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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (April 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671026011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671026011
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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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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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.
Grade 6.3/10
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By S. Griffin on 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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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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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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