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The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme Novels)by Jeffery Deaver
Imagine a killer who's a cross between Hannibal Lecter and David Copperfield!?! Yes, really. I didn't discover Deaver until I read The Vanished Man, his latest. Now I'm a major fan. It's a top-notch thriller and you'll never again watch a magic show quite the same way.
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Forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme and his protégée Amelia Sachs are called in to work the high-profile investigation of a killer who seemingly disappeared into thin air just as the police closed in. As the homicidal illusionist baits them with grisly murders that grow more diabolical with each victim, Rhyme and Sachs must go behind the smoke and mirrors to prevent a horrific act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all...
"Fans of Deaver know that he works storytelling magic in his thrillers....[A] giddily entertaining story....
"Well-researched and exciting, this has all the elements of good crime fiction: likable leads, a colorful supporting cast, fascinating scientific analysis, and a look at the secrets of an otherwise unknown world. A sure hit." Booklist
"[I]nfernally ingenious....There is, of course, a great master design to these elegantly executed illusions, and Deaver is clever enough to string it out to almost unbearable limits of suspense." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Wake up, Scarpetta fans — Lincoln Rhyme is here to blast you out of your stupor." Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he staggering pile of red herrings Deaver tosses...eventually loses its sheen, and the manhunt ends in a sprawling, anticlimactic third act....All the prodigious energy and ingenuity of a canny performer who just doesn't know when to quit." Kirkus Reviews
"Ingeniously devious....[The] plot is so crooked it could hide behind a spiral staircase." People
"Regardless of any absence of character growth and complexity, the story is still an engaging one, the kind of entertaining, suspenseful tale that shows the writer's true strengths....[A] crackling thriller with a well-sculpted plot and a fascinating villain." David Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times
"A prime Deaver book, not as horrifying as The Bone Collector or Coffin Dancer but just as thrilling, with laughter and gasps of shock assured. And Deaver just doesn't let up with the plot twists." John Orr, San Jose Mercury News
"[W]ith a simple wave of his word-processing wand [Deaver] continues to resuscitate a tired genre with this often brilliant and starkly original cat-and-mouse game." Jon Land, Providence Journal
"Many authors can trick the reader with one surprise ending, but only Jeffery Deaver can dazzle, delight and downright dupe readers once, twice, even three times before they reach the end of his Lincoln Rhyme novels." Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Jeffrey Deaver is one of our major authors in the genres of the thriller and the police procedural because he excels at both plotting and characterization." Pohla Smith, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"Deaver's craftsmanship is first-rate as always and his research into the professional world of magic and illusion is not only informative but also compelling....Deaver with The Vanished Man continues to surprise, enchant and enthrall." Joe Hartlaub, BookReporter.com
From New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver — a brilliant thriller that pits forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs against an unstoppable killer with one final, horrific trick up his sleeve. At a New York City music school, a killer flees the scene of a homicide and locks himself into a classroom. When a scream rings out, followed by a gunshot, police break down the door. But they find the room empty. Now as the fatalities rise and the minutes tick down, Rhyme and Sachs must move beyond the smoke and mirrors to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all.
From Jeffery Deavers “simply outstanding” (San Jose Mercury News) Lincoln Rhyme series comes this acclaimed New York Times bestseller!
Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme is called in to work the high-profile investigation of a killer who seemingly disappeared into thin air just as the NYPD closed in. As the homicidal illusionist baits him with grisly murders that grow more diabolical with each victim, Rhyme and his protégée, Amelia Sachs, must go behind the smoke and mirrors to prevent a horrific act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all. . . .
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels of suspense, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film. A two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year, he has been nominated for four Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and an Anthony Award. Mr. Deaver lives in California and Virginia.
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