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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,265 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: May 2000 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

  • 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! "

  • 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 "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 "

  • 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 "

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About the Author
Author Jeffery DeaverJeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of thirty-three internationally bestselling novels, including the 2011 James Bond novel Carte Blanche, and three collections of short stories. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for 'The Weekender' from Twisted.
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.