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The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme Series #3)

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Toss this book in the fireplace!

    The Empty Chair," the title of Jeffery Deaver's third Lincoln Rhyme novel, pretty much says everything in the title. From each chapter of the book, it contains scenes to contain no suspense and derisive twists. <BR/><BR/>In chapter three of the series, Deaver brings back detective Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, his two most well liked heroes from the previous novels ("The Bone Collector" and "The Coffin Dancer"). Recently commuting from his townhouse in New York, Rhyme now heads over North Carolina to undergo some high risk spinal cord surgery. Just when he and Amelia are about to settle in, the local authorities come in and acquire Rhyme to help them solve a case involving a murder, along with the disappearance of two teenage girls. The kidnapper is a sixteen year-old teenager dubbed the "Insect Boy," knicknamed for his disturbing obsession with bugs. Unfamiliar to his new surroundings, Rhyme is unsure of who to trust. Throughout the investigation, Rhyme begins to clash head to head to Amelia, who not just is his partner but also his one and only protegee. <BR/><BR/>Despite all of the flaws, I do have to admit that there are a few things that I enjoyed in the book. First off, I would like to give praise for Deaver's cleverly developed metaphor comparing a hornet's nest to Rhyme's distrust for the residents in this new town. And being a current reader in the series, I liked seeing how Amelia Sach's instinct on forensics is beginning to get more opinionated. <BR/><BR/>Now being a huge Lincoln Rhyme fan, I have enjoyed all of the other cases that he and Amelia have tackled. I must say that this particular one made me feel a little dissatisfied from the beginning. As mentioned before, title of this book says it all, from where it begins to where it finishes. I was annoyed at how the plot contained bunches of ludicrous twists, not to mention the myriad holes in the mystery. What bothered me the most about the book were all of the paper-thin characters throughout the plot. All of the junk contained in "The Empty Chair" made it very painful for me to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Disappointing

    This was a very disappointing book from a very good writer. The plot was somewhat predictable and tired. I read it quickly just to be done with it. Devil's Teardrop was a much better novel.

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