The Skin Collector : Lincoln Rhyme

  • by Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Series: Lincoln Rhyme
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced listeners 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 Skin Collector
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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Time for Rhyme & Amelia to retire...

With "The Skin Collector" I believe Deaver has "jumped the shark"!!! This book was actually boring. A rehash of an earlier book with different characters. I kept waiting for the Deaver magic to happen, plodding thru page after page; wanting to give up but forcing myself to continue only to regret not abandoning the book. The earlier works of Deaver held you page after page, waiting for the next twist. This book proves to me the author has lost his magic. Can't recommend, a "formulaic" boring story...
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Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger

What did you like about this audiobook?

This book is so well written, it's right up there with The Bone Collector and The Cold Moon which are my two favorite Rhyme books. This book brings the shadow of the Bone Collector back and actual conflict between Rhyme and the Watch Maker which is outstanding. The end if this book is one heck of a cliffhanger setting the listener up for the next in the series which I'm sure will be just as good.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Oh yes. Deaver leaves clues all over the place but they are so randomly placed and innocuous that you don't realize they are even clues until Rhyme unearths and points them out as clues. The story is told in a very methodical well thought out way, very complex but none the less easy to follow.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing at all wrong with Edoardo Ballerini's performance. I thought he did a great job. Good inflections and character changes with out over dramatizing.

Do you have any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. Of all of Jeffrey Deaver's books this one rates right at the top!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio