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The Conjurer is a master illusionist and magician who makes Houdini seem like an amateur. He no longer performs publicly because a fire left him with horrible burn scars on his face and neck and lung damage so he can no longer interact with an audience. Instead of public performances, he kills people with his first victim murdered in an odd and vicious way, performing for an audience that exists in his own mind. Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and New York Police Officer Amelia Sachs, his partner both in work and in their personal lives struggle to catch the Conjurer but he is a master escape artist who successfully eludes his captors many times. His misdirection is so brilliant that he even fools the brilliant Rhyme as to what his ultimate goal is. If Lincoln fails to figure it out soon, many more innocents will die. There is also a love story between the hero and his assistant.
The review of this Book prepared by sandy l scott



A new kind of serial killer is on the lose in New York. Selecting a new victim every two hours, he kills them in the manner of famous magic tricks. Criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and NYPD detective Amelia Sachs must enlist the help of a skilled illusionist to track down the killer dubbed The Conjurer.
The review of this Book prepared by Stephen Coombs



In this Lincoln Rhyme novel, Lincoln, together with his partner Amelia Sachs have to help with a high-profile investigation. For Lincoln, a very gifted handicapped criminalist, it means relying on his protegee 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.
The review of this Book prepared by Boppy




Jeffrey Deaver
Simon & Schuster, March 2003, 25.95, 413 pp.
ISBN 074322208

He is the Conjurer, a master illusionist and magician who makes Houdini seem like an amateur. He no longer performs publicly because a fire left him with horrible burn scars on his face and neck and lung damage so he can no longer interact with an audience. Instead of public performances, he kills people with his first victim murdered in an odd and vicious way, performing for an audience that exists in his own mind.

Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and New York Police Officer Amelia Sachs, his partner both in work and in their personal lives struggle to catch the Conjurer but he is a master escape artist who successfully eludes his captors many times. His misdirection is so brilliant that he even fools the brilliant Rhyme as to what his ultimate goal is. If Lincoln fails to figure it out soon, many more innocents will die.

Anyone who likes a great police procedural or enjoys learning about a magician's tricks will want to read THE VANISHED MAN. There are so many twists and red herrings in the story line that the audience will feel as bewildered as Lincoln is by the clever sleight of the hand plotting of Jeffery Deaver. The brilliant writer tells a strong tale that includes a beautiful relationship and love story between the hero and his assistant.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 32.5%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 17.5% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   Handicapped investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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