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The Coffin Dancer: A Novel

The Coffin Dancer: A Novel

Written by Jeffery Deaver

Narrated by Joe Mantegna


The Coffin Dancer: A Novel

Written by Jeffery Deaver

Narrated by Joe Mantegna

ratings:
4/5 (12 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Sep 1, 1998
ISBN:
9780743542869
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Description

Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is on the hunt for an elusive murderer, the Coffin Dancer. He's a brilliant hit man 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.

Rhyme, tragically paralyzed from a line-of-duty accident, continues to tutor his beautiful protege, Detective Amelia Sachs, in the art of criminal hunting. Rhyme's suspicion of an earlier encounter with this killer fuels his 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' 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. They have 48 hours to keep the witnesses alive before a grand jury convenes.

With The Coffin Dancer, Deaver uses his trademark plot twists to keep this fast-paced, masterly thriller steamrolling along with breathtaking speed.
Released:
Sep 1, 1998
ISBN:
9780743542869
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and a hit television series on NBC.  He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.


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  • (3/5)
    A ruthless professional killer is hired to eliminate three witnesses set to testify at an arms dealer's grand jury trial. He's already gotten one of them, and it's up to Lincoln Rhyme, a brilliant forensics expert who hasn't let the accident that paralyzed him keep him from his job, to catch him before he kills the other two.I don't think I can call this a good book. If I'm being extremely charitable, I might describe the writing as "unpretentious," and even then I'd have to admit that it's full of infodump-y and often strangely repetitive exposition, especially in the earlier chapters. There are a few Hollywood-style cliches here, too. And some of the characters strike me as rather gimmicky. I particularly have trouble getting past the gorgeous ex-model-turned-cop. I mean... seriously? Although I'm honestly not sure whether the fact that she's also into sport shooting and drag racing makes it better or worse. I did like the main character, though. He's got a slightly gruff, very focused personality that somehow appeals to me. Or at least potentially does, anyway; he's not really developed all that strongly here. Maybe he gets a better introduction in the first book, which I haven't read. The plot's not bad, though, being a decently constructed little cat-and-mouse game with an interesting (if slightly odd) twist or two along the way. Ultimately, I found the book much more readable and entertaining than it seemed like it ought to be. If nothing else, it did a pretty good job of keeping me awake through a couple of otherwise boring night shifts. Honestly, reading it was a lot like snacking through a big bag of cheap potato chips. You know there are much better things you could be consuming, but the sheer act of munching through it feels kind of good.
  • (5/5)
    The Coffin Dancer wasn't the normal book by Jeffery Deaver. It wasn't a stomach turning, gut wrenching horror but a spine tingling thriller.The cons about the book were that it wasn't the norm for Deaver and some parts made my stomach turn. The pros were that it kept me on the edge of my seat always wanting to read on.Also an unsuspected twist keeps you wondering whats gonna happen next.
  • (1/5)
    This book was about a guy that goes around killing a bunch of people. That is all I really know about the book because I only read 35 pages. I only read 35 pages because I could not understand what was going on in the story and there were a lot of words that I didn't understand and I had a hard time reading some of the words also. I didn’t really understand what was going on cause things that you didn’t expect to happen was happening so I had a really hard time following what was going on. When I first heard about this book I was really into it because it was about CSI and things like that. So I would recommend this book to people that are into CSI and that are really strong readers.
  • (4/5)
    Am I the only person who's upset that Mr. Deaver ended The Bone Collector with a “cliffhanger”, i.e. bomber, Carole Ganz (along with her young daughter, Pammy), blowing up the UN conference...and then NOTHING?I started The Coffin Dancer thinking that it would continue where The Bone Collector left off, so you can imagine my disappointment when I realized that nothing was going to be resolved at all.WTF?! Other than that, The Coffin Dancer was a good, stand-alone thriller that kept me guessing until the very end. I'm looking forward to reading The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme #3).3 1/2 stars
  • (3/5)
    I found this one to be an ok read. Didn't blow me away.
  • (5/5)
    Well, Book two in the Lincoln Rhyme series did not disappoint! I enjoyed The Coffin Dancer every bit as much as The Bone Collector. The action is fast paced and the setting was particularly interesting since I love planes and flying. Once again, the story keeps you going, thinking you know who dunit and you find out in the end....well....you wouldn't really want me to tell you...would you? ;) If there's a movie of this book, I'll be watching it. I'm looking forward to the third installment in this series and can't wait! That should tell you all you really need to know!
  • (4/5)
    Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are paired together again to uncover the identify of the mysterious Coffin Dancer. The Coffin Dancer is a hit man with a knack for getting the job done, leaving no evidence behind and for being about three steps ahead of the police. Enter Lincoln Rhyme. Lincoln has dealt with the Coffin Dancer in the past and lost, now it is time to turn the tide.The story is action packed and keeps you guessing throughout and my only complaint is the love interest that is brewing between the main characters. In my opinion the story can do without the romance. In my mind Rhyme and Sachs have more a father/daughter or teacher/student relationship and the budding romance feels a tad incestuous.Jeffrey Deaver once again delivers a police thriller/mystery with an ending that is sure to delight.
  • (5/5)
    When a well-written mystery can keep me engaged and yet totally surprise me ... I am very impressed! Second in this series and LOVING it!
  • (4/5)
    A clever tightly plotted thriller which is full of surprises - I really wasn't expecting the final twist in the Coffin Dancer's identity, one which felt very plausible within the world of the book. In creating Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs Deaver has come up with two compelling characters whose attraction and weaknesses drive the plot and their mutual affection and who also make the forensics accessible to the reader.
  • (5/5)
    A bomb used to murder a federal witness convinces criminologist Lincoln Rhyme that the Coffin Dancer has returned to New York. Rhyme would like nothing more than to arrest the Coffin Dancer, who murdered several of his team members years before. But the Coffin Dancer is a master of disguise and always seems to stay one step ahead of the police. The two remaining targeted federal witnesses are taken into protective custody but the killer manages to infiltrate their safe houses each time the witnesses are moved. Amelia Sachs conducts a physical investigation while Rhyme, a quadriplegic, investigates from his own lab, both working against a forty-eight hour time frame. This second book in the Lincoln Rhyme mystery series confirms this is a series that will be around for awhile. Deaver offers his reader a thrilling mystery packed with forensic science. Rhyme and Sachs are a winning combination and Deaver delves a little deeper into their personas and attraction to one another. A page turner that will hold the reader vested throughout.
  • (4/5)
    Excellent, particularly if you are a fan of somewhat twisted forensic mysteries. Both main characters are unique and brilliantly written. Contains language and violence.