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The Coffin Dancer [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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March 1 1999 Lincoln Rhyme Novels
NYPD criminalist Lincoln Rhyme joins his beautiful protégé, Amelia Sachs, in the hunt for the Coffin Dancer -- an ingenious killer who changes appearance even faster than he adds to his trail of victims. They have only one clue: the madman has a tattoo of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman. Rhyme must rely on his wits and intuition to track the elusive murderer through New York City -- knowing they have only forty-eight hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.

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This return engagement for quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is strong on forensic details as Rhyme tracks an elusive assassin known only by the tattoo that gives this fast-paced thriller its title.

Three witnesses to a murder could put a millionaire arms dealer behind bars for good. When one of them, the co-owner of Hudson Air, is blown up in a plane bombing with the Dancer's fingerprints all over it, the FBI takes the other witnesses into protective custody. Only Rhyme can decipher a crime scene, read the residue of a bombing, or identify a handful of dirt well enough to keep up with the killer. Helped by Amelia Sachs, his brilliant and able-bodied assistant, Rhyme traces the Dancer through Manhattan streets, airports, and subways. The psychological tension builds rapidly from page one all the way to the stunning and unexpected denouement. At the same time, Jeffery Deaver slowly develops the against-all-odds love affair between Rhyme and Sachs. Fans of Patricia Cornwell and others in the growing subgenre of forensic thrillers will find a lot to enjoy in Deaver's latest. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Deaver has come a long way since his Rune novels (Manhattan Is My Beat; Death of a Blue Movie Star), and the measure of his growth as a writer is on display in this taut sequel to the bestselling The Bone Collector, starring quadriplegic forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme. Rhyme is called in to track down a contract killer, known as the Coffin Dancer, who has been hired to eliminate three witnesses in the upcoming federal trial of Philip Hansen. The trial is set to begin just 48 hours from the novel's (literally) explosive beginning. Rhyme and his beautiful assistant, detective Amelia Sachs, have just that much time to ID the Dancer and keep him from murdering the remaining witnesses. Yet Rhyme has personal reasons to track the Dancer, which come out in just one of the revelations and reversals that punctuate this thriller like a string of firecrackers. The pace, energized by Deaver's precise attention, never flags; and if the romantic angle is a little obvious (Rhyme's seeming concern for one of the Dancer's female targets sparks Amelia's jealousy), Deaver manages to renovate many of the hoariest conventions of the ticking-clock-serial-murder subgenre. Another original renovation is his Nero Wolfe-ish Rhyme?a detective who lives the life of the mind by necessity, not choice, and who thinks of everything but can't even pick up a phone without help. Trust Deaver's superb plotting and brisk, no-nonsense prose to spin fresh gold from tired straw. Literary Guild main selection; Doubleday Book Club featured alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Book Club.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book kept me engaged from front to back. Solid plot and the criminal opponents are well developed. Nice twist at the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable May 21 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Deaver novel that I have read and I found it enjoyable. There were several suspenseful parts of this book and also some boring. Some areas dragged out longer then necessary so you lost the major page turner yearning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Coffin Dancer May 18 2004
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The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver is a thrilling mystery book that takes place throughout New York. Some of the main settings are in Lincoln Rhyme's house and office, various safe houses and airplanes.
The Coffin Dancer is a story about a hitman who is hired to kill three people, all that stands in his way is the quick thinking Lincoln Rhyme and his very opinionated assistant Amelia Sachs. Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic, is very persistant in his detective work. Amelia Sachs repeatedly searches the crime scenes for evidence in place of Rhyme.
I think this book is written for teens and up, people who can keep track of many things, and who love to read.
I thought that this book was very good, because you never knew what to expect and you don't know how it ends until you read the last page.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Relentless Killer-But A Smarter Detective! Sept. 11 2003
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Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, joins his partner Amelia Sachs in the hunt for the 'coffin dancer.' This ingenious killer who changes his appearance faster than he adds to his list of victims, is the most sadistic yet.
He wears a tattoo on his arm-of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a coffin. Rhyme, who is a quadrepeligic, has to depend on his wits and Amelia's intuition to track this killer down through parks,airports, and subways of an ever-tumultuous New York City. They only have forty-eight hours to catch him before he strikes out again.
Overall, a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wormily Good! Cringey & Fantastic! June 2 2003
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I encountered this series only recently and Stone Monkey was the first one I read...after reading that, I ran right out to my local used book store and picked up the other Lincoln Rhyme novels. Coffin Dancer was a wonderful surprise and possibly the best in the series to date. This novel deals with the hunt for a hired assassin and the manners in which Rhyme & Sachs stay one step ahead of him...or try to. This book wasn't afraid of having Rhyme be wrong, or of having his foolproof traps foiled. It's nice to see that the man is fallible after all.
The character of Steven Krall is fabulous! I laughed out loud at his twisted thought processes, of "Lincoln, King of Worms!", how he dealt with others around him, including the wacky cat lady and Jodie. What a great character...I only wish there could be more of him.
The twist at the end is unpredictable, maybe even a little far-fetched, but still great. I went back and re-read several passages to see if the author might have been just a bit too clever with his plot line and slip up...but he didn't. The villainous characters were seamlessly interwoven. Add to this mixture the growing affection between Rhyme and Sachs and you've got it all!
What a terrific, terrific book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book! May 25 2003
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This book is a 5 star book.
"The Coffin Dancer" is the second novel in this series featuring Lincoln Rhyme and his gorgeous assistant Amelia Sachs. This book follows after the "Bone Collector".
The book centers on Lincoln Rhyme, a disabled forensic "detective" and his battle of the wits with a hired killer, the "Coffin Dancer". Time is critical as two witnesses need to be kept alive over the weekend so they can testify against a known felon. However this is no typical killer, once you hire him you cannot change your mind. He will kill the targets at all costs... unless he can be stopped.
The book is a fast paced novel that sucks you in and keeps you there. Deaver works in lots of details about forensics, and makes the art of the science very appealing.
Over all I thought this was one of the better books I've read in years and would recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dog, cat , mouse, cat, mouse, falcon April 14 2003
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This author creates delightful characters and puts them in intriguing situations. This story is a prolonged cat and mouse tale with the occasional dog being thrown in as a twist. It does become tedious about half way through when you realize that the entire book is to be about the back and forth of the detective and the assassin. It is a tribute to Deaver's ability to produce characters who matter to the reader that I hung in to the end. The ending was good, but not worth the wait. Still, a good yarn in spite of its dragging in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets! March 12 2003
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Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, a truly inspired pairing if there ever was one, return in a thriller that never stops thrilling.
It seems that one of the cagiest and deadliest serial killers of all time, nicknamed the Coffin Dancer because of a distinctive and chilling tattoo on his arm, is on the loose once more. Rhyme, the brilliant criminalist who is now a quadriplegic, has had run-ins with "The Dancer" before--and it's one of the very few times in his career that the perp has won. And managed to take a few of Rhyme's cherished colleagues with him.
So Rhyme, surrounded by his lab-within-a-home and the highest-of-the-highest high-tech equipment, begins a deadly game of wits that may end not only in his own death, but that of his partner, gorgeous redheaded cop Amelia Sachs. Speaking of Sachs...just what is going on in her supposedly professional relationship with Rhyme? And why does she hate the woman she and Rhyme are trying to protect?
From the dankest of unused subway tunnels under Manhattan, to a sleek and sexy Lear Jet, to a series of FBI-run safe houses, the chess game between Rhyme and the Dancer continues with agonizing suspense. Is it checkmate at the end of the book? Read it and see!
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