The coffin dancer

by Deaver, Jeffery.

Format: Print Book 1998
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Summary
Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is on the hunt for an elusive murderer, the Coffin Dancer. He's a brilliant hitman who changes his appearance even faster than he adds to his trail of victims, only one of whom has lived long enough to offer a clue: the assassin has an eerie tattoo on his arm of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a casket. Like his previous bestselling novels A Maiden's Grave and The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver's latest psychological thriller combines spine-chilling forensic detail with a turbocharged plot. In The Coffin Dancer, Rhyme, tragically paralyzed from a line-of-duty accident, continues to tutor his beautiful protégé, Detective Amelia Sachs, in the art of criminal hunting. Rhyme is certain he's seen this killer before, and his suspicion of an earlier encounter fuels a bitter taste for vengeance. When the chameleonlike assassin targets three federal witnesses for death, the stakes reach a new high. Rhyme's brainpower and Sachs's legwork are the only tools they have to track the cunning murderer through the subways, parks, and airports of a darkly painted New York City. And they have only forty-eight hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again. With The Coffin Dancer, Deaver -- already an internationally bestselling author whose acclaimed novels have been translated into a dozen languages -- uses his trademark plot twists to keep this fast-paced, masterly thriller steamrolling along with breathtaking speed. This is page-turning suspense of the highest order.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Forensic scientist Lincoln Rhyme became a quadriplegic in an accident at a murder site, but the injury seemed only to intensify his powers of deduction and ability to get inside the heads of the killers he tracks from his state-of-the-art home laboratory. His beautiful protege, Amelia Sachs, serves as his arms and legs at the murder sites, bagging evidence and scoping out clues. In their latest case, the two team up to find a diabolical killer they've dubbed Coffin Dancer. The killer has a chameleonlike ability to change identities and murder methods, and he leaves behind no clues--not even the tiniest skin flake or clothing fiber. His latest mission is to destroy three witnesses who are set to testify against an international arms smuggler. Dancer has only 48 hours to accomplish his task before the trio appears before the grand jury. He's blown one witness apart using a booby-trap bomb. Can he get to the other two and kill them before they testify? In a classic battle of wills, Rhyme's dazzling forensic skills are pitted against Dancer's diabolical cunning. Intense, violent, and heart-stopping, Deaver's latest will leave readers gasping at the stunning climax. This one's already on the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Reader's Digest A-lists. It belongs on every library's A-list, too. --Emily Melton"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Lincoln Rhyme mystery
Has a small appearance in "XO"
#1 - The Bone collector
#2 - The Coffin dancer
#3 - The Empty chair
#4 - The Stone monkey
#5 - The Vanished man
#6 - The Twelfth card
#7 - The Cold moon
#8 - The Broken window
#9 - The Burning wire
#10 - The Kill room
#11 - The Skin collector
#12 - The Steel kiss
#13 - The Burial hour
#14 - The Cutting edge
Subjects Police -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Serial murderers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,1998
Language English
Description 358 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0684852853
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