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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,621 ratings  ·  356 reviews

After an early morning machine-gun attack by a madman called the Digger leaves dozens dead in the Washington, D.C., subway, the mayors office receives a message demanding twenty million dollars by midnight or more innocents will die. It is New Years Eve, and with the ransom note as the only evidence, Special Agent Margaret Lukas calls upon retired FBI
Paperback, Pocket, 451 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1999)
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stand alone published in 1999.

This book might be twenty years old but it reads as well now as it did back then.

The main protagonist Parker Kincaid is a retired FBI forensic document examiner. He is divorced from his alcoholic wife and has two young kids that he is fulltime father and mother to. He is trying to lead an exemplary life because he knows that if he puts one foot wrong his ex wife will pounce and try to take the children.

He is at home working on a document when the door bell goes.
Mandi  McRae
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well written psychological thriller.
Sara G
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think maybe reading this book felt like what watching action movies feels like to people who like action movies.

Jeffery Deaver's writing is simple and easy to read and his plots are tight and tense. This was the first book of his I read, back in 2010 and I'd say my opinion hasn't really changed.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book Ive read by Mr. Deaver. All I can say is WOW.

This book had everything I like in a goodno, 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. Id write more praise for The Devils Teardrop but Im sleepy.

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

Veronica Hernandez
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It was a page turner. Well written and suspenseful.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I happened to find this book at a used bookstore and I thought it sounded interesting so I decided to give it a shot, since I'm a Deaver fanatic!

The Devil's Teardrop takes place on New Years Eve Night in Washington DC, a mysterious killer known only as the Digger leaves several people dead in a subway tunnel by machine gun, and leaves a note for the authorities demanding ransom. The key characters, Special FBI Agent Margaret Lukas who is leading the investigation and search for the Digger, and
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Jeffery Deaver is an author who has never really clicked for me. The Devil's Teardrop may be an example of why. Deaver does a good job of making a semi-obscure forensic science (document analysis) interesting. And there are definitely some exciting moments. But suspension of disbelief is so frayed torn and trampled upon that by the time you reach the end of the book you can only boggle at the fact that you finished. Most of the real nonsense doesn't happen till near the end so you will probably ...more
Georgie Mathew
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first book that got me hooked to J Deaver. Brilliant.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I got this book thinking it was a Lincoln Rhyme story that I hadnt read yet. It was and it wasnt. Lincoln was in it, but only for two or three pages as a consultant by telephone. This book was actually a Parker Kincaid and Margaret Lukas novel and it was a very good story. I really couldnt put it down. It only took me a few days to read. Parker authenticates documents, so he can work at home and care for his two young children. He used to work for the FBI, but those days are long over. That is, ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Ahhh. It's good with a convoluting plot. The antagonist--the sociopath--deserves to be locked up forever, sometimes I wish he would suffer more. I like Kincaid and Lukas. And the ending is sweet.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
My first non-Rhyme Deaver novel; glad I looked it up. Protagonist is pulled several ways, emotionally, during the story, including a romance "to bud, or not to bud?". Then he's thrown into a blender for the last 30 pages or so, and I'm left with wanting this to be another series. SOL, pal...
Tiago Vinagre
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, Dan Brown style. The book had such an effect on me that I read it in a single day!
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, crime
What a fantastic book! To be honest I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. I bought this book from a secondhand book store without even reading the blurb on the back of the book. I knew nothing about The devil's teardrop except that was written by Jeffery Deaver and I'm pleased to say that this is a five stars read for me. The plot was intriguing and very engaging. There was never a moment where I was bored or confused on the contrary I was excited and eager to get further into the story. All ...more
Gabriella Gricius
Why Read: Someone who knows my love of Thomas Jefferson and all things historical mystery well gifted this to me. So now I have a well-worn paperback that I absolutely adore by my side, and the second I found out it was an FBI story that had to do with American history I was hooked.

Review: Theres a set of rules someplace that says mystery thrillers, the kinds of books youd pick up at the airport cant be compared with literary fiction. That we cant award them the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes of
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Deron Johnson
Jun 16, 2012 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
Jan 26, 2011 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
Bob Schmitz
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
There is a killer on the loose and wonderful father, Kincaid Parker, the best forensic paper analyzer (in the world?) and a darn good detective to boot, comes out of retirement to aid beautiful FBI agent Margaret Lukas to catch the fiend. The plot has a twist then a turn and another twist and you get the idea. And there are a bunch of subplots. I enjoyed learning a bit about the science of analyzing paper and the layout of the story is very clever. The telling of it left some chasms of credulity ...more
Alison Smith
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
A terrific holiday read; good twist at the end.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a good book. I liked it a lot. It was a well written book. It was full of action/adventure.
Milt Jacobs
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Second read of this book just as good as the first.
Patrice Hoffman
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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...
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
f youve read a lot of Jeffery Deaver, well, this one is pretty much par for the course. Theres a killer on the loose in Washington D.C. on the last day of the millennium. Actually, there are a couple of killers - the one with the actual semi-automatic gun doing the damage is actually doing the bidding of his master. The button man has specific orders to perform a massive act of killing in a predetermined place every four hours starting at noon on this New Years Eve day, and ending at midnight - ...more
Paul Weiss
A riveting psychological drama!

It's New Year's Eve 1999! A fixated killer, known only as "Digger", walks into Washington DC's Metro Station at 9:00 a.m. and empties a silenced Uzi on full automatic into the crowd on a brutal killing spree. The FBI receives a ransom note demanding a $20 million dollar payoff with curt instructions that unless the payment happens without a hitch, the "Digger" will repeat the mass murder at 4:00 p.m., at 8:00 p.m. and again at 12:00 midnight during the height of
It's New Year's Eve and there's a killer on the loose in the city, or rather two killers but no one knows that in the begining. Parker Kincaid is retired from the FBI when he is called back into service known for his skills as a forensic document examiner. Helping our with this case puts everything Peter holds dear at risk for he knows if his ex-wife learns of his involvement she will try to take custody of his two young children. Peter is assigned to work with Special Agent Margaret Lukes who ...more
Suraj Laxminarayanan
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first non Lincoln Rhyme book from this author that i decided to read. The writing style was similar - twists and turns, forensic science (this time with documents) and two protagonists one male and female just like the Rhyme series. It was a pleasant surprise to see Lincoln Rhyme make a guest appearance in this book. Several details on document examination and forensics related to the same were very interesting and are revealed in a way that take the plot forward. Towards the end, just as i ...more
Richard Thompson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
From the Goodreads Blurb :
It's New Year's Eve, December 31, 1999, and Washington, D.C., is under siege. Early in the day, a grisly machine gun attack in the Dupont Circle Metro station leaves dozens dead and the city crippled with fear. A note delivered to the mayor's office pins the massacre on the Digger, a robotlike assassin programmed to wreak havoc on the capital every four hoursuntil midnight.

An entertaining read. A complicated plot that suffers in the end from a bad case of Energizer
Warren C.Cooper
Poor by the master's standards

Very disappointing, by the standards Deaver has set, there are too many gaps in the narrative, too much reliance on mysterious puzzles, and sadly, a stereotypical two hurt souls love interest. A somewhat jumbled plot, and all too predictable relationships. This is an example of formulaic writing, which I find creeping in with more and more character led follow ups, these franchise series writers, can have off days, and they will sell on past glories, regardless,
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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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