Most helpful positive review
Wormily Good! Cringey & Fantastic!
on June 2, 2003
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!