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Monday, August 11, 2008

The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs make a trip to north eastern North Carolina to have a high-risk experimental surgery done with a hopeful outcome that Lincoln Rhyme might improve his condition. Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic and a famous criminalist in New York. Amelia Sachs is his arms and legs AND his girlfriend. She is a policewoman and he has trained her to be a crime scene expert too. She walks the scene and takes the evidence while talking to him via radios. Then she brings it back to his apartment and laboratory. But, here in NC, they don't have their usual laboratory, co-workers and knowledge of the area.

They are approached by the Sheriff of Tanner's Corner, a small town that has seen it's share of deaths recently. But then a man is killed and two women are kidnapped so they approach Licoln and Amelia for help. They promise to help find the women in the next 24 hours before the surgery.

The suspect is a strange teenage boy called the Insect Boy because he has an obsession with insects. Garrett Hanlon had lost his father, mother and sister in a car accident when Garrett was only 11 years old. Now he is 16 and has gone from foster home to foster home. He has become totally immersed in insects and the flora and fauna of his county. He almost lives in the woods. Because of this, he has become object of ridicule which makes him turn more and more inward. Why would this boy kill and kidnap? Can they find the women in time to save them? How can Lincoln Rhyme overcome his handicaps (not just his wheelchair, but being a "fish out of water" in NC)?

This is another great Lincoln Rhyme novel with twists until the last page. Don't read ahead, don't skip a page because Deaver keeps pushing the limits until the end! The only bone I have to pick with Deaver is a slight tendency to fall into the stereotyped Southerner. The Deliverance movie ruined our image and Deaver doesn't help. Redneck, moonshine swilling killers aren't around every bush. There are weirdos everywhere, not just the South. But you will find many more wonderful people here.

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