The Bone Collector, by Jeffrey Deaver
I remember seeing the movie with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, but the only thing I really recall with any detail is Denzel as a quadriplegic. The book is not as easily forgettable.
Lincoln Rhyme was a brilliant criminologist for the NYPD until he was injured in the line of duty. Now he is paralyzed and desperately wants to die. Patrolwoman Amelia Sachs has just found her first dead body and is about to be whisked into a high profile, politically charged case without her consent. The two become unlikely partners in tracking a serial killer who is leaving as many living victims as dead ones.
The fast-paced action is balanced with two totally unique characters. Rhyme and Sachs are complicated and their interaction and growth made me want to start reading the next Lincoln Rhyme book immediately. And that rarely happens. There is lots of violence. Two scenes in particular were disturbing (rats and a mouthful of carotid artery) and were the only reason I didn’t rate this book a little higher.
My only other issue is that I have a copy of the book with Denzel on the front, so that’s how I’m picturing Rhyme, but it is clear in the book that Rhyme is not black. I think Sachs said at one point that he looked like Robert DeNiro. I like picturing Rhyme as Denzel (who wouldn’t?), but when repeated references were made to his white skin it threw my mental picture off.
It’s a great thriller and I highly recommend it.