Book Review: The Devil’s Teardrop

Title: The Devil’s Teardrop

Author: Jeffery Deaver

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Suspense

Publisher: Hodder

Published: May 4, 2000

Page Amount: 496 pages

Goodreads Summary: After an early morning machine-gun attack by a madman 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. It is New Year’s Eve, and with the ransom note as the only evidence, Special Agent Margaret Lukas calls upon retired FBI agent and the nation’s premier document examiner Parker Kincaid to join the manhunt for the Digger — or for hundreds, the first moments of the new year will be their last on earth.

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: There’s a set of rules someplace that says mystery thrillers, the kinds of books you’d pick up at the airport can’t be compared with literary fiction. That we can’t award them the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes of our times. I’m really not sure why. I found the Devil’s Teardrop incredibly addictive, filled with richly developed characters and really all around a fantastic novel. The prose makes for a quick read, or at least an impatient one. I could hardly contain myself to read at a normal pace to finish each chapter.

The main character, Parker Kincaid, is a retired FBI officer and single father of two children. Even though I’ve never had children nor been a parent of anything living, the way that Deaver writes out Kincaid couldn’t help but make me feel incredibly empathetic towards him. I just wanted him to be home with his children, and not spend dangerous hours away from them on the last day of the year.

As for the plot, it’s a dizzying race against time for Kincaid and the Margaret Lukas, the other protagonist, to find the shooter by figuring out bits and pieces of information from a ransom note. I think that’s part of what made this book so appealing – the “race” isn’t them running to witness after witness. Instead, it’s a race for Parker and the team to find little particles of knowledge that are left behind in the document. For a nerd like me, it made for swoon-worthy reading.

Without spoiling anything, one of the book’s true strengths is its ability to keep you on your toes. My faint sense of unease from the onset was rewarded later in the book and I can assure you, things are not nearly as easy as they appear. The Devil’s Teardrop might be 17 years old but it’s a book I could imagining recommending or gifting to anyone. It’s informative, interesting and madly addictive. Go read it J

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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