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The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver

The Empty Chair (2000)

by Jeffery Deaver

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Series: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (3)

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Typical Jeffery Deaver Stuff.Three Books by him and I have grow to anticipate any twist in the plot. But his writing motto seems to be keep it short. But the final twist of Lydia trying to murder Rhyme as totally unexpected! ( )
  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
Typical Jeffery Deaver Stuff.Three Books by him and I have grow to anticipate any twist in the plot. But his writing motto seems to be keep it short. But the final twist of Lydia trying to murder Rhyme as totally unexpected! ( )
  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
It looks like I'm the odd person out here, but this is my least favorite of the Lincoln Rhyme novels. I thought it was a lot of activity with nothing really happening. It was as though Mr. Deaver had a minimum word count that he was struggling to meet. Did I miss something? ( )
  JackieCarroll | Jul 25, 2014 |
As usual Lincoln Rhyme uses his brilliant mind to solve the most baffling cases. In this case he is not in New York, his normal hunting ground. This makes the case a lot harder, but challenging. Many twists and turns in this one, which adds to a great story. Well done Mr Deaver! ( )
  nilbett | Jun 14, 2014 |
Swamp/ Insects/ Forest/ Renegades/ Red-necks. Mix well and there you have it.
Lincoln Rhyme has little to do until late in the book,indeed seems rather baffled for much of the time. Amelia takes on the main role in this one.An exciting read,if rather too much of the wilderness in it for me.Not one of the better cases in the series,but by no means the worst. ( )
  devenish | Dec 28, 2013 |
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From the brain, and the brain alone, arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrow, pain, grief, and tears. . . The brain is also the seat of madness and delirium, of the fears and terrors which assail by night or by day . . . - Hippocrates
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671026011, Mass Market Paperback)

It's not easy being NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme, the world's foremost criminalist. First of all, he's a quadriplegic. Secondly, he's forever being second-guessed and mother-henned by his ex-model-turned-cop protégé, Amelia Sachs, and his personal aide, Thom. And thirdly, it seems that he can't motor his wheelchair around a corner without bumping into one crazed psycho-killer after another.

In The Empty Chair, Jeffery Deaver's third Rhyme outing--after 1997's The Bone Collector and 1998's The Coffin Dancer--Rhyme travels to North Carolina to undergo an experimental surgical procedure and is, a jot too coincidentally, met at the door by a local sheriff, the cousin of an NYPD colleague, bearing one murder, two kidnappings, and a timely plea for help. It seems that 16-year-old Garrett Hanlon, a bug-obsessed orphan known locally as the Insect Boy, has kidnapped and probably raped two women, and bludgeoned to death a would-be hero who tried to stop one of the abductions.

Rhyme sets up shop, Amelia leads the local constabulary (easily recognized by their out-of-joint noses) into the field, and, after some Holmesian brain work and a good deal of exciting cat-and-mousing, the duo leads the cops to their prey. And just as you're idly wondering why the case is coming to an end in the middle of the book, Amelia breaks the boy out of jail and goes on the lam. Equally convinced of the boy's guilt and the danger he poses to Amelia, Rhyme has no choice but to aid the police in apprehending the woman he loves--no easy task, as she's the one human being who truly knows the methods of Lincoln Rhyme.

Rhyme's specialty combines the minute scientific analysis of physical evidence gathered from crime scenes and his arcane knowledge of, it would seem, every organic and inorganic substance on earth. Deaver combines engaging narration, believable characters, and his trademark ability to repeatedly pull the rug out from under the reader's feet. Lincoln Rhyme's back all right, and the smart money's betting that his run has just begun. --Michael Hudson

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Renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is pitted against Amelia Sachs, his own brilliant protegee, as they disagree on the analysis of a crime they began working together.

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