In this latest outing for quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme, someone is murdering people, killing them by injecting poison as he creates exquisitely detailed tattoos on their bodies. Not only is the case eerily to a previous case – The Bone Collector, but it seems the unknown perpetrator appears to have learned how to keep his crime scenes clean and evidence-free, from Rhyme’s own writings.
How do you catch a killer who’s learned how not to get caught by the best criminalist in the business?
Meanwhile, the Watchmaker, the fiendishly clever killer introduced in 2006’s The Cold Moon (but referred to in intervening books), still haunts Rhyme, even after the man’s death in prison, making it hard for the investigator to devote his full concentration to the murder case at hand.
Before its over, those near and dear to Lincoln, as well as Lincoln himself, are put into jeopardy. Another suspenseful and twist-filled entry in this always-exciting series about a wheelchair bound Sherlock Holmes.
6/14 Jack Quick
THE SKIN COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver . Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (May 13, 2014). ISBN 978-1455517138. 448p.