The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver (1998)

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Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his protege Amelia Sachs are visited by a ghost from Lincoln’s past — The Coffin Dancer. A ruthless assassin who will stop at nothing to hit his mark unless Rhyme and Sachs can stop him first. 

The Coffin Dancer is the second novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series.

This is the second trip into my retrospective of the Lincoln Rhyme collection and I found The Coffin Dancer to be a great follow up novel to The Bone Collector. 

I loved the evolution of the relationship between main characters Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. Their learning to work together in work and in life seemed genuinely awkward at points, they stumble with each other’s personalities and emotions but you can still tell they have a lot of respect for each other — it felt real. 

Percey Clay, one of the Coffin Dancer’s targets, is an interesting character. She is strong and stubborn but not particularly likeable, though there is something to be respected about her determination. You would think a recently widowed woman who is the target of the same killer that murdered her husband would be a sympathetic character, but nothing about her disposition allows her to be a pitiable character.

I adored the twists in The Coffin Dancer. They were well intwined and made perfect sense but still left me guessing until the very end, like all great twists. 

The Coffin Dancer is a great second novel for what is shaping up to be a thrilling series. I highly recommend The Coffin Dancer and its predecessor, The Bone Collector, to anyone who enjoys well written crime novels and thrillers.



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