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In his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced readers to Lincoln Rhyme-the nation's most renowned investigator and forensic detective.

Now, a new killer is on the loose: a criminal inspired by the Bone Collector. And Rhyme must untangle the twisted web of clues before the killer ...
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Overview

In his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced readers to Lincoln Rhyme-the nation's most renowned investigator and forensic detective.

Now, a new killer is on the loose: a criminal inspired by the Bone Collector. And Rhyme must untangle the twisted web of clues before the killer targets more victims-or Rhyme himself.

THE SKIN COLLECTOR

The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death.

When a connection is made to the Bone Collector-the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago-Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: Whom will the killer attack next? What is the message behind the victims' tattoos? Does the killer's own inking--a fanged centipede sporting a woman's face--hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission?

As time runs out, Rhyme discovers that the past has returned to haunt him in the most troubling way imaginable...
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
In bestseller Deaver’s outstanding 11th Lincoln Rhyme novel (after 2013’s The Kill Room), the quadriplegic forensic expert and NYPD detective Amelia Sachs track artistic killer Billy Haven, whose weapon of choice is a poison-injecting American Eagle tattoo machine. Haven’s seemingly random attacks in the labyrinthine underground areas of Manhattan leave each of the victims with a cryptic tattoo. Meanwhile, Richard Logan (aka the infamous Watchmaker of 1997’s The Bone Collector, the first book in the series), has died in prison, and Rhyme hopes to learn more about him by having someone attend his funeral. In the chess match between Haven and Rhyme that ensues, Haven counters Rhyme’s moves by taking the offense, while the endgame remains in doubt to the end. Deaver proves himself a grandmaster of the genre as each surprise leads to an even bigger surprise, like a series of reverse Russian nesting dolls. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (May)
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"Outstanding...the endgame remains in doubt to the end. Deaver proves himself a grandmaster of the genre as each surprise leads to an even bigger surprise, like a series of reverse Russian nesting dolls."—Publishers Weekly — Starred Review

"Jeffery Deaver has brought a unique voice to the thriller genre, mixing high energy action into novels about a brilliant criminalist...Lincoln Rhyme has become one of the genre's most iconic characters."—South Florida Sun Sentinel

"Deaver's ability to tell the reader everything and still manipulate the story with diabolical twists is the sign of a master at work. Readers unfamiliar with Lincoln Rhyme will find a detective that rivals Sherlock Holmes, and fans will enjoy the familial and reflective aspects of previous cases."

Associated Press

"Like all of his books, the storytelling is intricately plotted, with plenty of feints, misdirections and endgame twists to keep the reader guessing."—Raleigh News and Observer

"For those who have never read a Deaver book this is definitely the time to start. Once you are hooked you will find yourself searching for everything he has written in the past and that is plenty. He is one of the premiere writers of mysteries and each and every one of his books is a reading pleasure from beginning to end.
So get a copy of THE SKIN COLLECTOR and settle yourself in for hours of reading satisfaction."—Huffington Post

"Another suspenseful and twist-filled entry in this always-exciting series."—Booklist

"[A] page-turner full of Deaver's signature moves: frantic pacing, forensic minutiae, blindsides, gotchas and hairpin plot turns...a true return to classic form for Deaver."—Winnipeg Free Press

"'Deavotees' will expect and gratefully receive the many twists and sudden turns...No one is better at narrative misdirection. Just at the point you think "That's impossible!" Deaver demonstrates the exact opposite...Once again the depth of his research and characterisation has created a superb example of modern American Gothic."—The Evening Standard (UK)

"This is Deaver at his very best and not to be missed by any thriller fan."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Kill Room - A "Best Summer Book of 2013"

"Chillingly effective...Jeffery Deaver's quadriplegic detective has never been better...Equal parts Marathon Man and top-notch political thriller, this is Deaver at the top of his game. Rhyme remains the most original hero in thriller fiction today who may have met his match in Swann. Not to be missed."—Providence Sunday Journal on The Kill Room

"Jeffery Deaver has written an ace thriller to keep readers guessing and gasping with his latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Kill Room. A master magician with words, Deaver misdirects with one tale while what's really going on is just off the reader's radar...The numerous twists and turns in The Kill Room are so fast and furious that by the novel's end, the reader will be dizzy - and clamoring for more."—Associated Press

Associated Press Staff
"Jeffery Deaver has written an ace thriller to keep readers guessing and gasping with his latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Kill Room. A master magician with words, Deaver misdirects with one tale while what's really going on is just off the reader's radar...The numerous twists and turns in The Kill Room are so fast and furious that by the novel's end, the reader will be dizzy - and clamoring for more."
Providence Sunday Journal on The Kill Room
"Chillingly effective...Jeffery Deaver's quadriplegic detective has never been better...Equal parts Marathon Man and top-notch political thriller, this is Deaver at the top of his game. Rhyme remains the most original hero in thriller fiction today who may have met his match in Swann. Not to be missed."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-03
Even the genre's leading magician has his off days, as Deaver shows in this over-inventive yet highly derivative sequel to The Bone Collector (1997), The Cold Moon (2006) and quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme's other adventures. Someone—OK, let's not be coy, someone named Billy Haven—has developed a new way to kill people as novel as it is repellent: poisonous tattoos. The first to benefit from Billy's artistry is aspiring actress Chloe Moore, lethally inscribed "The Second" in an underground passage beneath the boutique where she works. The NYPD's Amelia Sachs, Rhyme's longtime collaborator, foils an attack on visiting tourist Harriet Stanton, but IT whiz Samantha Levine, who isn't so lucky, ends up dying of a tattoo that reads "Forty." Why is an apparent fan of the Bone Collector scurrying through the elaborate system of tunnels beneath Manhattan and emerging to kill these inoffensive victims? Rhyme staves off boredom between the discoveries of the corpses by prepping Officer Ron Pulaski to masquerade as a mourner at the services for Richard Logan, the Watchmaker, after this connoisseur of timepieces and serial homicide suffers a fatal heart attack in prison. But a dead adversary can hold Rhyme's attention for only so long, and eventually he moves on to posing a highly pertinent question: Is his quarry yet another of the fiendish, interchangeable, solitary psychos who keep challenging his mettle, or are larger forces at work here? The author's many fans won't be surprised to hear that the answer is yes, no and sort of. Four false endings, which must be a record even for Deaver. It's reassuring to think that as the bad guys grow ever more ingenious, so does Rhyme. And indeed, so does Deaver, though not necessarily in such a good way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455517114
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Lincoln Rhyme Series , #11
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,934
  • File size: 976 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver
Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at www.JefferyDeaver.com.

Biography

Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.

Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver's detour from the writing life wasn't to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third -- and current -- career. He'd fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.

Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver's first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat (1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).

Deaver's next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves (1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell's Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver's body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.

In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991's grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, "Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame."

On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, "I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues."

As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, "In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I've failed in my obligation to the readers."

Good To Know

Deaver revises his manuscripts "at least 20 or 30 times" before his publishers get to even see a version.

Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden's Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collector came next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.

Deaver's younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.

In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, "My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It's absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
    2. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 6, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Not all that good

    I look forward to Jeffrey Deaver books as I am a longtime fan of his. But, not this time. The book was just okay, not what I was expecting. Very dry, little suspense and a mixed plot that I felt just didn't work. Kat

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

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    I always look forward to the next Jeffery Deaver book. This time

    I always look forward to the next Jeffery Deaver book. This time I was somewhat disappointed. Yes, The Skin Collector is still written in the same style, with chapter ending cliff-hangers and plot twists and surprises galore. Lincoln Rhyme is still the same ornery, insightful, forensic detective, trapped in his electric wheelchair.  But I felt that this book wasn’t quite as intense. The cliff-hangers seemed a little forced. You weren’t drawn in, and then slammed to the floor, like in most of Mr. Deaver’s books. If I wasn’t expecting so much, I wouldn’t have been as let down.

    Another thing that bothered me about The Skin Collector was the last few chapters were there only as a lead into the next book in the series. I don’t need to have that sort of enticement. I’m going read the next Lincoln Rhyme book, and I won’t remember this little section when I do. Mr. Deaver will have to repeat most of it in the next volume anyway. So what’s the point? I just don’t get it.

    Anyway, back to the review. Overall the book was OK. There were enough plot twists and unexpected events, and everything felt logical and possible, just not up to the high level of most of Mr. Deaver’s books. I give The Skin Collector 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. If you like suspense, and thrillers without too much gore, and mysteries with many surprises and unexpected twists, and haven’t read any of the Lincoln Rhyme series, then you will probably like this book. If you are new to the series, there will be a lot of references to events from the previous books, but they really won’t get in the way of your enjoyment of the story. But if you love this series, like I do, you will come away feeling somewhat disappointed, like I did, but you will read it anyway, like I did. And you will wait, hoping that the next one is as good as we know it can be.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    The usual good read

    As much as I love a good bargain, I find the better books to be the most entertaining. This one had a lot of really interesting twists to it. All the content was highly improbably but that is what made it fun to read. In this society, I don't read for enlightenment, I read to escape and this book was very good escapism fare.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    BN.com

    I bought this last night, all i got was the index, it will be intesting to see if barnes charges my card for something i didnt get to read!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    Another great Lincoln Rhyme thriller

    Deaver always keeps you guessing!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Getting good again..

    Have been slightly disappointed of late with other of Deaver's L.Rhymes books
    but this on is getting back to the originals - almost there....
    Good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    HUGE price difference

    Why is this book only $9.99 for Kindle and it is so much more for the Nook?

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2014

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    A typical Lincoln Rhyme novel is built on an accumulation of fac

    A typical Lincoln Rhyme novel is built on an accumulation of facts or clues to be analyzed and repeatedly summarized at the end of each chapter, as the criminologist and his team attempt to solve a crime and lead to the capture of the culprit. This novel is no different, except for the crime, its methodology and purpose and some additional plot complications.

    To begin with there are a series of killings in which the perpetrator murders the victims by injecting poison by means of a tattoo machine, which he uses to leave cryptic clues. The murders take place in various underground locations in New York City. Rhyme and Sachs attempt to anticipate where each murder will take place, as well as the motive for the killings.

    The title of this novel (and the theme, “Skin”) is a throwback to an earlier novel, “The Bone Collector,” another serial killer who terrorized The Big Apple, to whom a vague reference is made in the present plot. As in previous entries in the series, the characters are well-drawn, the plot moves forward methodically, Rhyme is depicted in his gruff manner and in the end it all comes together in an unexpected manner.

    Recommended.

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  • Posted November 18, 2014

    This Lincoln rhyme book had way to much detail which made it go

    This Lincoln rhyme book had way to much detail which made it go by very slow. I personally thought this was the worst Lincoln rhyme book.

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

    Another great Rhyme novel

    I really enjoyed this book as the Lincoln Rhyme series is always interesting. It was full of suspense and had some twists and turns. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite The Skin Collecto

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    The Skin Collector was written by author Jeffery Deaver and read by Edoardo Bellerini. We first met Lincoln Rhyme in The Bone Collector. There is a new killer on the loose and there seems to be a connection between him and the Bone Collector. The killer stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. His method of murder: a tattoo gun loaded with poison. Both Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are working the case. Once again we have Lincoln Rhyme at his best. He solves crimes from what seems like the most insignificant details. 

    The Skin Collector is a fabulous thriller that brings back my favorite characters, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. The plot is entertaining and well developed. The author has included twists and turns that make this a thrilling read. In The Skin Collector, we see a different side of Lincoln Rhyme. He has developed more of a sense of humor and a bit of a softer side. The romance between Rhyme and Sachs has advanced. The one part of the story that I found unsatisfying was toward the end where a former villain and Rhyme are having a discussion on the phone. It felt contrived. But I can overlook that since the rest of the novel was so entertaining. The Skin Collector has all the right elements to make an exciting read; it is fast paced, with surprises around every corner, a touch of romance between Rhyme and Sachs, excellent writing, a great plot, and a great reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Really!

    Huge disappointment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Recommend it for the surprises within its pages.

    A good read, I liked the characters and the pace of the story.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Great read. Lincoln Rhyme and team were everything you would exp

    Great read. Lincoln Rhyme and team were everything you would expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    ?

    Really ? 9.99 on kindle ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Must Read!

    Another successful mystery for the 'team' to solve. The tie-in from The Bone Collector was a pretty successful 'red herring'. Awaiting the next Lincoln Rhyme book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    As Always...GREAT!!

    Jeffery Deaver has such an imagination. I don't want to put the book down until its finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Uninspired, insipid reprise of the Bone Collector

    Truly a pedestrian read. Lincoln has become a cliché and the remaining characterizations merely shadows.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Another Home Run!

    Deaver's books never disappoint! I've heard people say they can be predictable, but I'm sure that's accurate. I've read them all and even now, just when you think you know, you don't. Without giving away too much - the characters are tried and true and fantastic, as usual. Great story as well. Deaver always manages to bring something deliciously creepy to life that make you think about the next time you...(left blank so as not to spoil the plot). It's a great read; goes quick, as all Lincoln Rhyme books do. Already can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Classic Lincoln Rhyme

    This is Jefferey Deaver as I love him. The twists in the story got me, as I hoped they would. I read it quickly, and thought about the book waiting for me while I was at work, something that doesn't happen so often anymore. Unfortunate only that now I'll have to wait two years for the next one....

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