The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver. Grand Central Publishing, 2014. $28.00, 448 pages.
It’s been more than a decade since Lincoln Rhyme encountered a killer known as “The Bone Collector,” and now, years later, the past has returned in the form of murders that seem to be an homage to the original. But instead of bones, this killer is obsessed with skin, and his method of killing is brutal: excruciating poisoned tattoos, and he is very good at it.
With cryptic words inked on the victim, it’s evident that the killer is sending a message and that more victims will be coming. And to make things worse, the killer has clearly done his research and knows how to avoid leaving evidence at a crime scene. With little to go on, and more deaths expected, Lincoln and his partner, Amelia Sachs must work quickly if they want to stop the killer they’re calling “The Skin Collector.”
Meanwhile, Lincoln’s old adversary Richard Logan, better known as The Watchmaker, has died in prison, and Lincoln is determined to use his death to learn more about the man and his criminal activities. Sending Ron Pulaski undercover to his funeral, Lincoln hopes to uncover any information he can about the mysterious individual.
Like all of Deaver’s work, “The Skin Collector” is a roller coaster ride of plot twists and turns, never letting you know where it’s going until it’s thrown you for every last loop. Deaver excels at fast paced, entertaining thrillers, and his latest is no exception. “The Skin Collector” will keep you hooked from the first page to the very last.
Rebekah Scott is a reference librarian at May Memorial Public Library. Visit us on the web at www.alamancelibraries.org.