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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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. The story line centers around an unknown killer unleashed upon Washington, D.C.. Known as the "Digger", this maniacal killer proceeds into D.C.'s Metro Station at 9:00 AM on New Year's Eve 1999 and begins a shooting spree that leaves many dead. The...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another good solid thriller with plenty of twists
As the tagline says - "It's New Year and in Washington DC, people are dying"

Jeffery Deaver has written a good many great novels, often based around a peculiar premise that seeks to set it apart from other thrillers (see The Bone Collector - paraplegic hero solves crimes from his bed - or The Blue Nowhere - killer stalks his prey via the Internet before killing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars MILLENIUM MADNESS..., 30 Dec 2002
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
Author Jeffrey Deaver does it again! This is an immensely entertaining, page turning read for all thriller enthusiasts. The story line centers around an unknown killer unleashed upon Washington, D.C.. Known as the "Digger", this maniacal killer proceeds into D.C.'s Metro Station at 9:00 AM on New Year's Eve 1999 and begins a shooting spree that leaves many dead. The Digger has been instructed by an unknown criminal mastermind accomplice to kill hordes of people at clocked intervals on the eve of the millennium, unless a twenty million dollar demand for ransom is met. The ransom note is the only communication from this criminal genius who alone can control the actions of the killer. D.C.'s mayor agrees to pay the staggering ransom, but on the way to the drop, the accomplice appears to have been killed in a freak traffic accident. Who can now stop the "Digger" from his appointed rounds?
Enter Parker Kincaid, document examiner extraodinaire and former FBI agent. Kincaid has been called back as a consultant to assist the FBI, which 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.
The book is filled with numerous plot twists and turns that should provide even the most jaded devotees of thrillers with a satisfying read. This action packed book keeps the reader guessing. Just when you think it's all over, you are yet once again surprised. The only criticism is that the end of the book strains the imagination. It almost borders on the absurd. Yet such is Deaver's writing that this does not impact unduly on the absolute enjoyment one will get from reading this book. It is a riveting read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Well Is Not Yet Dry...Keep 'Em Coming, 10 Feb 2001
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This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
My biggest fear is that one day Jeffery Deaver's supply of ideas is going to dry up, but they just keep on coming. 'The Devil's Teardrop' is absolutely brilliant stuff, not quite on a par with 'The Bone Collector' which is still streets ahead of anything else he's written, but still, it will not disappoint.
The best thing about J.D. is that his characters are real people, because, even when the plot is about someone else, you can rely on him to at least mention someone from another book. Lincoln Rhyme makes a guest appearance, and the die-hard Deaver fan will remember Tobe Geller from 'A Maiden's Grave'.
About 80 pages before the end, you start wondering why you still have thick bunch of pages under your fingers and the story appears to be pretty much over...then there's a sharp twist that leaves you racing towards the finish line at breakneck speed.
If you read it, you will be up until the wee small hours, wanting to know what happens.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply....top notch!, 24 May 2001
This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
The Devil's Teardrop is a razor sharp novel that does not let you out of its grasp.
Three-quarters of the book is fast paced investigations and action. The final quarter is complete reversal with a thumper of a plot twist that makes you go 'eh? what?', utterly confuses you for ten pages then sends the story off again with a whole new energy. OK - the very final twist is predictable but, who cares! By then, Deaver has shown you that he can put a plot together better than anybody.
Parker Kincaid, documentation specialist, is a clever lead character, in that he is fairly unassuming (and, really, a bit soft) and, in that way, realistic. He is at his worst when he does heroics - when he's in the FBI HQ poring over handwriting, he is superb.
Ultimately, though, it is the bad guy who dominates - what a plan! I wanted him to pull it off!
READ IT!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Book!!, 6 July 1999
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This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
If you are faced with summer doldrums, be certain to pick up "The Devil's Teardrop." This book is full of twists and turns, worthy of a rollercoaster. Parker Kincaid is a forensic document examiner formerly with the FBI. He now works out of his home to retain custody of his two children. On the last day of the year, a mad man opens fire on people at the enterance of the subway in Washington,D.C. To stop the madness the price will be $20 million. Before the money can be paid, the controler is killed. Enter a reluctant Parker Kincaid. Into the mix, Deaver has Special Agent Margaret Lucas and Cage, an agent who knows how to get things done. Kincaid reminds the reader of Deaver's other hero, Lincoln Rhyme ("Coffin Dancer," "Bone Collector"). Kincaid is smart, yet he gets fooled as does the reader. The various facets of the plot keep you glued to this book. A slow start masks the great story line. Before you know it, you are hooked to the end. In Parker Kincaid and Lincoln Rhyme, Deaver has two great characters of thriller fiction. Hopefully, Mr. Deaver won't keep his fans waiting too long until the next book with either character.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deaver at his meticulous and macabre best, 31 July 2005
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This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
The devil is in the details, they say - and that's always been one of Jeffrey Deaver's strengths: the ability to take well-worn story-lines yet make them refreshingly exciting by going into meticulous detail with regard to characterisation and modus operandi. I have about a dozen Deaver novels, only half have been read so far but The Devils's Teardrop is as good as any if not better. The semi-automaton in this novel, known as The Digger, is quite a scary individual and absolutely devoid of remorse. Someone has 'programmed' him however, and that's where the main challenge lies. While the central character here is good-guy Parker Kincaid, the author is confident enough to introduce none other than Lincoln Rhyme in a cameo appearance! It's bordering upon arrogance but he gets away with it.
If you have yet to buy a Deaver novel, here is as good a place as any to start and you will surely want to join the club. And if you're a Deaver reader already, then buy The Devil's Teardrop with absolute confidence, it will maintain or even raise the standards you have become familiar with. Jeffrey Deaver is one of a very select group of contemporary writers I can think of who make it a safe bet to buy everything they publish - he just doesn't write duds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another good solid thriller with plenty of twists, 24 May 2007
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Matthew Thorbes "Pads" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
As the tagline says - "It's New Year and in Washington DC, people are dying"

Jeffery Deaver has written a good many great novels, often based around a peculiar premise that seeks to set it apart from other thrillers (see The Bone Collector - paraplegic hero solves crimes from his bed - or The Blue Nowhere - killer stalks his prey via the Internet before killing them in real life), and here is no exception.

Here, the suspected mastermind behind a plot to kill hundreds of innocent civilians is found dead in a hit and run on his way to collect the ransom. With an emotionless, cold blooded killer on the loose, and only a few hours to the next scheduled attack, the FBI turn to Parker Kincaid, former head of the Documents Division - now a divorced father of two sickly sweet children - to decipher their only lead, a hand written note from the dead mastermind.

A good quality, fast paced thriller (unexpectedly so since the premise seems to revolve around the deciphering of a hand written note), this novel is really held together by the interactions between the different characters. Often in thrillers you feel that many characters are serving one or two opposing purposes, but here you get the impression that every character has a hidden motive for acting the way they do. The characters of Kincaid, the agent in charge Margaret Lukas, Len Hardy, the Mayor, the newsreader and at least a dozen others are fleshed out in an enjoyable and extremely personal way that really adds to your enjoyment of the story.

While the plot can be a little weak in places, the overall effect of the book is good, and there are enough twists and turns, particularly toward the end, to keep you interested.

For those looking for a simple, but enjoyable thriller I really recommend this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dot your 'i's and cross your 't's, 28 July 2006
This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
This was my first ever read of a Deaver novel an I must say I polished of the book in a few days whilst on holiday-couldn't put it down!
Other reviews outline the plot-psychotic killer programmed to run amok in Washington, criminal handwriting expert called in to track him down using blackmail note.The 'devil's teardrop' being a dodgy written 'i'.Get my title now ?
This is a sure fire crime thriller that verges on an ation novel.The investigator's skills are described in an interesting way that does not bore you with too much technical detail; but enough to understand his art.I felt the psyche of the characters was portrayed very well and in particular the clever 'inside the monster's head' parts where the killing scenes take place.
The story twists and turns towards a big finale and I can say that the plot is engrossing and does not fall foul of being too 'guessable'.
A very solid read. In time I shall being checking out all the other Deaver novels which I think is recommendation enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Deaver!, 30 Aug 2001
This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
A whole different set of characters coupled with the old familiar Rhyme makes this book a very interesting read. Parker Kincaid is a forensic document expert (a new one for Deaver) who is persuaded out of retirement to help the FBI track down a psychotic gunman who has been instructed to cause death and destruction to thousands of people on New Years Eve. The only clue they have is a note, which is where Parker Kincaid comes into the equation, and it is a race against time to stop the gunman before every deadline. With the old and the new this is one of the best Deaver books I have read. A fantastic read full of the usual twists and turns we have come to expect from the excellent Jeffery Deaver
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Deaver, 18 July 2007
This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
I thought the plot of a handwriting expert helping solve crimes would be interesting but perhaps bland. It was however, a great read.. with all the classic twists we come to expect from Deaver. Parker Kincaid, the document expert is similar to Lincoln Rhyme in his extraordinary ability to find clues out of almost nothing. The bad guys here are an intelligent lead man fronting a gun-totting terminator called 'the digger'. There are also a few twists! Shame there hasn't been a follow up with Kincaid and his FBI interest SAC Margaret Lukas. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far-fetched, but packed with pace and action, 6 Oct 2001
This review is from: The Devil's Teardrop (Paperback)
There is a good plot here and some interesting twists as well. Deaver certainly knows how to keep a reader's interest alive. He also researches themes that he embraces well.
I did feel, however, that Deaver took too much licence here and introduced too many unbelievable elements.
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