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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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 8 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

Lots of twists and turns! I was a little hard to follow, but I am glad I hung in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Deaver turns MAGIC into a mystery

Deaver obviously acquired or already had knowledge of a magician's secret talents in order to weave constant MAGIC into this book's plot. Though veteran CSI man Lincoln Rhyme is rarely fooled, the villain magician's moves/counter-moves baffled even him for a while. The magician's moves in order to evade detection/capture revolved around his use of visual deceit, and these were very clever. A unique approach to a mystery thriller that was welcome.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good story

Good story enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. I will buy another.

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  • 04-06-15

Fun book

A lot about illusionism and magic tricks. I found it pretty interesting. George Guidall as always is great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Captivating

My first Jeffery Deaver novel, and not my last.
I once read another reviewer's claim that George Guidall's narration could turn a tax audit into a page turning thriller. I agree. He is great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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