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ISBN: 0743211650
Author: J Deaver
Language: English
Publisher: BCA; First Edition edition (2000)
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.1
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Part of Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver digs into his bottomless bag of unexpected twists and turns, keeping readers wide-eyed with surprise, and leaving them looking forward to more of the perspicacious Kathryn Dance.

Part of Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver.

The Empty Chair is the third or, if you count a guest appearance in the millennial thriller The Devil& Teardrop . Deaver does it again. I've read all the Lincoln Rhyme books and all of Deavers books not Rhyme related as well. The Empty Chair comes to a close second to The Coffin Dancer.

The Empty Chair is the third or, if you count a guest appearance in the millennial thriller The Devil& Teardrop, the fourth novel to feature Lincoln Rhyme, the irascible forensic genius who became a quadriplegic when a cave-in at a crime scene damaged his spinal cord beyond repair. The series began in 1997 with The Bone Collector, which was recently made into a so-so film starring Denzel Washington. He really is an amazing writer.

Jeffery Deaver is the international bestselling author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, which is currently being adapted for television by NBC.

In The Empty Chair, Jeffery Deaver's third Rhyme outing-after 1997's The Bone Collector and 1998's The Coffin . Deaver combines engaging narration, believable characters, and his trademark ability to repeatedly pull the rug out from under the reader's feet

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 fo. 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.

The Empty Chair - Jeffery Deaver. I. North of the Paquo. Rhyme’s eyes took in the titles of the many books on her shelves

The Empty Chair - Jeffery Deaver. Rhyme’s eyes took in the titles of the many books on her shelves.

Then he glanced at her twice and after some tacit debate said, "You know, I was going to ask you. When you drew your weapon, when that turkey came outa the brush. too when Rich Culbeau surprised u. .well, that was something. You know how to drive a nail, looks like. She knew, from Roland Bell, the Southern expression meant "to shoot. "One of my hobbies," she said. "Easier than running," she said. Cheaper than joining a health club.

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Lincoln Rhyme, renowned forensic criminalist and a quadriplegic, has come from New York City where he knows the environment to North Carolina, a massive culture and environmental shift. He has come to a notable medical center where promising surgery has been done on others in his condition with some improvements in their quality of life. Of course, with his condition, he never travels alone. He is accompanied by his partner and lover, Amelia Sachs and his constant medical assistant, Thomas.

While he is waiting through the pre-surgical tests and scheduling, the local sheriff turns up. He has heard that the famous Lincoln Rhyme is in town and he needs help. Two women have been kidnapped and a man has been killed. The whole town is sure they know who the culprit is. Garrett Hanlon is a sixteen year old boy, known as Insect Boy, for his fascination with insects. He is an orphan, his family having been killed in a car accident. His time in foster care has not been pleasant and he is suspected of many crimes in the area. Now he has disappeared with both a young college student who was on a historical dig and a nurse who was also in the area. Local law enforcement feels they need more expertise to solve a crime this complicated and they prevail on Lincoln. Restless as he waits for treatment, he agrees to give the local police force his assistance.

Rhyme is at a disadvantage. He has left behind his lab, where he has every forensic instrument he could ever need. His expertise in in items found in a city, not a rural North Carolina town with bogs and swamps and flora and fauna he has never encountered. Amelia heads up a search team and as she and the deputies go in pursuit, things get more complicated than either Rhyme or Sachs could ever have imagined.

This is the third novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Rhyme is one of the most fascinating detectives currently being written about and the reader is easily drawn back into the world of forensic science and its role in solving impossible cases. There are plenty of the twists and turns Deaver fans have come to expect and a surprising ending. This book is recommended for mystery readers.
In Tanner’s Corner, NC, Garrett Hanlon, 16 years old, orphaned and essentially feral, has allegedly killed Billy Stail with a shovel and has allegedly kidnapped Mary Beth McConnell. He has allegedly put a county deputy into a life-threatening coma using the stings of hundreds of yellow jackets. And we know for a fact, no “allegedly” about it, that he has kidnapped Lydia Johansson.

Coincidental to the entire series of crimes, Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs and Thom arrive at UNC’s medical center, located only a few miles from Tanner’s Corner. Lincoln is scheduled for major spinal surgery, a procedure that Amelia has serious doubts about. Angry with Amelia for questioning his decision, Lincoln is even angrier when she walks into the doctor’s office with a local law enforcement officer.

Jim Bell is the sheriff of Paquenoke County, where the murder, kidnappings and assault have just taken place. He is also the cousin of Roland Bell, one of the two NYPD detectives that Rhyme works with on a regular basis as an expert forensics consultant. Bell has come, hat in hand, to beg Rhyme for help. His county is poor, with no crime lab of its own, and his police force is now understaffed and over-tasked.

Amelia is all for it, presumably to get Rhyme away from the hospital. Thom is completely against it, as he has limited medical equipment with him to help Rhyme with the physical rigors of an investigation. But Rhyme, after his initial snit over the disruption subsides, sees the threads of a puzzle that needs solving. So Rhyme agrees to help Sheriff Bell for two days, the time he has until his surgery is to take place.

As the flush of joy over having a new puzzle to solve fades, Rhyme realizes that he is at a considerable disadvantage here, and not because he’s a quadriplegic. He is totally ignorant of his surroundings, knowing nothing about the soil, the water, the air or the people here. He is out of his natural element and Garrett Hanlon is not. For Garrett has taken his captives into his own territory, the sweaty, nasty bogs on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp.

Scant evidence exists to aide Rhyme and Sachs in their search. The primary and secondary scenes have been trampled and mangled by a police force inadequately trained in CSI. Private citizens have made things both worse and dangerous as they hunt the boy, not just to find the kidnapped women but for the reward. And one of the deputies has gone rogue, defying orders from the sheriff, intent on killing the boy for the present wrongs and for acts he legally skated on several years earlier.

But Rhyme and Sachs prevail, Garrett Hanlon is caught, the second woman kidnapped is rescued, the deputy’s killing spree is thwarted. The only thing that remains is to find the first girl kidnapped. Then you realize that you are barely one-third of the way into the book, and that is far too soon for the plot to be at this point of completion. Perhaps “alleged,” that word those criminal defense attorneys so irritatingly insist upon, really means something here.

Sure enough, as the old saying goes, the plot thickens. And by the halfway mark, Deaver will metaphorically shove the knife through both Rhyme’s and the reader’s shoulder blades. He will viciously twist that knife and leave you to wonder just how Rhyme and Sachs can possibly survive physically, emotionally and legally.

However, Deaver is not through here. He is not going to let this twist play out logically to its conclusion. He is going to twist and twist and twist yet again. By the time you are two chapters from the end of the book – and it’s a long book – you will just know that if Deaver twists that story arc one more time, even one more degree, you will most certainly have either a coronary or a stroke. The suspense is that intense.

In building that suspense, be aware that Deaver makes use of a great many stereotypes as he plays out the investigation. The story takes place in rural North Carolina so Deaver utilizes stereotypes about Southerners and Northerners, about city cops and rural cops, about women and blacks and crips. And just as he paints some characters with the black brushes of these stereotypes, he uses events and other characters to lay some of those images low and to intimate why stereotypes exist in the first place.

But what Deaver doesn’t do is make it easy to figure out how it’s all going to play out. Just when you think you know who the bad guys are, you find out that you don’t know squat or you find out you don’t know the half of how bad they really are. The only characters whose moral compass you can count on are those of Rhyme, Sachs and Thom. And with trust being in such short supply, the lives of each of them, even Thom, is not guaranteed as long as anyone in their vicinity carries either a gun, a knife, a syringe or a quick fist. Quite frankly, this is an intense page-turner and a psychological stressor right to the very last page.

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