The Empty Chair

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The Empty Chair

By Jeffery Deaver

Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780671026011, 512pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2001

Renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme faces his ultimate opponent: a kidnapper and murderer dubbed the Insect Boy. But Rhyme is in for a surprise when he learns that catching a criminal is one thing...and keeping him is another. Now Rhyme, in North Carolina to undergo risky spinal cord surgery, finds himself hunting a ruthless killer in the heart of a southern swampland -- and going head-to-head with his protege, Amelia Sachs, in a rivalry that tests the limits of both their expertise and their love.

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to

Praise For The Empty Chair

New York Post

Masterful....[Lincoln Rhyme] is the most brilliant and most vulnerable of crime fiction's heroes.

The New York Times Book Review

A twisted thriller...[of] scientific smarts and psychological cunning.

The New York Times Book Review

A pulse-racing chase.