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The Coffin Dancer: Lincoln Rhyme Book 2 (Lincoln Rhyme thrillers) Paperback – 28 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340960574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340960578
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,569 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 he 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 through 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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Praise for Jeffery Deaver's novels (:)

The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. (Daily Telegraph)

'This is a novel that will chill your blood on the warmest day of any summer holiday. Keep looking over your shoulder . . .' (Independent on Sunday)

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I can only add to what a number of other reviewers have already said about this book. I found the book well written and very readable. Parts of the story were excellent and described the action that was taking place very well indeed. No complaints on that score.
In all works of fiction there are always points in the story where the reader is asked to suspend reality and to accept a particular course of action taken by one of the characters as this is required to lead the story to where the author wishes it to go, and most readers accept this without questions. What the author should not do is to not have too many of these, or to build up a character in the story to then have them do the most improbable thing.

In this case "The Dancer" is built up throughout the story as the almost perfect killing machine, to such an extent that he invariably detects the traps set for him by the police all the way through the book, only to be caught out at the end of the story because the story had to end somewhere.

All in all for me this was a good enough read, certainly not bad enough to be a one or two star book, but equally it does not deserve any higher than the three stars that I have gave it due to these stretches that the story takes.
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This second Lincoln Rhyme story from Jeffery Deaver is even more gripping than his first, "The Bone Collector". Like it's predecessor it's one of those books that you just can't put down. Just when you think you've figured something out there's another twist to the story and you just keep on reading. If you don't mind finding your book lying on your bedroom floor in the morning because you've desperately tried to stay awake to read just a few more pages the night before, then "The Coffin Dancer" is for you. Apart from being a fascinating insight into the world of forensic science, you really feel that you are there with the characters, trying to figure out the killer's next move. I would offer one piece of advice however. Don't read this book before you've read "The Bone Collector" as you will miss some of the essential background to the characters that you will need to enjoy "The Coffin Dancer" to the full. Congratulations to Jeffery Deaver. Highly recommended.
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This is my second Jeffery Deaver book , having read "The Bone Collector" . Yet again I was gripped and could not book the book down. Surely another film in the making.
I knew after The Bone Collector I was in for an ending with a twist and yet I was still surprised. Am now about to start A Maiden's Grave Can't wait
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There's no doubting that it's a exciting page turner but the plot is full of holes and the denouement is nothing short of ludicrous. I won't give it away but the big reveal renders what came before totally nonsensical.
It turns out that the Coffin Dancer, a meticulous planner who will go to any lengths to get his kill, has left an awful lot to chance and seems to be relying on a hell of a lot of good luck and coincidence. The fact that he wasn't killed during the course of such a dumb plan is some sort of miracle.
There are other major (and minor) plot flaws and niggles but the big one is unforgivable.

I couldn't put it down but when it was done it left a sour taste.
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There is no doubt that I am quite a fan of the forensic crime thriller type of books, but despite that, this is the first Jeffrey Deaver that I have actually read. I thought it was fantastic. The plot was far more interesting and clever and had a lot more twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing than most of the other books of the same genre that I have read.
I think that it is incredibly difficult for a book like this to get every single aspect perfect. Certain imperfections have to be expected, and the way Percy wanted to take things into her own hands as opposed to having the police assist, was a little unrealistic. This minor issue however, did not detract from the quality of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. It kept me firmly in it's grasp throughout the whole story, and I can't wait to read some more Jeffrey Deaver.
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I read The Bone Collector by mistake having read it a long time ago and watched the film, however I was soon engrossed and found it brilliant. I was unaware there were a series of Lincoln Rhyme books but now possess 4 books!! So easy with a kindle!! This one The Coffin Dancer was so involved with finding the Dancer, it was not until the last paragraphs in the book that I discovered why he was so possessed in finding him. The undercurrent of romance between Lincoln and Sachs was believable and I was pleased she took the initiative. You forget he is a quad as the author has him managing all the equipment which makes life easier for him. Thom is wonderful and deserves a pay rise!!! Looking forward to the next one
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Having seen 'the Bone Collector' movie, I haven't been interested in Jeffery Deaver's works up until now. Having finished everything else that I had lined up, I decided to finally take a look at the Lincoln Rhyme series with the 'Coffin Dancer', and this is certainly one of the greatest thrillers I've ever read!
In this story we follow Lincoln Rhyme the bed-ridden criminalist in his chase of the elusive Coffin Dancer. Using his aides and his protege Amelia Sachs, he examines evidence from crime scenes and arranges the entire criminal investigation from his bed. This time round the Dancer is one-by-one eliminating some of the workers at an airline charter company who witnessed something they were not supposed to see.
The suspense is fantastic and the depth of the story is amazing. I loved the blend of criminalist examination of forensic evidence together with the action and drama of the actual pursuit of the suspect. I was also not expecting a twist in the story's end, but it turns out there is much more to the story than first meets the eye. The interaction between all of the characters is also highly entertaining, and you are taken through a range of emotions: everything from sadness, to anger and suspense.
All in all, these Deaver books seem to be horribly massacred by Hollywood attempts to make them into movies. For all crime fiction fans, drop everything else and read this book!!
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