The Empty Chair : Lincoln Rhyme

  • by Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by Richard Turner Perry
  • Series: Lincoln Rhyme
  • 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling 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'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, his best friend and soul mate.

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What the Critics Say

"Masterful.... [Lincoln Rhyme] is the most brilliant and most vulnerable of crime fiction's heroes." (New York Post)
"A twisted thriller... [of] scientific smarts and psychological cunning." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Jeffrey Deaver is Chubby Checkers of mystery...

Okay, to be honest I ignored reviews and went with Deaver out of laziness. One of my favorite pastimes lately is to read your reviews. But alas, it does take time.

Deaver may not be the best in his genre, but just about every work of his is extremely informative because it is so well researched. Insects are the subject matter here, which may be why I found it just worth the time. After all, God created the indoors for a reason.

Another characteristic of his work is twists. Twisting the night around. And many of you rightfully find more than one spin around the floor takes away from the craft. Nevertheless if you are bored and desperate for an intriguing tale, Deaver is a great dance partner.

Now recently I was introduced to the brilliant BBC television series "Sherlock." It's a modern day version of Sir Arthur's great works. Over and over while watching each show I couldn't help referring to Deaver's forensic knowledge. In this case, I suspect the writers of the series used Doyle to inspire the characters but referred to Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme for forensics.

The narration is okay, but being a North Carolinian I was a bit disappointed with the accents. There is plenty of redneck, twang, bumpkin and so forth, especially in the Eastern and Western extremes of the state, but there is also subtle elegance...which is missing in the reader's work here.
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- Charles Atkinson

Rhyme is a complicated & fascinating man.

I only read my first book by Deaver last week, and I have now followed it with books two and three. There are certainly mystery writers who offer more shocks and scares (Sanford and Cornwell spring to mind). There are mystery writers who write with more technical proficiency (Larsson) and who write more twisted characters and plots (Flynn). But there is something that Deaver has done better than anyone else. He has taken a character and placed him in a situation unlike that of any other character I have read.

Lincoln Rhyme is an arrogant, egotistical and often unlikable man who happens to be a quadriplegic. He is also brilliant and complex. He looks outside himself when it comes to his partner -- and they have each allowed themselves to fall in love with one another. I look forward to seeing how that works. I admire that Deaver has taken a man in such a complicated situation and allowed him to be so relatable. This character will certainly bring me back for a fourth ... and maybe more ... book!

Mr Perry read the book very well. He gave Lincoln some vulnerability for this book and I liked that aspect of his narration well as it seemed appropriate for this story.
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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio