The Vanished Man

The Vanished Man

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Baker & Taylor
Hunting down a killer and master illusionist whose first of several brutal murders took place at a prestigious New York music school, investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his protTgTe, Amelia Sachs, work together to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance.

Blackwell North Amer
It begins at a prestigious music school in New York City. A killer flees the scene of a homicide and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. When a scream rings out, followed by a gunshot, they break down the door. The room is empty.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are brought in to help with the high-profile investigation. For the ambitious Sachs, solving the case could earn her a promotion. For the quadriplegic Rhyme, it means relying on his protege to ferret out a master illusionist they've dubbed "the conjurer," who baits them with gruesome murders that become more diabolical with each fresh crime. As the fatalities rise and the minutes tick down, Rhyme and Sachs must move beyond the smoke and mirrors to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all.

Baker
& Taylor

Hunting down a killer and master illusionist whose first murder took place at a prestigious New York music school, investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his protâegâee, Amelia Sachs, work together to prevent an act of vengeance.

Simon and Schuster
The New York Times bestselling author of The Stone Monkey is back with a brilliant thriller that pits forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, Amelia Sachs, against an unstoppable killer with one final, horrific trick up his sleeve. The Los Angeles Times calls his novels "thrill rides between covers." The New York Times hails them as "dazzling," and The Times of London crowns him "the best psychological thriller writer around." Now Jeffery Deaver, America's "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) delivers his most electrifying novel yet. It begins at a prestigious music school in New York City. A killer flees the scene of a homicide and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. When a scream rings out, followed by a gunshot, they break down the door. The room is empty. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are brought in to help with the high-profile investigation. For the ambitious Sachs, solving the case could earn her a promotion. For the quadriplegic Rhyme, it means relying on his protégée to ferret out a master illusionist they've dubbed "the conjurer," who baits them with gruesome murders that become more diabolical with each fresh crime. As the fatalities rise and the minutes tick down, Rhyme and Sachs must move beyond the smoke and mirrors to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003
ISBN: 9780743222006
0743222008
Branch Call Number: F DEA
Characteristics: 399 p. ; 24 cm

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ValinOR14
Apr 20, 2018

Although there were parts that were FASCINATING, it started feeling a bit repetitive to me. I liked Kara a lot! 3½ stars.

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cambridgedon
Feb 28, 2018

This is an older Deaver book and uses magic as an interesting backdrop. Deaver uses a lot of his own misdirection to confuse his audience but all-in-all an entertaining if still a little too verbose tale.

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maipenrai
Dec 14, 2016

(The fifth book in the Lincoln Rhyme series)

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gusmcrae
May 02, 2015

Another great entry in the Lincoln Ryhmes series. I didn't quite see the twist at the end and really enjoyed the magic theme this time around.

I strongly agree with Slade [below]. The plot is overloaded and there is a lot of materian which appeared in his previous book which was just thrown into this plot. There is no way the magician could have hidden a blood bomb in his head after a police body search, some of the 'tricks' which are needed to make up the plot defy credulity. This reads like an ego trip for the author who is getting his thrill from taking the readers on a roller coster ride with poor psychological infill in the characters and a scathing finish which puts the innocent detective Sachs at the mercy of a corrupt politician. I don't understand the American system so the resolution was not clear to me... a sideways promotion? An ok read but not Deaver's best work.

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DL7173
Dec 08, 2010

Most enjoyable throughout. Intriguing twists and turns are emphasized and made credible
for me by details of murderer's
use of magic and illusion.

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