The Empty Chair
Abridged / Go to Unabridged Audiobook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: May 2000
Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes
Lincoln Rhyme, former head of NYPD's forensics and the world's foremost criminalist, a quadrapalegic since a bullet sliced his spinal cord in an accident years back, is undergoing some experimental surgery to improve his condition at the UNC Medical Center. His love interest and trusted partner, Amelia Sachs, travels with him to the hospital to support him through what will be a grueling ordeal. But neither are prepared for the ordeal that unfolds.
While Rhyme is hospitalized, a 16 year old local boy murders another high school student, then kidnaps two female archaelogical students working nearby. Desperate to find the girls, the local authorities enlist Lincoln and Amelia to track the kidnaper. Using the stellar forensic facilities at UNC, they are ultimately successful. But Amelia has doubts about the guilt of the boy -- doubts that will not disappear. When the boy faces a sentence of life imprisonment, Amelia brazenly breaks him out of prison and the takes him on the run. Now Lincoln Rhyme must face his ultimate opponent, the woman who knows him best in the world; the woman he trained as his protege and loved as a wife. The Empty Chair becomes a battle between Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs -- two brilliant dectectives pitted against one another in a battle of wits, forensics, and intuition -- with Deaver's signature plot twists that keep the reader guessing the outcome to the very last page.