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The Coffin Dancer Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1999

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (March 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671024094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024093
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 209 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book containing the characters, criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and Police Officer, Amelia Sachs. The characters are well developed and the plot is filled with fast-paced action. The characters appear to jump at you from the pages and possess a human emotional element that keeps the reader enthralled from the first chapter to the last. Hot on the trail of an illusive killer known as the Coffin Dancer, the novel is filled with twists and turns and passion on the side. Amelia and Lincoln, who is a qualraplegic, have a mutual respect and loyalty to each other in a professional manner. Amelia is the first person Lincoln sends to investigate a crime scene. In the Bone Collector, Amelia became intrigued with Lincoln's mind; in this novel, her personal feelngs for him increase as does her passion for his body. The Coffin Dancer weaves a frightening trail of death and destruction, keeping Rhymes and Sachs on their toes from the first page to the last. Written in a bold and captive style, this book is one of the best psychological thrillers on the bookshelves and highly recommended.
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Another great Lincoln Rhyme novel by Deaver! The hunter and the hunted...... The Coffin Dancer is a hired killer whose only goal is to seek out, find and kill. His motto is "delegate....isolate....eliinate" and he has done this with the perfection of the slightly mad for an inestimable amount of time. No one really knows just how many he has killed or how many more he will kill if he is not stopped. However, Rhyme and his assistant Amelia Sachs are also the hunters...tracking him down one miniscule clue at a time. No fingerprints, no slip-up by this master of death, "there are so many ways to die" he says. And truly he does the Danse Macabre on the coffins of those he so brutally and unemotionally slays. The comingling of ideas- the brilliance of this man who cannot move- this paraplegic who uses his mind to overcome the deadness of his body with his genius ...all of these things make Lincoln someone to be admired and pitied at the same time. But you cheer for him that that light goes on his head as he again outwits the killers' moves.And you share his frustration and sorrows as he tries to drown himself in his liquor. All Deaver's characters blend and weave together like the wind in the willows. Pick this one up and you will have one very enjoyable, thilling read!
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If you read "The Bone Collector", you'll be relieved that Deaver continues his streak f good fiction with the "The Coffin Dancer". Continuing to chronicle the exploits of Lincoln Rhyme and his beautiful assistant Sachs. Again they're chasing a creatively names villian (The Coffin Dancer).
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.
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By A Customer on Sept. 1 2002
Format: Hardcover
Though "The Bone Collector" is a fine book and our intoduction to both paralyzed Detective Lincoln Rhyme and his pupil in 'scene of the crime' police work Detective Amelia Sachs, "Coffin Dancer", the second entry in the series, may be the best. This is about the one killer that got away from Rhyme, the one that haunts him, known only as 'Coffin Dancer' for a tattoo of a woman dancing with the grim reaper in front of a casket. The 'Coffin Dancer' always brings death, a brilliant hitman who has returned after a long absence.
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!
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