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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,279 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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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