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The Coffin Dancer

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About the Author

Jeff Deaver was a lawyer before quitting work to become a full-time writer. He divides his time between Washington, DC and California.


In this follow-up to Deaver's The Bone Collector, Lincoln Rhyme and detective Amelia Sachs return in a story filled with as many twists, turns, and surprises as the first. Not much can divert Rhyme from a close examination of evidence, and the smaller and more obscure the evidence, the better. When presented with the opportunity to hunt an elusive and seemingly unstoppable assassin known to law enforcement simply as the Coffin Dancer, Rhyme can't resist. The hit man has killed once, and Rhyme and Sachs have 48 hours to prevent him from killing again. Alexander Adams's narration leans more to cold reading than actual performance; he uses distinct voices only when absolutely necessary and accents only when specifically called for in the text. Although Deaver paints interesting characters, the real thrust of the book is in a plot teeming with action, suspense, and surprises. Adams's style is a perfect fit, as a more animated narration only could have detracted from the urgency and entertainment. Recommended for popular fiction collections.--Jennifer Belford, Addison P.L., IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

'Deaver is just as cunning and deceptive as his killer; don't assume he's run out of tricks until you've run out of pages' -- Publishers Weekly 'A terrific, high-paced thriller' -- Wales on Sunday 'Wake up Scarpetta fans, Lincoln Rhyme is here to blast you out of your stupor' -- Entertainment 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. (Aug.)

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