Coffin Dancer Book Summary and Study Guide

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In this second book of the Lincoln Rhyme series, Lincoln who is a quadrapelegic joins Amelia Sachs in the hunt for the "coffin dancer." The coffin dancer is an ingenious killer who changes his appearance even faster than he adds to the list of his victims. So far they have only one clue; this assassin has a tattoo on his arm-of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a coffin. Rhyme, must rely on his wits and Sach's intuition to track the elusive murderer through the subways, parks, and airports of an ever tumultuous New York City. They have only forty-eight hours before the coffin dancer strikes again!
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The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

Lincoln Rhyme is back and he is after the most elusive contract killer he has ever come across. The Coffin Dancer, only identified by the tattoo on his arm has been hired to kill three people before they appear as witnesses to a Grand Jury. Rhyme; his partner, Amelia Sachs; and the NYPD have less than 72 hours to find and stop The Dancer. Little do they know that he is closer than they ever imagined.
The review of this Book prepared by J. E. Deaver

This book is Deaver's best. Lincoln Rhyme must move to stop a very skilled killer from killing the only two remaining witnesses to avery important case.
The review of this Book prepared by Jose Notario

Two forensic cops try to keep three key witnesses safe from a hitman. It is awesome!
The review of this Book prepared by Adam Franks

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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