The Coffin Dancer

  • by Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by Joe Mantegna
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Coffin Dancer, NYPD criminalist Lincoln 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. Deaver uses his trademark plot twists to keep this fast-paced, masterly thriller steamrolling along with breathtaking speed. This is suspense of the highest order.

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What the Critics Say

"Jeffery Deaver constructs a taut thriller...Joe Mantegna is in top form and takes listeners on a compelling chase." (AudioFile)

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Vast improvement

The Coffin Dancer is a vast improvement on the first book in the Licoln Rhyme series, The Bone Collector. The central storyline, being a race against time to stop and catch a killer, has an inherent tension which holds the interest throughout. The writing is excellent, without a word being wasted, everything adds either to the plot or the depth of the characters.

On a personal note, I found the central villain/s to be very interesting. The characters are intriguing and complex, they are not what I would call "boo-hiss" baddies. The main characters of Lincoln and Amelia (Sachs, his protege) are much more complete in this book, I feel like I am getting to know them better now, which makes me root for them to succeed in their manhunt.

A round of applause for the narration by Joe Mantegna, which was excellent throughout. His voice is very clear and easy to listen to, and his pace and timing were very well suited to this book and writing style. I see he is also the narrator of the next book in the series, The Empty Chair, so I am already looking forward to that listen.

I am a fan of Jeffery Deaver, and I prefer his mix of police procedure and forensic work to some of the other writers out there, who place too much emphasis on either one or the other. More of the same next time please!
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- little bobs mum and dad

Abridged crime: never again!

Would you try another book written by Jeffery Deaver or narrated by Joe Mantegna?

I love Jeffery Deaver and Lincoln Rhyme, but the abbreviation left out key elements of the story, making the conclusions illogical and impossible to follow. I bought the abridged version by mistake, and I will check very closely from now on!


Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffery Deaver again?

Absolutely, as long as it is UNabridged


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, I liked the performance.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Coffin Dancer?

None - cutting out scenes makes it impossible to follow the story and the clues.


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- Elisabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-07-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio