The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance Series #1) [NOOK Book]


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...
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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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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
This disturbingly intelligent monster takes us deep into his confidence, sharing both the philosophy and the diabolical techniques of an utterly ruthless cult leader: “Nothing made him happier than transforming someone into a creature of his own making.” Master manipulator that he is, Deaver shows us exactly how it’s done — and makes us admire his own literary artistry.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Kathryn Dance, an investigator with the California Bureau of Investigation, returns from Deaver's The Cold Moon(where she was a secondary) in this post-prison break pulse-pounder. Dance is the lead cop handling the escape of psychopathic killer Daniel Pell, dubbed "Son of Manson" by the press for his "family" of young runaways and his most horrendous crime, the murders of computer engineer William Croyton, Croyton's wife and two of their three children. The only child left alive, nine-year-old Theresa, is known as theSleeping Doll. Pell, charismatic and diabolically intelligent, continually eludes capture, but Dance, a specialist in interrogation and kinesics (or body language), is never more than a few suspenseful minutes behind. Dance is nicely detailed, and procedural scenes where she uses somatic cues to ferret out liars are fascinating. The book sags in its long middle, but toward the end Deaver digs into his bottomless bag of unexpected twists and turns, keeping readers wide-eyed with surprise, and leaving them looking forward to more of the perspicacious Dance. (June)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Library Journal
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. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The creator of quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Cold Moon, 2006, etc.) presents a new supersleuth to match wits with his latest supervillain. Kathryn Dance is a specialist in interrogation kinesics. She's so good at reading the tiniest movements of the people she's talking to that she's a human lie detector. She's the obvious person for the California Bureau of Investigation to send to interrogate Daniel Pell eight years after the slaughter of computer expert William Croyton and his family landed him in a maximum-security prison for life. Pell is now under suspicion in another cold case. But Dance doesn't have much chance to use her vaunted skills, because hours after her chat with Pell, he escapes in a movie-ready set piece and goes on the lam with the accomplice who helped break him out. Pell's long-range plan is to form a new cult-like Family to replace the three women who were captured along with him and retreat to a private mountaintop he owns. But first he means to protect himself from every possible threat to his future welfare, and that means killing-Theresa Croyton, the daughter who survived her family's murder? Morton Nagle, the fishy true-crime writer who's researching a book on the case? The three Family members Dance has brought together in an uneasy reunion? Dance and her colleagues in the CBI and the Monterey prosecutor's office? The action sequences organized around sightings of Pell and attempts to protect potential victims are expertly staged, and no one in the business can match Deaver's gift for palming an ace under your nose while he tricks you into looking the other way. Longtime fans, however, will see several twists coming and-sensing the approach ofDeaver's most unwisely beloved convention, the false-bottom epilogue-will know enough to skip the last 50 pages. A professional, forgettable barn-burner. First printing of 300,000. Agent: Deborah Schneider/Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents Inc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416545866
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Series: Kathryn Dance Series, #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 15,300
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver
Jeffery Deaver is the international, #1 bestselling author of more than twenty-seven suspense novels, including The Bone Collector, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. He lives in North Carolina.
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    1. Also Known As:
      William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
    2. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 6, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

The interrogation began like any other.

Kathryn Dance entered the interview room and found the forty-three-year-old man sitting at a metal table, shackled, looking up at her closely. Subjects always did this, of course, though never with such astonishing eyes. Their color was a blue unlike sky or ocean or famous gems.

"Good morning," she said, sitting down across from him.

"And to you," replied Daniel Pell, the man who eight years ago had knifed to death four members of a family for reasons he'd never shared. His voice was soft.

A slight smile on his bearded face, the small, sinewy man sat back, relaxed. His head, covered with long, gray-black hair, was cocked to the side. While most jailhouse interrogations were accompanied by a jingling soundtrack of handcuff chains as subjects tried to prove their innocence with broad, predictable gestures, Daniel Pell sat perfectly still.

To Dance, a specialist in interrogation and kinesics -- body language -- Pell's demeanor and posture suggested caution, but also confidence and, curiously, amusement. He wore an orange jumpsuit, stenciled with "Capitola Correctional Facility" on the chest and "Inmate" unnecessarily decorating the back.

At the moment, though, Pell and Dance were not in Capitola but, rather, a secure interview room at the county courthouse in Salinas, forty miles away.

Pell continued his examination. First, he took in Dance's own eyes -- a green complementary to his blue and framed by square, black-rimmed glasses. He then regarded her French-braided, dark blond hair, the black jacket and beneath it the thick, unrevealing white blouse. He noted too the empty holster on her hip. He was meticulous and in no hurry. (Interviewers and interviewees share mutual curiosity. She told the students in her interrogation seminars, "They're studying you as hard as you're studying them -- usually even harder, since they have more to lose.")

Dance fished in her blue Coach purse for her ID card, not reacting as she saw a tiny toy bat, from last year's Halloween, that either twelve-year-old Wes, his younger sister, Maggie, or possibly both conspirators had slipped into the bag that morning as a practical joke. She thought: How's this for a contrasting life? An hour ago she was having breakfast with her children in the kitchen of their homey Victorian house in idyllic Pacific Grove, two exuberant dogs at their feet begging for bacon, and now here she sat, across a very different table from a convicted murderer.

She found the ID and displayed it. He stared for a long moment, easing forward. "Dance. Interesting name. Wonder where it comes from. And the California Bureau...what is that?"

"Bureau of Investigation. Like an FBI for the state. Now, Mr. Pell, you understand that this conversation is being recorded?"

He glanced at the mirror, behind which a video camera was humming away. "You folks think we really believe that's there so we can fix up our hair?"

Mirrors weren't placed in interrogation rooms to hide cameras and witnesses -- there are far better high-tech ways to do so -- but because people are less inclined to lie when they can see themselves.

Dance gave a faint smile. "And you understand that you can withdraw from this interview anytime you want and that you have a right to an attorney?"

"I know more criminal procedure than the entire graduating class of Hastings Law rolled up together. Which is a pretty funny image, when you think about it."

More articulate than Dance expected. More clever too.

The previous week, Daniel Raymond Pell, serving a life sentence for the 1999 murders of William Croyton, his wife and two of their children, had approached a fellow prisoner due to be released from Capitola and tried to bribe him to run an errand after he was free. Pell told him about some evidence he'd disposed of in a Salinas well years ago and explained that he was worried the items would implicate him in the unsolved murder of a wealthy farm owner. He'd read recently that Salinas was revamping its water system. This had jogged his memory and he'd grown concerned that the evidence would be discovered. He wanted the prisoner to find and dispose of it.

Pell picked the wrong man to enlist, though. The short-timer spilled to the warden, who called the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. Investigators wondered if Pell was talking about the unsolved murder of farm owner Robert Herron, beaten to death a decade ago. The murder weapon, probably a claw hammer, was never found. The Sheriff's Office sent a team to search all the wells in that part of town. Sure enough, they found a tattered T-shirt, a claw hammer and an empty wallet with the initials R.H. stamped on it. Two fingerprints on the hammer were Daniel Pell's.

The Monterey County prosecutor decided to present the case to the grand jury in Salinas, and asked CBI Agent Kathryn Dance to interview him, in hopes of a confession.

Dance now began the interrogation, asking, "How long did you live in the Monterey area?"

He seemed surprised that she didn't immediately begin to browbeat. "A few years."


"Seaside." A town of about thirty thousand, north of Monterey on Highway 1, populated mostly by young working families and retirees. "You got more for your hard-earned money there," he explained. "More than in your fancy Carmel." His eyes alighted on her face.

His grammar and syntax were good, she noted, ignoring his fishing expedition for information about her residence.

Dance continued to ask about his life in Seaside and in prison, observing him the whole while: how he behaved when she asked the questions and how he behaved when he answered. She wasn't doing this to get information -- she'd done her homework and knew the answers to everything she asked -- but was instead establishing his behavioral baseline.

In spotting lies, interrogators consider three factors: nonverbal behavior (body language, or kinesics), verbal quality (pitch of voice or pauses before answering) and verbal content (what the suspect says). The first two are far more reliable indications of deception, since it's much easier to control what we say than how we say it and our body's natural reaction when we do.

The baseline is a catalog of those behaviors exhibited when the subject is telling the truth. This is the standard the interrogator will compare later with the subject's behavior when he might have a reason to lie. Any differences between the two suggest deception.

Finally Dance had a good profile of the truthful Daniel Pell and moved to the crux of her mission in this modern, sterile courthouse on a foggy morning in June. "I'd like to ask you a few questions about Robert Herron."

Eyes sweeping her, now refining their examination: the abalone shell necklace, which her mother had made, at her throat. Then Dance's short, pink-polished nails. The gray pearl ring on the wedding-band finger got two glances.

"How did you meet Herron?"

"You're assuming I did. But, no, never met him in my life. I swear."

The last sentence was a deception flag, though his body language wasn't giving off signals that suggested he was lying.

"But you told the prisoner in Capitola that you wanted him to go to the well and find the hammer and wallet."

"No, that's what he told the warden." Pell offered another amused smile. "Why don't you talk to him about it? You've got sharp eyes, Officer Dance. I've seen them looking me over, deciding if I'm being straight with you. I'll bet you could tell in a flash that that boy was lying."

She gave no reaction, but reflected that it was very rare for a suspect to realize he was being analyzed kinesically.

"But then how did he know about the evidence in the well?"

"Oh, I've got that figured out. Somebody stole a hammer of mine, killed Herron with it and planted it to blame me. They wore gloves. Those rubber ones everybody wears on CSI."

Still relaxed. The body language wasn't any different from his baseline. He was showing only emblems -- common gestures that tended to substitute for words, like shrugs and finger pointing. There were no adaptors, which signal tension, or affect displays -- signs that he was experiencing emotion.

"But if he wanted to do that," Dance pointed out, "wouldn't the killer just call the police then and tell them where the hammer was? Why wait more than ten years?"

"Being smart, I'd guess. Better to bide his time. Then spring the trap."

"But why would the real killer call the prisoner in Capitola? Why not just call the police directly?"

A hesitation. Then a laugh. His blue eyes shone with excitement, which seemed genuine. "Because they're involved too. The police. Sure...The cops realize the Herron case hasn't been solved and they want to blame somebody. Why not me? They've already got me in jail. I'll bet the cops planted the hammer themselves."

"Let's work with this a little. There're two different things you're saying. First, somebody stole your hammer before Herron was killed, murdered him with it and now, all this time later, dimes you out. But your second version is that the police got your hammer after Herron was killed by someone else altogether and planted it in the well to blame you. Those're contradictory. It's either one or the other. Which do you think?"

"Hm." Pell thought for a few seconds. "Okay, I'll go with number two. The police. It's a setup. I'm sure that's what happened."

She looked him in the eyes, green on blue. Nodding agreeably.

"Let's consider that. First, where would the police have gotten the hammer?"

He thought. "When they arrested me for that Carmel thing."

"The Croyton murders in ninety-nine?"

"Right. All the evidence they took from my house in Seaside."

Dance's brows furrowed. "I doubt that. Evidence is accounted for too closely. No, I'd go for a more credible scenario: that the hammer was stolen recently. Where else could somebody find a hammer of yours? Do you have any property in the state?"


"Any relatives or friends who could've had some tools of yours?"

"Not really."

Which wasn't an answer to a yes-or-no question; it was even slipperier than "I don't recall." Dance noticed too that Pell had put his hands, tipped with long, clean nails, on the table at the word "relatives." This was a deviation from baseline behavior. It didn't mean lying, but he was feeling stress. The questions were upsetting him.

"Daniel, do you have any relations living in California?"

He hesitated, must have assessed that she was the sort to check out every comment -- which she was -- and said, "The only one left's my aunt. Down in Bakersfield."

"Is her name Pell?"

Another pause. "Yep...That's good thinking, Officer Dance. I'll bet the deputies who dropped the ball on the Herron case stole that hammer from her house and planted it. They're the ones behind this whole thing. Why don't you talk to them?"

"All right. Now let's think about the wallet. Where could that've come from?...Here's a thought. What if it's not Robert Herron's wallet at all? What if this rogue cop we're talking about just bought a wallet, had R.H. stamped in the leather, then hid that and the hammer in the well? It could've been last month. Or even last week. What do you think about that, Daniel?"

Pell lowered his head -- she couldn't see his eyes -- and said nothing.

It was unfolding just as she'd planned.

Dance had forced him to pick the more credible of two explanations for his innocence -- and proceeded to prove it wasn't credible at all. No sane jury would believe that the police had fabricated evidence and stolen tools from a house hundreds of miles away from the crime scene. Pell was now realizing the mistake he'd made. The trap was about to close on him.


Her heart thumped a bit and she was thinking that the next words out of his mouth might be about a plea bargain.

She was wrong.

His eyes snapped open and bored into hers with pure malevolence. He lunged forward as far as he could. Only the chains hooked to the metal chair, grounded with bolts to the tile floor, stopped him from sinking his teeth into her.

She jerked back, gasping.

"You goddamn bitch! Oh, I get it now. Sure, you're part of it too! Yeah, yeah, blame Daniel. It's always my fault! I'm the easy target. And you come in here sounding like a friend, asking me a few questions. Jesus, you're just like the rest of them!"

Her heart was pounding furiously now, and she was afraid. But she noted quickly that the restraints were secure and he couldn't reach her. She turned to the mirror, behind which the officer manning the video camera was surely rising to his feet right now to help her. But she shook her head his way. It was important to see where this was going.

Then suddenly Pell's fury was replaced with a cold calm. He sat back, caught his breath and looked her over again. "You're in your thirties, Officer Dance. You're somewhat pretty. You seem straight to me, so I guarantee there's a man in your life. Or has been." A third glance at the pearl ring.

"If you don't like my theory, Daniel, let's come up with another one. About what really happened to Robert Herron."

As if she hadn't even spoken. "And you've got children, right? Sure, you do. I can see that. Tell me all about them. Tell me about the little ones. Close in age, and not too old, I'll bet."

This unnerved her and she thought instantly of Maggie and Wes. But she struggled not to react. He doesn't know I have children, of course. He can't. But he acts as if he's certain. Was there something about my behavior he noted? Something that suggested to him that I'm a mother?

They're studying you as hard as you're studying them....

"Listen to me, Daniel," she said smoothly, "an outburst isn't going to help anything."

"I've got friends on the outside, you know. They owe me. They'd love to come visit you. Or hang with your husband and children. Yeah, it's a tough life being a cop. The little ones spend a lot of time alone, don't they? They'd probably love some friends to play with."

Dance returned his gaze, never flinching. She asked, "Could you tell me about your relationship with that prisoner in Capitola?"

"Yes, I could. But I won't." His emotionless words mocked her, suggesting that, for a professional interrogator, she'd phrased her question carelessly. In a soft voice he added, "I think it's time to go back to my cell."

Copyright © 2007 by Jeffery Deaver

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    Homerun!!! The psychological talent which encompasses Kathryn Da

    Homerun!!! The psychological talent which encompasses Kathryn Dance is a PERFECT compliment to Lincoln Rhyme's stunning forensic abilities. As a woman, I am impressed by how much depth Deaver gave his main character - Dance's family life is rich and tender but is woven through the plot delicately enough so it does not detract from the main story-line.

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

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    It is What it is.

    I believe this book has a lot of inconsistencies in the story. For the most part it was a good plot which included the two-dimensional Kathryn Dance, a Private Detective, her children, Daniel Pell (the bad guy), and Daniel Pell's accomplice. Daniel Pell was a supposed Manson worshipper, who is a cold-blooded killer. In the beginning he and a mysterious accomplice organize a jail break where many policemen and killed. Pell then goes on the lam and the whole book is about the chase. Slightly disappointing.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    about the Sleeping Doll

    I just finished the Sleeping Doll and in some parts of the story, I didn't want to stop reading! I like the new character of Kathryn Dance, along with the other law enforcers.
    Suspense was high in this story and also the psychological baseline with the twisted ending was great and very unexpected.
    I admire Jeffery Deaver as a writer that can go from Lincoln Rhyme on the forensic science kind of law enforcement to Kathrn Dance who is on the typical leg/field work side of law enforement.
    I really liked how all characters in this story came with a vivid description. The story line was edgy and very real to actual police work.
    It takes a very talented author to invent and tell this story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 5, 2012

    Nook sample

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    This was my first Deaver novel and I was hooked from the very be

    This was my first Deaver novel and I was hooked from the very beginning. An excellent, great page turner with a twisting plot. You think you've figured it out when he hits you with another twist! Highly recommend!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    My new favorite series!

    I am a big fan of Deaver and I love the first book in this series. Very entertaining. Kathryn Dance is as brillant as Kay Scarpetta. Great plot and surprise ending. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2010

    Inconsistent and Disappointing

    This is a poor effort from a pretty talented author of the Lincoln Rhyme series. Too many contrived pieces of the plot and Kathryn Dance is a one-dimensional character who is particularly tedious by the end.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    A good first start to a new series...

    The are pluses to this one, I like Katheryn Dance, I like what she does and she is believable. The plot is good and kinistetics (sp?) is a ew way to go with books. However, if Deaver tells me one more time how it works within this book, I am going to have to bury it in the back yard. He goes into the mothods more than once and repeats himself constantly. I wanted to explain to him that I am not an indiot and I got it. Once you learn to skip these parts, the book was a good read.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    California Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Kathryn Dance is a renowned interrogator with an expertise in kinesics. Kathryn is sent to question prisoner Daniel Pell, known as the "son of Manson" due to his cult activities and the brutal slaying of the wealthy Croyton family in Carmel, mimicking the murders committed by the Manson family years earlier. Pell has recently been linked to another murder and Kathryn hopes to learn more about Pell and his reasons behind the murders. After the interview, Pell manages to escape and begins a murderous rampage, targeting those he feels have maligned him in the past in some way. Kathryn leads the investigation, aided by her good friend Michael O'Neil, chief deputy with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, and Winston Kellogg, a cult expert from the FBI. Kathryn turns to the three women who were part of Pell's family years before, as well as the one victim he left behind when he murdered the Croytons, in hopes they can offer clues as to where Pell may be hiding.

    This series is a refreshing addition to the mystery genre; exploring the intriguing world of kinesics and the role it plays in criminal investigations as well as everyday life. Kathryn Dance is captivating, an intelligent woman who is now widowed and whose priority is keeping her small family together. As always, Deaver offers his reader plenty of forensics information packed within a suspenseful plot.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Another great story, from a truly great writer!

    This is a book you simply can't put down. Just when you begin to believe you know where the story is going, Mr. Deaver shifts gears, reverses direction, and heads down another lane.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Good start and end with some slow places thru-out.

    Again, I learned someting new by reading one of Mr. Deaver's books. His research [see Author's Notes at back of book] add much to the interrogation sceens. Story could have moved a little faster.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Finally another strong woman character

    I want to start with I am a HUGE Kay Scarpetta fan. Thank you Mr. Deaver for creating another character in this vein. I'm hooked. Keep writing. And if you haven't read this yet, dear reader friends, buy it!

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

    The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance Series #1)


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2009

    A great read

    A real pager-turner, all the way to the end.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    An Interesting Twist On The Series

    Readers of Deaver's The Cold Moon will be familiar with the heroine in this story, Katherine Dance, a kinesics expert who assisted Lincoln Rhymes. Her area of expertise is the interpretation of human body language, and its application to criminal investigation. I enjoyed her character in The Cold Moon and found this area of kinesics to be fascinating, and I was excited to read a story that featured her as the heroine.

    The story itself was pretty good, and had the usual plots twists one expects from a Deaver novel. But in this story, I felt Deaver was struggling a bit with Katherine as the lead. Different aspects of her character were very disjointed, and dry. I felt like the author would be telling a story and then it would be time to tell the reader a whole lot about kinesics, so he would have Katherine interview a suspect. But then it was like he felt it was time to show some "girly" stuff, so he would include random bits about her shoes. Then back to the regular plot. It felt like Deaver was giving us pieces of how he felt a female heroine should be portrayed, rather than the complex, insightful character she could have been.

    This is a great read if your looking for something light that you can loose yourself in for a little while, but don't expect more than that.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Mixed Emotions

    This was my first book by Deaver. I picked up the hardcover edition at a bargain price. I have to say that I have some mixed emotions. Would I say it was great? No. Would I say it was bad? No. The storyline was good, a Charles Manson type killer escapes from prison & agent Katherine Dance must find him before more people die & he disappears forever. The basis of Dance is an interesting one, a human lie detector who can interrogate criminals & know by body language & speech if they are being truthful or not. When she's not working she is the mother of 2 children. I liked Dance with a few exceptions. This woman is hunting down a killer but there are many comments on the shoes she is wearing with big flowers on them. Apparantly she keeps spare sandals in her closet in her office too. When she interrogates people she slips on a pair of black glasses that shows she means business. These are just a few of the small details that started to annoy me & caused me to take her a little less seriously. She is a widow, yet she still has the same last name as her parents, did she not change her name when she was married? Why? This is never touched on. Aside from the main character, the character of the killer, Daniel Pell, is an intriguing one. 95% of the book was interesting enough to keep me reading but no real suspense. The end got a little better, some unexpected twists. I think the main reason I liked the book was because of the "bad guy", Daniel Pell. I'm giving it 4 stars because in the end, overall, I would have to say I enjoyed it. I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to follow Katherine Dance through future books though.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Even though you know who they are looking for, the chase is on!

    I would buy the next Kathryn Dance book. The characters are interesting and even though you know who they are looking for, the story-line holds your attention. A couple of good twists and turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Great Read

    I absolutely love this new character, Kathryn Dance. I couldn't read fast enough to find out what happened and I can't wait until the next novel featuring her comes out.

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  • Posted December 2, 2008

    the sleeping doll

    I really liked this book. I look forward to more books with Kathryn Dance. For someone who has yet to read anything by Jeffery Deaver, however, I would suggest they start out with the first in the Lincoln Rhyme series.

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