This is forensic scientist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme’s eleventh case. He is an interesting character surrounded by a great team so fans will be among old favourites. Newcomers will be fine for Jeffery Deaver is very good at introducing you to his characters in each book. This is the follow-up to The Bone Collector, his first case. Here old adversary, The Watchmaker, is now dead in prison(!). Rhyme is most interested as to who will collect the ashes and one of his colleagues goes undercover to find out. So with plot and counterplot, twist and then some, this bounds along at a compulsive pace. Short chapters leave you anxiously moving on in an excellent thriller
A new type of serial killer is stalking the streets of New York - one more devious and disturbing than ever before. They call this butcher The Skin Collector: a tattooist with a chamber of torture hidden deep underground. But instead of using ink to create each masterpiece, the artist uses a lethal poison which will render targets dead before they can even entertain the prospect of escape...Drafted in to investigate, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs have little to go on but a series of cryptic messages left etched into the skin of the deceased. As the pair struggle to discover the meaning behind the designs, they are led down a treacherous and twisting path where nothing is as it seems. And with the clock rapidly ticking before the killer strikes again, they must untangle the twisted web of clues before more victims - or they themselves - are next.
A decade or so ago, Stephen King announced that he was too prolific a writer and added that he was about to bring about a moratorium on his productivity. That moratorium never happened, much to the relief of his admirers. Jeffery Deaver is almost equally prolific, and his fans will also hope that he has no real intention of retiring. As well as his superbly written novels featuring the intuitive detective Lincoln Rhyme, Deaver has also tried his hand at period-set thrillers (including one set during the Second World War) and even essayed a James Bond novel. But his real speciality is the pursuit of a serial killer – and The Skin Collector is one of his most chilling entries in that field.
'Outstanding ... 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' Starred review, Publishers Weekly
'Another suspenseful and twist-filled entry in this always-exciting series.' Booklist
'Quality thriller... This is Deaver back on form' Daily Mail
'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.' Evening Standard
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||29th January 2015|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,|
Jeffery Deaver is the author of three collections of short stories and 32 suspense novels. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim.A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards ...More About Jeffery Deaver