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From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Goodbye Man, discover Jeffery Deaver's chilling series that inspired the film starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, and is now a major NBC TV series.
'No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver' Lee Child
The Coffin Dancer, America's most wanted hit man, is back with a bang. Hired by an infamous airline owner to take care of three witnesses before his trial, the Coffin Dancer begins by blowing up a pilot - and an entire plane along with him . . .
Enter quadriplegic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme, the man who can find forensic evidence to hang a man in the smallest debris, and his assistant Amelia Sachs. Despite the growing danger, their job is to keep the remaining two witnesses safe, and to track down the Coffin Dancer before he has chance to finish what he started . . .
But as the first murder proved, this notorious serial killer is not easily stopped, and is more than happy to sacrifice anyone who tries to get in his way.
The race is on . . .
'The best psychological thriller writer around' The Times
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- ASIN : B004KZOXAE
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (28 May 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1756 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 452 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 90,846 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Coffin Dancer is a professional assassin who has eluded all efforts of capture. He has been employed to take out witnesses for a crime boss before his trial and he is not going to stop until all witnesses are eliminated.
For Lincoln this appears to be very personal and he is throwing all of his brain power into trying to bring this man down. It also brings back some characters from the first book such as Amelia Sachs and Lon Selitto.
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I did think about ditching the book after reading 30 pages but a good friend of mine who I normally have similar taste to had recommended the book and I pressed on regardless. The 50 pages mark came and went and so did the 100 pages mark and I should have listened to my inner critic which said cut and run!!
Without giving any of the plot away the elaborate steps taken at each juncture to achieve what seems an otherwise fairly easy objective requires you to suspend belief. Now in many thrillers the same could probably be said, but you are so engrossed in other aspects of the book that you do not notice the plot twists required to take you to where the author has in mind. This book is different, as you are constantly asking yourself "why would he do this", "how did a guy who is basically operating out of a rucksack arrange all these fantastic pieces of kit and elaboaate traps and plans without having a fairly substantial base to operate from".
It also seems fairly far-fetched how a civilian would have what seems to be limitless resources from the police and FBI to deliver bodies, analysis, evidence immediately at the drop of a hat. But add to the incredulity factor the conclusions that are drawn based on minimal information - it's just several steps too far.
I found myself questioning the book on almost every page rather than just getting into the story. Some parts of the book were well written and clever but only at a fairly basic level. I probably normally wouldn't post a 2 star review but I just felt like down by the glowing reviews that had gone before which I feel had misled me slightly.
Caveat emptor as they say!!
SPOILER ALERT don't read this if you haven't read the book. The section about the altitude bomb was true to life. In the early 1970's my husband who worked for British Airways departed from Toronto on what seemed like a routine flight. Within 30 minutes or so flying east, the airline received a phone call from some nut stating that there was an altitude bomb on board which would detonate if the aircraft flew below 5000 feet. He (the nut) assured them (the airline) that upon receipt of a large sum of money he would tell them where the bomb was hidden and how to deactivate it. The airline had to take it seriously even though it was very unlikely so they turned the aircraft round and diverted to Denver obviously above 5000 feet. They landed without all the dramas that Percey encountered. The biggest problem after a safe landing was to find some aircraft steps tall enough to disembark 400 passengers from a 747! Eventually some engineering steps were found for this job. No bomb was ever found and the nut never contacted the airline again. I can't help wondering if the author used this story for inspiration.
Then, there are the technical details of bombs, tactical squad ambush and the protection of the victims. From a detective's perspective, this book is well researched with many details, even minute details of how bombs are made, and the crime scenes search methodologies. I could not follow through, though. I was lost. Even the way how they get a plane on the air was so well described, it was nonetheless tedious for me to read.
But I liked the plot, the characters are vividly thought of. I could feel them, even to the extent of smelling their perspiration and their feeling of hopelessness. Each character is described with extreme care, even the killer, his killing instinct and the hate are creepy. Chill to the bones.
This is a good movie material, just like one of the novels, The Bone Collector, the chase in this story will make my palm sweat. Let's wait for the movie.
I enjoyed the return of Sachs and Rhyme. The evolving character dynamic was great.
The plot was clever with some brilliant twists. To be honest, when I first understand the nature of the antagonist I was convinced I would be bored, but I was wrong.
The stakes are raised chapter by chapter. The villain is complex. Protagonists are put in danger.
As with The Bone Collector the side plots are appropriately weaved into the main plot and are resolved in a sataisfying way.
I've had to be very strong willed not to just jump into book 3.