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The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 5 | [Jeffery Deaver]

The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 5

Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme is called in to work the high-profile investigation of a killer who seemingly disappeared into thin air just as the NYPD closed in. As the homicidal illusionist baits him with grisly murders that grow more diabolical with each victim, Rhyme and his protégée, Amelia Sachs, must go behind the smoke and mirrors to prevent a horrific act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all....
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Publisher's Summary

From Jeffery Deaver's "simply outstanding" (San Jose Mercury News) Lincoln Rhyme series comes this acclaimed New York Times best-seller!

Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme is called in to work the high-profile investigation of a killer who seemingly disappeared into thin air just as the NYPD closed in. As the homicidal illusionist baits him with grisly murders that grow more diabolical with each victim, Rhyme and his protégée, Amelia Sachs, must go behind the smoke and mirrors to prevent a horrific act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all....

©2003 Jeffery Deaver (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"A crackling thriller." (ChicagoSun-Times)

"Ingeniously devious.... [The] plot is so crooked it could hide behind a spiral staircase." (People)

"This is prime Deaver." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-18-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Gripping mystery of a psychopathic illusionist."

    With just about every Deaver mystery there are always are a multitude of twists. But what makes this mystery so enthralling is his knowledge of illusions, illusionists, magicians and murder. He kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing all along who the killer was and what his motives were. That's what I look for in a mystery novel.

    George Guidall is excellent as a narrator, making each character distinct and believable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 03-31-15
    John S MA 03-31-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Magician theme and best in series"

    This book did an excellent job of working in the theme of a master magician and his need for revenge. There are plenty plot twists and the pace is always fast. The narration is excellent. Its mostly plausible, but at some point you say it is way too complicated a scheme based on what the villain's objective is. It reminded me a little of the Silence of the Lambs where "bad guy" is quite adept at escaping from incarceration. He is a magician and a student of Houdini who made a living escaping from handcuffs, prisons and locked trunks.

    My only complaint is that there is too many "plot twists" and book could have ended 30 pages earlier.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE 09-01-13
    PAR-TEE 09-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Bongoman

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    "One magic trick too many..."

    This is a great believable thriller for 400 pages. Then it fall apart like a house of cards! Why??? You then find out the protagonist real mission and realize his set-up is more complicated, risky, and dangerous than his primary goal. Magicians misdirection to the extreme to execute a simple card trick. Minor SPOILER ALERT.... The final escape is so over the top that it loses all credibility and believability. This book is a 100 pages too long and one magic illusion too many. I really enjoyed the first 400 pages and then it was a skim to the finish. The narrator was great except for his vocalization of L.Rhymes, it just was a lame interpretation that did not fit. Realism and believability are a must for this genre, it is fiction but not fantasy or science fiction, you got the feeling that Harry Potter was going to show up at the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mary 03-30-13
    mary 03-30-13

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "The Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vanished Man to be better than the print version?

    I only listen to audio books so I wouldn't know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all my favorite characters. It's the cast of characters that make the novels so interesting, many of them are regulars.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to him before. I was just happy that he didn't annoy me.


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

    Yes, it was. It was a terrific book and I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Jeffrey Deaver at his best with an excellent narrator. There are so many turns and twists that you can't figure out and don't see coming that I began to wonder how Jeffrey Deaver could even have such a complex imagination. I'm sorry that his series isn't narrated all by the same person. I don't like going from one narrator to another when I'm listening to a series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 04-12-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 04-12-15 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Eh.....Did Not Like!"

    I did not like the storylines or the narrator. This story was all about illusions and magic tricks which are more suited to visual entertainment. I understood the illusions well enough but the story never kept my attention for long... I was bored and my mind wondered often. I wanted another Lincoln Rhymes story like the Bone Collector, but I didn't get it..... too bad Denzel established Lincoln's voice in the Bone Collector....I didn't like the narrator either!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ty Mixx 09-24-14
    Ty Mixx 09-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Long-term AIDS survivor, losing eyesight from complications. Ex software developer & Chicago dance club DJ. Born again & love life left.

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    "Almost a 5-star across the board"
    Any additional comments?

    I was looking at 5-stars all the way as I was listening to the story. After about 10 or 11 hours in however, I was becoming weary. Suddenly my interest was waning and I was so tempted to skip ahead to the end. Horrors! :-). The story is fun and interesting and probably would have been just as good if it had ended about two hours earlier - like when you-know-who was shot in the head. Too much of a good thing I giess. The narration was typically excellent for Deaver's books. Still, It's certainly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 10-30-12
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 10-30-12 Member Since 2015

    I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.

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    "Always a good listen, no regrets on this book"
    Would you listen to The Vanished Man again? Why?

    I did listen to it again, two years later.


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

    Plot was good, not edge of my seat but good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    didn't have a favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nothing extreme


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 08-01-15
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 08-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting premise rough presentation"
    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy George Guidall's performance, and was not disappointed here. The story, with a few exceptions, just felt flat and contrived. You know how some stories just seem to be a bit "jerky" or jump around to fit a premise more than smoothly flowing, well that's how this one felt to me. Unlikely predicaments resolved by unlikely fortuitousness all to fit a premise of a mad magician on a killing spree. I did like the characters and may try another of this series but I cant recommend this one except perhaps to the practitioners of magic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.C.D. 07-28-15
    J.C.D. 07-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about The Vanished Man?

    Following Lincoln Rhyme's thought process is always a challenge. But just as the killer is trapped, he escapes - perhaps too many times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vanished Man?

    The scene with the fire in Lincoln Rhyme's bedroom - probably the cruelest thing someone could do to a quadriplegic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All scenes were well-written.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had no extreme reaction to the book. It was entertaining but could have been shorter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 06-01-15
    Paul 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Way to long."

    Story dragged. Could of chopped about 2 hours off and would of been better. . Delivery wasn't the greatest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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