The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance Series #1)

The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance Series #1)

by Jeffery Deaver
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The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance Series #1) by Jeffery Deaver

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416545866
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Series: Kathryn Dance Series , #1
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 29,603
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

May 6, 1950

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Education:

B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

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The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
JCB3 More than 1 year ago
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.
Charlotte_Isabella More than 1 year ago
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.
ndpndnt More than 1 year ago
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!
CopperEagle More than 1 year ago
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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I enjoyed this book. There were a few times it got me side tracked, but overall would recommend to others. A good read.
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Fast paced and enjoyable
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ACTION IS GOOD AND STORYLINE GOOD, MUST SAY ENDING WAS A SURPRISE
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smorton17 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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