"The Vanished Man" (Simon & Schuster) is the latest thriller by Jeffrey Deaver featuring Lincoln Rhyme & Amelia Sachs. When a student is found dead, the clues lead them on a hunt for a magician -- an escape artist, no less, who also happens to have the talents of sleight of hand and illusion on his side. Rhyme soon realizes he's up against a master illusionist, and acquires a conjuror of his own, a spunky apprentice magician to advise him. The book is supposed to be "rich in magic lore and lingo" (Publishers weekly).
I haven't read the book yet, but I noticed a passage on page 31 where the magician performs: "...Maldo's(?) 6-card mystery, a false dovetail shuffle, Stanley Palm's Ghost card, and a 3-pile false cut. The aknowledgements section in the back of the book include Ross Bertram, Tarbell, Slydini, among others. Here's hoping Denzel Washington will reprise his role as Lincoln Rhyme in the movie version.