Lincoln Rhyme on the trail of a hitman. A cagy, suspenseful novel by the lord of misdirection, Jeffery Deaver.
— Meg Gardiner
From the author of The Burial Hour,New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver's masterly thriller travels at breakneck speed as criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his protégé Amelia Sachs track down an ingenious killer.
Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is on the hunt for an elusive murderer known as the Coffin Dancer. He’s a brilliant hit man who changes his appearance faster than he adds to his trail of victims, only one of whom has lived long enough to offer a clue: the assassin has an eerie tattoo on his arm of the Grim Reaper waltzing in front of a casket.
Rhyme, paralyzed from a line-of-duty accident, is certain he’s seen this killer before, and his suspicion of an earlier encounter fuels a bitter taste for vengeance. When the chameleon-like assassin targets three federal witnesses for death, the stakes reach a new high. Now Rhyme’s brainpower and his protégée Detective Amelia Sachs’s legwork are the only tools they have to track the cunning murderer through a darkly painted New York City—and they have only forty-eight hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.
Like Deaver’s previous bestselling Lincoln Rhyme novels, this psychological thriller combines spine-chilling forensic detail with a turbocharged plot. This is page-turning suspense of the highest order.
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, which is currently being adapted for television by NBC.
He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.