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The Empty Chair (2000)

by Jeffery Deaver

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Series: Lincoln Rhyme (3)

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Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back, and they get pulled into a North Carolina murder/kidnapping investigation. Out of their element in this strange land, Rhyme and Sachs nevertheless persevere to help local authorities track the Insect Boy who is thought responsible for some creative and vicious murders as well as the recent kidnappings of two young women. Will they track down the Insect Boy in time to save his victims?

The forensics are fascinating, and the characters are well-developed. The "empty chair" symbol takes on various meanings throughout the novel. We've waited a while to see Rhyme and Sachs back in action, and this one is worth the wait. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Another Lincoln Rhymes goes to North Carolina hoping to have a procedure done that may restore some of his physical abilities and gets caught up in local mystery. It appears a young man called the Insect Boy may be kidnapping and murdering others. Amanda Sachs will not be able to return to North Carolina.
  taurus27 | Mar 26, 2016 |
Well-written thriller but implausible actions on part of one of the main characters makes it impossible to rate higher.
Listened with audible/read with kindle. Good narrator ( )
  nospi | Feb 7, 2016 |
This was another good book by Deaver. However I didn't enjoy it as much as the past two that I have read. I had a hard time getting into the story and staying with it. The ending is great. Again Mr Deaver added twists and turns that were surprising to me. I thought I had it figured out, but "Surprise" a different ending then I thought. ( )
  ChildofGod | Dec 11, 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 |
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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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For Deborah Schneider . . . no better agent, no better friend
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She came here to lay flowers at the place where the boy died and the girl was kidnapped.
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Lincoln Rhyme, the renowned criminalist from The Bone Collector and The Coffin Dancer, faces his ultimate opponent: a kidnapper and murderer dubbed the Insect Boy. But Rhyme is in for a surprise when he learns that catching a criminal is one thing ... keeping him is another. Now Rhyme finds himself hunting a ruthless killer in the heart of a southern swampland--and going head-to-head with his protege, Amelia Sachs, in a rivalry that tests the limits of both their expertise and their love.
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:00 -0400)

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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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