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 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...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme returns in this wicked thriller about a serial killer with a macabre creative streak. The Skin Collector delivers more chilling proof of international bestselling crime author Jeffery Deaver’s mastery. The cat-and-mouse game between Rhyme and the killer unfolds quickly from the very first page, and the book’s clever dialogue and crisp, even-keeled prose only heighten the rattling suspense.
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.
The Skin Collector
Another puzzling mystery to solve! Very much a great read because of suspense and intrigue. I also learned much about the art of tattooing.
Entertaining and Prophetic
great read as usual by Mr Deaver. Fascinating insight as to what Radical Right Wing nutjobs are capable of. Excellent read.
The Skin Collector
The first half is excellent, while the last....not so much. Too much suspension of disbelief is asked for, while the author engages in explanation after explanation of how things were uncovered & crimes solved. The ending left me cold....but clearly opens the door for yet another sequel.