Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular crime novel adaptation is violent, predictable.

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Positive Messages

Intelligence and critical thinking are what help find elusive criminals. Mental illness is a theme; the fact that there is no shame in having one is underscored. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lincoln Rhyme can be cocky and inpatient. Amelia Sachs has doubts, but is strong enough to follow her gut and do the work. A character uses a wheelchair and is treated with respect. 


People fall from high places and get hurt, are shown being stabbed, hanging from areas with evidence of being tortured and killed. Human bones are left at crime scenes. Guns are frequently visible, explosions and other violent events are frequent. 


Words like "bitch" are audible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking occasionally visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector is a police mystery series. Based on the popular novel The Bone Collector, it features lots of graphic, violent imagery, ranging from people falling from high places, being stabbed, and people and corpses showing obvious signs of torture and suffering at the hands of a serial killer. Guns, chases, and fiery explosions are also part of the fray. There's some strong language, and drinking is shown on occasion. Mental illness, family, and friendship are also themes, and the main character uses a wheelchair. 

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMark_chapter_16... August 13, 2020

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What's the story?

Inspired by Jeffery Deaver’s novel, The Bone Collector, LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR is a police series that revolves around an unlikely partnership. After being injured at the hands of an elusive serial killer, gifted NYPD forensic criminalist and detective Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby) is paralyzed and unable to work out on the field. Three years later, after uncovering evidence that the same serial killer, known as “The Bone Collector” (Brian F. O’Byrne) thanks to the human bones he leaves behind, NYPD Officer Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel) finds herself working closely with Rhyme to uncover the trail of victims in hopes of catching him. They make an odd pair, but together with Detective Michael Selitto (Michael Imperioli), Detective Eric Castillo (Ramses Jimenez), and other members of the forensics team, the two are committed to finding him. 

Is it any good?

This so-so series attempts to adapt Jefferey Deaver’s tension-filled cat-and-mouse story into a conventional police procedural, with less than great results. Unlike the successful 1999 film adaptation, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector is forced to rely on secondary storylines, some of which revolve on characters' private lives, in order to keep the story flowing from episode to episode. But rather than enhancing the backbone of the story, these plot lines are predictable, and rely on flashbacks and CGI to increase the show’s hype. As a result, viewers are left with a crime drama that's only mildly entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kind of training forensic detectives and criminal profilers have to have in order to do their jobs. Does Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector paint an accurate picture?

  • Why do Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia work so well together, despite their differences? What talents do they have that others in the NYPD do not?

  • Is it necessary to show violent images in crime shows? How can these stories be told without them? Would they be as believable or entertaining? 

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