Author(s): Jeffrey 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 Ã¢Â�Â�FamilyÃ¢Â�Â� were absolved of any part in the deaths. Now, present day, Pell has escaped and Kathryn Dance, the famed interrogator and kinesic analyst (body language) and her team, must find out where he is and why heÃ¢Â�Â�s staying near the prison he escaped from. She brings together the three women, now leading normal lives, to help her find out where Pell is and what heÃ¢Â�Â�s up to. Pell, for his part, and a young woman he has manipulated to help him, tries to outguess the police and fulfill his mission, as he learns that Kathryn Dance is perhaps his most dangerous opponent. This is a typical cat and mouse Deaver novel, in which conflicts aboundÃ¢Â�Â�finding the killer, as well as reconciling the emotions within PellÃ¢Â�Â�s three Ã¢Â�Â�FamilyÃ¢Â�Â� members, which have simmered over the years. The Ã¢Â�Â�Sleeping DollÃ¢Â�Â� refers to the one surviving daughter.
'This is a novel that will chill your blood on the warmest day of any summer holiday. Keep looking over your shoulder...' -- Independent on Sunday Praise for Jeffery Deaver's other novels -- : 'There's no question...about Deaver's unexcelled ability to pull the wool over your eyes. When he describes a colorless, odorless glass of liquid as water, don't assume it is until somebody drinks it down - or maybe till an hour later.' -- Kirkus Reviews on THE TWELFTH CARD 'The best psychological thriller writer around' -- The Times 'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world ... [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions.' -- Daily Telegraph 'Jeffery Deaver is a master at crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity and sheer creative genius. And Lincoln Rhyme is one of a kind.' -- Harlan Coben
Jeffery Deaver was a lawyer before quitting work to become a full-time writer.