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The Empty Chair [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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April 1 2001 Lincoln Rhyme Novels
Renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme 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...and keeping him is another. Now Rhyme, in North Carolina to undergo risky spinal cord surgery, finds himself hunting a ruthless killer in the heart of a southern swampland -- and going head-to-head with his protégé, Amelia Sachs, in a rivalry that tests the limits of both their expertise and their love.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lincoln Rhyme, the gruff quadriplegic detective and forensic expert of Bone Collector fame, strays far from his Manhattan base to a spooky North Carolina backwater in this engrossing and outlandish tale about the hunt for evil. The hick town is called Tanner's Corner, where Rhyme--in North Carolina for experimental surgery--has been called by the local sheriff to oversee the search for a kidnapper and his victims. The kidnapper is 16-year-old Garrett Hanlon, a local youth of ill repute whose obsession with bugs has earned him the nickname "The Insect Boy." His captives are Mary Beth McConnell, who Hanlon has stalked for months, and local nurse Lydia Johansson, who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A marathon chase ensues across North Carolina's perilous swampland by sheriff deputies and Rhyme's assistant and lover, Amelia Sachs. Rhyme, a former New York City cop whose on-the-job injury several years earlier left him with movement in only one finger, directs the search from his wheelchair at sheriff headquarters. As he examines forensic evidence from the crime scenes and points along the search route, Rhyme grows increasingly suspicious about which players are the good guys and which are masking their evil intentions. The story grows heavy in the middle, but eventually takes several of Deaver's trademark twists, cleverly camouflaged for maximum effect. The characters surrounding Rhyme in his third adventure are colorful, back-country cutouts who serve their purpose well. In the end, it's all a bit hard to swallow--particularly the ultimate revelations about Tanner's Corner and its strange inhabitants--but for thrills and surprises, Deaver is still aces. Agent, Deborah Schneider. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Mystery Guild main selections; Doubleday Book Club super release; Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format:Kindle Edition
It was fun to get Rhyme out of New York and -- alright I'll admit it -- maybe there are some compromises at the altar of plot twists (Deaver's speciality) but Deaver's ability to surprise and entertain, even with returning characters Rhyme and Sachs (the movie Bone Collector spoiled Sachs for me -- I always visualize Jolie) makes him solidly five stars for me. I'd read anything by Deaver just for fun (some of his earlier novels don't grab me as hard, but anything post-Bone Collector is all the way five stars for this reader). Enjoyable pace, maybe the background characters in this case were slightly "off" or even wooden, but you just can't argue with the pure entertainment value of Deaver and Rhyme-Sachs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bone box and empty chair reviews July 7 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
BONE BOX it was only a few pages I felt ripped off, I read more in the excerpt at the end of the last Olsen book I read. Do not understand what an e-book is but will not buy again.
Deaver as always was terrific gripping reading, felt the steamy heat and the insects, loved the characters, super.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Oh yeah, this town gots itself a few hornets" July 6 2011
Format:Library Binding
I enjoyed the start and middle of the novel. But then the story starts wrapping up, then reopening, then wrapping up and reopening. I was on page 350 and I was wondering what the heck could the last 60 pages be about. It was twist after twist after twist. A musical chairs game of who is good and bad. While the twists at the end weren't that bad, there just seemed to be too many of them. Near the end of the book, I found myself rolling my eyes between every chapter. Never the less, if you find this book on the library shelf or on a shelf at home, then I suggest you read it. If you see this book on a book store shelf, then I suggest you keep looking.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you know Deaver's series about quadriplegic forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his love affair/sidekick ex-model-turned-into-cop Amelia Sachs, you'll realise "The empty chair" has all elements to give continuity to one of the best thriller series I know: a murder, kidnapping, interesting forensic details, Rhyme and Sachs running against time, etc. But this third book is not nearly as good as the first two, "The bone collector" and " The coffin dancer".
Why is that? In my opinion, one of the greatest things about Lincoln and Amelia is the feeling of closeness the reader gets when reading about the crippled investigator. Lincoln is always in his state-of-the-art medical bed, surrounded by latest technology forensic equipment, and Amelia is Lincoln's eyes and legs. This combination prooved to be very good and adequate in the first two books.
In "The empty chair", Lincoln and Amelia are not in New York anymore. They have traveled to North Carolina, where Rhyme will undergo a cirurgy that may restore some of his nerve connections. But while wating the cirurgy, the local sheriff asks Lincoln to help him in a murder-kidnapp case. From there, Deaver gives the reader his usually competent plot. The problem is, in this book character development is way below average. It's full of stereotypes. Even Rhyme and Sachs are a little worn out. Other characters are flat and I often confused one with another in the first pages of the book. The final solution of the mistery is simply ridiculous, when you think in Jeffery Deaver's terms. It's the kind of solution used in bad first-books by unknown authors in the eighties. Deaver disappointed me badly with the last hundred pages of "The empty chair".
I hope "The stone monkey" is much better than this one, because Rhyme and Sachs are too good a team to be forsaken.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh puhleeease! Dec 28 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh! There aren't enough words to say how dreadful this novel is! Implausible story! Embarrassingly stereotypical characters! Emotionally challenged women, super-macho men! How impossible that so many people in such a small town could ALL be involved in murder! I physically cringed when, in the middle of a stand-off, as a man is lying on the floor bleeding from a gunshot wound, the person who goes to his aid is told, "One thing, he's gay. He's been tested, but.." How outrageous is that! Just because a man is gay, you're supposed to automatically assume he might have AIDS?! Several times I wanted to throw the book away, but I just had to know if the story redeemed itself in the end. No, it didn't! Avoid this trainwreck of a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is the "Insect Boy," Really A Killer? Dec 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lincoln Rhyme, the renowned criminalist from the Bone Collector and the Coffin Dancer, will fcae 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 quite another. Now Rhyme finds himself hunting a ruhtless killer in the heart of a southern swampland-and going head-to-head with his protege, Amelia Sachs. This is a rivalry that will test both the limits of their expertise and their love.
The book will keep you in suspense.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Simply Too Much June 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a new fan of the Lincoln Rhyme series and started with The Stone Monkey -- a terrific book which had me at the book store within 24 hours to pick up the other Rhyme novels. I have to say that The Empty Chair is not very good -- nowhere near the calibre of The Bone Collector or Coffin Dancer. There are simply too many plot twists and the basic premise of the novel (town becomes toxic waste dump) has been done to death. This part of the plot can be figured out in the first 100 pages.
The interaction between Sachs & Rhyme is still good - even Thom gets to be involved a little more - but the story is simply over the top in terms of who the villains actually are and how the heroes save the day. The reader is also expected to believe that charges against Amelia for manslaughter are dropped because the victim was dirty? Implausible to say the least. Also, the author's technique of having a "personal crisis" in the relationship between Sachs & Rhyme end one chapter and then begin the next chapter with the villain's actions is getting a little tired. The author should have more faith that his work is intriguing enough to get the reader to actually want to finish the book without resorting to gimmicks and chapter-ending cliffhangers.
This book is a disappointment and clearly the weakest in the series...not bad enough to ruin the entire series, however. I'll still read the Rhyme novels -- overall, the series is very, very good!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, but not Deaver at his very best
When I read this book, I was kind of dissapointed. Sure, the plotline was well-contructed and suspenseful, and it did keep me up all night to the very last page, but for some... Read more
Published on May 10 2003 by Grant H
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't even sleep
OMG, this is the best book ever. I loved it, it kept my interest from page to page. I can re-read this and still find it so interesting. Read more
Published on April 9 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhyme and Sachs in a Hornet's Nest
Like the other two Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs offerings from Deaver, "The Empty Chair" is almost too suspenseful to bear. Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by Wendy Kaplan
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good Lincoln Rhyme novel
If I haven't read Bone Collector or Coffin Dancer, I may give this a 5-star rating. This book maintains all the elements or a good fast thriller - distinguishable characters,... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by T. W. M. Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5-Star effort -- but not as good as Coffin Dancer
I would never have guessed that reading a book absolutely LOADED with forensic details would interest me -- but I am VERY pleased that I took the gamble with Jeffery Deaver. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by Jeff Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the money.......
First thing I want to say is, that The Coffin Dancer and The Bone Collector are better books from Deaver. The idea is set up pretty good. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by Walter A
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