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The Devil's Teardrop

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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. As 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 ex...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 4th 2000 by Hodder (first published January 1st 1999)
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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
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...more
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
Donna Hill
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,...more
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...more
Alison Smith
A terrific holiday read; good twist at the end.
G.H. Monroe
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...more
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...more
Georgie Mathew
The first book that got me hooked to J Deaver. Brilliant.
When I read the summary of this book I couldn’t wait to read it…It sounded like a true suspense. Well, after finishing the book I realize it wasn’t as suspenseful as I thought or would have liked it to be. I was really disappointed. The concept was well thought out…but the characters just wasn’t thrilling enough for me…I didn’t sense any fear at all when it came to the shooter. I listen to the audiobook and I must say in order for this book to really be interesting the author should have added a...more

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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Assolutamente stupendo! Il migliore di Deaver che abbia mai letto per originalità e sviluppo incredibile della storia. Quando si pensa che sia finito tutto, il Becchino si ripresenta. Deaver riesce sempre a tenerti incollato dalla prima all'ultima pagina sapendo essere sempre scorrevole e sciogliendo tutti i dubbi nel finale. Infatti è uno di quei pochi libri che finisco senza restare con vari dubbi sulla vicenda e/o personaggi. Dire consigliato, è dir poco. Voto: 5/5!
A wonderful summer escape read! Tense, intriguing, smart, etc. with twists and turns in the plot. Basic story line centers around an attempt to find a mass killer who is carrying out the instructions of a highly intelligent and disciplined mad man. Parker Kincaid, a retired FBI agent specializing in documentation/hand writing is brought in (against his wishes) to work with a team of agents to identify the mad man and the killer. The only real clue is a ransom note asking for twenty million dolla...more
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
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“The Devil’s Teardrop,” another excellent thriller by Jeffery Deaver, focuses on former FBI agent Parker Kincaid, a forensic document expert. Kincaid is part of an FBI team trying to stop a pair of conscienceless killers holding the city of Washington DC hostage on New Years Eve. The brains of this criminal pair seems to anticipate every move the authorities make, while his partner, an efficient killing machine, has the ability to remain hidden in plain sight.
Deaver does a great job keeping the...more
Grant Murray
A solid thriller by an author who knows how to write a decent plot twist. While Jeffrey Deaver's reputation for twists has caused him to go to extremes to surprise his audience, this book was written at a time where he wasn't as well known and thus kept it simple. And simple it was, but still completely satisfying. The concept in and of itself was a stroke of pure genius, while getting closer to the climax there seemed to be one or two things that could be thought of as being a little to coincid...more
In a list of my most favorite protagonists created by Jeffery Deaver, Parker Kincaid would definitely round up the triumvirate. Similar to Lincoln Rhyme and Katheryn Dance, Parker is basically the best of the best in his field. Reading how he goes about in his specialty reminds me at times of Rhyme when he does his work as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As always, Deaver never overwhelms with the amount of facts he needs to get the plot going, but just enough that the leader learns somethi...more
This was a library book I took out, assuming that it would involve the character Lincoln Rhyme. It was nicely done, and there was a short mention of him in the plot. This time there was a mastermind who had caused an amoral brain damaged person, the Digger, to do his killing. Special FBI Agent Margaret Lukas and a retired agent Parker Kincaid, whose specialty is examining documents, are the main characters--the good ones. Kincaid has sole custody of his daughter and son, with the exwife, a real...more
Jason Pym
Having just finished The Bone Collector before this, the Devil's Teardrop reads like Deaver on autopilot.

This time the murderer machineguns dozens of people at regular intervals, and won't stop unless a ransom is paid. Despite the ridiculously high body count, there is little tension - at several points, when the characters know the killer will strike again within the hour, their thoughts wander off onto other things. And so did mine.

Despite this, Deaver still makes it all very readable. There...more
So this was my first adventure into the realm of J. Deaver and I'm not going to hold it against him. The reader wasn't very good, fairly monotone and seemed to switch voices for the same character to the point that I sometimes didn't know who was talking. Plus this was an abridged version and who ever chose what to cut did an awful job. There were points when a problem was presented at the end of a chapter only to have it already solved when the next chapter started. I searched the box frantical...more
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro...more
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