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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Gotta Love this detective

I had listened to another audio, with this main character, and his girlfriend. Just discovered, it isn't a one off. The South Carolina accents started to bleed into one, and so towards end hard to keep up with who each was from- if it were just a a bit easier, or perhaps fewer - then another 5 stars!
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- Dame Brighid

Gripping

Another excellent addition to the Lincoln Rhyme series after The Bone Collector & The Coffin Dancer. The continuing development of the Lincoln/Amelia relationship raises this thriller above the rest (in my opinion) as you really start to care about them, and this only adds to the interest. There is also a good mix of police procedure and forensic science, without too much emphasis on either. The central plot of recovering a kidnap victim soons becomes much more complex, and some tension between the leads is introduced, which feels natural (this is their third book together). Twists and turns soon follow, which I can't reveal because it would give too much away! The story progresses at a rapid pace, but not so fast that you lose detail. I think this is a really well written book, with believable characters and a solid plot.

A mention for the terriffic narration by Joe Mantegna, he has a wonderful voice for narrating audiobooks. It is rich and clear, and very easy to follow.

My only criticism is that the book is hard to follow if you have not read/listened to the fisrt two books, or are new to this genre. And it is too short!
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- little bobs mum and dad

Book Details

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