The Devil's Teardrop

The Devil's Teardrop

By Jeffery Deaver

Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780671038441, 480pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2000


New Year's Eve, 1999. After an early morning machine-gun attack by a madman man called the Digger leaves dozens dead in the Washington, D.C. subway, the mayor's office receives a message demanding twenty million dollars by midnight or more innocents will die. With the ransom note as the only evidence, Special Agent Margaret Lukas calls upon retired FBI agent and the nation's premiere document examiner Parker Kincaid, to join the manhunt for the Digger -- or for hundreds, the first moments of the new century will be their last on earth.

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to

Praise For The Devil's Teardrop

San Francisco Examiner

A devil of a thriller.

The New York Times Book Review

A fiendish suspense thriller....Leaves us weak.

Library Journal

A consummate thriller....highly recommended.


From the very first page...both the reader and the party-hatted residents of Washington, D.C., know they're in for a very wild last night of the century.

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Deaver writes the types of thrillers that would challenge the most enthusiastic roller-coaster rider...he crafts provocative opening scenes to draw readers in, send chills down their spines, and force them to turn the pages. Quick, unexpected plot turns are guaranteed to keep that adrenaline pumping right up until the final pages.

San Jose Mercury News

A professional, high-quality crime thriller....Deaver is the current master of pure detection -- an effervescent Sherlock Holmes-style blend of science and inspiration that makes his books sing and dance.

San Francisco Examiner

[A] devil of a thriller....Fascinating....Full of good characters and dialogue.


Deaver is a master of ticking-bomb suspense.

The Denver Post

A fast read, chockablock with twists and turns that pave the way to a satisfying conclusion....Vintage Deaver, a smattering of clues and a race against time.


Action-packed....Suspense fans everywhere....will appreciate and enjoy this well-crafted tale of mystery and terror....Deaver is at his best here.