Lincoln Rhyme is the most popular character of American author Jeffery Deaver. The Lincoln Rhyme character is a quadriplegic detective. He has been portrayed in film by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington in the movie The Bone Collector (co-starring Angelina Jolie), which was released in 1999.

The Lincoln Rhyme book series started in 1997 with The Bone Collector and continues to this day. Jeffery Deaver has announced that he will be coming out with a Lincoln Rhyme novel every other year – alternating with his new Kathryn Dance series.

Below is a list of Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series in order of when the books were published:

Get notified when Jeffery Deaver releases a new book at

Publication Order of Lincoln Rhyme Books

The Bone Collector(1997)Description / Buy at
The Coffin Dancer(1998)Description / Buy at
The Empty Chair(2000)Description / Buy at
The Stone Monkey(2002)Description / Buy at
The Vanished Man(2003)Description / Buy at
The Twelfth Card(2005)Description / Buy at
The Cold Moon(2006)Description / Buy at
The Broken Window(2008)Description / Buy at
The Burning Wire(2010)Description / Buy at
The Kill Room(2013)Description / Buy at
The Skin Collector(2014)Description / Buy at
The Steel Kiss(2016)Description / Buy at
The Burial Hour(2017)Description / Buy at
The Cutting Edge(2018)Description / Buy at
The Midnight Lock(2021)Description / Buy at
Swiping Hearts(2023)Description / Buy at
The Watchmaker's Hand(2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Lincoln Rhyme Short Stories/Novellas

A Textbook Case(2013)Description / Buy at
Rhymes With Prey: Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport(2014)Description / Buy at
The Deliveryman(2016)Description / Buy at
A Perfect Plan(2021)Description / Buy at

Note: Rhymes with Prey also features Lucas Davenport and was written with John Sandford.

If You Like Lincoln Rhyme Books, You’ll Love…

Lincoln Rhyme Synopses: The main character of The Bone Collector is a forensic scientist named Lincoln Rhyme, who his peers regard as “the world’s foremost criminalist.” Rhyme has uncanny reasoning skills along with a considerable selection of gadgets which he will need to solve the case of a serial killer. He is also a quadriplegic and only has the use of one finger. The Bone Collector was adapted into the 1999 film.

In The Coffin Dancer, three witnesses to a murder could be the key to putting a big-time arms dealer behind bars. When one of them is killed in a airplane bombing, only Lincoln Rhyme is able to keep up with the killer. With the help of Amelia Sachs, can Rhyme track the culprit throughout Manhattan?

Shop Worldwide: | |

Order of Books » Characters » Order of Lincoln Rhyme Books

Leave a Reply