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The Devil's Teardrop

By Jeffery Deaver

The Devil's Teardrop
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  • Hardcover: Sep 1999,
    400 pages.
    Paperback: Mar 2000,
    451 pages.

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New Year's Eve, 1999. A grisly machine gun attack in the Washington, D.C., subway system leaves dozens dead and the city crippled with fear. A note delivered to the mayor's office connects the massacre to the Digger; an emotionless assassin programmed to wreak havoc on the capital at four-hour intervals, until midnight. Only a ransom of 20 million dollars delivered to his accomplice -- and mastermind -- will end the death and terror.

But the Digger becomes a far more sinister threat when his accomplice is killed in a freak accident while en route to the money drop. With the ransom note as the single scrap of evidence. Special Agent Lukas calls upon Parker Kincaid, a retired FBI agent and the top forensic document examiner in the country. Somehow, by midnight, they must find the Digger -- before he finds them.

With intricate forensic detail. masterful plot twists, and the harrowing breakneck pace that is signature Deaver, The Devil's Teardrop is destined to continue Jeffery Deaver's bestselling track record and thrill his legions of fans worldwide.

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The Digger's in town.

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.

He's not tall and not short, he's not heavy and not thin.

His fingers in dark gloves might be pudgy but they might not. His feet seem large but maybe that's just the size of his shoes.

If you glanced at his eyes you wouldn't notice the shape or the color but only that they don't seem quite human, and if the Digger glanced at you while you were looking at him, his eyes might be the very last thing you ever saw.

He wears a long, black coat, or a dark blue one, and not a soul on the street notices him pass by though there are many witnesses here -- the streets of Washington, D.C., are crowded because it's morning rush hour.

The Digger's in town and it's New Year's Eve.

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Deaver's betwixt-and-between thriller pits the FBI and all its buddies against a blackmailer who's threatening terrorist attacks on revelers welcoming the millennium in the nation's capital ... Deaver has some nasty twists up his sleeve. This time, though, as if he knows that the case is less surprising and suspenseful than his two similar cases starring paralyzed New York criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Bone Polisher, 1997; The Coffin Dancer, 1998), Deaver restricts Rhyme to a telephone cameo. Fans of Rhyme will miss him, of course; more unfortunately, they'll suss out Deaver's biggest surprise long before they ought to. What's left is sturdy, reliable, ticking-clock thrills - just not as many of them as Deaver serves up at his best.

Booklist - Kathleen Hughes

Suspense fans everywhere and Deaver's fans in particular will appreciate and enjoy the best-selling novelist's latest well-crafted tale of mystery and terror.

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B Lymon-Odom

One of the best I've ever read
This book was truly one of the best I've ever read. I've never read a book with so many twists. I couldn't put it down. Everytime I tried, something he (Deavers) wrote, made me keep reading. I had to find out what was going to happen next.

Nicholas Dochtermann

Great Book!!!!!!!! One of the best ive read.

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This book was truly one of the best I've ever read. I've never read a book
with so many twists. I couldn't put it down. Everytime I tried, something he (Deavers) wrote, made me keep reading. I had to find out what was going to happen next...   Read More

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