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The Devil's Teardrop [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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April 1 2000
New Year's Eve, 1999. After an early morning machine-gun attack by a madman man called the Digger leaves dozens dead in the Washington, D.C. subway, the mayor's office receives a message demanding twenty million dollars by midnight or more innocents will die. With the ransom note as the only evidence, Special Agent Margaret Lukas calls upon retired FBI agent and the nation's premiere document examiner Parker Kincaid, to join the manhunt for the Digger -- or for hundreds, the first moments of the new century will be their last on earth.

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Thriller readers can always count on getting extra value from Jeffery Deaver--strong plots, fascinating research, believable characters, and plenty of surprise endings. Like in The Terminator, the bad guys in The Devil's Teardrop just won't quit, and they create enough havoc in the last 50 pages to fill a whole new book.

Although Deaver's brilliant, wheelchair-bound forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme makes a guest appearance, the muscular scientist in charge here is Parker Kincaid--an expert in document analysis who'd much rather be checking the authenticity of letters from Thomas Jefferson than figuring out when a crazed shooter known as the Digger will strike again. But it's New Year's Eve, 1999, and the Digger has begun a reign of terror--promising to shoot into crowds in Washington, D.C., every four hours until he's paid $20 million. As Kincaid searches an odd ransom note for clues (and tries to maintain a low profile so that his vindictive ex-wife won't get custody of his young kids), we get to know the Digger better. He is a frighteningly invisible character with serious brain damage, who methodically obeys a set of instructions from an unknown handler. We also learn many amazing facts about paper, ink, and handwriting analysis, and watch as a relationship slowly and reluctantly develops between Kincaid and the FBI agent in charge. All this as the devious Deaver leads us down several garden paths overflowing with dead bodies. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

starring Denzel Washington.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars EXPLOSIVE June 1 2004
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A dynamic, most explosive book, made for the modern era, craft for the modern mind, tells of this blood thirsty- mad killer, emotionless with no feeling and even a sense of self. Unleashed, and Loosed in the street of Washington. His goal is to kill in a scheduled blood bath that is to take place 4 times within a single day.
Time is of the essence, the FBI and the local police have their hands full, in this New Years eve. Already more than a dozen people have been killed early this morning in the metro station shooting. And more is doomed to be: @ four, eight, and twelve if a demand for $ 20 million is not met before the prescribed hours. "The end is night." Cry the note, which was the only link to the perp, "The Digger is loose and there is no way to stop him." The stand off is on between good and evil, and evil seems to be prevailing, even in death.
The perpetrator, entitled the UNSUB (unidentified subject), has been killed on his way to the drop by a truck, a freak accident that leaves the FBI with only a corpse that might as well has a John Doe stamped to his forehead. The body is untraceable, no profile, no connection or identification, and no record. Clean as pure water, nothing to go by, and the worse is yet to come, the digger now can't be stopped, he will continue to kill passed 4:00, 8:00 till midnight... may be, that is why the end is night!!??
A book that will render the mystery lovers capricious, and keep the action ones on the edge of each page. It is more than a page turner, it is also a mind juggler. (3  Stars)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The eve of horror March 4 2004
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THE DEVIL'S TEARDROP is a suspense/thriller that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the ups and downs of a roller coaster ride. Deaver lets your imagination work as you try to figure out his villain. You think you know who the mastermind is, but do you really? You will want to know what happens next as each chapter leaves you wanting more. The Digger who is he really?
The Digger looks like you, the Digger looks like me. He walks down the wintry streets the way anybody would, shoulders drawn together against the damp December air....
Maybe he's fat, maybe he's thin. Looking like you, looking like me. Nobody ever notices the Digger and that's one of the reasons he's so very good at what he does....

The proceeding excerpt from chapter 1 introduces us to the Digger, who is our villain. The villain is common looking and never sticks out in a crowd. He is about to terrorize the citizens of Washington D.C. The Digger is programmed to attack every four hours unless twenty million dollars is delivered to his accomplice. The plot thickens when suddenly his partner in crime is killed in a freak accident. The problem lies with the sudden death of his friend, see he is the only one who can contact the Digger and shut him down and the only evidence is the ransom note. That brings us to the best FBI forensic guy for the job, Parker Kincaid.
Former document examiner Parker Kincaid, top specialist in his field, is reluctant to help. He is a divorced from his wife and has custody of his two small children. He was working another case when a killer had threatened his family. They caught the suspect but now his boy has nightmares and Parker doesn't know what to do. This is why he no longer wished to work for the FBI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't cry over this one March 29 2003
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A silent, non-descript man enters the D.C. subway on New Year's Eve morning and silently kills 20 people without being noticed, melding into the crowd and mayhem. Shortly thereafter, the mayor receives a letter that the killing will commence every four hours thereafter until $20 million is paid. The catch, the letter-writer is not the killer, but is the only one who can contact the killer and stop the slaughter. On his way to pick up the money, the letter-writer is killed, with the letter serving as the only clue to stopping the killing. With that, Deaver sends the reader on a highly-charged, action-packed thrill ride that we come to expect from the creator of the Lincoln Rhyme series.
The FBI calls on Parker Kincaid, former FBI forensic document and handwriting specialist, to help track the shadowy killer before more people meet their maker. Currently in a custody battle for his children, Kincaid reluctantly assists the lead FBI agent, Margaret Lukas, herself with past secrets that could jeopardize the mission. Even Lincoln Rhyme makes an appearance to add flavor to the mix.
The pace is frenetic throughout, not letting up even to the last pages. The ruthless killer trying to contact his partner to see if the killing is to continue, Kincaid being lead down one false trail after another, Lukas battling her own demons as well as the D.C. mayor who is trying to save his political career amid the carnage, and a mysterious reporter lurking in the shadows.
Enjoy the ride, but you'll need to hang on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars once, twice, three times a brilliant thriller Dec 15 2002
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It's 9 AM on New Year's Eve when a killer known as The Digger enters a Washington DC subway station and fires a silenced machine gun into the crowd, killing many, and then escapes in the confusion caused by his crime. Shortly after, the Mayor's office receives a note... $20 million must be paid or even more killing will occur, at 4 PM, 8 PM, and midnight, each massacre occurring in a similarly crowded location...
The ransom is left at the place instructed, yet no one comes to collect it. Then, a hit-and-run victim is identified as the mastermind behind the operation, and all of a sudden there is no way of stopping the crazed gunman from killing again, and again, and again...
All the FBI has to go on in the note, so they call in the help of Parker Kincaid, a retired forensic document examiner, supposed to be seeing the New Year in with his kids. At first he refuses, but then a change of heart brings him into the investigation and closer to pure psychotic madness than he has ever before been...
This is yet another fantastic novel from Jeffery Deaver, packed full of surprises and brilliant characters. (Lincoln Rhyme even makes a brief appearance!) Deaver's plot moves at brilliant pace, and it's fiendishly clever and wholly exciting. It may not be incredibly believable, but I don't read his books because they're realistic. I read them because I know that I will be treated to a completely engrossing, shocking, roller-coaster-ride of a thriller that never slows down right to the final pages (besides, when reading of acts of atrocious murder, it is not comforting to think "wow, this is realistic!"). And with The Devil's Teardrop, Deaver delivers the goods in spades. The book has more twists than the Gordion Knot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MILLENIUM MADNESS...
Author Jeffrey Deaver does it again! This is an immensely entertaining, page turning read for all thriller enthusiasts. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2007 by Lawyeraau
3.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Teardrop
Sure wish Mr. Deaver actually READ the Tolkien trilogy before alluding, erroneously, to characters. sigh.....
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Debra Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Deaver's Best
Of all of Jeff Deaver's books, I enjoyed this one the most. I particularly liked how he incorporated something about handwriting (the devil's teardrop) into a suspense/thriller... Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Well... I've read better.
This is the first book I picked up by Mr. Deaver and as soon as I got to the checkout line, people who saw the book said "he's really good! Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by NN Modi
4.0 out of 5 stars Death in The City
The Devil's Teardrop is another of Jeffery Deavers masterfully written novels. It is packed with twists and turns that always keep you guessing. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Twist In the Plot
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades
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Published on July 21 2002 by Barbara Rhoades
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Deaver
This book really has more holes in the plot than the -click- Digger's gun. The document forensics is good though, and there are some good spots in the story. Read more
Published on May 24 2002 by S. Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in America's capital
What happens when a criminal mastermind with the ability to control a cold-blooded killer suddenly dies? This is the premise for "The Devil's Teardrop". Read more
Published on May 12 2002 by Jeremy Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars a suspenseful read
I found this book on the bookshelf on a cabin I rented last summer, and decided to take in down to the beach to read, and blame it for the sunburn I got that day... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002
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