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. That is, until his next grisly "performace".
Malerick is an Illusionist, one of the greatest who ever lived. Three years ago there was a fire that ruined his life, and now he's out to provide pain to the world that caused him all of his pain from the fire that damaged him and took the life of his wife. It's up to Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to find Malerick, but with his extreme talent of illusion and "quick change" (from one person to a totally different person), he's as slippery as grease on a doorknob. Malerick is performing his finale for the largest audience he's ever presented to. When I say he's slippery, I mean he's very slippery – able to change and escape from any circumstances.
Rhyme is also working the case of Assistant District Attorney Charles Grady, who's life is threatened by incarcerated Andrew Constable, leader of the Patriot Assembly, a radical, white supremacy militia group. Constable's group has a death warrant out on Grady, and the ADA is under police protection. Could there be any ties between the two cases? Rhyme must sort out the similarities.
Absent from 'The Vanished Man' is old friend FBI agent Fred Dellray, but character Det. Lon Sellitto, Det. Ronald Bell, and forensics tech Mel Cooper are back to join the party. With them is Kara, a student of magic recruited to aid Rhyme and Sachs in the mysterious ways of the art of magic and illusion. As always, the characters, both old and new, are fully fleshed out individuals. The pace of the book is very rapid, plans running over plans and highly stimulating close calls. Weaving together magic, illusion, and tense detective work, 'The Vanished Man' is one of Deaver's best Lincoln Rhyme books to date. Don't miss out on this sixth addition to the amazing world of Lincoln Rhyme. Enjoy!
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