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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffery Deaver Narrator: Anne Twomey Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kathryn Dance Series Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780743566148
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Special Agent Kathryn Dance -- introduced in The Cold Moon -- stars in the latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.

When Special Agent Kathryn Dance is sent to interrogate the convicted killer Daniel "Son of Manson" Pell as a suspect in a newly unearthed crime, she feels both trepidation and electrifying intrigue. Pell is serving a life sentence for brutal murders years earlier that mirrored those perpetrated by Charles Manson in the 1960s. But Pell and his cult members left behind a survivor who -- because she was in bed hidden by her toys -- was dubbed the Sleeping Doll.

Pell has long been both reticent and unrepentant about the crime. But Dance sees an opportunity to pry a confession from him for the recent murder -- and to learn more about the depraved mind of this career criminal. But when Dance's plan goes terribly wrong and Pell escapes, leaving behind a trail of dead and injured, she finds herself in charge of her first manhunt. As the idyllic Monterey Peninsula is paralyzed by the elusive killer, Dance turns to the past to find the truth about what Daniel Pell is really up to. She tracks down the now-teenage Sleeping Doll to learn what really happened that night, and arranges a reunion of three women who were in his cult at the time of the killings.

The lies of the past and the evasions of the present boil up under the relentless probing of Kathryn Dance, but will the truth about Daniel Pell emerge in time to stop him from killing again? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jeffery Deaver is a master at crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity, and sheer creative genius.”

    Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Live Wire

  • “Deaver shows us exactly how it’s done—and makes us admire his own literary artistry.” 

    New York Times

  • “A master of ticking-bomb suspense.”

    People

  • “Deaver digs into his bottomless bag of unexpected twists and turns, keeping readers wide-eyed with surprise, and leaving them looking forward to more of the perspicacious Dance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “No one in the business can match Deaver’s gift for palming an ace under your nose while he tricks you into looking the other way.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/20/2014

    " Gives Kathryn Dance, a character from the Lincoln Rhyme series, her own setting and stories. Good secondary series. This looks at the psychological/body language of suspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megowen | 2/15/2014

    " Great Deaver novel. Lots of expected turns, but not always easy to predict who or what the surprise will be. Can't wait to read more of these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 2/12/2014

    " Focused on Kathryn Dance instead of Lincoln but very quickpaced with less forensics but more of her kinesic specialty. Nice descriptions of Monterey area as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/29/2014

    " It was suspenseful, but it felt like the author was trying a little too hard to put twists in. (I anticipated about half of them and wasn't that surprised by the other half.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daryl | 1/22/2014

    " Not bvery good first 200 pages. Too gory and why pick Manson to write about. Also very concufusingin some places - disconnected passages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle O'flynn | 1/20/2014

    " So good I want more of Kathryn Dance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.C. | 1/18/2014

    " a decent start for this new series. Dance is a pretty good character, not great but I enjoyed her adventure. full of the standard Deaver twists and turns.... hope The next one is a real page turner "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Giordano | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. Non-Stop action and plenty of plot twists. It was difficult to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jae | 1/16/2014

    " I finished it because I started it. Is this representational of Deaver? It seemed to have promise but did not hold up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KJP | 1/1/2014

    " It was an ok thriller- not mind blowing but kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Frey | 12/20/2013

    " I liked this book overall. It took me until about 1/2 way thru to really get into it but then I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/19/2013

    " This is the first Jeffery Deaver book I have read, I did not know what to expect. This story was fast paced and just kept you wanting to read faster. After this story I will get more of Jeffery Deaver's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne Degraeve | 12/6/2013

    " Finished it because I hate quitting... I have the feeling Deaver had to write the book in one week or so... pretty dissapointing. Too much explanation of the plot and the procedures. Predictable plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/22/2013

    " It was good but not his best work...thought it dragged on in the middle. Picked up quite a bit in the last 200 pages or so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/7/2012

    " I met the Kathryn Dance character in the Deaver novel, The Cold Moon. Deaver weaves an intersting story with lots of unpredictable twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/14/2012

    " Nice read with a few surprises. I enjoyed it very much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Fiorini | 8/29/2012

    " Serial killer thriller. Not easy to predict what's coming. I plan to look for book 2 in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mscharming | 8/13/2012

    " The style and the book itself is amazing, thrilling and keeps your attention until the end (which was quite unexpected for me, personally). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 5/24/2012

    " Kathryn Dance first worked with Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs in Cold Moon by Jeffery Daver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 5/2/2012

    " This was the second Jeffrey Deaver I've read. It was very good, but I liked the Broken Window more. I would read more of his though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 10/22/2011

    " A complicated plot and a nail biter. I really enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Workman | 10/19/2011

    " First of this author for me. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Michaels | 7/23/2011

    " An interesting new character, although not as strong as the Lincoln Rhyme novels. The story is more psychological and interesting, but a little predictable. However, I will read more of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BC | 7/3/2011

    " I have an abridged audio copy and a large print book. Amazon.com $3.99 First I listened to an abridged version then I read the whole book. Some parts that were left out were no big deal others were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irinak | 4/25/2011

    " Love the book. The plot moves at a quick pace, and every time when you think that you know where it’s going, there is a turn; it keeps you involved all the way to the final paragraph. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 4/20/2011

    " If you can survive the plodding first half, it turns into twisted Deaver-- plot turns nearly as fast as the page turns. If only the first half of the book hadn't been so abominably slow.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maja | 4/15/2011

    " This was the first book i´ve read by Jeffery Deaver. I think it was a good read and really liked the way he discribed the thinking of the killer, but i think the book didn´t make alot of sense, there were too many lose ends of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/3/2011

    " I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 3/27/2011

    " Jeffery Deaver rocks big time.The man can do no wrong! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 3/21/2011

    " I liked d book...its like viewing a criminal and d intensity of his crime psycologically....scary in its own way.....knowin hw bad d criminal is...brrrr.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 3/3/2011

    " I like how the protagonist is a kinesics specialist instead of the over-exposed forensics. I have always been interested in reading body languange and verbal cues for the true feelings of a person. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of mystery and crime novels. His novels have won the Nero Wolfe Award, three Ellery Queen Readers’ Awards, a British Thumping Good Read Award, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger awards from the British Crime Writers’ Association. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. The Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award. His novels have hit bestsellers lists around the world, including the New York Times, London Times, Los Angeles Times, the Milan Corriere della Sera, and Sydney Morning Herald. He received his BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and has a law degree from Fordham University. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1990, he has written over thirty-five books. Some of his novels have been made into films, including The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

About the Narrator

Anne Twomey is an accomplished actress of both stage and screen. Her Broadway credits include Orpheus Descending with Vanessa Redgrave, To Grandmother’s House We Go, and Nuts, for which she received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. Her many television appearances include guest roles on Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City, and the Christopher Reeves’ movie-of-the-week Rear Window. She has also appeared in the films Picture Perfect and Orpheus Descending. Her audiobook narrations have won her five AudioFile Earphones Awards.