THE SKIN COLLECTOR
Once again, master thriller writer Deaver delivers a heart-pounding read as Lincoln Rhyme matches wits with another diabolical killer. Rhyme continues to astound with his lightning-quick recall of the technical minutiae of trace evidence. A few more layers are added to the already complex characters of Rhyme and Sachs and their relationship.
Brilliant forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme, along with his protégé Amelia Sachs and their investigative team, is trying to stop a serial killer who is leaving bodies in underground locations. The killer is tattooing messages on the victims’ abdomens with a tattoo gun loaded with poison. The victims appear to be random and the killer is leaving little, if any, evidence. Putting clues together and relying on instinct, Rhyme is able to identify a location and save one victim. As more pieces start to fall into place, Rhyme believes that the tattoo killings may be a cover for a more sinister plot hatched by the Watchmaker, a nefarious nemesis from an earlier case. (GRAND CENTRAL, May, 448 pp., $28.00)