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
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
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.
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.