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The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme Series #4)

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Good start, but Jeffery Deaver not at his best.

    Well known for his bone-chilling psychological thrillers, Jeffery Deaver brings the two cunning detectives back in the fourth entry in the notorious Lincoln Rhyme series. Although he makes a decent attempt to hook his readers into the story, he yet again fails to deliver. <BR/><BR/>Returning to thier familiar hometown of the Big Apple are on pursuit of the "Ghost", a ruthless Chinese immigrant smuggler. The book opens with Rhyme and Sachs pursuint the snakehead's (smuggler's) boat of illegal Chinese immigrants. When their attempt to catch him turns into a fiasco, the two begin to realize that it's only a matter of time before he decides to kill the surviving families. Over the next 48 hours, the two detectives, along with the help of a Chinese beat, hunt for the foreign smuggler. <BR/><BR/>I have to admit that THE STONE MONKEY is another letdown by Deaver, though not as quite as his previous Rhyme novel THE EMPTY CHAIR. What I liked most about this book was the beginning pursuit of the Ghost. But from thereon in, the plot began to fall apart. <BR/><BR/>Fans are normally use to how Deaver cleverly draws his characters into his novels. From chapter to chapter, it seemed to me that the author went bananas when writing this book, failing to deliver this strenth of his into the book. Another thing I noticed while reading was that Rhyme was barely present throughout the scenes in the book. I felt that I did not feel that cunning, forensic intuition that I use to in the earlier Rhyme novels. As I was reading page after page of the investigation, I kept asking myself "Where did Rhyme go?" <BR/><BR/>What disappointed me the most while reading THE STONE MONKEY was Deaver's failing attempt to know who the Ghost was. I was aware that he was a killer, indeed, but yet I didn't become aware of either his troubled past nor any of the losses that he has taken during then that have motivated him to commit the acts that he has. <BR/><BR/>Sad to say, Deaver has yet agian disappointed his fans by failing to deliver the strengths that make his novels enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    Less compelling.

    In a few words, too busy. This author did a much better job with The Bone Collector by creating realism and genuine suspense. The story also missed a great opportunity to develop more culture insight.

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