Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is on the hunt for an elusive murderer, the Coffin Dancer. He's a brilliant hitman 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 of a casket.
Like his previous best-selling 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 protégé, 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' 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 48 hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.
With The Coffin Dancer, Deaver - already an internationally best-selling 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 gripping suspense of the highest order.
©1998 Jeffery Deaver (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
I really don't like cartoonish voices. The book is well written but gets lost in the infantile interpretation of Amelia and Tom who should both be strong characters to balance Rhime. I will not buy any subsequent books with this reader.
Yvonne, love to read and do audio books. Spends too many hours and too much money on books. But I love them. I can't stop.
Story was good. I did not like the narrator. Really hated him in the beginning. Got used to it by the end.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I am intrigued by Lincoln Rhymes., and I admire Amelia Sachs. These two characters are far from perfect -- flawed, obstinate, stubborn, fearful, arrogant. They are similar to real people which makes them more interesting because they seem more like people I could know and like. Mr Deaver has taken a man in bed -- a quadiplegic - and allowed him to be intelligent and vibrant. He has also allowed him to be unlikable at times. He has taken a man in a bed and made him into a character who is loud, smart and full of motion. He doesnt ever appear to be stagnant or stuck. I like this as it is very easy to see disabled people as living less life. Amelia is, of course, an able-bodied woman. But she is also complicated and compelling. Despite her career, Mr Deaver has written her to be a character who acknowledges her fear and her anger. He allows her to seethe and simmer, and then to overcome all of it. I will definitely be buying #3 very soon.
Mr Harding's performance was very good. I enjoy the life that he breathes into the two main characters. He does an especially good job of expressing Lincoln's anger. He shows the man's frustration and allows him to sometimes sound like he is having a temper tantrum -- because he is.
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
I liked the story line, the coffin dancer character and the twists. However, Lincoln was portrayed like a tantrum throwing child in this book. He was often moody and irrational while at other times very cognitive. I felt like he was too childlike and not true to the other books in the series. And Amelia was portrayed about the same--as emotional, jealous, guilty--not at all in character of other books in the series. But I felt like it was worth the listen.
The story is engaging. I forced myself to keep listening intrigue to discover what was next. The narrator had a great voice and can't blame him for the producers decision to use accented voice for the characters. They were forced and annoying.
Its worth tolerating the character voices to experience classic Jeffrey Deaver and great Rhyme story.
I was captivated the whole way through, and never saw the plot twist coming. I knew one character was a loose end, but two? Bravo, Mr. Deaver.
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
Proof on 2 points:
1) neither Audible nor the publisher checks on the quality of audiobook narration or narrators; and,
2) the job requires no experience or qualifications.
I couldn't get past this guy. I agree with the other listener: the guy's narration is cartoonish. I gave up after a few hours of listening to the worst male narrator in 500+ audiobooks I've heard.
If I could find anything positive to say here, I'd say it.
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