Saturday, April 13, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "The Bone Collector" by Jeffery Deaver (1997)

"The Bone Collector"...Jeffery Deaver (1997)
421 pages

NO SPOILERS:
It's hard to beat a good cat and mouse story and Jeffery Deaver has delivered a pretty unique and tasty page-turner.  Lincoln Rhymes, a retired crime scene savant, now a quadriplegic, is asked to lead a serial killer investigation.  Unable to easily leave his apartment, he assigns Amelia Sachs...a reluctant young officer...to be his eyes, ears, nose, and legs to every crime scene.  And it's the dynamics between these two characters that really sell the story.

The variety of tricks and techniques used to analyze crime scenes are extremely fascinating, but it would just be another textbook story without Rhymes and Sachs.  You've got to love well-written characters.  There is also a real-time feel that adds urgency to solving the crimes.  There is also an under-story about the subject of assisted suicide that works without being a distraction.  The movie is streaming on Netflix as I type...but I think I'm gonna hang on to my reader's imagination a little while longer before popping the corn.

"Boney Moronie" - Johnny Winter / "Saints & Sinners" (1974)


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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