I bought The Coffin Dancer a few weeks ago after a trip into The Works (I really should avoid this place!). I had innocently strolled into the store for a quick browse & was almost immediately attacked by 4 books demanding that I buy them “or else”! They were insistent little buggers, too! So, buy them I did & luckily it only set me back £8.50 for 4 books. Bargain, really, lol 🙂
I had been fairly confident I’d already read The Coffin Dancer, but couldn’t for the life of me remember any of the story, so managed to convince myself that maybe I hadn’t read it after all. Which is why this one sat on my sofa un-touched for a few weeks, until a few of the girls from the Book Club Forum started talking about the fact that they were going to read this at the same time as each other, so I thought “Why not join them?” – so I did.
The blurb from the back of the book:
The most dangerous and elusive hitman in the world is visiting New York City – on business………..
Percey Clay, one of America’s foremost pilots and the uncompromising owner of a struggling charter flight service, was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Now she’s the target of the Coffin Dancer.
Brilliant quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme knows the killer only too well. He’s the man who’s raised murder to a form of high art; who’s deadliest weapons aren’t guns or knives but his uncanny knowledge of human nature…
And Rhyme must combat both the hitman’s amoral genius and Percey’s headstrong determination if he is to save her.
And keep himself alive.
It turns out that I had indeed read The Coffin Dancer already, but even though I knew this it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book & even though I vaguely remembered what was going to happen, Deaver still managed to surprise me with a few of his classic “you think you know what’s happening, but I’m about to prove to you that you’re sadly mistaken” twists, which made the book all the more enjoyable. The Coffin Dancer is the second in the Lincoln Rhyme series of books (the 1st is The Bone Collector, which I read a few years back, after having seen the movie that’s based on the book) & in my opinion, the better of the 2 novels.
The Coffin Dancer sees Rhyme & the cast from The Bone Collector gather in pursuit of the Coffin Dancer (so called because of a tattoo that the Dancer has on his arm) – a for-hire hitman, who has been hired to kill 3 people who witnessed a crime & are now material witnesses in a trial. The book follows the team as they try to hunt down the Dancer, hopefully preventing him from killing the witnesses. Deaver, the master of the unexpected twist, has written a masterpiece here & it is one I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading!