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The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme #2)

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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 o ...more
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Published September 1st 1998 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1998)
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Mike
This is the book that hooked me into reading suspense novels. Back in 2002, I was at Super-Walmart waiting for my car to get an oil change so I decided to kill some time in the book aisle. I picked up a John Grisham book and was reading the plot summary when somebody said to me "if you want to read a good book then read that one". She was pointing to THE COFFIN DANCER so I took her advice and bought it. I have read about 120 novels since and nothing has topped it yet. I felt the first chapter wa ...more
Zach Judkins
Aug 23, 2007 Zach Judkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thrill seekers:)
Shelves: mystery
this is my favorite book by Deaver and the only one I would really give five stars. It is a great, creepy, fast paced thrill/mystery book, with all the twists and forensic tidbits one might expect from Deaver. What really makes the book is it's brilliantly sadist villians. The mindplay between the main character (lincoln rhyme) and those villians is enthralling, and adds about as much action and suspense to the book as any other in the series. for anyone who has not read the other lincoln rhyme ...more
Nikki
If you haven't read The Coffin Dancer, and you want the plot to surprise you, do not read my review after this first paragraph -- do not read anyone's review. I don't know whether I'm quicker or slower on the uptake than the average reader of Deaver's work, but a cursory glance at reviews here was enough to flick the switches in my brain and have me figuring things out ahead of Rhyme and co. So if you want to be left reeling, play it safe and stay out of people's reviews.

Yeah, there was some stu
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Janie Johnson
When I started this book I went into it with pretty high expectations. I thought this installment started off just a bit slow for me and I did not think I was going to enjoy it as much as The Bone Collector. And I really didn't, but it did pick up the pace a lot and had some great plot twists in the story. Soon enough I found myself somewhat engaged and enjoying the overall story.

So in this installment of the Lincoln Rhyme series we have the perp called 'the coffin dancer'. He is hired, suppose
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Harry
By far, Jeffery Deaver is the one author with that uncanny ability to develop plot twists and very complex characters that leave you stunned to the end. If you've seen the movie, trust me, the books are far more ingenious and developed as compared to what we were presented with on the silver screen. The Bone Collector is a series novel starring Lincoln Rhyme, our famous forensics expert bound to his bed and mobile wheelchair.

Reading this novel I am reminded to never commit a crime. The art of fo
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Jane Stewart
I was not magnetized and drawn in, but I was curious enough to keep reading.

When I finished the book my first thought was the killer’s abilities and actions were not believable. But I could accept them because it made an intricate and complicated puzzle for Lincoln to figure out. The killer was able to do too many things, too frequently, and get away too easily every time. And he always seemed to have full knowledge of everything the authorities were thinking and doing - so you need to suspend d
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Mike (the Paladin)
Read this during my (mentioned before) Jeffery Deaver/Lincoln Rhyme "period". In this outing an old enemy who has killed some of Lincoln's assistants in the past returns. Lincoln unfazed by this bravely sends Amelia after him anyway....:) (little dark humor there). (Let's you and him fight :))

The Dancer is one of Rhyme's deadliest foes...and I found one glitch in the story the conspicuous tattoo that figures so significantly in the story. I won't go into why here as that would be a huge spoiler,
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Terri Lynn
Typical Jeffery Deaver mystery involving two of my favorite characters- Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. This time they are tracking a devious killer who has a tatoo of a snake dancing around the victims' coffin on his arm. I love the interplay of Lincoln and lover/partner Amelia as she acts as his legs at the crime scenes and learns to be a fantastic crime scene detective under his tutelage.
Alondra
4 Stars

Now, that was fun. Can we do it again??

I really enjoyed this Lincoln Rhyme novel. Nice game of cat & mouse; but I am not sure who had who in the trap. Many twists and turns, with lots of dead ends; evidence leading no where...and then all of a sudden, things start clicking at the end and you are thinking, "No way! No way!" Loved this installment and am ready for some more.
Stephan
This one was a gripper. Second in the Lincoln Rhymes series (I know it's an old one, but I like to go in order, so I don't miss anything). This book starts out with a private Lear jet exploding in mid air. Rhymes discovers the person responsible is a man known as the "coffin dancer", a a demented criminal he had crossed paths previously.

As the dancer continues to kill others, Rhymes and Sach seem to be one step behind him. As the desperately try to figure out who he is and why he is targeting th
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Kathryn
Jeffery Deaver has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors very quickly. However, The Coffin Dancer wasn't my favorite Deaver novel. It is the second book in the Lincoln Rhyme series, and I'm currently reading through the series with a few GR friends.

I became acquainted with Deaver in late 2013 because I wanted to get into the mystery/suspense/thriller genre. And I have to say, I'm so glad two of my friends introduced me to his work. Deaver is such a genius at writing and weaving b
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Neil Collins
This is the second Jeffery Deaver book I’ve read, and also the second of his Lincoln Rhyme series. (The Bone Collector was first). I think I enjoyed The Coffin Dancer even more than The Bone Collector, and I saw some real development in the characters, mainly Lincoln and Amanda Sachs, the primary protagonists.

I found the story very well constructed and the telling quite good. I also really liked the way the reader is drawn to a certain perspective regarding the antagonist, setting the stage for
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Beth
In this, the second Lincoln Rhyme book, Lincoln and lover Amelia Sachs are called in to protect a female pilot who's husband has been murdered by the man now chasing her.

I adored The Bone Collector and could not wait to read this one, but unfortunately I was disappointed in The Coffin Dancer. The book for me just didn't get going until 3/4 of the way through. There was too much technical information about flying, not enough action and a lot of the chase-capture-oh no he's gone again scenes were
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Wes Metz
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Ana T.
The second book in the Rhyme/Amelia series shows them facing a killer that is almost as smart as they are. The Coffin Dancer is an old nemesis of Lincoln Rhyme and the man he most desperately wants to catch for personal reasons as much as professional.

He is a hired killer and his next assignment is to kill two federal witnesses, who may testify against an arms dealer, and Rhymes is determined to stop him. As in The Bone Collector Amelia does the legwork and Rhymes analyses the information and d
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Lori Bigby
Coffin Dancer was definitely a thriller! I could hardly put it down. Lincoln Rhyme, who is quite the character, is on the trail of a serial killer. I don't think I can say much without it being a spoiler, but Jeffery Deaver does a good job of keeping you off balance. There is a lot of police procedural in this book, but the characters are well thought out and sufficiently eccentric to really hold your interest. The story setting is surrounding a privately owned airline delivery company and a lot ...more
♞ Pat Gent
I really love murder mysteries that involve complicated plots and twisty turns. Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme books are some of my favorites. I don't really consider myself a series reader, because I don't really pay attention to "this comes next." I like the series characters, but I prefer my books to have stand-alone plots and these fit me and my reading preferences perfectly. The "bad guys" are really wicked and while Deaver always gives you a peek into their mental workings, he almost alway ...more
Cassie
The Lincoln Rhyme series has quickly become one of my favourite! After being hooked into the first book, I was hoping this one would live up to my high expectations. It easily did with another plot twist that had me hanging on the edge of my seat! A great read and would highly recommend!
Gina
Holy cow, what an awesome book! I thought the Bone Collector was good, this one's better. Although most of the characters are the same, you feel more personal toward them all, especially Lincoln and Amelia. Terrific, fast-paced plot, twists that leave you with the hair raising on the back of your neck, turns that leave you flipping the pages well after midnight (I know I did). Added sexual tension between Lincoln and Amelia brought a whole new sizzle, and the last chapter left you with a 'ooo-la ...more
Ryan Tobin
“The Coffin Dancer” was a mind-boggling follow up to The Bone Collector that definitely retained its own unique feel.

Jeffery Deaver is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He has a knack for delivering these insanely dramatic moments and stretching them (with such ease) to their absolute breaking point.

Chapters ten and eleven of “The Kill Zone” were two of the most intense chapters that I've ever read in my life. I loved how the point of view kept changing from hunter to hunted. Offensiv
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Lisa Gines
I'm hooked on this series. I absolutely love Lincoln Rhyme and his cohorts. The story is very fast paced that allows the reader to discover the "bad guy" at the same time as the characters. There never seems to be hidden evidence that only the characters are privy too. I want to figure out who-dun-it before Mr. Rhyme. Doesn't usually happen. I enjoyed the different locales this book was set in. There is a very technical aspects to this novel; bombs, airplanes, subways but as a reader I kept up w ...more
Marjolein
Review The Coffin Dancer, by Jeffery Deaver

Four stars for this excellent crime novel. The villain and the (civilian) detective are continously outsmarting each other, which provides an exhilarating read. A definite pageturner. The final twist is a nice add on. Not five stars, because the one before final twist is a bit of a stretch. It is an extremely creative move of Deaver, but it is also asking a lot of goodwill from the reader with regard to the credibility of the storyline. All in all this
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Stefan
The Coffin Dancer was a neat (and gripping) combination of forensic science, a well-developed plot, plenty of surprises, mental dueling, good dialogue, and vivid descriptions (Deaver did an excellent job at how he portrayed Lincoln Rhyme.) Most surprising to me was how compressed the time frame of the novel was. Jeffery Deaver did an amazing job at ensuring that the tension never flagged and kept the book going at an astoundingly fast pace. A well written, fun, and intelligent thriller that made ...more
Vishaya87
Z trudem przebrnęłam przez kilkadziesiąt pierwszych stron powieści i myślałam, że zrezygnuję z dalszego czytania. "Tańczący trumniarz" jest mocno osadzony w tematach lotniczych - dużo tu specjalistycznej terminologii, rozmów obracających się wokół samolotów, autor wprowadza nas także w tajniki prowadzenia dużej firmy lotniczej. Wiele osób zagadnienia te mogą ciekawić, ale ja do nich nie należę. Wraz z kolejnymi rozdziałami jednak, samoloty stopniowo ustępują miejsca dynamicznej opowieści i ciek ...more
Derek Davis
As too often, this rating is a compromise. If you love police procedurals with amazingly convoluted plots and even more amazingly ingenious fitting together of puzzle pieces, you'll give this five stars: It may have the most intricate manipulation of clues and motivations of anything I've read.

On the other hand, if you like your plots to have at least the tiniest connection to reality and your villains to behave in the slightest like living human beings, you'll end up beyond frustration.

I read "
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Toni

Lincoln Rhyme, the paraplegic criminalist, is back with his entourage of associates…Amelia Sachs, former model now crime scene expert, NYPD detective Lon Sellito, and undercover Special Agent Fred Dellray.

When a plane carrying the owner of Hudson Air Charters explodes over Chicago, no one doubts it’s murder, for Ed Carney was one of the witnesses against Philip Hansen, a multimillionaire arms dealer. Carney’s wife and his best friend are the other two witnesses and it’s up to the police to keep
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Christine Blachford
Plot: A notorious hitman has acquired another target, and it’s up to Lincoln Rhyme, a wheelchair bound retired criminalist and his eyes and legs, Amelia Sachs, to figure out who this guy is, who hired him and most importantly, where he’s going to strike next.

Characters: Lincoln is a cantankerous old fellow, bless him, you really feel for him and get inside his head though. Amelia Sachs bugs me a little bit because it’s so obvious that her and Rhyme should be together… he’s never going to make th
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Òphiere editoriale

Ispirato ma non curato

4 stelle per le locuzioni interiori del killer. Semplicemente fantastiche, valgono il libro, compreso il "No signore, vaffaculo signore" del finale".
MA
Il libro ha anche grandi cadute, il motore dell'azione sono le improvvide decisioni di tal aviatrice scriteriata che viene presentata come estremamente sagace senza che nè Rhime né Sachs né notino un'intima fragilità che possa spiegare le incongruenze del personaggio.

Il meccanismo giallo è ingegnoso.

Ma perchè Deaver dice che
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Patricia
The cargo jet was blown out of the sky on its approach to the Chicago airport. It wasn’t a terrorist act nor was it some twisted insurance scam even if the freight carrier was on the verge of bankruptcy. It was murder, plain and simple, of the pilot, who had reported to the FAA the unauthorized flight, from a closed airport, of a private jet owned by an arms dealer.

That pilot was not the only witness to the illegal flight. His wife and another company pilot were listed on the FAA report also. An
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lincoln Rhyme (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1)
  • The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme, #3)
  • The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme, #4)
  • The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, #5)
  • The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)
  • The Cold Moon (Lincoln Rhyme, #7)
  • The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8)
  • The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme, #9)
  • The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme, #10)
  • The Skin Collector  (Lincoln Rhyme, #11)
The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1) The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme, #3) The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, #5) The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8) The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance, #1)

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