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After years of living in a quadriplegic state, Lincoln Reams contemplates suicide before he depletes into an even less capable human, unable to speak for himself. Just as he has made up his mind his old life of law and order came knocking on his door, bringing with it a deplorable case of murder, torture and possibly a chance to feel alive again. In walks Amelia Sachs, local NYPD officer with an uncanny ability to make Lincoln feel as if he is looking at himself in the mirror when he looks at her. She reminds him of the kind of investigator he used to be before the accident that left him paralyzed. Lincoln bullied Amelia into running the crime scenes in which she learned more about herself and forensics than she ever thought possible. Together with Lincoln's directions and Amelia's physical capabilities they work together to solve one last case before Lincoln makes a decision between life and death.
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Best part of story, including ending: I liked it because I enjoyed the amount of dialogue and the personalities of both the main characters. They were different in the physical sense but learned that their similarities could accomplish so much more.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when Lincoln and Amelia first started working together and she had to look for physical evidence at a scene while taking instructions from him over a walkie talkie. It reminded me of a trust exercise because she had to be his hands, feet and eyes for him while he was instructing her every step of the way.

Opinion about the main character: I disliked the way Lincoln sometimes treated under people as if he didn't need them when in reality he had to depend on so many because he was incapable of caring for himself.

The review of this Book prepared by joelle druzbik a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Rookie cop, Amanda Sachs has never worked a crime scene before. She is responding to a call, when she discovers a hand sticking up in the middle of the railroad tracks. She takes extreme measures to secure the crime scene making her boss angry but attracting the attentions of Lincoln Rhyme.

Lincoln was head of the NYPD forensics and the nation's best criminologist until he became a quadriplegic while working a scene. He joins forces with Sachs and she reluctantly becomes his arms and legs. Together they walk to grid of the Railroad track where she discovered the hand. While they try to make heads or tails of the collected evidence, another grusome yet related scene is discovered.

The killer is purposely leading them somewhere by leaving clues as to his next crime scene yet to be discovered, but they seem to stay just minutes behind the killer. Amanda Sach's life becomes endangered during the investigation and Lincoln himself becomes the final target.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

This is the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Lincoln himself is a highly intellectual detective and there isn't anything he can't uncover. He had an accident that left him a quadrapeligic, but it didn't stop him from solving this unusual case with his other police buddies.

There is a killer out there who is fascinated with taking lives and going for the bones of his victims. He drives a taxicab and takes his victims off to kill them when he picks them up. As he does this, Rhyme and his friends are behind him picking up clues where this psychopath leaves them behind.

The thing is, the killer may be closer than Lincoln thinks, and in fact right under his nose and he doesn't even realize it before it may be too late!
The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

Lincoln Rhyme, hurt in the line of duty, can move nothing but his left ring finger, his neck, and head: Lincoln Rhyme is also one of the best forensic specialists there is. He along with an unsuspectingly good criminalist, Amelia Sachs, struggle to stop an insane killer from Rhyme's past. The killer follows the same killings from a book and leaves clues for Lincoln at every killing. The identity of the killer will keep you guessing from beggining to end. This is a top-notch thriller and a must read.   
The review of this Book prepared by Greg Mahler

Lincoln Rhyme was a brillian criminologist. But an accident left him crippled, and emotionally on then edge. He is about to be drug into one of the most dangerous and horrible cases of his long career. He is the only one who can stop the killer stalking the streets of New York, who has been dubbed the Bone Collector. Coupled in the intelligent, beautiful police detective, Amelia Sachs, he will go into the depths of a madman's mind to stop him from killing again.
The review of this Book prepared by Megan

This is a bone-chilling shocker about a deadly game of wits between a physically crippled but brilliant criminologist and diabolical and brutal psychokiller who is terrorizing New York City. In Lincoln Rhyme,the criminologist Deaver has created a flawed but unforgettable hero and the villian: Bone Collector he has a killer to put Hannibal Lector to shame! This novel boast up to date knowledge of forensics and chilling details as the author goes into the twisted mind of his villian. Excellent thriller but not for the faint of heart.
The review of this Book prepared by Rodney Powell

Lincoln Rhyme must figure out the next moves of a serial killer who leaves clues in each murder site foreshadowing the next murder, so that Rhyme is as responsible as he is for the death of the next victims.
The review of this Book prepared by Jose Notario

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 25.7%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 47.1%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 24.3% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   doctors/patients Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   Handicapped investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   frying (cooking)    -   eaten Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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