The Coffin Dancer Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1999
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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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!
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!
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).
1) The plane that explode with Edward (the husband of Percey) on board has half million dollars in human organs (that is on the first chapter, so I am not telling you anything about the story), has a bomb and everybody knew it after the accident and the hospital gives a second chance to Percey to transport more human organs three days after, I really think that the hospital should try another airline with out bombs don't you?
2) In another scene crime Lincoln Rhyme found some sand from (I won't tell you because you will know the story) in a car of an FBI agent that was kidnapped, if you go to a beach outside NY and you return to kidnap someone, at least you change your clothes don't you?
This two mistakes take down a star, nevertheless, the end of the book is one of the best I ever read, that end gives the book five stars again.
Most recent customer reviews
Jeffery Deaver is a great writer! This story was weird but great!
Thank you, Mr. Deaver. Keep 'em coming!
Didn't like the style. Deaver has an odd habit of "injecting" laundry lists of information whenever he feels the need to explain something.Published 16 months ago by Donna Kirk
This book kept me engaged from front to back. Solid plot and the criminal opponents are well developed. Nice twist at the end.Published 22 months ago by Mr. Barry Munholland
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. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver is a thrilling mystery book that takes place throughout New York. Read morePublished on May 18 2004