The Skin Collector

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Grand Central Publishing, May 27, 2014 - Fiction - 688 pages
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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...

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The plot idea is great. - Goodreads
Was disappointed in the ending. - Goodreads
Deaver has written another bona fide page turner. - Goodreads
A very convoluted plot... - Goodreads
The writing is effortless, exciting , and smooth. - Goodreads
Love the technical crime solving story lines. - Goodreads

Review: The Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #11)

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LOVED this book, one of my favourites in the Lincoln Rhyme series Read full review

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User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

Can't help it. No matter how much Deaver's books give me the creeps, I keep coming back. Love them! Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at

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