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 Coffin Dancer is the name of a very cunning hit man; hired to kill three grand jury witnesses. In all of his career, he has left only one survivor, who was only able to describe a tatoo that was on his arm, that of Death dancing with a woman in front of a coffin (hence the name Coffin Dancer...creative huh?). With the first witness dies in a airplane explosion, a FBI agent missing, and the grand jury deadline only 45 hours away, Lincoln Rhyme and his croonies have to hustle to find the Dancer before its too late, for once hired, the Dancer never backs down.
The body count in this one is high. The pace is intense, and the ever-changing narrative (from Rhyme to Sachs to the Dancer to the victims) keeps your mind whirling.
I liked the twists and turns in the novel, it was like an elaborate chess game (actually a comparison mentioned in the book). There was a sometimes strained attempt to add personal information into the plot (Rhyme's romantic past doesn't fit with the storyline and where it's thrown in sounds cheesy and soap opera-ish). Overall though, the race to stop the Coffin Dancer kept me guessing, and the plot twist at the end made the book all the better.
The brilliant criminalist Rhyme must use Amelia as his legs once more in this complex and quick paced novel that deals with the changing relationship of Lincoln and Amelia, as jealousy over a connection Rhyme seems to have with an independent woman involved in the case causes her to confront her feelings for Rhyme and changes their relationship in a way only hinted at in "The Bone Collector".
I won't give away any of the story on this one if you haven't read it. It is complex and twisting, moving at breakneck speed but with a true suprise near it's conclusion you won't see coming. It's just another marvelous read with the same great forensic police work adding to the excitment of the pursuit of a seasoned killer, before it's to late. Through the streets of New York, from airports to subways, Rhyme and Amelia must track 'The Dancer' before he slips through Rhyme's fingers once again.
The familiar characters from "The Bone Collector" are back but not all of them may survive their last waltz with 'The Coffin Dancer'. This is a good one, full of atmosphere and a thrilling entry in the series. It also has a lot of character development as Rhyme and Amelia become even closer. This is a fine book and one you wont want to miss. Watch "The Bone Collector" on DVD and READ this one!
Most recent customer reviews
Certainly an enjoyable read. Twist at the end was rather unexpected. A good way to spend a couple days :)Published 1 month ago by Leanne G.
every Jeffery Deaver book is really good reading I have several loved all of themPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 on Oct. 11 2014 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 on March 27 2014 by Mr. Barry Munholland