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The Empty Chair

(Lincoln Rhyme #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  30,204 ratings  ·  955 reviews
From the bestselling author of The Bone Collector and The Devil's Teardrop comes this spine-chilling new thriller that pits renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme against the ultimate opponent -- Amelia Sachs, his own brilliant protégée.

A quadriplegic since a beam crushed his spinal cord years ago, Rhyme is desperate to improve his condition and goes to the University of North
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 9th 2000 by Simon & Schuster
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Even five hundred miles from Manhattan, Rhyme' can't catch a break. He's in North Carolina - at the Neurological Research Institute (Medical Centre of the University of North Carolina in Avery) for high-risk medical treatment - with Thom and Sachs' in tow - and its not long before the local authority comes calling asking for his assistance.

A boy, Billy Stail, has been murdered and a young woman, Mary Beth McConnell, has been abducted at Blackwater Landing. She had been doing a class project - d
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite thus far in the series, I loved it. The story was fantastic, I kept going back and forth of who the culprit was. And the ending, if I had read this book back when it was released I would have gone crazy waiting for the next release. Lol.
Kylie H
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Lincoln Rhyme series and sees a departure from New York. Rhyme, Sachs and Thom have travelled south to Carolina for Rhyme to undergo experimental surgery to hopefully improve upon his current quadriplegic status. While waiting for the surgical work-up Rhyme receives a request from a small local Sheriff's office to assist with finding a kidnapped young woman.
Rhyme and Sachs soon find themselves drawn into the pursuit of a local boy known as 'Insect Boy' who uses insects such
Ardent Reader
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This will be my favorite book so far in the series.

While reading I thought that I had figured all the things out and eventually found that I was so wrong. And trust me, the ending is not what we think the end will be.

The story has it's own climax.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

Not quite up to the standard of the previous two books in the series but still a decent read overall. The events unfold in North Carolina which added both good and bad points. A new setting meant new ideas could be explored and different places viewed with new people added into the mix. But it did feel like Deaver had picked up Redneck 101 and just put a couple of generic characters in there to add to the different location feel.

This was the same usual style as all other Deaver books in that
Jim C
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book of a series but it can read as a standalone. In this one, Lincoln and Sachs travel to North Carolina for a surgery for Lincoln. While there they are asked to help in the search of a teenage boy who has kidnapped two girls.

I absolutely loved the first two books of this series. While this was still an enjoyable read I did think that it was a step down. There were things that I did love and some not so much. I liked the change of venue and having Lincoln out of his element. A
Alan Cotterell
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This was an unusual story from many aspects. Initially it was different in that it was n't set in New York, but that was acceptable. The main surprise was how my rating went up, I started off thinking 3 - 3.5, then went up to 4 and so it crept up and up until it was an easy 5 stars.

I loved the way the characters developed during this book, and not just the recurring central characters but the interaction with the locals as well. Lots of surprises, I wish I had read this before book 4 and more, b
Feb 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Okay, okay, okay. Deaver is not out to win any writing awards. I had to struggle with that at first. He wrote this novel the way some of us write comments on a co-worker's birthday card. We keep it short, try to be witty, and rarely use complete sentences. Perhaps I was disappointed because I read The Devil's Teardrop first. Also by Deaver, Teardrop is a fantastic example of a hardboiled forensic thriller that doesn't cop-out and doesn't resort to stunted writing in order to keep the pace lively ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so i've read The Bone Collector, The Coffin Dancer and now The Empty Chair in quick succession. Honestly i'm in awe of how absolutely great these books have been. This though has been my favourite one so far, and i was wondering how the preceding books could have been bettered but bloody hell they were! The relationship between Lincoln and Amelia continuing to be the backdrop framing, and increasing, the tension of the cat and mouse chase to discover the truth. The feel and images of the loc ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Wow..... just wow...this book completely captured my attention, I took it everywhere with me so I could read it at any chance that I got. This is another brilliant novel written by the amazing Jeffery Deaver.

We follow Lincoln and Amelia on another thriller to find out what happened, I will admit I got it completely wrong as to what happened I thought that I had it all figured out and then it turns out that I knew nothing, it just took over my mind completely. The way he describes the crime scene
Aug 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Please note that I gave this book half a star, but I rounded it up to 1 star on Goodreads.

I loved books #1 and #2 and this book I would rather pretend just doesn't exist. This was bad. Not even haha bad like maybe I can find some humor in it. I mean it was bad to the point that I saw people jumping sharks in my head.

We have Lincoln, Sachs, and Lincoln's aide Thom going to North Carolina for an experimental treatment for Lincoln. Sachs is reluctant for Lincoln to have it due to reasons (a lot of
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
"'This town ... it's a nest of hornets. I don't know who to trust."'

*definite Ozark vibes.*

You're telling me! This book was wild. 4.5/5 rounded up for that crazy second half, and I rarely give 5 stars.
I haven’t read a book this genuinely twisty in awhile. And the twists actually made sense in the plot! What!

In the 3rd Lincoln Rhyme novel, Rhyme and Amelia Sachs travel south to help a small town with an investigation.
The main suspect is a teen boy obsessed with insects, who is now kidnapping
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept me guessing until the end. Good book!
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Jeffery Deaver I think just gave the term twists and turns a new name, he hit the ball right out of the park with this one!!

Quadriplegic Forensic Specialist Lincoln Rhyme has traveled to North Carolina with his partner Amelia Sachs, to receive experimental spine surgery hoping to improve his paralysis, even though there are risks. While waiting to be operated on, Rhyme and Sachs are approached by the local Sheriff, who needs his assistance in a missing person case. The suspect is a young lo
Thomas Strömquist
Slow and uninteresting (and silly at times, a manhunt in a remote area is not handled by helicopters, dogs or search parties, but Rhyme tries to find out where the suspect is going by putting soil samples through a GC.....) at the start of the book, picks up pace in the middle to disappoint in the end. Characters are out of chararcter, plot twists are not very believable. I'm guessing writers block on this one, not recommended... ...more
Rajish Maharaj
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another pretty good novel from JD. At first the slow progresz of the case did annoy me but as it progressed with all the twists n turns it turned out to be a good read.......
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
By far, Jeffery Deaver is the one author with that uncanny ability to develop plot twists and very complex characters that leave you stunned to the end. If you've seen the movie, trust me, the books are far more ingenious and developed as compared to what we were presented with on the silver screen. The Bone Collector is a series novel starring Lincoln Rhyme, our famous forensics expert bound to his bed and mobile wheelchair.

Reading this novel I am reminded to never commit a crime. The art of fo
Janie Johnson
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-challenge
This installment of the Lincoln Rhyme series was a little better than The Coffin dancer, although I still had some issues with the story. For the most part it was enjoyable and easy to get through. I feel as though I may be getting a little burned out on Lincoln Rhyme though.

In this book a teenager, Garrett, is accused of murdering one male and kidnapping 2 females. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to help solve the crime and find the missing girls, before time runs out. And of cours
Book nº 3 of the Lincoln Rhymes series, it begins with Rhymes decided to undergo a new surgical procedure that might help his quadriplegia. He may very well die on the operating table which leaves Amelia very worried. When the local police force asks for their help in a murder / kidnapping case she doesn't hesitate to accept just to postpone Lincoln's operation.

With their usual methods Rhymes and Amelia follow the suspect’s tracks and lead the police force to him. But all is not what it seems an
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was the one that ended my Jeffery Deaver/Lincoln Rhyme period. Not as well constructed, somewhat (forgive me) contrived the book lost me early on and just never got me back. I felt like the characters didn't stay true to themselves and this Lincoln Rhyme wasn't the same Lincoln Rhyme I'd met earlier. He somehow didn't come across with the same attitude toward the law or his place in enforcing it.

May pick others up at a later date...
Another great installment in the Lincoln Rhyme series! I have to admit, I was quite skeptical of The Empty Chair because the previous installment, The Coffin Dancer wasn't my favorite Deaver book.

One thing I really enjoyed about the case in this novel was, Deaver brought back the forensics, Lincoln Rhyme's specialty. In the second installment,I felt like the forensics was missing, or at least not to the extent of the usual Lincoln Rhyme.

Something else I enjoyed about The Empty Chair
Terri Lynn
I hate to say it because I am a Jeffery Deaver fan and I really love the character of Lincoln Rhyme (and Amelia Sachs) but I really didn't like this one. Maybe it is because a city girl like me finds it hard to stomach the southern hick theme. Ugh.

Essentially, the story involved Lincoln Rhyme going to northeastern North Carolina with his partner Amelia Sachs and his caregiver Thom to have an experimental surgery that might help improve his situation- if it doesn't kill him. There is police corru
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I like Jeffery Deaver. He writes unique characters. The MC is also so different than the majority of MCs in this same genre. It is nice to be introduced to something new.

The author also put in some great twists that keep things in motion. A nice pace is always appreciated. I also liked the way the lose threads were all tied up at the end. And it's not like super obvious threads...certain things felt wrong through out the story and by the end, it all made sense. So 3 stars.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too many twists, everyone in town is a criminal.
Mark Harrison
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rapidly becoming a 'must have' series as crippled crime scene specialist Lincoln and his side kick Amelia try and track down a kidnapper in the swamps of the South, have to pit their considerable forensic skills against each other and combat a series of baffling twists and turns. Compelling in the extreme with at least three superb twists - exceptional crime series. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I first came to the world of Lincoln Rhyme through the film The Bone Collector. At the time I didn't realize that the film was based on a book. So when I finally found this out I jumped into that book with both feet. It was everything I liked in a good crime book, dark and twisted with plenty of gruesome murders. It was also a book that made me think, I had to work to pull apart the clues and work out who the killer was. So for some reason, it took me some time to circle back to these books, pe
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another winner. The twists and turns this book took amazed me and kept me reading reading reading and of course not getting anything done :)
Cathy DuPont
Okay, I get it...yes, I did what I consider the unpardonable, skipping a book in the series. However, it may have saved me time in the long run, by not going back and reading it.

I read the first in Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, The Bone Collector and loved it...gushed over it, which I can do from time to time. Gave it four stars only because I'm so stingy with five stars...saving them for the best of the best.

The Bone Collector was what a great mystery should be, had all the elements for a be
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Quadriplegic, criminalist Lincoln Rhyme, accompanied by his lover, investigator Amelia Sachs and his assistant Thom, is in Avery, North Carolina, where he hopes to undergo experimental surgery to aid with spinal cord regeneration. His first day there, Rhyme is visited by Jim Bell, sheriff of Paquenoke County, where two women have been kidnapped and a young man killed by 16-year-old Garrett Hanlon, nicknamed the Insect Boy because of his interest in bugs. Garrett’s on the run and Bell wants Rhyme ...more
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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. ...more

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