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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.
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... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Derek Armstrong
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. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JJ
I enjoyed the start and middle of the novel. But then the story starts wrapping up, then reopening, then wrapping up and reopening. Read morePublished on July 6 2011 by Jason Barrett
Oh! There aren't enough words to say how dreadful this novel is! Implausible story! Embarrassingly stereotypical characters! Emotionally challenged women, super-macho men! Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by S. Griffin
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. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by J. Kirkman
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 morePublished on May 10 2003 by Grant H
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 morePublished on April 9 2003
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 morePublished on Feb. 16 2003 by T. W. M. Philip