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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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Ethical thief, artist, and hacker Kidd and his sometime lover/partner LuEllen uncover a vast electronic conspiracy involving a corporation and a cadre of U.S. government bureaucrats in The Devil's Code. The plot involves two seemingly unrelated murders, one an old buddy of Kidd's. The dialog is entertaining and helps build the high-tech atmosphere of this Internet suspense story of greed, conspiracy, and murder. Character development is a bit shallow, and as the story unfolds, Kidd's network of hacker pals conveniently always give him what he needs. Richard Ferrone's no-nonsense reading is clear and easy to follow. Fans of Sandford's "Prey" novels will be less satisfied with this mediocre mystery, although the use of the Internet here does make it more intriguing. Recommended for large mystery collections only. Denise A. Garofalo, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 23 months ago by Dodi
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 morePublished on Oct. 1 2004 by Alan Clements
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 morePublished on May 26 2004 by J. Lewis
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by Chris Eigsti
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 morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Rosa
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 morePublished on June 14 2003 by M. Royal
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 morePublished on March 25 2003 by Chris MB
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 morePublished on Dec 4 2002 by William Renny
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 morePublished on July 5 2002 by Michael Posey