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The Devil's Teardrop

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  6,040 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
A classic thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver featuring the intricate forensic detail, masterful plot twists, and harrowing breakneck pace that made A Maiden's Grave, The Bone Collector, and The Coffin Dancer national bestsellers.

It's New Year's Eve, December 31, 1999, and Washington, D.C., is under siege. Early in the day, a grisly machine gun a
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 10th 1999 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1999)
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slow start but hanging on was worth it.

not purely scientific, it has a little bit of everything:
1) a human interest angle, with Parker Kincaid giving up his career where he was at his best to gain custody of his children from his estranged alcoholic ex-wife.
2) unbelievable action when Tobe Geller escapes the fire by jumping out the window to save the last piece of evidence.
3) act of betrayal, when Detective Len Hardy, let out details of the FBI operation to gain PR points with Mayor Gerald Kenn
Jun 27, 2009 Regan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was my first Jeffery Deaver book....and in fact my first crime novel. It was a long time ago....but i remember it well.

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 predict
Jul 17, 2009 Farah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel, reviewed
Akhirnya, novel detektif pertama yang gue baca setelah bertahun-tahun lamanya otak gue disesaki sama bacaan-bacaan selewatnya aja..

Buku ini bagus. Alur ceritanya mirip sama Angel and Demon dan The Davinci Code, dimana cerita berlangsung hanya dalam waktu satu hari (kurang-lebih).
Ceritanya rumit. Gue suka cerita yang rumit-rumit, yang pake mikir, ditambah lagi ada penjelasan detail mengenai sesuatu yang belum gue tahu sebelumnya. Dalam novel ini, gimana cara menganalisa tulisan seseorang sampe ak
Jul 20, 2010 Barbra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good thriller and one I thoroughly enjoyed as I do all of Deaver's books.

Back Cover Blurb:
It's Washington, DC; it's the last night of the year, and people are dying....
At 9am on New Year's Eve, 1999, a man gets onto the packed escalator of a metro station and fires a silenced machine gun into the crowd. He escapes without being spotted in the confusion caused by the horror of this vicious attack, which leaves dozens of killed and injured people.
One hour later, a note is delivered to the
Oct 17, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver is my ultimate favorite mass-market author. His suspenseful mystery novels are the best in his genre because you'll never be able to put the pieces together. Deaver is the king of red herrings and he never fails!

The Devil's Teardrop takes place on New Year's Eve 1999 and follows forensic document expert Parker Kincaid and FBI Agent Margaret Lukas as they try to capture a deadly killer known as the "Digger". After an early morning attack on innocent bystanders at the metro station
Feb 14, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I should know better. Deaver has a method that he follows in all of his books. He tries to put is so many twists and turns but he is fairly systematical with regard to them. The bad guy is always extremely smart and always makes the assumptions that the investigators make so I should always know that if the police get a jump on the bad guy - they didn't. And then after three or four of these wrong turns, the main character will inevitably have an "a-ha" moment and figure it all out only to find ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Patrice Hoffman
Nov 30, 2011 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable fast paced read. Anyone who's a fan of Deaver should read this book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I read this one. I really liked the ending...
Jun 15, 2011 Manugw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Having read other Deaver books one knows what to expect from him, and he well knows you are expecting that because he tends to follow the same cliche: the introduction of the characters, the creation of an intrincate plot, and a bunch of tricks for the ending. At the same time one also knows that he has set the devil loose playing with the good guys and wonders who might be, this book brushes up on riddles and is a riddle on itself Near the ending, as usual, he will d
Jul 08, 2011 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We’ll readily admit to being a Deaver fan, having read nearly his entire lengthy booklist, including the older and somewhat now obscure Rune and John Pellam series. Deaver is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme set, featuring the quadriplegic forensic detective made all the more famous by Denzel Washington in the film “Bone Collector”. However, “Teardrop” is one of the author’s non-series thrillers.

The plot gets off to a fast start when a brutal but nondescript killer, “Digger”, machine-guns down s
Total brain candy and I'm okay with that, it's summer. In case I haven't mentioned this before, brain candy is escapist reading, stuff you wouldn't want to read all the time because just like real candy, it's not good for you. You might think that would mean light, sweet, fluffy reading but to me that's only part of it. I love thrillers but I have to confess I am not sure they are all that good for your brain because I'm not sure I do a lot of time thinking about big questions when i read them, ...more
Deron Johnson
Jun 19, 2012 Deron Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Not life changing, but definitely an engaging thriller, just perfect for a vacation, where I finished it in 3 days.

This is the first I've read of Jeffery Deaver, but I like his style. The dialogue seems real, not contrived. And that's how most of the information for the plot is delivered, through the dialogue and not from the point of view of the narrator, who largely stays out of it.

Another big plus is that all of the main characters have substantial back stories that link them tog
Aug 25, 2013 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
De Digger opent op een druk metrostation in Washington het vuur op honderden onschuldige reizigers. Kort daarop levert Gilbert Havel een brief af bij de burgemeester. In de brief wordt 20 miljoen dollar geëist. Als deze som niet binnen vier uur wordt betaald, zullen er opnieuw slachtoffers vallen. De stad is verlamd van angst en de burgemeester stemt dan ook onmiddellijk in met de betaling. Margaret Lukas en Parker Kincaid zullen het geld overhandigen. Maar wanneer Havel op weg gaat om he
Georgie Mathew
Dec 27, 2012 Georgie Mathew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book that got me hooked to J Deaver. Brilliant.
May 26, 2016 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I happened to find this book at a used bookstore and I thought it sounded interesting so I decided to give it a shot. I've read a couple of the Lincoln Rhyme books, one of them The Bone Collector, which was good but creepy. The Devil's Teardrop wasn't half as disturbing as The Bone Collector, and of course it was a stand-alone book, however Lincoln Rhyme does have a cameo in this book which I thought was cool.

This book takes place on New Years Eve Night in Washington DC, a mysterious killer know
Alison Smith
A terrific holiday read; good twist at the end.
G.H. Monroe
Jan 22, 2014 G.H. Monroe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Jeffery Deaver read. Overall I enjoyed the book, but I have one complaint which I will save for the end.

I felt he did an excellent job of bringing his characters to life. He gave us enough description to nudge us in the direction of how he saw them, but not so much that he takes away our license to see them how we imagine them.

The plot is riveting and we are thrown into it almost immediately. We feel the urgency to stop this madman and are quickly invested. Deaver keeps things
Christine Blachford
It’s New Year’s Eve and a killer called The Digger is shooting people at random. The FBI have a ransom note which needs to be responded to before he goes on his biggest spree yet. They call in ex-agent Parker Kincaid, who is an expert in examining documents to find the clues they need.

As you would expect in a Jeffrey Deaver novel, there are plenty of twists and turns, especially towards the end, and it’s never as simple as it seems. I’m used to reading Lincoln Rhyme books, but no matter who the
Mar 24, 2014 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading a good thriller novel every now and then, especially one that can keep me guessing. That's the type of novel I was looking for when I picked up The Devil's Teardrop, and I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint me.

Set on New Year's Eve 1999 - the last day of the 20th century - The Devil's Teardrop follows special agent Margaret Lukas and retired FBI agent Parker Kincaid as they try to track down a killer. This killer - The Digger - has been directed to open fire on large groups
Anirban Das
Dec 12, 2014 Anirban Das rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Devil’s Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver, is a standalone novel, featuring Special Agent Margaret Lukas and document examiner Parker Kincaid. The story is set in a time frame of less than 12 hours on the last day of the previous millennium i.e. 31.12.1999.
The novel starts with a lone gunman, calling himself the Digger, spraying bullets from a silenced machine gun into a crowded station on New Year’s Eve in Washington. Sometimes later the mayor gets a ransom note asking him to pay $20 million, or e
Donna Hill
May 18, 2014 Donna Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bagged most of my work day on Friday in order to finish this book. It was another one of those exciting, suspenseful murder mysteries with unseen plot twists and an undercurrent of romantic tension. Deaver does a better than average job of wrapping everything up at the end, which is a huge plus for me.

The scene is Washington, D.C. It's the last day of the year, and a ruthless killer called the Digger is hitting densely populated areas every four hours, killing as many people as possible. But,
Jun 06, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
Parker Kinkaid is an expert document analyst that's retired from the FBI to have a safer home environment for his two children. On New Years Eve in Washington, DC, a shooter kills many people at a subway station and a note is left for the mayor. Pay $20M or face three more shootings before the end of the night. The FBI brings in Kinkaid to take a look at the note and see what he can learn about the killer. Kinkaid finds one notable trait, what he calls the devil's teardrop, the dot on the i lift ...more
Veronica Hernandez
I enjoyed this book. It was a page turner. Well written and suspenseful.
Apr 06, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. I liked it a lot. It was a well written book. It was full of action/adventure.
Jan 01, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another non-Lincoln Rhyme book, but another great Jeffrey Deaver book. I just love this author. The last time I was at the library I pretty much cleaned them out of Deaver books.

This one deals with a document analysis specialist Parker Kincaid who has retired from the FBI because he wants to retain custody of his two children. He works at home now, perusing documents for private people and institutions.

However, on New Year's Eve, his ex-wife shows up at the door and informs him that she will be
Jun 26, 2016 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Any avid reader has standards for a good story.
This one falls short of mine, in that I expect an author to respect the reader enough not to play dirty by changing the facts late in the story in order to make it come together.
If a character is thinking and the thoughts are written for us, we assume we can expect them to be true im relation to the plot
The same with a reaction from a character.
"The driver of a large truck had been looking at an invoice - "
The paragraph sets up the scene
Jul 19, 2016 Rob1109 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I’ve read by Mr. Deaver. All I can say is WOW.

This book had everything I like in a good—no, GREAT book. There were endless plot twists and turns from the opening chapter to the last few pages. The characters were realistic. I identified with all of them. The writing was crisp, powerful and moving. I’d write more praise for The Devil’s Teardrop but I’m sleepy.

I am looking fwd to reading many more of his writing.

Arybo ✨
Veramente bello ed affascinante. Oltretutto, è autoconclusivo - anche se l'autore ha detto che gli piacerebbe scrivere ancora di Kinkaid. :D
Milt Jacobs
Sep 02, 2016 Milt Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read of this book just as good as the first.
Cindy Thomas
Dumbest ending ever

Story was ok until the end when he chose to h ave a 10 year old finish it . Do yourself a favor and scroll past this one.
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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.
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