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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Enter Parker Kincaid, document examiner extraordinaire and former FBI agent. Kincaid has been called back as a consultant to assist the FBI who need to stop the killer before he kills again. Kincaid is a wonderful, fully fleshed character. A single parent with his own share of troubles, he is as interesting as is Lincoln Rhyme, another of Deaver's characters around whom several of his books have revolved. Interestingly enough, Rhyme has a cameo appearance in this book which should give Deaver's fans an added kick while reading this book. Like Rhyme, Kincaid is a master of deductive reasoning and is a thinking person's detective. It is interesting how his analysis of the ransom note provides clues for the FBI to follow up in their quest to stop the killer before it is too late.Read more ›
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 ½ Stars)
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Sure wish Mr. Deaver actually READ the Tolkien trilogy before alluding, erroneously, to characters. sigh.....Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Debra Ann
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. Read morePublished on March 29 2003 by Mark Wagenschutz
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 morePublished on March 11 2003 by John Misak
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2003 by Moddi
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... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002 by RachelWalker
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 morePublished on Oct. 29 2002
THE DEVIL'S TEARDROP
AUTHOR: JEFFERY DEAVER
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades
BOOK REVIEW: Once again, Jeffery Deaver writes a great... Read more
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 morePublished on May 24 2002 by Shirley Schwartz
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 morePublished on May 12 2002 by Jeremy Bullock