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Although confined to a wheelchair, Detective Lincoln Rhyme's phenomenal success in solving crime has earned him a formidable reputation. Just for once, he's not on a job.
Lincoln is visiting North Carolina to try out a breakthrough in surgery which might be the first step towards a cure for his condition. However, fame is not without drawbacks. Locally, a youth's been killed, and two girls are missing, said to have been abducted by the murderer.
With no local knowledge and a contaminated crime scene, Rhyme is at a serious disadvantage. From where he's sitting, he can't even see a motive. He also knows he has 24 hours before the women become dehumanized in their kidnapper's eyes. And the clock's already ticking.
©2000 Jeffery Deaver (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd
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"The best psychological thriller writer around." (The Times)
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By LilyVA on 07-17-17

Taut, atmospheric thriller - hugely enjoyable

I really enjoyed this story - some fabulous writing in it - Jeffrey Deaver is clearly a master of his craft. The plot twists and turns were great, and I loved the way he didn't let his main characters off the hook with easy options. My main niggle with the book is that it felt just a smidgin too long - as if there was perhaps one plot twist too many. Also, I wasn't entirely convinced by Lucy Kerr's sense of betrayal by Amelia Sacks - it seemed a little excessive at times. But these are minor niggles in a book with so much else going for it. Kudos to the narrator for handling a large and varied cast of characters so adeptly and the narration overall does full justice to the novel, I think. Highly recommended.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-23-16

Too long, and wayward plot.

I struggled to finish this book with its improbable story and bizarre twists. Disappointing as I have loved other Jeffrey Deaver novels involving Lincoln Rhyme but this one was a story with a twist too far and was just hard work.

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By Claudine on 08-10-16

Excellent!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Empty Chair to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book.

What did you like best about this story?

Classic Rhyme, lots of twits and turns, addictive!

What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

George is just right for this story. He had all the characters so well defined, I was transported in Deaver's world without looking back. Fantastic performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, full on action the whole way

Any additional comments?

15 hours of non stop entertainment.

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