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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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One of the best Lincoln Rhyme novels to date!

  • Dec 26, 2008
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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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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 …
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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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