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The Empty Chair: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 3 | [Jeffery Deaver]

The Empty Chair: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 3

A spine-chilling new thriller that pits renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme against the ultimate opponent - Amelia Sachs, his own brilliant protege. A quadriplegic since a beam crushed his spinal cord years ago, Rhyme is desperate to improve his condition and goes to North Carolina for high-risk experimental surgery. In a twenty-four hour period, the sleepy Southern outpost of Tanner's Corner has seen a local teen murdered and two young women abducted. And Ryhme and Sachs are the best chance to find the girls alive.
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Bone Collector and Devil's Teardrop comes this spine-chilling new thriller that pits renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme against the ultimate opponent - Amelia Sachs, his own brilliant protege.

A quadriplegic since a beam crushed his spinal cord years ago, Rhyme is desperate to improve his condition and goes to the University of North Carolina Medical Center for high-risk experimental surgery. In a twenty-four hour period, the sleepy Southern outpost of Tanner's Corner has seen a local teen murdered and two young women abducted. And Ryhme and Sachs are the best chance to find the girls alive.

The prime suspect is a teenaged truant known as the Insect Boy, so nicknamed for his disturbing obsession with bugs. Rhyme agrees to find the boy while awaiting his operation. Rhyme's unsurpassed analytical skills and stellar forensic experience, combined with Sachs's exceptional detective legwork, soon snare the perp.

But Sachs disagrees with Rhyme's crime analysis and so ensues a battle of wits and forensics between Rhyme and Sachs, his best friend and soul mate.

©2000 Jeffery Deaver (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Masterful.... [Lincoln Rhyme] is the most brilliant and most vulnerable of crime fiction's heroes." (New York Post)

"A twisted thriller... [of] scientific smarts and psychological cunning." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-02-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-02-13

    Waiting on the next Department Q installment. My Audible addiction is not waining...

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    "Jeffrey Deaver is Chubby Checkers of mystery..."

    Okay, to be honest I ignored reviews and went with Deaver out of laziness. One of my favorite pastimes lately is to read your reviews. But alas, it does take time.

    Deaver may not be the best in his genre, but just about every work of his is extremely informative because it is so well researched. Insects are the subject matter here, which may be why I found it just worth the time. After all, God created the indoors for a reason.

    Another characteristic of his work is twists. Twisting the night around. And many of you rightfully find more than one spin around the floor takes away from the craft. Nevertheless if you are bored and desperate for an intriguing tale, Deaver is a great dance partner.

    Now recently I was introduced to the brilliant BBC television series "Sherlock." It's a modern day version of Sir Arthur's great works. Over and over while watching each show I couldn't help referring to Deaver's forensic knowledge. In this case, I suspect the writers of the series used Doyle to inspire the characters but referred to Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme for forensics.

    The narration is okay, but being a North Carolinian I was a bit disappointed with the accents. There is plenty of redneck, twang, bumpkin and so forth, especially in the Eastern and Western extremes of the state, but there is also subtle elegance...which is missing in the reader's work here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BECKY Carmel, IN, United States 06-12-12
    BECKY Carmel, IN, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2008

    I am an avid recorded book listener. I work at at elementary school, have 2 high schoolers and have very little time to sit and read. This is a great book fix for the perpetual motion in our lives we live these days.

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    "Same Characters new narrator"

    I liked the story and I am sure the narrator is fine on his own. My problem with this book is I have followed Lincoln Rhymes through many sagas with the same narrator. Changing narrators at this point in a series makes the characters seem new. My images formed from past novels did not match this one. I found it difficult to feel the connections I previously had with the characters because of the new narrator.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Grace ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Grace ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Jam Packed with Twists and Turns"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    First let me say Jeffery Deaver is an amazing author. He can turn any novel upside down at the last second and give you a twist that will have your jaw dropping to the floor. And this one had more than just one twist.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book minus a few new characters introduced. It did take me longer than usual to finish this novel as the beginning had me wishing it could go a little faster, but once the story got going it had me sitting in my car even after coming home from my commute just to listen to it for a few more minutes.I would highly recommend this book if you are a Deaver fan, Lincoln Rhyme fan, or just want a good mystery novel to read.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Turner Perry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He did an excellent job of creating a voice for the characters. Although I wasn't so keen on his hill-billy southern accent, but overall it was enjoyable and worth the listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Wasilla, AK, USA 10-20-12
    Rebecca Wasilla, AK, USA 10-20-12
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    "The absolute best Rhyme novel!"
    What did you love best about The Empty Chair?

    The ending was always illusive and the characters more real than ever. This is an outstanding novel which captures you in the very beginning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carl United States 02-16-13
    carl United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Plot twisted to death....ending ridiculous."
    What did you like best about The Empty Chair? What did you like least?

    There are times when the author does suspense well however the plot was twisted to the point of disbelief. He can write but the notion of twists for the pure joy of a twist is too much. Additionally, he needs to learn his weapons. It is highly unlikely that experienced officers are going to cock double action revolvers. Everyone did in this story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffery Deaver again?

    Probably not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Turner Perry?

    His "S" s whistle. That bothered me---I'm being petty here but the whistling S bothered me


    Do you think The Empty Chair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Uh no!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12
    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, not great thriller."

    May plot twists and turns, some believable. One "deux ex machina" per plot is preferable; a half-dozen leaves the reader highly skeptical. Performance is less than adequate. Both writer and narrator show less understanding of the modern-day South, and Southernisms, than they think they they do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Austell, GA, United States 09-04-12
    Terry Austell, GA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Cooked and waiting to see what next for Lincoln"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Empty Chair to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge. But did keep my attention.


    What aspect of Richard Turner Perry’s performance would you have changed?

    Not real sure


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the twist and turns

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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