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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,672 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffery Deaver Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lincoln Rhyme Series Release Date: September 1998 ISBN: 9780743542869
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Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is put on the trail of the Coffin Dancer, a cunning professional killer who has continually eluded the police. Rhymes, a quadriplegic since a line-of-duty accident, must use his wits to track this brilliant killer who has been hired to eliminate three witnesses in the last hours before their grand jury testimony. Rhyme works with his eyes and ears, New York City cop Amelia Sachs, to gather information from trace evidence at the crime scene to nail him, or at least to predict his next move and head him off.

So far they have only one clue: the assassin has a tattoo on his arm of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a coffin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deaver…is a master of ticking-bomb suspense…Rhyme, now a forensic consultant, is more relentless than ever. Especially when, as in his chilling new case, he has a personal score to settle.” 

    People

  • “Deaver revs up the already supercharged tension by cramming all of the action in The Coffin Dancer into forty-eight hours.” 

    USA Today

  • “Lean and crisp…The plot twists and turns and leads, ultimately, to a shattering and heart-pounding climax that is worthy of such a tense and entertaining story.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Revelations and reversals punctuate this thriller like a string of firecrackers…Superb plotting and brisk, no-nonsense prose.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stinasig | 2/11/2014

    " Surprisingly well written with a complicated plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 2/6/2014

    " Quick exciting read for airplane or beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent Lincoln/Amelia Sachs mystery. Great for the CSI fans "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/5/2014

    " This is definitely one of my favorite Deaver books so far. My heart rate actually picked up on some parts as I was drawn in so deeply by the story. I highly recommend this adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arpita | 2/1/2014

    " I am definitely following this series... Such intricate forensic work...!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Warner | 1/21/2014

    " Excellent follow up to The Bone Collecter. Couldn't stop reading it, which is a quality I look for. A challenge to figure out (guarantee you won't) and a top piece of work on Jeffery Deaver's part. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon | 1/13/2014

    " My first experience with Lincoln Rhyme. Started off boring, became engaged when killer was narrating. Ridiculous twists pretty much ruined any good will I had toward book. Will try another to see if series gets better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karendenice | 1/9/2014

    " As usual a great book by Deaver. I have read quite a few of his and enjoyed all of them. I'm going back and reading them in order and picking up the ones that I've missed. After I get done I'll have to decide which one is my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari Ramirez | 1/7/2014

    " There were a few things that Deaver spent too much time on. A flight taking off, the background of Percey & Ed, but in the end it doesn't matter. The twist was great, out of left field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rupesh Goenka | 12/27/2013

    " A stunning read.. pacy crime thriller.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vasare | 11/19/2013

    " I think I really adored this book for keeping me guessing and then pulling the rug out from under my feet every time I thought I had caught on to anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari L | 11/13/2013

    " My husband listened to these books on tapes and got me addicted. I actually enjoyed this book more than the Bone Collector. I keep hoping Hollywood will make this into a movie as well. The series keeps you on the edge of your seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nae | 10/25/2013

    " Per quanto mi riguarda, il miglior libro di Deaver che abbia mai letto. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/24/2013

    " I am having a heck of a time getting into this....only 14% read and its been two weeks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lbd | 10/20/2013

    " Wow, you don't know who is really the killer til nearly the very end! great page turner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Goetz-bixby | 10/15/2013

    " And they keep getting better... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 7/11/2013

    " This author is my secret addiction (I guess not so secret anymore!). His books are so scary and so addictive. I have read them all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roni | 6/2/2013

    " It was a bit weary. They kept having run ins with the bad guy. It got a bit repetitive. It was well written so it wasn't boring and I enjoyed the twists and the continuing relationship between Sachs and Rhyme. All in all it was a great book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine Shaw | 5/30/2013

    " good book but slow to start with but in the end good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avishek | 5/6/2013

    " Sharp and gripping with a fabulous twist in the tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Grant | 4/22/2013

    " Excellent Sequel to The Bone Collector. A brisk read with plenty of plot twists and all the forensics you could want. White knuckle last 1/3 of this book. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Swain | 3/21/2013

    " So many twists I am still trying to figure it out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/16/2013

    " Lincoln Rhyme and his co-hort are delightful! Jeffery Deaver is a master storyteller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/13/2012

    " Once again, Deaver keeps me entertained up to the very last page. Very good at keeping me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janai | 7/26/2011

    " I like the Lincoln Rhymes books. Great mysteries. Good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 5/22/2011

    " Excellent follow up to The Bone Collecter. Couldn't stop reading it, which is a quality I look for. A challenge to figure out (guarantee you won't) and a top piece of work on Jeffery Deaver's part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The | 5/15/2011

    " ...if you love crime and suspense - Jeffery Deaver is definitely your man!! Loveed it!!Very hard to put down and extremly informative as well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/28/2011

    " This book is fantastic! A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawid | 3/26/2011

    " Good book, poor ending. Jeffery could stop with his manner of continuing stories after mystery is solved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/22/2011

    " If you like psychological thrillers, you will love this book, what a ride! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it kept me guessing the whole time, and then at the end it was something I never would have guessed anyway. Rarely books give me a surprise like this, I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristine | 2/16/2011

    " A great who-done-it. A bit like James Patterson with more substance... "

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    " Better than the first - the plot was excellent, as were the twists towards the end. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/21/2010

    " So many twists I am still trying to figure it out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 12/15/2010

    " This is one of the best books i have ever read. great twists and turns along with great characters. Highly recommended. Never underestimate quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/1/2010

    " Like most Jeffrey Deaver books, the entire book is awesome until the end, which sucks. Worth the read though. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffery DeaverJeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of thirty-three internationally bestselling novels, including the 2011 James Bond novel Carte Blanche, and three collections of short stories. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for 'The Weekender' from Twisted.
About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.