The Empty Chair
- By: Helen Barratt
Lincoln Rhyme first appeared in Jeffery Deaver's best selling book The Bone Collector, which was made into a film in 1999. Now the criminalist makes a welcome return in Deaver's latest novel, The Empty Chair.
Paralysed from the neck down after an accident, Rhyme travels to Paquenoke County, North Carolina, with his protègè, former model Amelia Sachs, to undergo pioneering experimental surgery to repair his C4 vertebral fracture, which has left him able to move only his little finger. The pair are met by Sheriff Jim Bell, the cousin of an NYPD colleague, and within hours find themselves thrown into the midst of a particularly delicate case.
Sixteen year old Garrett Hanlon, known locally as the Insect Boy because of his fascination with all things entomological, has kidnapped two girls and bludgeoned another boy to death. Having secreted one of the girls away, Hanlon is now on the run with