The Coffin Dancer, by Jeffery Deaver

Cover ImageFinished 8-23-08, rating 4.5/5, fiction, pub. 1998

I am surprised after I loved the first in this series, The Bone Collector, so much that I like the sequel even better.  Quadriplegic forensic specialist, Lincoln Rhymes, is back with his protege crime scene specialist, Amelia Sachs, in an all new and more personal race against the clock to catch a killer.  There is no down time.  From the opening pages where a federal witness is blown to bits while landing his plane to the shocking conclusion I was riveted.

The Coffin Dancer is a hired assassin that has fooled Lincoln before.  A few years earlier the Coffin Dancer, named that because of a tatoo on his arm, had killed two of Lincoln’s techs and Lincoln was still incensed that he had gotten away.  One of the two witnesses that Lincoln must protect is Percey, a woman pilot who has a lot in common with Lincoln.  This closeness sparks Amelia’s jealousy and there is tension between Lincoln and Amelia as they race to catch a killer.

Lincoln is such a great character because he shows his strength through his intellect and not physical power.  In this second book Lincoln has more electrical gadgets and is able to do more with what he has than he did in the first book.  This is a top rate page turner that does not disappoint.  The twists and turns are many and the writing is taut.  I think this is a don’t miss for thriller fans.  My only recommendation…don’t read this on a plane :)

5 thoughts on “The Coffin Dancer, by Jeffery Deaver

  1. Your review has inspired me to try a Jeffrey Deaver book. I’m not sure why I’ve never read any of his work because I like the type of book he writes.

    It took me a long time to try him too, even though I’d seen his books and they looked good, so I’m glad I can turn you on to him. I’d start with the first book in the series, The Bone Collector, but I always have to read a series in order. I hate when I read a book and discover it was the middle one in series. I’m sure that says something about me, but I try not to dwell on it :)

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