Book Review - The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver has an excellent series of novels involving the quadrapelegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his protege, Amelia Sachs. In the book The Coffin Dancer, Deaver once again delivers a fast-paced story.
Rhyme is called in to help investigate a crime that has the marks of a former case he studied. A contract killer known as the Coffin Dancer has been hired to eliminate three employees of an air charter company after they are marked to testify in a grand jury investigation of another shady underworld character. The first kill is made using a bomb attached to one of the charter planes. The evidence of that explosion is brought to Rhyme, which then starts the cat and mouse game between him and the killer. The case is personal to Rhyme due to the nature of their original confrontation. The story races to a conclusion as Rhyme tries to stop the killer, keep the witnesses alive, and not get Sachs killed in the process.
This is probably my favorite Lincoln Rhyme novel so far. The story is constantly moving, and it's like reading a chess match waged between two masters at their craft. Even when you think you know how the story will play out, something happens to twist the story once again. This is really one of those stories that doesn't finish until the final page. You also gain some additional understanding behind the relationship between Sachs and Rhyme, so the character advancement means that future installments will be able to go even deeper than before.
A definite "must-read" if you like Deaver's work. Just make sure you can either stay up late or you don't have to work the next day...