Eleven-book series written by Lawyer-turned-Novelist Jeffery Deavers.

Lincoln Rhyme is one of the nation's top criminalists, or was until a tunnel collapse broke his spine and left him quadriplegic.

Now, the NYPD asks him for help once again after a murder and a kidnapping where very few, strange clues are left at the scene. He is assisted by NYPD officer Amelia Sachs, who has little forensic experience other than reading Rhyme's book on the subject, but has an extremely good eye for noticing evidence.

Books in the series include:
** ''The Bone Collector'' (1997)
** ''The Coffin Dancer'' (1998)
** ''The Empty Chair'' (2000)
** ''The Stone Monkey'' (2002)
** ''The Vanished Man'' (2003)
** ''The Twelfth Card'' (2005)
** ''The Cold Moon'' (2006)
** ''The Broken Window'' (2008)
** ''The Burning Wire'' (2010)
** ''The Killing Room'' (2013)
** ''The Skin Collector'' (2014)

''This page is about the Lincoln Rhyme series of novels. For the film based on the first book, check Film/TheBoneCollector''

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!!This series contains examples of:

* ACupAngst: Lucy Kerr in ''The Empty Chair''. Justified as she actually lost her breasts to cancer.
* ArchEnemy: The 'Coffin Dancer' is implied to have been this to Lincoln Rhyme in the past.
** The 'Watchmaker'.
** [[spoiler: To a lesser degree, the person who was behind the bombing at the end of ''The Bone Collector'']]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Garret Haldon in ''The Empty Chair'' -- but then again, he's a 16 year old kid.
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler: In ''The Bone Collector'', and an especially creepy version - alone with the psycho while ''paralyzed below the neck''. And said Psycho is your '''DOCTOR''']].
** [[spoiler: Also happens in ''The Empty Chair'', where a nurse wants to kill you as you're about to go under anesthesia]].
** [[spoiler: In ''The Stone Monkey'', whenever Amelia is with John Sung, who's actually Kwan Ang the Ghost.]]
** [[spoiler: And again in ''The Vanished Man'', where 'The Conjurer' sneaks into Lincoln Rhyme's apartment and almost kills him in a fire, or at least was highly convincing in that that was the plan]].
** [[spoiler: Once more in ''The Burning Wire'', this time with 'The Watchmaker'.]]
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Detective Banks loses an arm in ''The Coffin Dancer'']]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: ''The Bone Collector'', ''The Vanished Man''.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted. Several characters have been in shootouts and it's been noted that the reason they came out pretty much with minor injuries was thanks to their kevlar vests.
* AscendedExtra: Detective Roland Bell, a homicide/witness protection detective, with a very memorable scene in ''The Coffin Dancer'' in which he goes toe to toe with the [[spoiler:Fake!]] Coffin Dancer, while brandishing [[GunsAkimbo two guns]], in a [[GunKata close quarter gunfight]]. He ends up replacing [[spoiler: Banks after he's PutOnABus after losing an arm in a previous gunfight against the same perp]].
* AsYouKnow: Done in the books to give a quick intro to the characters and their nature if they picked up the series halfway through and did not read ''The Bone Collector''. Like a quick summation of Rhyme's accident that left him a quadriplegic. It gets more jarring as the series progresses though.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: The 'Coffin Dancer' and The 'Conjurer' in their respective books.]]
** [[spoiler: Lincoln Rhyme himself in ''The Empty Chair'' book]].
* BigBrotherIsWatching: 'God' [[spoiler: Also, Sterling, SSD and the Government, where they have a dossier of just about every american, which keeps track of each and every single thing they do, including real time location, political affiliations, religious beliefs and everything else you can think of]].
* TheCameo: Kara, the magician apprentice from ''The Vanished Man'' reappears in ''The Twelfth Card'' to help with a clue.
** Kathryn Dance, originally an AscendedExtra who got her own book series, makes an appearance in ''The Broken Window'' and ''The Burning Wire'' searching for the Watchmaker. Similarly, in the other book series, Lincoln Rhyme makes several appearances and even helps out with a case on-site.
* ChastityCouple: Lincoln and Amelia, though one book has Amelia's narration make it clear that he's still physically capable of having sex (and thus could father children if they wanted) but neither of them having any interest in it.
* ChekhovsGunman: Just about every damn book.
* TheChessMaster: Lincoln Rhyme goes into shades of this while trying to catch a perpetrator. He is also shown to be proficient at chess, beating the computer at one point.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Garret Haldon in ''The Empty Chair''.
* CoolCar: Sachs' 1969 Camaro. [[spoiler: Ends up getting completely destroyed in ''The Broken Window'' when 'God' has it repo'd and sent to a junkyard for it to be trash compacted. Gets replaced by a Ford Torino Cobra.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Just about every Unsub in their respective books.
* CreepySouvenir: The ''Bone Collector''. No points awarded for guessing what he collects.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: One of the first victims in ''The Bone Collector'' is basically [[BodyHorror steamed to death]]. Other victims would have met similarly cruel fates had they not been rescued, including being eaten by a swarm of rats.
** The murder victims of 'The Conjurer', and later on 'The Watchmaker'. [[spoiler: Subverted in the case of the latter, who "pretended" to murder his victim.]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:'The Conjurer' in ''The Vanished Man'']].
** [[spoiler:'God' in ''The Broken Window'']]
* DeepSouth: ''The Empty Chair''
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler: Just about the whole department in ''The Empty Chair'']]
** [[spoiler: Also present in ''The Cold Moon'']]
* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: Rhyme is made of this, especially at the beginning.
* DoingInTheWizard: In ''The Vanished Man'', where the killer seems to know magic tricks.
* DrivenToSuicide: Rhyme, at the beginning of the book, is looking for assistance as he's a quadriplegic. He changes his mind later on.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A cop in ''The Vanished Man''
* EvilIsPetty: 'God' in ''The Broken Window''.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: The Coffin Dancer gets one in the climax of the book, courtesy of Amelia.]]
* FairCop: Rhyme is described as a young and handsome version of Robert DeNiro, despite being in his forties. Amelia Sachs is a more straight case considering she's a former model
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:''The Conjurer'' during his prison break]].
** [[spoiler: The 'Watchmaker' in ''The Skin Collector'']].
* FatBastard: The 'Watchmaker''s partner.
* FishOutOfWater: In ''The Empty Chair'' where the action takes place in the swamplands of North Carolina. Rhyme even mentions this.
* ForTheEvulz: 'God' in ''The Broken Window'', specially when it comes to the poor doctor. He destroyed his life, his marriage, his medical practice, just for shits and giggles.
* FunWithAcronyms: Roland Bell is fond of them.
* GeekPhysiques: Cooper, who is Rhyme's main forensic lab guy, is often described as this, both when it comes to his actual body build and the way he dresses, but has a hot blond girlfriend and is a champion at tango competitions.
* GeniusCripple: Lincoln Rhyme, a [[ExaggeratedTrope genius quadriplegic]].
* GPSEvidence: In the first book, all the evidence points the location of the next victim. They cross-reference the evidence and are able to pin point the exact location some where in NYC. The ''Bone Collector'' was leaving these traces on purpose however.
** [[DeconstructedTrope This is actually explained that the more unique evidence is, the easier it is figure out where it's from]].
* TheGunslinger: Sachs, who even got a perfect score on the three gun competition.
* HardboiledDetective: Sonny Li in ''The Stone Monkey''. Detective Lon Sellito and FBI Agent Dellray as well.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: A victim in ''The Vanished Man''
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Lincoln eventually ends up with Amelia, and in ''The Broken Window'' recounts with some embarrassment that his first love was also a redhead. Amelia seems more amused than anything.
* HeroWorshipper: Pulaski towards Sachs, Sellito and Rhyme. [[spoiler:'God' towards Andrew Sterling, the CEO of SSD, whom he considers 'God' instead]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In ''The Stone Monkey'', the old Chang Jiechi decides to meet the Ghost while pretending to sell his family, in order to murder him in lieu of his son Sam.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Malerick the 'Conjurer', who's eventually tricked and captured thanks to Kara, who's a skilled magician like him.]]
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Dellray is always described as wearing the worst possible outfits out there, including green plaid suits and bright neon orange shirts.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[spoiler: The fake ''Coffin Dancer'' was a really good shot, but Swann from ''The Kill Room'' takes the cake]].
* INeedYouStronger: [[spoiler: This is the motivation of ''The Bone Collector'' for his killing/kidnapping spree - he wanted Rhyme to have the will to live before killing him. Before that case, Rhyme is actively pursuing a way to euthanize himself and thus, killing him would have been unsatisfying]].
* InsufferableGenius: Lincoln Rhyme is brilliant and does seem to have a problem showing it off. He is rough and rude to just about everybody.
* InterserviceRivalry: NYPD and the FBI in the first book, specially after Dellray takes over the case. Things got smoothed out before the end and now Dellray is one of Rhyme's staunchest supporters and hooks him up with connections within the FBI whenever he needs it.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:The reason ''The Bone Collector'' wanted to kill Rhyme in the end]]
** [[spoiler: Also the reason Agent Coe was after ''The Ghost'' in ''The Stone Monkey'']]
* JackTheRipoff: The 'Bone Collector', the 'Conjurer' and the 'Watchmaker'.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: ''The Conjurer'' killer in ''The Vanished Man'' tends to do this in his internal monologues, in which he addresses the reader.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: A variation -- Rhyme tells Sachs to cut a body's hand off rather than risk damaging the handcuffs which he wants to examine.
* LocardsTheory: Brought up a lot, and sometimes quoted.
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: Justified and deconstructed - Amelia Sachs is a patrol cop with no forensics training beyond reading Rhyme's textbook on the subject, and she's only involved in the investigation at his insistence (he feels she has good instincts) and against her and her SO's objections. When Rhyme pushes her over the limit by ordering her to [[spoiler:dissect a body,]] she storms off the scene.
* ManBitesMan: [[spoiler: How ''The Bone Collector'' meets his end.]]
* MasterOfDisguise: Several of the Unsubs, like [[spoiler:The 'Coffin Dancer' and The 'Conjurer']]. Dellray is a heroic example.
* NaiveNewcomer: Pulaski, from the 6th book forward. He's eager to learn and always looks up to Rhyme, Sachs and Sellito.
* NewYorkCityCops
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Part of the twist endings of ''The Bone Collector'' and ''The Empty Chair'']]
** More specifically: [[spoiler: One of the kidnapped victims that was rescued in ''The Bone Collector'' turns out to be a domestic terrorist that blows a bomb in the UN building at the end of the book. And one of the rescued victims in ''The Empty Chair'' almost kills Lincoln Rhyme in revenge for the arrest of her boyfriend]].
* NoNameGiven: The Coffin Dancer. [[spoiler: Joe D'Onofrio is a fake identity.]]
* NobodyPoops: Sorta averted. They go into some detail on how Thom has to help Lincoln do his business because, well, he's a quadriplegic.
* NothingIsScarier: 'God' going on the offensive and basically turning everyone into 'Job'
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pulaski. Sometimes, he comes up with interesting insights in a case, plus he knows Latin, something even Rhyme was impressed about.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Webley and Peabody in ''The Stone Monkey'']]
* OmniscientDatabase: Lincoln was working on several, he's dismayed to find out some were not completed once he was out of the force.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: ''Kara''
* OnlyOneName: Thom. [[spoiler: We find out 8 books in that his last name is 'Reston']]
* PhoneInDetective
* PlotTwist: Every ''single'' book. Sometimes even two in quick succession.
** TwistEnding: ''The Bone Collector'',''The Empty Chair''
* ProfessionalKiller: The Coffin Dancer, [[spoiler: both Stephen Kall and "Jodie"]] and the killer in ''The Twelfth Card''. [[spoiler: The 'Watchmaker' is one, posing as a psycho.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Robert Jorgensen, a poor doctor whose life has been hell after 'God' decided to steal everything from him.
** TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: He turned out to be spot on about pretty much everything. Including there being an RFID in the book he thought had "cursed" him.
* PsychopathicManchild: Vincent, the Watchmaker's accomplice from ''The Cold Moon'', is a particularly disturbing example. His internal monologue sometimes sounds like that of an eight- or ten-year-old boy, and he's also a vicious serial rapist.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Detective Banks after losing an arm in a shootout. The Hardy Twins from the 6th book forward]].
* RedHerring: Goes hand in hand with the PlotTwist.
* RedShirt: The poor cyclist cop in ''The Vanished Man''.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: [[spoiler: Billy Haven's background in ''The Skin Collector''. Also Pam's mother, one of the victims rescued in the ''The Bone Collector'' and what later found to be a domestic terrorist.]]
* RockBeatsLaser: [[spoiler: How 'God' would get the information from the SSD datapens. More specifically, SSD had a system that would wipe all electronics, be it a pen drive or a cell phone, so 'God' would just write everything down on a legal pad instead]].
** [[spoiler: In the climax of ''The Twelfth Card'', Amelia beat down the killer (who has a gun) with a stone.]]
* SayingTooMuch: [[spoiler: How Pam figures out that his boyfriend, Seth, is actually Billy Haven, the unsub in ''The Skin Collector''.]]
* ScienceMarchesOn: The 2nd book ''The Coffin Dancer'' has Rhyme use his new computer, with a blazing speed of 200 Mhz.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Sachs's reaction when Rhyme tells her to [[spoiler:cut the hand off the body of a woman she saw die not ten minutes previously.]]
* ServileSnarker: Thom, Rhyme's caregiver.
* ShoutOut: To JourneyToTheWest in '"The Stone Monkey''
* ShownTheirWork: Jeffery Deaver takes great care in researching things related to each case or the story as a whole.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Robert Jorgensen]] in ''The Broken Window'' [[spoiler:manages to save Sachs' life by tailing her and eventually tracking down "God". Sadly he gets shot in the process.]]
* StateSec: NIOS comes off as this in ''The Kill Room''
* StillbornFranchise: The [[Film/TheBoneCollector film version]] of the first book.
* StraightGay: Thom.
* StreetSmart: FBI Agent Dellray.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: An ancillary victim in ''The Coffin Dancer''. [[spoiler:The real John Sung in ''The Stone Monkey'']]. A poor cop in ''The Vanished Man''
* SuperOCD: The 'Watchmaker'.
* SwarmOfRats: One of the victims ends up covered in rats.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Rhyme, at the beginning of the series.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Several books end like this.
** [[spoiler: 'The Bone Collector' was Lincoln's Doctor.]]
** [[spoiler: The real 'The Coffin Dancer' first appearance was that of a hobo, and stayed in that character for the majority of the book.]]
** [[spoiler: In the ''Stone Monkey'', 'The Ghost' was pretending to be an injured chinese illegal immigrant.]]
** [[spoiler: In the ''Vanished Man'', 'The Conjurer' was not the magician, but his assistant.]]
** [[spoiler: In the ''Twelfth Card'', the mastermind was the director of a historical archive.]]
** [[spoiler: The person behind the UN Bombing at the end of ''The Bone Collector'', and behind the plot to kill as many people as possible in a military award ceremony in ''The Cold Moon'' was one of the 'Bone Collector' victims that was rescued just in time]].
** [[spoiler: In the ''Broken Window'', 'God' is the security guard]].
** [[spoiler: In the ''Skin Collector'', 'Billy Haven' is Seth, Pam's boyfriend. Also, 'The Watchmaker' disguised himself as his own lawyer.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: 'The Watchmaker' was behind 'Billy Haven']].
* ThemeSerialKiller
** [[spoiler:''The Bone Collector'' is recreating the murders of James Schneider, a fictional serial murder, also known as ''The Bone Collector''. ]]
** [[spoiler:''The Conjurer'' is recreating famous magic tricks performed by famous magicians as part of his killing spree]].
** [[spoiler: ''The Watchmaker'' does this twice, using a clock motif in ''The Cold Moon'' and electricity in ''The Burning Wire'']]
** [[spoiler: 'Billy Haven' kills his victims by mixing body modification and poisons, in ''The Skin Collector'']].
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: ''The Stone Monkey''
* ThoseTwoGuys: Detectives Bedding and Saul, AKA The Hardy Twins
* TitleDrop: ''The Bone Collector'', ''The Coffin Dancer'', ''The Empty Chair'', ''The Vanished Man'', ''The Kill Room''.
* ToThePain: [[spoiler: Billy Haven's MO is to use a tattoo gun to inject lethal doses of poisons known for not only their lethality but also the pain they can cause into his victims' abdomen.]]
* TroubledButCute: Sachs, who tends to chew her nails or scratch her scalp until she starts bleeding.
** To a lesser degree, [[spoiler: Garret Haldon in ''The Empty Chair'']]
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: In ''The Cold Moon'', it's present in the other books as well, but to a lesser degree.
* UnPerson: A variation. 'God' takes possession of people's identities to commit crimes, then plants evidence that leads the police straight to the real, and innocent, people.
** Then proceeds to [[spoiler: Up the ante and do that to the whole investigating team, faking drug test results for some, having the wives of others flagged as illegal immigrants, cutting the power to their apartments and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking repo their cars]].]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: The Coffin Dancer, after getting shot by Sachs and having his right eye destroyed, still tries to murder his target, slowly crawling towards her, holding a sharp stone in his hands.]]
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen: 'God' has access and can control all the data.
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler: ''The Coffin Dancer'' and ''The Conjurer'']]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Sometimes, the cases seem to have been solved with about a hundred pages left in the book, this can't be, right?