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The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver

The Coffin Dancer (1998)

by Jeffery Deaver

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Series: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (2)

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Lincoln Rhyme, a quadraplegic crime scene analyst, is called in to help stop the Coffin dancer, a killer for hire who killed one of Rhyme's assistants 5 years ago. Now the Coffin Dancer is after pilot Percey Clay and her friend Brit Hale. He already killed percey's husband by blowing up the plane he was flying. The book started a bit slow but really picked up in the last third with lots of twists and turns. I really like the developing relationship between Rhyme and his assistant crime scene detective Amelia Sachs. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Another great book by Jeffery Deaver. This is the 2nd one I have read, and I am hooked. Mr Deaver has quite a way of keeping me reading and surprising me. I think he is my favorite author. I just downloaded the next Lincoln Rymes novel on my Kindle and I can't wait to read it. If you are reading this Mr Deaver, Thank you for the Lincoln Rymes Series! ( )
  ChildofGod | Dec 11, 2015 |
Ik was op zoek naar boeken van deze auteur met in de hoofdrollen Rhyme en Sachs, omdat ik het eerste boek waarin zij samen op speurtocht gaan zo goed vond.

Ik moet zeggen dat ook dit boek goed was. Heb het via boekenruilen.nl geruild tegen een boek dat ik uit had en niet zo denderend vond (dat al heel lang stof stond te vergaren) en ben erg tevreden met mijn ruil.

Het eerste boek (The Bone Collector / Tot op het bot) vond ik beter, maar dat is heel persoonlijk: ik vond het zo leuk om te lezen hoe Sachs, heel stijfkoppig, tegen Rhyme inging en hoe ze leerde onderzoeken van hem.

Dat deel ontbreekt nu helemaal. Wel begrijpelijk, omdat Sachs nu 'volleerd' is, voor zover dat ooit mogelijk is in dat vakgebied. Maar daardoor ontstond er bij mij wel een gevoel van gemis, dat er iets ontbrak. De thriller op zich was spannend genoeg, een zeer slimme, goed getrainde moordenaar moet worden gevonden, voor hij drie getuigen om zeep helpt.

Het einde is enerzijds onverwacht (de Dansers kant dan), anderzijds (de afloop) verwacht, omdat het boek eigenlijk wel die kant op MOET gaan. (Ken je dat gevoel van ik weet wel wat er komt, maar heb nog niet helemaal door hoe het precies zit? Nou, dat had ik nu ook. Ik heb nog een thriller over deze twee speurders liggen (in het Engels dit maal) en ik ben zeer benieuwd wat ik daarvan vind. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 9, 2015 |
I had to compulsively finish this book off! It was so fast paced that I was left wondering if I had really read the book. The ending honestly was a super surprise. It one the books that got me to the edge of the seat. But then I felt at certain places the writing could have been better. ( )
  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
Another well-written book in the series from this author. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
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This return engagement for quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is strong on forensic details as Rhyme 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 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

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The New York Times proclaimed Jeffery Deaver's previous bestselling novels "dazzling" (The Bone Collector) and "a screaming hit" (A Maiden's Grave). Now he combines spine-chilling forensic detail with gripping suspense to keep his trademark plot twists -- and brilliant, driven hero -- moving at breathtaking speed. Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminals in the NYPD, joins his beautiful protege, Amelia Sachs, in the hunt for the Coffin Dancer -- an ingenious killer who changes his appearance even faster than he adds to his trail of victims. So far, they have only one clue: the assassin has a tattoo on his arm -- of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a coffin. Rhyme, a quadriplegic from a line-of-duty accident, must rely on his wits and Sachs's intuition to track the elusive murderer through the subways, parks, and airports of an ever-tumultuous New York City -- knowing they have only forty-eight hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.… (more)

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