The Coffin Dancer

The Coffin Dancer

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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1998.
ISBN: 9780684852850
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 10, 2018

This is about as perfect as story-telling gets. Deaver is absolutely on the mark with a thrilling tale that keeps you on the edge and encompasses a lot of specialist expertise to get out of near-impossible situations. And, of course, the patented Deaver twist throws off even the most avid readers. And Deaver is precise enough to tie off all the loose ends in the surprising conclusion.

Dec 14, 2016

(The second book in the Lincoln Rhyme series)

Jun 21, 2016

excellent book great twists every which way love this series

Oct 31, 2015

This was a re-read for me. Excellent book, great characters, very enjoyable read

A terrific murder mystery with all the plot twists and modern crime solving techniques we love to read in Deaver's books. A most satisfying read.

Nov 02, 2011

This was an excellent follow-up to Jeffery Deaver's first Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Bone Collector. And the case they're on in this one is no less chilling. I loved every word! And the ending was fantastic; I never saw it coming!!!

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Nov 02, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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