The Stone Monkey: Lincoln Rhyme Book 4
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Rhymes' living room is now the laboratory - and Thom his aide is designated the job of Scribe; adding annotations to the whiteboard, when new information about the Ghost and his motives are known. At first, it's perplexing, as to why Kwan Ang Ghost - does some of things he does; especially as it puts him at risk of being captured. Although, it makes sense in the end. Sach's is still walking 'the grid' collecting samples of trace evidence and putting herself in the mind of the killer, so she can better understand, how the scene played out.
I'm still enjoying the series.
The Stone Monkey
A few new characters join the team. Sonny Li was my favourite. He was quite funny; especially when around Sachs' whilst she was working the crime scenes. He was lucky, she didn't shoot him. View all 10 comments. I'm still loving this series very much, Rhymes is brilliant as always, I did however want to reprimand Sachs a time or two. View all 4 comments.
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Now I'm less interested in reading it. Jeffery Deaver must have visited China or received some sort of table top book of Chinese culture as over half of this book concerned itself on Chinese people and their culture. That's not a massive issue and was quite informative in its way but I wanted to read about a quadriplegic forensic expert hunting people down in his little village, New York, and not about the difficulties living in China as a dissident.
The plot involves a "Snakehead" read: Enter Lincoln and Sachs to try and figure out who the guy is and where his next target will be. The usual cat and mouse games progress from here and the usual twists and turns occur. It was a little below par at this point and very procedural. Then Sachs takes on the task of viewing the crime scene of the sunken ship on the bottom of the ocean floor some ft below sea level. Things instantly pick up as there is some suspense now and the atmosphere is portrayed really well.
This is when I noticed the pages flying by and it had me gripped. The ending was good but not amazing; there wasn't the usual massive twist at the end and things tied off neatly with no cliff-hangers of any sort. You do need to take some of it with a grain of salt but no more than those CSI shows. Night Shyamalan of the literally world. If you like this try: View all 3 comments. Jul 26, Ramsey Hootman rated it it was amazing Shelves: I looooooved this one! In a series where I like the main characters I often get frustrated by an author's insistence on spending a bunch of time on secondary characters or "main" characters who will appear only in a single book.
I am also continually impressed by Deaver's research skills. I love how he picks one or two topics for each book to foc I looooooved this one! I love how he picks one or two topics for each book to focus in on in great detail, so the reading experience is not just "fun" but also "educational! I was very, very impressed. I was also impressed by the fact that he didn't feel the need to make this book PC. He went with how the world and Chinese culture often works rather than how it ought to be.
Putting both secondary characters and stellar research together - I absolutely adored the character of Sonny and I wished he could hang around for a few more books! I wanted to see another team-up between the two master detectives.
He was a great character and so many of the things he did and his attitude reminded me of people I knew in China. I laughed out loud a number of times. Overall, excellent as usual. Mar 16, Brian Steele rated it really liked it Shelves: An older gentleman I know loves both mystery and horror novels. He's quite well read in both genres, and has declared on multiple times that Jeffery Deaver is his favorite mystery author.
I got my hands on this book and decided to crack it before bed around midnight. At 5am, I was cursing the man's name because I couldn't put the book down. I couldn't even tell you why. It wasn't filled with a poetic narrative or unbelievably engaging characters. As opposed to raving serial killers, it featured a An older gentleman I know loves both mystery and horror novels.
As opposed to raving serial killers, it featured a Chinese assassin and two families of immigrants. Lincoln Rhyme is not exactly likable, and Amelia Sachs is too perfect. I have no idea. But I read the first half in one sitting, and rushed home today to finish the rest in another single sitting. What did I do then? I immediately picked up the next book in the series. I'm already approximately pages into it. I have no clue what magic powers Deaver might have, but they quickly defeated me. Dec 27, Lightreads rated it liked it Shelves: Quadriplegic forensic scientist chases criminals.
And wow how much do these books piss me off? It's not just the handling of the disability which is rather ham-handed and painful or the plotting baroque to the point of near incomprehensibility and to the detriment of any consistent characterization. It's mostly the grating style, the ad nauseum use of a select few storytelling devices show black hats planning something nefarious, show white hats walking into trap unaware Fiction, mysteries.
It's mostly the grating style, the ad nauseum use of a select few storytelling devices show black hats planning something nefarious, show white hats walking into trap unawares, switch to black hat narration and watch white hats save the day followed by painful "this is how" explanation.
Mostly, I'm resentful of writers who are frankly mediocre, but who sell books hand-over-fist. I keep waiting for this guy to get better, because there really are flashes of hope: But he's just not cluing in, and eventually I'll run out of patience and bail on the whole thing. I went into this book not expecting to be blown away. The plot quality appears to be going slightly downhill, though far from jumping the shark. On the other hand, I was not looking forward to reading about Chinese gangsters and human trafficing. Give me a serial killer, I went into this book not expecting to be blown away.
Give me a serial killer, or a butler with a grudge - anything that doesn't involve gangs and drug peddlers, - and I'm happy. Here, however, Lincoln and Amelia are on the hunt for a notorious snakehead from mainland China, who downs an entire boat carrying illegal immigrants to the USA. Behold, I actually enjoyed The Stone Monkey, and enjoyed it even more than Lincoln's previous escapades in hicktown from the last book. Deaver has a talent to make his readers care about minor characters. Those one-book characters that are usually killed off in a thankless manner of redshirts actually have personalities.
He also has a number of aces hidden in his sleeves, even if you think the action is done and resolved. I was on the edge of my seat a number of times. There were a few things that bothered me that I do have to mention: I wish Deaver would stop making all Chinese sound like this. Just because your characters are fresh off the boat, it doesn't mean they need to talk like Mr.
Miyagi and endow the clueless white people with pearls of ancient wisdom. Amelia is too super badass cop for my liking. In real life she wouldn't be able to just jump red tape and do whatever she felt like doing ie. There are specialized people in the police force that do these jobs, and some former patrol officer cannot ignore chain of command just because she works with a consulting detective now.
I actually wanted to slap Amelia in this one, not once, but several times. She constantly breaks regulations and does stupid crap like revealing sensitive information to a civilian. I need this woman to smarten up. I also wish that Deaver would have taken more time before his push Lincoln and Amelia into a relationship. I find tension between to characters that are secretly attracted to each other is much more interesting to follow than outright romance kind of like they spoiled X-Files by making Scully and Mulder a couple in the end.
Jan 26, Camille rated it it was amazing Shelves: This has been my favorite in the series so far. The struggle of immigration and the power of love and family and the length one will take protect their loved ones was something I appreciated being explored in a psychological thriller.
I also admire the progression of the meaningful and deep relationship between the two main characters. Sep 12, Mel rated it it was ok. I actually did not like this story much. For some reason, it did not interest me much and I had a hard time getting through it. Quite disappointing for a Lincoln Rhyme story. Aug 29, Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am a Jeffery Deaver fan who started reading his books in beginning with the one he just had published and eagerly backtracking through them all while keeping current with new ones.
I enjoy all of Deaver's books and this was no exception. I have gotten to know Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs and their co-workers fairly well and love getting another opportunity to visit them.
The Ghost quickly kills the crew and attacks the immigrants who survive and try to make it to shore. I won't go into a lot of detail that might give the story away but this is a mile-a-minute story that is very entertaining. I could barely stand to put it down. I read it in two days and it is over pages. Lincoln Rhyme is paralyzed from the neck down so his police officer lover walks the grid at crime scenes for him and this time she gets to do some diving as well.
I enjoyed getting a taste of the culture and language of China and the inclusion of the culture shock the Chinese who managed to escape felt as they confronted the USA. There was warmth, love, and respect in the two families who hid from The Ghost who began killing people who might be a witness against him. Lincoln and Amelia's relationship is an interesting one as well and we learned some new things there. I loved the character of Sonny Li! He is a Chinese police officer who was in the hold of the ship pretending to be one of the "piglets" immigrants and determined to take The Ghost down.
He was a breath of fresh air and even Lincoln and Amelia learned to have respect for him and for the Chinese. Even nice people can have hidden bigotries that need to be challenged. All in all, this is a very enjoyable read. I am addicted to Deaver as it is.
Read his books and maybe you will be too. Aug 07, Pratibha rated it really liked it. One of the best thing I like about a book is when the author does a good research about the setting and the characterization of his book. And Jeffery Deaver is one of my favorite author for the same fact.
The Stone monkey is about chinese immigrants being smuggled into US borders and how one such shipment meets a different fate all thanks to Rhyme's intervention.
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He fails to save all the families but vows to not let the killer "Ghost" harm any of the two families who manage to survive the drowne One of the best thing I like about a book is when the author does a good research about the setting and the characterization of his book. He fails to save all the families but vows to not let the killer "Ghost" harm any of the two families who manage to survive the drowned ship.
As all Rhyme series books , this book sets the surrounding and community of the people. You get to know all about Chinese traditions , their beliefs , the way they think and act , about limitations of each human as viewed by different ideologies and effects on any crime scene. The deductions about each evidence and the way it moves the story forward is simply a pleasure to read.
Deaver is well known for the pace of his books and the twists he places all through the book. This book is no exception. A real page turner! I personally loved the Chinese cop Sonny Li a lot more than any of Deaver's characters introduced in Rhyme series. Mit den beiden Protagonisten konnte ich mich nicht wirklich anfreunden. Sachs erschien mir irgendwie fad, gerade deshalb, weil sie so perfekt scheint.
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Rhyme hingegen erschien mit einfach als egozentrischer Arsch. Neben dem Kriminalfall widmet sich der Krimi vor allem der chinesischen Kultur, wobei ich allerdings nicht beurteilen kann, wie korrekt die Angaben sind, und wie viel auf blossen Klischees beruht. Jul 04, Harry rated it it was amazing Shelves: By far, Jeffery Deaver is the one author with that uncanny ability to develop plot twists and very complex characters that leave you stunned to the end. If you've seen the movie, trust me, the books are far more ingenious and developed as compared to what we were presented with on the silver screen.
The Bone Collector is a series novel starring Lincoln Rhyme, our famous forensics expert bound to his bed and mobile wheelchair. Reading this novel I am reminded to never commit a crime. The art of fo By far, Jeffery Deaver is the one author with that uncanny ability to develop plot twists and very complex characters that leave you stunned to the end. The art of forensics as described by Deaver leaves one little doubt as to trace evidence left behind at a crime scene.
Of course, this leaves Deaver no choice but to create such stunning criminal minds that they are indeed a match for our hero Lincoln Rhyme But it's not just about the crime Same review for the whole series. If you've read this review of Lincoln Rhyme, you've read them all. You call him Dr. The beginning didn't interest me and the Ghost hunting down the remaining immigrants didn't make sense. Luckily the pace sped up, the story had some twists that I didn't see coming, and the ending cleared everything up.
I had been putting off this book for a long time and I am glad that I finally took the chance and read it. Now I can continue on with one of my favorite series. This book started out fast paced enough for me but eventually I really got confused with all the characters. There were so many different names it was confusing after a while.
The only saving grace were the charts that were at the end of many of the chapters that helped me keep up. I still found the book enjoyable overall, but when compared to his other books this one wasn't my favorite. Great suspense story about illegal Chinese immigrants being killed by their smuggler. Deaver really gets to you with the stories of the immigrants and what they go through to escape China for hopefully a better life in the U. I also really enjoy the characters in these books, especially Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, of course.
Looking forward to reading more in this series. Oct 26, Maggie rated it it was amazing. Really enjoyed this book, it goes in the unputdownable pile. I got chills when it was revealed who the perp was Thinking about reading it again knowing the plot to see it from a different perspective. I found this book, by far, made the most enjoyable reading out of the first four books in the Lincoln Rhymes series I've read.
Aug 05, Jedi Sheriff rated it it was amazing. This book was brilliant! If I hadn't had so much going on at the moment I would have finished it earlier but when I had the opportunity to read it I was hooked! May 29, Thomas rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Its back to Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs again, and this time the duo is on a mission to catch the human smuggler and killer known as the Ghost. The Ghost has his own mission, to kill the two families who escaped the ship he used to smuggle them to the USA.
This one gave me a good insight into Chinese culture, not something I am familiar with, but it was refreshing to read a novel that enlightened me regarding this subject. It also made me think of different places I might travel to when I am a Its back to Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs again, and this time the duo is on a mission to catch the human smuggler and killer known as the Ghost.
It also made me think of different places I might travel to when I am able to visit China in the future. I think I would also like to try my hand at the game Go, or Wei-Chi. In some ways book 4 was quite like book 2, with the duo being on the chase for a killer. I have to say Amelia Sachs well and truly makes these books for me because she is such as fantastic character, and a really strong woman who you would always want on your side. Another good character in this one was Sonny Li, who I am really pleased was able to form a strong friendship with Lincoln Rhyme, view spoiler [a real shame what happened to him and that he will not appear in future novels view spoiler [.
The Lincoln Rhyme series I will definitely be reading more of because all four books so far have been thoroughly enjoyable, and I still have quite a way to go. This one deserves a solid four stars.