The Skin Collector is an excellent thriller by Jefferey Deaver. It features series regulars Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs and though knowledge of previous novles like The Bone Collector helps with some background details, you do not need to be familiar with the series to enjoy this latest installment. This is a perfect novel for the summer months. Kindle at Amazon
This is a detective versus serial killer thriller so there is a certain formulaic feel to The Skin Collector. Readers are introduced to a mysterious and original killer and get to know him as the novel and killings progress. The killer, the Underground Man or, to some, the Skin Collector, taunts Rhyme to see who is smartest and eventually hits close to home. He is a worthy adversary.
The killer operates in New York City using old and long forgotten underground passages to get to his victims. He then tatoos a message on their stomachs using poison ink. Does the message refer to the killer or some grandiose plan?
There are a few twists, turns, and reveals near the end that do stretch credibility but not enough to disconnect the reader. A bit of advice though, pay close attention to the early goings on in The Skin Collector if you want to keep up with the solution.
The one thing that does not work in terms of the solve is how did the killer hide the massive tattoos on his thighs when he repeatedly needed to?
Jeffery Deaver is a dependable mystery writer and this one is no exception.
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Manhattan Is My Beat: The mystery novel equivalent of watching paint dry.
The Burial Hour - A Lincoln Rhyme Novel: Rhyme is a forensic scientist who acts as a consultant on criminal investigations. NYPD Detective Amelia Sachs is his fiancee and fellow investigator. They are about to embark on their rather unusual destination wedding when they are called on to help with a kidnapping case, wherein a small noose is left as a chilling calling card.