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The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver

The 5th Book In Jeffrey Deaver's 'Lincoln Rhyme' Series - Crime Fiction

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  • Apr 21, 2010
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A musician is brutally murdered in the rehearsal hall of a music school and the culprit, with a bang, a brilliant flash of light and a puff of smoke, vanishes into thin air from inside a locked room with no apparent exits. Within hours, a second victim is virtually sawn in half and the murderer walks away from the gory murder scene escaping the clutches of the police in a brilliant disguise that even Sherlock Holmes would have been proud of. When a bizarre third murder attempt fails, the coin finally drops. Quadriplegic forensic criminologist, Lincoln Rhyme, and his partner/lover, Amelia Sachs, having assembled the clues and the scant forensic evidence left behind at each scene, realize their target is a master magician who is basing his murder scenarios on historical illusions made famous by the likes of Houdini and Selbit. They've called him "The Conjurer"!

And like the polished illusionists he seeks to portray in his novel, Deaver uses sleight of hand, psychological and physical misdirection, disguises, ventriloquism, escapism and the art of physical illusion to create false trails, red herrings, cul de sacs, twists and turns and investigative dead ends that will leave you baffled as to not only who's doing the dastardly deeds and what is the murderer's motive but ... believe it or not, you won't even know who the real target is until very close to the end of the novel.

Deaver is a successful thriller writer and, like many of his genre contemporaries, will never be accused of crafting deep characterizations or composing literary fiction. But "The Vanished Man" is thoroughly enjoyable, utterly compelling brain candy that will have you absorbed and turning the pages quickly for hours at a time. In addition, he has fleshed out his story with a thoroughly researched series of engrossing, entertaining, educational and informative essays on the history, psychology and mechanics of the stage performance of illusions and magic.

Absolutely recommended to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

Paul Weiss

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April 22, 2010
Deaver is my favorite author in the mystery/thriller genre and the Lincoln Rhyme series is most of what I read of his. Haven't read a bad one yet...though some aren't quite as fantastic as others. Wasn't this the one in which the Kathryn Dance character is introduced? He is writing a series for that character now--haven't read it yet.
April 22, 2010
No. I believe she was introduced in "The Sleeping Doll". Here's the link to my review of that one: http://www.lunch.com/reviews/UserReview-The_...Dance_a_new_female.html
 
April 21, 2010
This looks like a good one! This one and Rhys Bowen's The Last Illusion would be a good pair -- both are good mysteries about illusionists. And both seem to keep the secret until the end.
April 21, 2010
I've never read "The Last Illusion". I'll have to look that one up.
 
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The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver
At the Manhattan School Of Music And Performing Arts, on the upper west side, in an old spooky building, a young music student is murdered.  Trussed up in the lobby of a recital hall, two beat policewomen walk in on the scene with the perp still standing over the body.  With a flash, the perp is vanished.  The policewomen seal up the recital hall, of which there are only two exits, but when they break into the hall there is no sign of the perp.  He literally has vanished.  …
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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....

About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the bestselling author of The Sleeping Doll, The Cold Moon, The Blue Nowhere, The Bone Collector, The Empty Chair, The Devil's Teardrop, and fifteen other suspense novels. His book A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was made into a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.
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ISBN-10: 0743437810
ISBN-13: 978-0743437813
Author: Jeffrey Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction
Date Published: (June 29, 2004)
Format: Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages, Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
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