At a Glance
Last Updated on July 28, 2021 Jeffery Deaver is one of the most popular contemporary thriller authors who brought us the well-known Lincoln Rhyme series. Reading the Jeffery Deaver books in order involves picking up this series and a few other shorter series as well plus several standalone novels.
Here are the Jeffery Deaver books in order for his popular Lincoln Rhyme series, the Kathryn Dance series, the John Pellam series, his Rune trilogy, the new Colter Shaw series, and other books he has written, including his popular Amazon Original Stories short story collection, based on the publication order. The series order is listed in brackets for each book.
New Jeffery Deaver Books
Lincoln Rhyme Series in Order
- The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #1), 1997
- The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme #2), 1998
- The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme #3), 2000
- The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme #4), 2002
- The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme #5), 2003
- The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme #6), 2005
- The Cold Moon (Lincoln Rhyme #7), 2006 (Kathryn Dance appears briefly)
- The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme #8), 2008
- The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme #9), 2010
- The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme #10), 2013
- The Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #11), 2014
- The Steel Kiss (Lincoln Rhyme #12), 2016
- The Burial Hour (Lincoln Rhyme #13), 2017
- The Cutting Edge (Lincoln Rhyme #14), 2018
Lincoln Rhyme Short Stories
- A Textbook Case (Lincoln Rhyme #9.5), 2013
- Rhymes With Prey (Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport short story), 2014
- The Deliveryman (Lincoln Rhyme #11.5), 2016
- The Midnight Lock (Lincoln Rhyme #15), 2021
- A Perfect Plan (Lincoln Rhymes short story), 2021
Colter Shaw Series in Order
- Captivated (Colter Shaw #0.5), 2019
- The Never Game (Colter Shaw #1), 2019
- The Second Hostage (Colter Shaw #1.5), 2020
- The Goodbye Man (Colter Shaw #2), 2020
- The Final Twist (Colter Shaw #3), 2021
Kathryn Dance Series
- The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance #1), 2007 (Lincoln Rhyme appears briefly)
- Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance #2), 2009
- XO (Kathryn Dance #3), 2012 (Lincoln Rhyme appears briefly)
- Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance #4), 2015
John Pellam Series
- Shallow Graves (John Pellam #1), 1992
- Bloody River Blues (John Pellam #2), 1993
- Hell’s Kitchen (John Pellam #3), 2001
Harold Middleton Series
- The Chopin Manuscript, 2007 (17-part serial thriller co-authored with 14 other prominent writers)
- The Copper Bracelet, 2009
- The Starling Project, 2014
- Manhattan Is My Beat (Rune #1), 1988
- Death of a Blue Movie Star (Rune #2), 1990
- Hard News (Rune #3), 1991
Other Jeffery Deaver Books and Novellas/Short Stories
- Mistress of Justice, 1992
- The Lesson of Her Death, 1993
- Praying for Sleep, 1994
- A Maiden’s Grave, 1995
- The Devil’s Teardrop, 1999 (Lincoln Rhyme appears briefly)
- Speaking in Tongues, 2000
- A Confederacy of Crime, 2001 (collection)
- The Blue Nowhere, 2001
- Twisted, 2003 (collection)
- Garden of Beasts, 2004
- More Twisted, 2006 (collection, includes a short Lincoln Rhyme story)
- The Bodies Left Behind, 2008
- Edge, 2010
- Carte Blanche, 2011
- The October List, 2013
- Trouble in Mind, 2014 (collection, includes 2 short Lincoln Rhyme stories, one with Kathryn Dance and one with John Pellam)
- Double Cross, 2017 (an Amazon original story)
- Surprise Ending, 2017 (an Amazon original story)
- The Victim’s Club, 2018 (an Amazon original story)
- Verona, 2019 (an Amazon original story)
- The Debriefing, 2020 (an Amazon original story)
- Turning Point, 2021 (an Amazon original story)
- Cause of Death, 2021 (an Amazon original story)
Who is Lincoln Rhyme?
Lincoln Rhyme is the best-known character among the many the author Jeffery Deaver has written about so far. He is a brilliant Forensic Criminalist Consultant with the Dept. and a former NYPD Homicide Detective who changed jobs due to physical reasons. After being involved in an accident at a crime scene where an oak beam fell on him, which ended up crushing his C4 vertebrae, it also left him paralyzed from his shoulders down, effectively making him quadriplegic. Except for his very upper body, he can only move his left ring finger.
He is first introduced in The Bone Collector, which teams him up with Amelia Sachs, a 31-year-old police officer who gets involved in the case and basically becomes Lincoln’s ears, eyes, brains, and fingers on the crime scenes. Ever since then he has been confined to a bed, equipment and manual care by others in order to survive.
Just before their first case together, Lincoln Rhyme was actually contemplating suicide with the help of Dr. William Berger, who is a pro-euthanasia doctor. Thankfully for this case and Amelia, our main character got to live for many books more so the two can solve many homicide crimes.
In the first main case, Lincoln is visited by his former partner, Lon Sellitto, who needs help with a puzzling case where two people have been kidnapped. One is alive and the other one is still missing. Initially, Lincoln has no major interest in the case since he is busy with ending his life, but soon he gets hooked on the case details against his own reluctance.
As the story progresses from book to book. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs not only form a work-related partnership but also a real relationship.
The Lincoln Rhyme character was soon introduced to the big screen in a movie from 1999 titled The Bone Collector, which featured mostly the plot from the first book. It is one of the finest mystery thriller books and crime stories to be transferred to the cinema.
About Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver was born in 1950 in Glen Ellyn, outside Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Missouri from where he obtained a bachelor degree in journalism, after which he worked as a magazine writer for a bit, before returning to study law at the Fordham University in New York City.
After getting his law degree, he worked as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street.
In his spare time, however, he kept on writing and trying to get his books published. After several rejections (or self-terminations due to the author realizing that what he wrote were not up to par), his next work, Hoodoo, got accepted by a smaller publisher. His next book, Always A Thief got accepted eventually as well.
Over time, however, Jeffery Deaver changed the way he wrote books. He even admits these days that he’s not overly fond of his earlier creations and he doesn’t mind if those books are continuously out of print (in fact I haven’t been able to find a copy of either of those early novels, no matter how much I searched. Still not giving up…)
Reading the Jeffery Deaver books in order is a real treat for every FBI-style thrillers reader. The author has written close to 30 novels which have been translated into 25 languages and were sold in over 150 countries. My first encounter with his books was with his debut novel, The Bone Collector. Needless to say, I was hooked.
It was published in 1997, and two years later the overnight hit movie with the same title featuring two of my favorite actors, Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie played in theaters. I have to say, the actors did a good job transplanting what the book had to offer to the big screen.
His first serious debut novel, The Bone Collector, was not intended to become part of a series. But I’m glad it did because Lincoln Rhyme is one of the most interesting characters I met in books.
A quadriplegic from the very first book, he is up against the most ruthless of criminals, and only his sharp wits and his above-average mind and intellect helps him solve crimes after crimes from a physical impairment position where most people would give up on the world and will to live by now.
In Coffin Dancer, the story of the main character and Amelia Sachs continues with a more harrowing case.
In the newer Jeffery Deaver book, The Cutting Edge, which is book #14 in the series, Lincoln Rhyme and his bride and partner, Amelia Sachs, return from their honeymoon in Italy just in time to realize that their home city, New York, is under terror by a serial killer. Newspapers and media called him Fiancé Killer and as usual, the name stuck.
The killer’s MO is following newly engaged couples to jewelry stores and killing them before they get the chance to actually buy the wedding ring. When the killer escapes once again, the police asks Lincoln to kindly lend a hand and his unbeatable forensic expertise in catching the monster roaming the New York City streets.
But the closer Lincoln and Amelia get to the killer, the nearer he gets to them. Now, the couple has to stop them before their lives are stopped…for good.
The new Colter Shaw series starting in 2019 features private investigator / excellent tracker/problem solver guy who, in The Never Game, is tasked by a man to find his missing daughter. Shaw is perfect for the job since, as the son of a survivalist family, he has uncanny tracking abilities, and he puts those to good use while he is traveling across the country to solve cases that need his particular flavor of expertise. Soon, however, a second victim goes missing, and all signs point to a particular video game which has as topic survival in unfriendly places after being abandoned there. Could there be a connection between the two cases and to the said video game?
The series starts with the short novella, Captivated, which introduces us to Colter Shaw, where he is already working the case of a missing woman who might have fled from her husband and gone to a retreat in Indiana. But the more he investigates, the clearer it is that things are a bit more complicated than initially anticipated.
Jeffery Deaver has also started writing a set of short story collections especially for Amazon, all crime stories of around 60 pages each. There are also several Lincoln Rhyme short stories, including one with Lincoln Rhyme vs Lucas Davenport, titled Rhymes with Prey. The short story was initially included in the Face Off collection.
The Jeffery Deaver books have appeared on several bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, The Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Corriere della Sera in Italy, and The Los Angeles Times.