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Bone Thief

Bone Thief

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by Thomas O'Callaghan

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In his extraordinary debut novel of psychological suspense, Thomas O'Callaghan proves himself a worthy successor to Thomas Harris as he introduces one of the most compelling and terrifying serial killers since Hannibal Lecter in a book where every harrowing page crackles with the white-knuckle feel of a race against time and the gritty authenticity of a real forensic


In his extraordinary debut novel of psychological suspense, Thomas O'Callaghan proves himself a worthy successor to Thomas Harris as he introduces one of the most compelling and terrifying serial killers since Hannibal Lecter in a book where every harrowing page crackles with the white-knuckle feel of a race against time and the gritty authenticity of a real forensic investigation.

A housewife snatched in broad daylight.
A tattooed drifter displayed under a boardwalk.
A wealthy, high-society heiress left in a city dump.
A busy, young mother on her last errand.

The women seem to have no connection except one: they have all been the victims of the Bone Thief, a twisted madman who slays his victims and steals their bones as gruesome trophies.

Since tragedy struck his own family, Lieutenant John W. Driscoll has been a man on the edge of both sanity and life. But now, with New York City in the grip of panic, Driscoll is needed more than ever. With time running out and the stakes rising every hour, he'll have to guide a troubled team while battling his own demons in order to hunt and catch the most cunning predator he's ever faced--a serial killer who is the very soul of evil and whose most shocking revelation is yet to come. . .

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Bone Thief 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending was too abrupt, but not a bad book
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BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
This book started with promise but, the more I read, the worse it got. These are some of the problems I had with it: The relationship between John Driscoll and his partner, Margaret, felt more like a business transaction than a romance. The conversations were stilted, forced and emotionless. Margaret risked her career to pursue John, who is her boss. This supposed tough female cop suddenly behaved like a lovesick teen around him, despite the fact that they'd been working together for years. The part Moira, a fourteen-year-old girl, played in solving the case is beyond ridiculous. The professional police task force seemed more like a bunch of amateur sleuths. They needed a teenager to direct them through the Internet and were slow in responding to or investigating obvious leads. The Internet plays a large role in the murders, yet the author treats this vast space as if it's a corner cafe. The book has occasional high points but I had to sift through a lot of nonsense to find them.
Mimi828 More than 1 year ago
This author needs to get on the stick and write more; loved this one and the "Screaming Room"
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. The story line was good and at times the book was very suspenseful. It was indeed a page-turner. However, the prose was rather juvenile. It's almost as if this is written by a 16 year old. The childish banter between Driscoll and Margaret was ridiculous. At times they were talking to relatives of victims and they start cracking jokes; I don't know any police officers that would do that. Being a New Yorker for most of my life, the locales brought back memories. Also, the author's blatant hatred for Italians was rather obvious (yes, I'm Italian), but I could get by his bigotry if the books dialogue was more engaging. Not a horrible book, but not anything to write home about. I don't think I will be reading any more of Mr. O'Callaghan's works. For real entertaining serial killer based novels, try the works of Richard Montanari, especially the Detectives Byrne and Balzano series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I first found this book searching for Alex Kava. As it turned out, she recommended the author, and I fell for it, and ordered this one. The bad guy was actually a bad guy, it certainly had those moments that unsettle you where the bad guy is face to face with the good ones and they don't know it. For the most part this is a strong, yet gruesome, effort. Several characters are strong as well. I wasn't quite sure that the 'reason' for the killer's current achievements was too believable and the reason he became that way.The ending was a little bit disappointing as well. This book is worth reading, but not at the top of the list. I would attempt another book by this author. ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goosebumps anyone? Chills and thrills? A spine-tingling murder tale to keep you awake nights, once read. You'll be careful who you talk to on the internet. The boneless bodies of women from all walks of life are turning up. Their heads, hands, and feet are missing. Yet they are identified from clues the killer leaves on purpose. Lt. John Driscoll must find this killer as pressure from the top mounts. How many more will this diabolic killer strike? This isn't a tale for the squeamish or those who have trouble sleeping. A crossing of all genre lines makes for a good strong read with plenty of action. Well told. You will enjoy and be looking for other books by this very talented author. Enjoy (shudder, shudder). I certainly did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in years. Excellent blend of suspense, horror and mystery. I am a native to NYC and to know of the locations that were mentioned in the book really brought the book to life for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book grabs the reader on page one! Then doesn't let go. New York City is the murderous playland for a deranged psycho who, like the title says, steals his victims bones! Lieutenant John Driscoll and his team are out to end the madness. Sort of like Lucas Davenport meets Hannibal Lecter. A truly scary and fast paced read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pretty impressed with this book, it had enough gore in it to make me have to take a break, yet within seconds I was glued to the pages again! Good suspense, could even see this turning into a movie-
Guest More than 1 year ago
Held me captive from page one! The author tells a frightful tale from the point of view of both the NYPD detective in pursuit, and a truly scary serial killer. A quick read. Well done!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The serial killer removes the entire skeleton from his victims leaving behind skin, muscle and a form of identification. New York Police Department Lieutenant Detective John Driscoll leads the difficult investigation that with each new corpse the political suits and the ¿elated¿ media exponentially raise the pressure to stop the psychopath grows though neither group has altruistic motives. The Irish Catholic lead cop also struggles with his life outside the department. His beloved wife Collette lives in a vegetative state at home as she has for five years since the accident that also killed their daughter, but his religious beliefs will not allow him to pull the plug on her and his attraction to his partner Margaret only makes John feel more guilt. Still he compartmentalizes his personal feelings into a back brain cell because John must concentrate on stopping this particular gruesome serial killer. --- THE BONE THIEF makes this an exciting serial killer police procedural though readers will wonder how John can keep his wife home (not just expense ¿ think of the complexities of Terry Shiavo) though he is also a sympathetic character for trying to do right with his spouse. The story line moves quickly especially when the killer is performing his surgery and to a lesser degree during moments of John¿s lament. However, the use of a young teen hacker while the cops barely can turn on their machines seem double stereotypes from an earlier computer age (even an illiterate like me can surf the net). Still this is a tense thriller that fans who appreciate a novel killer will want to read. --- Harriet Klausner