Lincoln Rhyme is one of the world's foremost forensic criminalists. And a Quadreplegic. And planning suicide. Then he gets a call he can't ignore. A single human hand has been found, belonging to a man who got in a cab at the airport and never got out. The driver was the Bone Collector, a ruthless kidnapper. As minutes count down to each new death, Rhyme must decipher the gruesome clues left by the killer at each scene.