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The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance, Bk 1)
The Sleeping Doll - Kathryn Dance, Bk 1
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Daniel Pell is a contemporary Charles Manson. A petty criminal with a history of antisocial behavior and obsession with controlling other people, he had a group of women living with him in a quasi cult in central California. Eight years ago, he and another man viciously slaughtered a family for no apparent reason, though the three women in his "...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780743260947
ISBN-10: 0743260945
Publication Date: 6/5/2007
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 174 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
This book is based on a character introduced in the last Lincoln Rhyme book. I really liked Catherine Dance and hope he writes more books about her. She is not only smart, good at her job, but also likable. Everytime I thought I had this book figured out it changed courses on me. It will keep you interested throughout and in some places you just won't be able to put it down.
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I got hooked on Deaver since "A Maiden's Grave." He is, in my opinion, an exceptional author, especially for his prowess with "plot twists." Such a gift for a modern author is refreshing. This time he focusses not on Lincoln Rhyme, but on Kathryn Dance, who is just as gifted in uncovering truth through observation as Deaver. JB
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First Line: The interrogation began like any other.

Special Agent Kathryn Dance, interrogator and kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation, is given the opportunity to interrogate convicted killer Daniel "Son of Manson" Pell. Pell has become the prime suspect in a newly unearthed crime, and the Bureau needs all the information he can give them. All hell breaks loose at the prison where the interrogation is taking place, and Pell manages to escape. It's up to Dance to put all the clues together before the body count begins to rise.

Although this is a plot-driven thriller, there was enough information about Dance's character to keep me interested. She's a widow, has two children, and quite the routine to keep herself grounded and her family running smoothly.

The information Deaver gives about kinesics (body language) is very interesting and easy to apply to real life, although sometimes too much of the detail was repeated. It was fascinating to follow along with Dance and her rather unorthodox line of thinking ("A to B to X") to see if I could figure out Pell's next moves before he actually made them. I also appreciated the fact that the author didn't fall prey to a line of jeopardy that it would have been all too easy to insert into the plot.

As a thriller, this is definitely a cut above, and I have the next Kathryn Dance book, Roadside Crosses on my bookshelves.
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Deaver does it again: another page-turner!!
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Deaver's book is great, as his books usually are.
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Good golly this was a good one.
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Special Agent Kathry Dancer is sent to question convicted murder Daniel Pell. Something goes terribly wrong and suddenly the man known as Son of Manson is loose and on a killing spree in beautiful Monterey County. Katherine and her collegues must do every thing they can to find the killer and his accomplise while he uses his twisted, brillant mind to extract revenge. The book reads easily, the story is fascinating and there is a shocking surprise or two at the end. Worth the read. The only caveat I found is that the author is British and refers to San Quentin Prison as The Q when we natives all know that the correct reference is simply Q.