The Coffin Dancer
By Jeffery Deaver
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9780684852850, 368pp.)
Publication Date: August 1998
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Like his previous bestselling novels "A Maiden's Grave" and "The Bone Collector," Jeffery Deaver's latest psychological thriller combines spine-chilling forensic detail with a turbocharged plot. In "The Coffin Dancer," 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 is certain he's seen this killer before, and his suspicion of an earlier encounter fuels a 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's 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. And they have only forty-eight hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.
With "The Coffin Dancer," Deaver -- already an internationally bestselling author whose acclaimed novels have been translated into a dozen languages -- uses his trademark plot twists to keep this fast-paced, masterly thriller steamrolling along with breathtaking speed. This is page-turning suspense of the highest order.