"The coffin dancer" is the second book in the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series (the first one was "The bone collector"). Once again, Lincoln and his team of criminalists are trying to stop a killer. This time, the killer is the rental hitman with the same name of the title of the book, whose job is to kill three witnesses in a federal case.
As in the previous book in the series, Deaver is able to write a fast-paced and engaging thriller. I like to think Rhyme is sort of a modern Sherlock Holmes, using every bit and tiny piece of evidence, helped by state of the art, ultimate technology parafernalia to stay every time one step ahead of the killer.
Lincoln Rhyme is an almost flawless genious. Deaver's way to bring his character down to earth is to have made him a quadriplegic. This disability and his strong genious make Rhyme un unforgettable character for the readers who like good thrillers. Also, Deaver likes to get in the psychological side of his characters. Everybody in the book is tormented by some factor or other in his/her past life, and they have to deal with that during the story.
Like "The bone collector", this second book is full of plot twists and sudden happenings, some more plausible than others. Also like its predecessor, "The coffin dancer" has an ending that didn't leave me pleased, it seemed too unbelievable and without reason to be. But, aside from that, this book states that Jeff Deaver is one of the top thriller/forensic writers of today.
(Another thing that caught my attention is that the author puts a lot of initials in the story, but he always gives their meaning in the following paragraph, showing he wants the reader to understand what he's writing about).