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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffery Deaver Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lincoln Rhyme Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780743519618
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From the bestselling 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’ 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] pulse-racing chase.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[The] thrills...come thick and fast...jaw-dropping climactic twists.”

    People

  • “Rhyme’s specialty combines the minute scientific analysis of physical evidence gathered from crime scenes and his arcane knowledge of, it would seem, every organic and inorganic substance on earth. 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.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “For thrills and surprises, Deaver is still aces.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This new Lincoln Rhyme mystery is as intricate, well written, and enormously satisfying as its predecessors...Deaver is the master of the plot twist, and readers will only drive themselves crazy trying to outguess him. Better just to enjoy the ride. A magnificent thriller.”

    Booklist

  • “Lincoln Rhyme is back in Deaver’s outstanding new thriller...Terrific.”  

    Library Journal

  • “The author combines wonderful examples of the powers of forensic detection along with plenty of bad guys and girls, plot twists, murder, mayhem, and environmental crime...The surprise ending will leave readers impatient to read the next installment of Rhyme’s adventures.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 2/11/2014

    " Great, as always. Many of these twists were more far fetched than usual, but still grossly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/5/2014

    " This was my third Jeffery Deaver book featuring Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. I actually started out with some later books and then went back to the beginning. My favorite was The Coffin Dancer. This book (The Empty Chair) was good, but it didn't have the big slap-you-in-the-face ending I was expecting. Was a little slow in places and Lincoln Rhyme's abilities didn't seem to be as developed in this book. That being said, I'm ready for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/4/2014

    " The first time I was exposed to this book it was a sample through my beloved eReader on my old PDA. I was quickly hooked and buying the full copy to read. It wasn't long until I was determined to have the actual book for my collection. It's a brilliant book that leaves you guessing to the last chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dev Singer | 1/29/2014

    " You never know what's the truth with this story - is he right or is she right? Or is neither of them right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/29/2014

    " This started a little slow and quickly picked up. It was nice to see Lincoln and Amelia out of NYC and in North Carolina, but there are some familiar characters that join the scene. Pretty good book with Deaver's twists and turns keeping you in suspense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rupesh Goenka | 1/27/2014

    " A Gripping psychological thriller with twists, turns & research on insects.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snohotom | 1/26/2014

    " Another great mystery with Lincoln Rhyme. This one of the stranger stories, with a twist ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/25/2014

    " Mr. Deaver always tries to put something at the end of the book that you don't see coming....anyway I didn't. The pace is fast and he keeps the technical jargon down to a minimum "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/23/2014

    " This started a little slow and quickly picked up. It was nice to see Lincoln and Amelia out of NYC and in North Carolina, but there are some familiar characters that join the scene. Pretty good book with Deaver's twists and turns keeping you in suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/23/2014

    " These books have been out for a while....but I just discovered them based on a recommendation by my sister in law. I love them....Jeffrey Deaver is a clever writer.....lots of twists and turns! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 1/21/2014

    " Bone collector is still the best. Coffin Dancer is a close second. This book had turns and twists, but the action kind of got dull and the turns/twists were just one after the other near the very end. Didn't love it, but it was entertaining. Mr. Deaver is a spellbinding writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyn | 1/21/2014

    " slow start but gripping finish. can never predict how his books will end. Jeffrey Deaver is always one step ahead of his readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kadesha Wectawski | 1/19/2014

    " You know a book is riveting when you are reading #3 in the series, you have #4 waiting on you in the book bag, and you are STILL terrified that Deaver has killed off and/or jailed all the characters!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/18/2014

    " The book started off slow, and I learned more about insects that I really care to know, but by the end I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BC | 1/17/2014

    " This is a large print copy. The more of Jeffery Deaver I read the more I like him. He holds my attention and writes a story that is informative but not to the point where you are bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/16/2014

    " Lincoln Rhyme is the master detective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Kalkes | 1/4/2014

    " This book kept twisting and turning. Just when you thought that you had figured it out, it would go into a whole new direction. I found myself never wanting to put the book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nevermore | 12/25/2013

    " Thought it was pretty darn extreme way to make your detective stand out but ended up being intrigued and read the whole series. One after another. And then what usually happens when I do this happened. Which is to day I am sick to the death of the series. Not sure why I do this. Put it down to complete lack of self control. Was not enthralled with the main relationship but the actual solving of the cases was nearly always well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/23/2013

    " This was a great read...twists and turns right to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaikobad Zico | 12/22/2013

    " It was nice, Deaver was flawless as usual.....There were enough twists in the novel to keep the reader interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 12/16/2013

    " Decent detective novel, GREAT ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/12/2013

    " Mr. Deaver always tries to put something at the end of the book that you don't see coming....anyway I didn't. The pace is fast and he keeps the technical jargon down to a minimum "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/13/2013

    " This was a great read...twists and turns right to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 11/3/2013

    " First Deaver book I read and I was hooked! Had to get and read more of his. Still remember this book. I read it in mid 2000s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith Wrinkle | 10/6/2013

    " Kept me on the edge of my chair.........as always, Deaver is so enveloping......... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oleksiy Kononov | 10/1/2013

    " A captivating detective story with an unpredictable outcome "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missy | 8/12/2013

    " I have been trying to get through this book for over 2 weeks now, just not that interested in it. There are too many parts that I wanted to skip over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 7/4/2013

    " Enjoyable yarn with plenty of twists and turns (some a little unbelievable). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 7/1/2013

    " Another really good Lincoln Rhyme book. A little long in the middle, but worth reading though to the end--surprises up to the last chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrisse813 Rainey-Endahl | 6/20/2013

    " Took awhile before I found this book interesting, but once it did it was one twist after another. All the way to the last chapter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belle | 5/27/2013

    " Deaver made dizzy turns and twists that I can't guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 5/13/2013

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Lincoln Rhyme; criminalist is brought in to solve small town murder/kidnappping by "Insect Boy", and turns up a conspiracy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Su | 4/12/2013

    " I have enjoyed reading a few of the other Deaver stories, but I found this one to be too farfetched and unbelievable for my taste in a good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oleksiy Kononov | 4/1/2013

    " A captivating detective story with an unpredictable outcome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shel | 3/27/2013

    " these books are brilliant, im hooked from the start "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/25/2013

    " This was a fantastic book with a few twists :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith C | 1/8/2013

    " Sometimes the twists and turns are just too farfetched to take. Likable characters as always. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mariesa | 1/4/2013

    " This book is a bit silly. The second half of the book revolves around the consequences of Amelia Sachs doing something completely ridiculous and unbelievable. Stereotypical supporting characters and an overly neat windup to all the mayhem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simona | 11/24/2012

    " Dall'autore de "Il Collezionista di Ossa" un altro bel libro carico di mistero e dalla trama mai scontata "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 10/20/2012

    " As always, a good solid read. You know to expect twists and turns, but he still manages to surprise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 8/21/2012

    " I love great surprise endings to a good murder mystery... And Deaver delivers!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curlyhair | 7/13/2012

    " First one I've read by Jeffery Deaver and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 7/11/2012

    " One of the most thrilling Deaver novels - the best of the Lincoln Rhyme series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kw | 5/11/2012

    " I enjoyed the suspense and the twists and turns. Found one occurrence near the end just not believable (the O.R. scene - an alien in the mix), and a couple of other things that didn't ring true, but it is still worth reading. Wish I could write like this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ai-lin Kee | 4/7/2012

    " For those who enjoy James Patterson, this is a good book to read. Interesting plots and twists and turns. Unfortunately I have this image of Denzel Washington as Rhymes and Angelina Jolie as Sachs in The Bone Collector in my head as I was reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 3/25/2012

    " found this one a little more difficult to dig into then the first two lincoln rhyme novels but Deaver never lets me down with the surprise twist endings "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Potter | 2/15/2012

    " I love this series. I like it when there are surprises at the end - concerning who the bad guys really are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P.A. | 12/4/2011

    " This was a wonderful book, very creepy with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 10/5/2011

    " It was too good. I finished too soon : > "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 9/27/2011

    " I enjoyed it and have liked all the Lincoln Rhyme novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/4/2011

    " The book started off slow, and I learned more about insects that I really care to know, but by the end I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Estellesim | 2/20/2011

    " compared to Deaver's other books of the same series, I am not fond of this book. It drags too long, and there isnt any climax in the storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/18/2011

    " Definitely one of my favorite authors and favorite series. I love the characters and the stories told in the Lincoln Rhyme's series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/14/2011

    " Sometimes the twists and turns are just too farfetched to take. Likable characters as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/30/2011

    " This is my first reading of this series. It started slowly with too much detail, but the character is a forensics expert, so I suppose it is necessary. Once Deaver decided to start the action the story moved quickly. He is always a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one. Lots of plot twists and surprised. The main villain has an infatuation with insects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belle | 12/20/2010

    " Deaver made dizzy turns and twists that I can't guess.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bart | 10/11/2010

    " CSI fiction at its very best.

    This is the third in the Rhyme/Sachs novels, and they're starting to settle into a pattern that worries me a little bit as far as their freshness over the longer term. But this one delivers what fans of the first two will have come to expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Su | 9/22/2010

    " I have enjoyed reading a few of the other Deaver stories, but I found this one to be too farfetched and unbelievable for my taste in a good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaikobad | 9/13/2010

    " It was nice, Deaver was flawless as usual.....There were enough twists in the novel to keep the reader interested. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of mystery and crime novels. His novels have won the Nero Wolfe Award, three Ellery Queen Readers’ Awards, a British Thumping Good Read Award, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger awards from the British Crime Writers’ Association. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. The Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award. His novels have hit bestsellers lists around the world, including the New York Times, London Times, Los Angeles Times, the Milan Corriere della Sera, and Sydney Morning Herald. He received his BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and has a law degree from Fordham University. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1990, he has written over thirty-five books. Some of his novels have been made into films, including The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.