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The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel Hardcover – Mar 11 2003


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 11 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743222008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743222006
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #902,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Darlene Fleury on Oct. 10 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There were so many twists and turns I sometimes
Wanted to get in there and help. Very good read
And very difficult to put it down.
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By Marie Smith on June 28 2013
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One of my favorite authors and characters..good story and mystery...this one quite involved...unusual
"super hero"...would recommend to my friends anytime.
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By G Man on July 13 2008
Format: Paperback
A fun read that keeps you guessing. The book casts the villain as a professional illusionist. To help the police an apprentice magician is brought in and then the tricks begin. The bad guy has more ticks than Houdini and just when you think you've got him... poof.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my 2nd Deaver novel. I forgot the first one I started, but that should be no surprise. I didn't finish that one either!
This plot is so far-fetched, so convoluted, so full of cardboard characters that I gave up on it after 175 pages. Too bad. It started out promising, a nice twist on tracking down a killer(s): He/she always had magic incorporated into the scheme. But this story just went on far too long (keep in mind, I didn't even finish it) and got so unconvincing and outrageous that I had to move on. So many books, so little time. I think my Deaver days are over. Give me Crais or Coben or David Ellis anyday.
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By Victoria on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read almost all of his books and this is the best one to date! I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. Now, that's what I call suspense!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm so disappointed in this book -- Deaver can do much better (read Stone Monkey or some earlier works). This book is TERRIBLE. The plot involves an insane magician whose wife is killed by a risky illusion -- or does it really? Just when you "think" you know who did it, the plot twists and turns in the most unbelievable ways possible. Illusions abound -- new consultants are brought in to help, but apparently only as a plot device to give the story more twists and turns than is necessary or tolerable. Once again, the villain breaks into Rhyme's apartment to put the criminalist in danger -- or does he? Again, another unnecessary plot twist and it stretches the bounds of disbelief -- how many times have we read about some villian slipping into Rhyme's bedroom to do him harm? This is the most at-risk homebound quadriplegic in all the world, certainly in all the literary world.
Amelia is back, too -- still griping about her arthritic knees, still fending off advances from every heterosexual male in the entire state of New York, and still driving her "yellow Corvette with a RACING HARNESS" through the streets of New York City at 90 miles an hour. And that's an exact quote from the book.
Overall the plot is too confusing, too long, too implausible. Deaver needs to go back to what made these stories interesting, the relationship between Sachs and Rhyme, but even that is becoming cliched. I think it might be time to either give Rhyme back his legs and have him "walking the grid" with Sachs or retire them both.
If you're interested in good fiction, check out Robert Crais.
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By bookworm on May 17 2004
Format: Hardcover
This one seems to be getting high praise, but I think those reviews must be from established fans of Deaver or the genre itself. I found this novel to be extremely boring. Yes, there's much research into forensics and the magic business, but the author tends to talk down to the reader, which I find annoying. One example would be the over explaining of the classic illusion "Sawing A Woman In Half." Is there really anyone out there who doesn't know the basic theme of this well-known magic effect?
In what is otherwise very stiff text, Deaver attempts to make the characters sound more natural by throwing in way too many contractions ("or is" becoming "or's") from every character. Contrived and distracting.
Ridiculous turns of events and cardboard characters who all sound alike seem to be par for the course these days, but beyond that I just couldn't find anything of interest here.
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By A Customer on May 8 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Some books don't abridge well, some do. I don't know if this one would, but this version is, simply put, awful.
This is a terrific reading of an awful abridging of a book. I had to borrow (not wanting to throw good money after bad) the novel to find out how poorly this version was cut. Important plot details and character development seem to have been randomly eliminated, and the work as a whole suffers for it. Seemingly unrelated events pop up unexpectedly in what seems an amateurish manner. Deaver's writing deserves far better.
I thought the reader, though, was great. He gave a good performance of what was in effect a horrible script. If the unabridged version is ever released on audio, try it, but don't waste money on this version. An editor somewhere at Simon & Schuster needs a new career. The person who OK'd the abridging needs to work in a different industry.
Don't get this one.
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