The Bone Collector

  • by Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by David McCallum
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lincoln Rhyme, former head of NYPD forensics, was the nation's foremost criminalist until an accident left him a quadriplegic. He remains bitter and reclusive after the accident until a criminal report of a corpse found buried on a deserted West Side railroad track catches his attention. His search leads him to the Bone Collector, whose obsession with old New York is apparent in every clue he leaves for Rhyme and partner Amelia Sachs. Twice nominated for an Edgar Award, author Jeffrey Deaver delivers another fine tale of suspense.


What the Critics Say

" and sneaky...surprising at every turn." (Peter Straub)
"Stylish, scary, and superb. Jeffrey Deaver delivers another chilling winner." (Tami Hoag)
Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1997, Mystery.


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Good diversion

I have not seen the movie so did not have any preconceived notions of the story other than knowing who played the 2 main characters, so I envisioned Denzel and Angelina as I listened. I had not realized I downloaded an abridged version (which I never do on purpose), but the story didn't seem to suffer from being shortened. In fact, reading reviews of other unabridged Deaver books, perhaps abridged is the way to go to avoid what appears to be a habit of drowning readers in detail.
I'm conflicted about the reading by David McCallum - I think he is an excellent reader, and might be a great choice for a British mystery - perhaps Adam Dalgliesh. But this is clearly a New York story and cries out for an American reader, preferrably a native New Yorker. As much as I enjoyed McCallum's voice, there was a definite disconnect with the setting that was difficult to get over, and for that reason I've dropped it to 4 stars.
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- Janice


Description should mention that this is an abridgement. Having the same iconic graphic of the novel's cover makes it deceiving. Or, too easy to assume it is a version where one can read for awhile and then listen for awhile in which case, well done.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio