The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Large Print - 2014
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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...
Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2014
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781455582174
Branch Call Number: LP FIC DEA
Characteristics: 675 p. (large print) ; 24 cm


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Feb 19, 2018

Solid effort from Deaver though not his best. The leaps from evidence to action are somewhat tenuous at best and the effort to tie up all loose ends is a little tedious especially when that ends up connecting to the original plot.

Great read with very satisfying conclusion and lead in to next novel. Rhyme is depicted as a bit more arrogant than I remember from previous novels but will be interesting to follow character development as he recuperates some of his hand function.

Mar 12, 2016

An intriguing plot - some surprises. I was somewhat disappointed - not his better works and a flat ending - suggesting a follow-up book.

Jul 23, 2015

A good mystery that keeps you guessing and going the whole time while worrying about the characters.

Dazio Feb 19, 2015

I found myself just skimming through the last one third of the book. It certainly isn't one of Deaver's best works.

Dec 11, 2014


Oct 21, 2014

Another classic Deaver.With fewer charts and more interwoven intrigue,

Aug 02, 2014

Not a bad read but certainly not Jeffery Deaver's best.

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