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The Devil's Code [Hardcover]

John Sandford
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Jan. 16 2002
Before Lucas Davenport and the brilliant Prey novels, there was Kidd-artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal-and his sometime partner/sometime lover, LuEllen. The Army had left Kidd with a dislike for bureaucratic organization and the skills to do something about it, but it hadn't prepared him for the day a woman appeared at his door and told him that his colleague Jack Morrison had vanished, and that Kidd and his friends were the target of a national manhunt. It wasn't the official agencies that worried Kidd so much as the very

dangerous men with the very different agenda that he suspected were acting behind the scenes. And he knew that unless he and LuEllen found what had really happened to Jack, and quickly-the next people to vanish might very well be themselves.

Filled with the atmosphere, characters, and exceptional drama that have made Sandford one of the America's best-loved thriller writers, The Devil's Code is a masterpiece of suspense.

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From Publishers Weekly

Would that Sandford, creator of the marvelous and bestselling Prey thrillers, had heeded Thomas Wolfe's advice about going home again. Instead, he's resurrected a hero from his previous crime series (The Fool's Run, etc.) in his latest thriller, which begins when the infamous KiddAartist, computer expert and master criminalAis called in to investigate the mysterious death of a former colleague in Texas. Working with the victim's sister, Kidd slowly uncovers a massive computer conspiracy masterminded by St. John Corbeil, the president of a Texas microchip company, whose excesses spiral out of control when the company's product (after gaining a foothold in the world of intelligence) bombs in the commercial marketplace. At first Kidd is inclined to steer clear of the seamier side of the conspiracy, but when several members of his own high-powered criminal group are implicated and the National Security Agency begins scrutinizing his operation, he brings in his part-time partner and lover, LuEllen, to help with the investigation. Their probe turns dangerous when the corporate kingpin hires a pair of assassins to hunt down Kidd, eventually forcing him to focus on a mano-a-mano duel with Corbeil. Sandford pens plenty of stirring action scenes as Kidd's encore unfolds, and it's clear that the author likes playing with his hero's shady sensibility and the chemistry he enjoys with the versatile and erotic LuEllen. But despite his edgy and sometimes provocative narrative style, Sandford struggles to bring a sense of urgency to the narrative. Kidd's return will be welcome news for Sandford fans, but the tepid plot makes his comeback a pedestrian affair. 400,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Oct.)
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Before the chilling Prey novels, Sandford made his mark with computer genius Kidd. Now Kidd is back, but his colleague Jack Morrison is missing, and Kidd himself is being targeted in a national manhunt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for my first look at the 'Kidd' series. May 27 2004
Most readers of John Sandford are fans of the 'Prey' series featuring Lucas Davenport, but the Kidd series is a change of pace but still features the same action-packed pace that we've come to expect from Sandford (with a higher concentration on technology).
This was my first taste of the Kidd series and it was actually a good read. Kidd, the lead character, is a part-time painter, part-time hi-tech hacker/thief, who always seems to get dragged into the government's business...and not the good part of the government. Along with his partner, and sometime lover, LuEllen, they get in and out of messes several times over.
While there are a couple of lulls in the action, this is still a very well written book with an interesting, hi-tech plot that remains very easy to follow whether you're computer literate or not. THE DEVIL'S CODE may not be at the top of you "to read"
list, but it should be there somewhere. If nothing else, read it so you'll have a good level of familiarity with the Kidd series before you start on one of the great books of the last couple of years, and the fourth Kidd series book, THE HANGED MAN'S SONG.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Popcorn Read March 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Devil's Code is the equivalent of an early-summer movie: long on special effects and action; character development and thoroughly coherent plotlines, not so much.
Although I'm a long-time fan of Sandford's Prey series, this is the first of the Kidd novels I've read. I must say I really liked it. (...) Kidd has a more upbeat outlook on life than Davenport, although both share a dry, sardonic wit. Davenport and Kidd also share uncanny instincts and surround themselves with colleagues who excel at what they do - Davenport: police-work; Kidd: crime. Minneapolis-St. Paul only briefly provides a setting for this book, then it's off to sunnier, warmer climes in California and Texas.
For the most part Sandford does well in crafting this departure from his normal fare. He slips here and there (Santa Cruz, for instance is on the other side of a mountain range from Silicon Valley), but does a pretty good job of getting most things right. I liked the detail he went into as Kidd and LuEllen went on their heists (whether he got everything right or not, I don't know; it sounded convincing at any rate). The light tone and humor are well balanced, never crossing over into Carl Hiaasen absurdism (I'm not knocking Hiaasen, he pulls off that style exceptionally well).
I look forward to reading the other Kidd novels. Several reviewers here have suggested the earlier books are even better than this one. If that's the case they must be very good, indeed, as this book was quite a ride.
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This is the third novel starring Kidd, a computer hacker and painter and his partner in crime/lover LuEllen. After reading the first two books of the series ("The Fools' Run" and "The Empress File"), I had high hopes for this addition, especially regarding Kidd and LuEllen's on and off love relationship. However, it was diappointing. There was little or no character development since The Empress File. In the other two books, there was much character depth and the characters seem to come alive. Unfortunately, Kidd and LuEllen seemed two-dimensional in this story. The dialogue wasn't impressive either.
The plot revolves around the mysterious death of a fellow computer genius who was killed while supposedly caught breaking into AmMath, a computer chip technology firm that the government hired to design encrytion technology. Rumors of the existence of a group of radical computer hackers opposing the US government called Firewall started to spread and appear on the news. There's also a list of screen names of people that were supposedly in this group. The most astonishing thing is that Kidd's, Bobby's, and their friends' screen names were included in that list! Kidd, LuEllen and Kidd's computer friends team up to try to find out what's going on before the FBI tracks them down. Behind all this is a big conspiracy arbitrated by a small group of people at AmMath. They will stop at nothing to protect and hide their secret. Kidd and LuEllen is once again faced with a dangerous opponent.
The story is somewhat confusing and difficult to follow at times. Kidd's major breakthroughs and crack in the case were not apparent or easy to understand, even if he explained his train of thought. The story ended abruptly through the death of the villain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kidd scores again Dec 2 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
Maybe it's because I truly enjoy using my computers, but I was enthralled with the trickery that Sandford came up with in his intriguing story of hackers, lovers, and nasty bad guys. Though Kidd is portrayed as a free and loose computer whiz, I didn't mind his over-the-top exceptional talents in hacking because I have heard of many like him in the real world. His relationship with his sometimes gal, LuEllen, varies from friend, to cohort, to partner in crime, to lover, with never a dull moment. Kidd and LuEllen seem to enjoy each other as they sneak around buildings day and night trying to get the better of their assumed bad guy. I found it to be 6 hours of very enjoyable listening as I commuted to and from work for several days.
If you think it'll be similar to Sandford's very intense "Prey" series thrillers, it certainly is not. This one is more like the old Remington Steele TV series (oops, am I showing my age!) where you enjoyed the two characters interacting with each other as they solved the crime. The story wasn't always the strength, the likability of the characters was. I thoroughly enjoyed this Kidd mystery. Though it is very different in intensity from the Prey series, it is not inferior, just less intense. You'll enjoy it, too, as long as you know of this difference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the first book of the kidd series I've read
I liked this book it is a little different from the virgil flowers series and the prey series but I definitely enjoyed reading it.
Published 12 months ago by Dodi
4.0 out of 5 stars Sanford Does it again
The main character is a bit a of rogue, but loyal to his friends. Even if he doesn't know thier real names. This is a techno-thriller of the highest order. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2004 by Alan Clements
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Wait for it to End
Many readers on various book sites would tell me, "you've gotta read the Kidd series by Sandford." This was the first that I read and it was a bit of a snore. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by J. Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
I was excited to find this book on sale as John Sanford is one of my favorite authors and I love the suspense of his Prey novels. Wish I could say the same for this Kidd novel. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Chris Eigsti
3.0 out of 5 stars John Sandford Breaks the Code
Because of my love of Hanged Man Song which was fabulous. Cause me to seek his other books with the characters such as Bobby,LuAnn and others. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by Rosa
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of Sequence, but I'll fix that
This was my first read of the Kidd Novels and I really enjoyed it. The author provides just enough hints of the plot to keep you guessing. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by M. Royal
3.0 out of 5 stars Sandford - The Devil's Code
The Devil's Code is the third and latest installment in Sandford's LuEllen/Kidd series. While not as good or impressive as his Prey novels, Sandford delivers a strong and... Read more
Published on March 25 2003 by Chris MB
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing read, it happens. Author of LAST CALL
Kidd is a interesting enough character but the story was sad. I only read this book all the way to the end because of my faithful following of John Sandford. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2002 by William Renny
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Kidd Novel
A great follow-up to The Fool's Run and The Empress file. If you like the other Kidd novels, then you'll be pleased with this one! Read more
Published on July 5 2002 by Michael Posey
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing intriquite about this.
Let me just say that the first 50 pages are very fast paced and you will at least remember them. Most of the technology(in the computer stuff) in the Devil's Code is ery well done... Read more
Published on June 15 2002 by General Pete
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