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The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme Series #4)

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Suspense fans! Jeffery Deaver is the man to read!!!

    Jeffery Deaver knows how to keep your interest. I've read almost all the Lincoln Rhyme Series plus other independent novels. I don't like to give away plots, I prefer to let the reader discover this man's amazing ability to keep you spell-bound from start to finish. Illegal Chinese immigrants are being smuggled into the US by a homicidal smuggler. When two families jump ship, he must find them and murder them because they're witness to his devious wrongdoings. He needs to find and eliminate them. Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme must find the families before the "Ghost" can silence them. A real page-turner!

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    A gripping and engrossing tale featuring Deaver's hero/heroin team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs

    Jeffery Deaver has, once again, created a gripping and engrossing tale featuring his hero/heroin team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. The Stone Monkey, the fourth in the series, finds the master criminalist/crime scene investigator duo diving head first into a seemingly impossible task; working with FBI and Immigration authorities to locate a Chinese freighter out on the ocean, with a cargo of undocumented immigrants, and the human trafficker who is bringing them across. The trafficker, or "Sneakhead", goes by the name Gui, Ghost, and has earned his reputation as both deadly and cunning.

    Finding a ship in the midst of a raging ocean with nothing but forensic evidence is difficult, but when the ship sinks before the Coast Guard can arrive, the priorities change from arrest and evidence collection to rescuing the victims while trying to preserve the crime scene; and then to keeping the Ghost from murdering any more of his charges.

    Woven into the fabric of the story is a reasonably deep look into the Chinese immigrant community, some cultural tradition, and the inevitable conflict of generational differences. These add a fresh color and intrigue to the telling, and all parties have to broaden their horizons to understand both the predator and the prey.

    Adding to the mix of usual characters are the personal demons that Amelia and Lincoln wrestle with. Rhyme is still planning to undergo an experimental surgery that he knows won't reverse his quadriplegic condition, but might give him just a little more feeling and movement; that is, if it doesn't take all he has left. Amelia is as supportive as she can be while worrying about losing her love in the attempt. And, she desperately wants for them to have a child.

    I very much enjoy the closeness, respect, and understanding that these two have developed over the course of the series. They operate with unstated anticipation of the other's next question or instruction, knowing just what the other is thinking. The relationships with the supporting characters are, likewise, growing and deepening. When outsiders enter the fine meshing machinery it takes a while for them to become part of the big picture, just as it would be in any team that's worked so closely for so long.

    I do wish that Deaver had done just a little more research into the operations and procedures used by US Immigrations, which he erroneously calls INS throughout the book. The publication date is 2003, right on the cusp of the reorganization of the various agencies, but by that date, the enforcement arm of INS had been renamed the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE for short. He also stumbles over minor operational errors that few on the outside are aware of (I've worked for ICE as a Detention Officer since 2004), but that could have been discovered without too much trouble.
    Those small issues aside, The Stone Monkey is superbly written and the plot twists are familiar and welcome to any fan of Deaver's previous works. He kept my interest throughout the story and kept me guessing all the way to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    Deaver does it again

    In response to the query about the order of Deaver's Ryme series. Go to bookbrowser.com where you will find lots of mysteries listed in story order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2002

    Great book!

    This is only my second Deaver book, 'The Blue Nowhere' was my first. I can't wait to read the rest of his Lincoln Ryme series. He keeps you guessing until the very end. I love his style.

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