The Vanished Man

I finished The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver today. It’s another classic Lincoln Rhyme novel, suspense, plot twists, double bluffs (or in this case misdirection), lot’s of detail in the evidence gathering and analysis, and so on. It even features a Poirot-like gathering to reveal the motives and the killer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
But… I wonder whether he is getting a little too formula; For example, about two thirds of the way through the book the killer gets arrested. He’s taken down to the police cells, cuffed and shackled. But he’s a magician, an illusionist, an escapologist! (I’m not giving anything away here) Obviously he’s going to escape! There’re lots more pages to go. And the almost final plot twist, the double (or is it triple) misdirection, it doesn’t make sense! There is no valid reason for the killer to have… listen, I can’t go into detail without spoiling the story for you, but go read the book. It is a good book, you will enjoy it. But after you have finished it, stop and think back about the double/triple misdirection, it didn’t make sense to me.
Still I have to say: Recommended!

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