The Empty Chair

  • by Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by Joe Mantegna
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A quadriplegic since a beam crushed his spinal cord years ago, renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is desperate to improve his condition and goes to the University of North Carolina Medical Center for high-risk experimental surgery. In a 24-hour period, the sleepy Southern outpost of Tanner's Corner has seen a local teen murdered and two young women abducted. And Rhyme and his protégé Amelia 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 Sach's 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, this best friend and soul mate.

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Customer Reviews

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Good story; some problems

I enjoyed this book despite certain difficulties. The south is a caricature -- rednecks, etc. think Deliverance meets Lincoln Rhyme. But, if you like other Deaver books, you will probably like this one. I had figured out one of the clues before Rhyme -- perhaps that's why I liked it. But the ending is a bit strange. The narrator was good.
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- Jody R. Nathan

complex story - a good listen

i really enjoyed this story - so many twists and turns, it made my head hurt! i loved the character of lincoln rhyme. would love to hear more of him. worth listening to.
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- Dionne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2000
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio