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Crime novel: The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver | London Evening Standard
A List. ES Magazine. Staying In. TV reviews. Music news. For Rhyme, though, those are mere tools for a long-term passion: Figuring out puzzles that come from murders, often of the most heinous type. For me, this wasn't bothersome, but from reading other reviews it's clear other readers were bothered, or even annoyed. However, The Skin Collector is, after all, part of a series.
It's also not the only series that Deaver has in a long career with more than 30 books, most if not all published in a variety of languages because they're so popular. But I digress. The Bad Guy in the story is a tattoo artist and a perfectionist. He's also very smart — and indeed, thrilled to be the subject of Rhyme's investigation. That happens quickly because the Bad Guy essentially tattoos people to an early grave.
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You'll get no spoilers from me. Read the story to see what I'm talking about.
Just know that the Bad Guy's own understanding of forensics makes him a worthy rival for Lincoln Rhyme. Of course, given that Deaver made Rhyme a quadriplegic, it only makes sense that secondary characters must be compelling and offer opportunities for plenty of action in the story. The best? Amelia Sachs, who drives a muscle car and manages to push aside any fear she has to go after the Bad Guy. She's gutsy, shrewd and coincidentally, more than a mere colleague to Rhyme. The point? Without Sachs, it's unlikely even Deaver could pen a mystery on the level he does because of the physical limitations his main character has.
It's not critical, but it might push you from a four-star review to a five. His detailed descriptions of the collection and analysis of forensic evidence reminded me of the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes, supplemented by occasional flashes of brilliance that allowed him to connect the clues. The introduction of Locard's transfer of trace evidence between the victim and doer also impressed me. And the compilation of huge data bases was extremely useful when it was necessary to compare collected evidence to computer data in order to pin down a location, tire mark, type of shoe, etc.
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But now it just seems to be a repetition of a once successful formula that has now simply become tiring. I never thought that I'd say this but I'm done reading Jeffery Deaver. There is so much fresh material out there from other authors that I've had the pleasure to come across, either through the Amazon Vine program or from other reviewers who piqued my interest. This review is on the physical item itself as I've not read the book yet, though I'm sure it's a winner like the rest of Deaver's novels.
Complete with a sharpied over sticker that read "From the library of blacked out " which, like a dummy, I unfortunately removed from the inside cover and tossed before thinking to snap pics. The dust jacket is in New condition but the book itself shows some dog-earing on the pages and also some red smudges around the outside of the pages and some grease spots on the cover.
All of this I could forgive with a three star rating. It reeks of tobacco smoke. Never again.
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Unlike the bone collector this killer is obsessed with skin, not bones. Rhyme is racing against time as the killer seems willing to kill and kill again. In any Deaver book there is a vast amount of knowledge on display about a variety of subjects. This book is not short on detail and interesting facts. If you have never read any Jeffery Deavers' books this is the one to read.
It will send you back to read the rest of the Rhymes series. His writing style is effervescent! My personal favorites Twisted collection of short stories, and The Devils teardrop Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Audible Download Audio Books. DPReview Digital Photography. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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