|Publish Date:||May 2008|
|Number of Pages:||580|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.84|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.2 x 1.29 x 7.52|
Jeffery Deaver, the author of eighteen other novels of suspense, has been nominated for three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America & is a two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year. A lawyer who quit practicing to write full time, he lives in California & Virginia.
An explosive prison escape in the opening pages sets a dynamic pace in Deaver's newest suspense thriller. Kathryn Dance, the kinesics expert from the California Bureau of Investigation first introduced in last year's The Cold Moon, an entry in the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series, leads the investigation in this psychological exploration of a cult leader's mentality. Years earlier, Daniel Pell masterminded the brutal Charles Manson-like murder of a wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur and his family.
Now he's escaped, and his perceived evilness sends California into high-panic mode. With her knack for reading people's body language, Dance joins with her team to assemble an unconventional group of helpers in a Monterey-based pursuit so full of twists and turns that the reader will feel unsettled even after the last page. Pell's "family" of three former cult members and the only survivor of the original murder all help Dance outsmart Pell, a self-taught Pied Piper. Deaver is still fleshing out Dance and her partners, but we sense a series coming-if not another movie (two of Deaver's books have already been adapted to the screen). Recommended for all popular collections.
- Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., Fairfield, CA
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A Charles Manson-esque killer escapes prison, and special agent Kathryn Dance must enlist the help of three women and a young girl from his past. The popular Deaver lives in North Carolina and California. A 12-city tour.
To stop a raving Charles Manson type named Daniel Pell, special agent Kathryn Dance (back from The Cold Moon) must find the little girl called the Sleeping Doll who alone survived Pell's slaughter of her family. With a 12-city tour.
When kinesics interrogator and California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special agent Kathryn Dance interviews psychopathic killer Daniel Pell about his efforts from prison to have evidence in an unsolved murder case destroyed, the interview occasions Daniel's carefully orchestrated, successful escape from custody. Kathryn leads CBI's work to recapture the former cult family leader and avoid losing jurisdiction to either the Monterey County Sheriff or the FBI. Though the action and intrigue in this well-produced abridgment have been preserved, it's suspected that much of the nuance in Kathryn's personal and professional life has been deleted.
Listeners don't know or care nearly as much about her as they should to enjoy the novel fully. Those desiring to know more about why Kathryn is in the CBI or what happened between her and the two men in her life will likely have to find an unabridged version to go beyond the hints here. Still, this terrific, fast-moving thriller, read by Anne Twomey, features intricate plotting and ample suspense; recommended for adult audio collections.
-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Jeffery Deaver evokes pure evil in The Sleeping Doll (S. & S. 2007. ISBN 978-0-7432-6094-7. $26.95). Convicted of masterminding the brutal murders of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and his family, Daniel Pell is nicknamed "Son of Manson" because he eerily parallels the 1960s sadistic killer. When Pell escapes from prison, California Bureau of Investigation interrogator and kinesics expert Kathryn Dance must track him down before he kills again.
When Special Agent Kathryn Dance -- a brilliant interrogator and kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation -- is sent to question the convicted killer Daniel "Son of Manson" Pell as a suspect in a newly unearthed crime, she feels both trepidation and electrifying intrigue. Pell is serving a life sentence for the brutal murders of the wealthy Croyton family in Carmel years earlier -- a crime mirroring those perpetrated by Charles Manson in the 1960s. But Pell and his cult members were sloppy: Not only were they apprehended, they even left behind a survivor -- the youngest of the Croyton daughters, who, because she was in bed hidden by her toys that terrible night, was dubbed the Sleeping Doll.
But the girl never spoke about that night, nor did the crime's mastermind.
Indeed, Pell has long been both reticent and unrepentant about the crime. And so with the murderer transported from the Capitola superprison to an interrogation room in the Monterey County Courthouse, Dance sees an opportunity to pry a confession from him for the recent murder -- and to learn more about the depraved mind of this career criminal who considers himself a master of control, a dark Svengali, forcing people to do what they otherwise would never conceive of doing. In an electrifying psychological jousting match, Dance calls up all her skills as an interrogator and kinesics -- body language -- expert to get to the truth behind Daniel Pell.
But when Dance's plan goes terribly wrong and Pell escapes, leaving behind a trail of dead and injured, she finds herself in charge of her first-ever manhunt. But far from simply fleeing, Pell turns on his pursuers -- and other innocents -- for reasons Dance and her colleagues can't discern. As the idyllic Monterey Peninsula is paralyzed by the elusive killer, Dance turns to the past to find the truth about what Daniel Pell is really up to.
She tracks down the now teenage Sleeping Doll to learn what really happened that night, and she arranges a reunion of three women who were in his cult at the time of the killings. The lies of the past and the evasions of the present boil up under the relentless probing of Kathryn Dance, but will the truth about Daniel Pell emerge in time to stop him from killing again?
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