A famed criminologist, paralyzed from the neck down, Rhyme ccompensates for his disability with his brains-and the arms and legs of his beautiful protegee, Amelia Sachs. It is Amelia who 'walks the grid' for Rhyme, acting as eyes and ears for the famously difficult cases Rhyme comes by.
Now the awe-inspiring duo returns in the Stone Monkey. Recruited to help the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service perform the nearly impossible, Lincoln and Amelia manage to track down a cargo ship headed for New York City and carrying two dozen illegal Chinese immigrants, as well as the notorious human smuggler and killer known as "the Ghost." But when the ghost's capture goes disastrously wrong, Lincoln and Amelia find themselves in a race against time. They have to stop this "ghost" before he can track down and murder two surviving families who have escaped from the ship and vanished deep into the world of New York City's Chinatown.
Over the next forty-eight hours, the Ghost brilliantly and ruthlessly hunts for the families, while Rhyme aided by a quirky policeman from mainland China, struggles to find them before they die, and Amelia Sachs pursues a very different kind of police work-forming a connection with the immigrants that may have consequences going to the core of her relationship with her partner and lover, Lincoln Rhyme.
This report prepared by Boppy
Simon & Schuster, March 2002, 25.00, 482 pp.
Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme has learned over time that he can still fight crime using his best weapon of all, his brilliant mind. His able assistant, NYPD officer Amelia Sachs is more than his helper, she's also his lover and wants to have a child with him one day.
Their latest case involves a man who smuggles desperate people out of China for an outrageous fee. This time something goes wrong with the assignment and the smuggler known as the Ghost intends to kill the men, women and children who can identify him. Neither Rhyme nor Sachs intend to let him get away with that but the Ghost seems to disappear every time they get close to him.
Once again, Jeffrey Deaver brings back two of his best-drawn creations in THE STONE MONKEY. Amelia Sachs and Lincoln Rhyme exemplify dedication, courage and love as they work together to take down one of their most slippery opponents. Although the action never stops in this exhilarating thriller, the author enables the audience to see the psyches of the characters so that their motivations are understandable and logical. This all adds up to a strong reading happening for series fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner