The fifth novel in the number-one bestselling 'Lincoln Rhyme' series sees Lincoln and Amelia uncover a killer hidden within a world of magic and illusion.
A killer flees the scene of a homicide at a prestigious Manhattan music school and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. Then a scream rings out, followed by a gunshot. The police 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 new 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.
One of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning . . . Superb. - Independent on Sunday
Deaver is a terrific storyteller, and he takes the reader on a rollercoaster of suspense, violence and mystery - Daily Telegraph
There is no one better at wrong-footing the reader. - Evening Standard
The best psychological thriller writer around - The Times
Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller. - Kathy Reichs
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of thirty-three internationally bestselling novels, including the 2011 James Bond novel Carte Blanche, and three collections of short stories. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for 'The Weekender' from Twisted.