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Book #27: The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver

Number of pages: 438

This is the first of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme books that I've read; I realise it's also the second in the series, although I would like to go back and read the previous title, The Bone Collector.

Lincoln Rhyme is an Ironside-like quadriplegic detective who, in this book, is sent to catch the eponymous "Coffin Dancer", hired to kill three potential whistleblowers before they can give evidence in a trial. The first witness has already been killed, in a bomb that destroyed the plane that he was flying, and Lincoln must keep the other two witnesses alive for 45 hours, until the trial begins.

I enjoyed this book, as it kept me guessing, and threw in a couple of late plot twists, and I noticed that, possibly to ramp up the tension, the book kept me informed about how far into the 45 hours the characters were at all times. I also noticed there seemed to be a romantic subplot developing between Rhyme and his assistant Amelia Sachs, which presumably continues throughout the series.

I was really glad that I read this, and definitely want to read more books in the series, probably starting from the first.

Next book: Enough (Helen Roseveare)
Tags: book review, contemporary, crime fiction, gritty, period fiction (20th century), suspense, thriller

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