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The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme) Mass Market Paperback – June 25, 2013
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About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the international, #1 bestselling author of more than twenty-seven suspense novels, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.
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I have always been proud of the fact that I can predict what will happen in almost every book or movie, until I found Jeffery Deaver. Its unbelievable even with just 10 or 15 pages left he finds a way to turn the plot around and I just gaze mesmerized at the pages. The Empty Chair has more plot twists than a slinky.
This book is a great combination of thrills and chills but at the same time you get to see a personal side to Lincoln Rhyme and Sachs that keeps you feeling the anxiety of Sachs and the helplessness of Rhyme all throughout the well played out scenario. Its great to see Rhyme pitted against the only human being able to match his wits, his partner Sachs.
All I can say is please Jeffery hurry up with the next one, I don't know what I'll do when I finish the three that are waiting for me at home. I'm hooked.
While he is waiting through the pre-surgical tests and scheduling, the local sheriff turns up. He has heard that the famous Lincoln Rhyme is in town and he needs help. Two women have been kidnapped and a man has been killed. The whole town is sure they know who the culprit is. Garrett Hanlon is a sixteen year old boy, known as Insect Boy, for his fascination with insects. He is an orphan, his family having been killed in a car accident. His time in foster care has not been pleasant and he is suspected of many crimes in the area. Now he has disappeared with both a young college student who was on a historical dig and a nurse who was also in the area. Local law enforcement feels they need more expertise to solve a crime this complicated and they prevail on Lincoln. Restless as he waits for treatment, he agrees to give the local police force his assistance.
Rhyme is at a disadvantage. He has left behind his lab, where he has every forensic instrument he could ever need. His expertise in in items found in a city, not a rural North Carolina town with bogs and swamps and flora and fauna he has never encountered. Amelia heads up a search team and as she and the deputies go in pursuit, things get more complicated than either Rhyme or Sachs could ever have imagined.
This is the third novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Rhyme is one of the most fascinating detectives currently being written about and the reader is easily drawn back into the world of forensic science and its role in solving impossible cases. There are plenty of the twists and turns Deaver fans have come to expect and a surprising ending. This book is recommended for mystery readers.