to speak. Highly intelligent and resourceful, with an innate appreciation of the importance of physical evidence, she inspects and preserves the crime scenes, as well as gathers the physical evidence from which Rhyme ultimately weaves his magic. She also serves as somewhat of a Deus Ex Machina in that she saves the day in more ways than one.
Sachs is a wonderful foil for Rhyme in that she runs hot to his cold. She is driven by her desire to help others, as well as by her own personal demons, while he is ever the calm, cool, collected clinician, whose desire to preserve a crime scene may supercede the milk of human kindness latent within his emotionally atrophied soul. The personal connection that Rhyme ultimately develops with Officer Sachs is one that leaves you hoping that they will be teamed up again in yet another novel.
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am 19. Dezember 2005
This is an especially suspenseful thriller made more so by the personal angst of the main character, Lincoln Rhyme. A quadriplegic, forensic ex-detective for the New York City Police Department, Rhyme is brought out of retirement by the police department to assist them in the apprehension of an apparently psychopathic killer who is loose on the streets of New York.
The forays into bits of arcane New York history, as well as the sleuthing done almost entirely through the application of forensics and deductive reasoning, make for a very interesting read. While at times it seems that no one could be as uncannily accurate as Rhyme in deciphering the meaning of the physical evidence, this contrivance does serve to move the plot along. With the story line so engrossing and the crime scenes horrific, as well as ingenious, it is the kind of book that is hard to put down, because you simply cannot wait to see what happens. The surprise ending is the icing on the cake.
Assisting Rhyme with his work is Police Officer Sachs who, while not as compelling a character as Rhyme, is essential to the story. It is her character who does the 'heavy lifting' so to speak. Highly intelligent and resourceful, with an innate appreciation of the importance of physical evidence, she inspects and preserves the crime scenes, as well as gathers the physical evidence from which Rhyme ultimately weaves his magic. She also serves as somewhat of a Deus Ex Machina in that she saves the day in more ways than one.
Sachs is a wonderful foil for Rhyme in that she runs hot to his cold. She is driven by her desire to help others, as well as by her own personal demons, while he is ever the calm, cool, collected clinician, whose desire to preserve a crime scene may supercede the milk of human kindness latent within his emotionally atrophied soul. The personal connection that Rhyme ultimately develops with Officer Sachs is one that leaves you hoping that they will be teamed up again in yet another novel.
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am 23. Dezember 1999
I'd give this book less than a star if I could. I don't know about anyone else, but this book did not scare me or hold me in suspense. It was full of holes and inaccuracies that were simply inexcusable. For example, the psychological diagnosis of the murderer as having multiple personality disorder (MPD). He did NOT have MPD. He was delusional, maybe, but for the shrink in the book to label him MPD was riduculous. Also, if I wanted a book on the technical aspects of forensic science, I would have gotten one. All the acronyms were annoying, and as a scientist I knew what most of them were. If Deavers wants to write books like that, then let him write text books. The two things that bothered me most, however, was how ridiculously unrealistic the characters were and how scripted the book was. Did anyone else notice that just about EVERYONE in the book was beautiful? I always thought good books reflected on what life is, not on what you want it to be. And the book seemed written to be a movie. I didn't want a movie script to read. I wanted a BOOK. But Deavers seemed to know that this would be a movie and wrote it thusly. (And the movie gets less than a star, too, because it had more holes and annoying points than the book did. Man, talk about cliches!) I wish I could get back the hours it took me to read the book. Honestly, I'd rather do the dishes than spend my time on this book.
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am 21. Mai 1999
I picked up this book at the library due to the interesting premise on the back cover: a quadriplegic detective. "Cool," I thought, "this is the ultimate armchair detective novel." I still think the gimmick is "cool", but I was otherwise pretty disappointed by this book. I found Lincoln Rhyme's character almost believable, but I couldn't identify with his female sidekick/protegee. Why does she have to be a beautiful ex-model (other than guaranteeing a large male audience for the upcoming movie)? Also, everybody had a painful past--too many painful pasts in one book (outside of Wuthering Heights). The mystery itself was interesting at first, but I found the end too pat. I was also disappointed by the too-neat tie-in to the next book. Yes, I probably will read the next book--I always want to know how things end up--but I'm checking it out of the library instead of paying for it.
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am 9. Mai 1999
In the beginning of this book I thought this was going to be a great read, but at page 318 I realized my interest had died. The story of the hideous crime followed by incredible police work had been repeated at least once too often. Then the relationship between Rhyme and Sachs bored me.
At page 318 I was pretty sure they would save a few more victims using amazing police work. They would probably catch the crazy guy or leave it open for a sequel. Rhyme and Sachs would admit their love for each other and Rhyme would decide to live. I just didn't have the energy to spend another 100 or so pages hearing about it.
This book had the potential to be great if the editor had snipped at least another 200 pages.
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am 17. November 1999
I am just trying to "get into" this book, which I had heard was supposed to be great, but there such a gigantic plot mistake introduced in chapter 2 that I am ready to give up. Between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. Amelia finds the murder victim. Can anyone explain how, barely an hour and a half later, the police show up at Rhyme's door asking him to review the police report, which has already been typed up, and indicates that some evidence has been tested by the lab? This is absurd, and unless someone can explain it to me, I will not read any further.
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