A classic thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver featuring the intricate forensic detail, masterful plot twists, and harrowing breakneck pace that made A Maiden’s Grave, The Bone Collector, and The Coffin Dancer national bestsellers.
It’s New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1999, and Washington, DC, 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 hours—until midnight. Only a ransom of $20 million delivered to the Digger’s 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 Margaret 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.
FYI: Universal Pictures is producing Deaver's The Bone Collector as a film starring Denzel Washington.
Many twists and turns
I've read most of Deaver's books and rate all but two of them with five stars. The plot in this has so many surprises and the characters are well developed.
A ransom note is at the center of the story and is reproduced three times in handwritten form. But they are not identical. When authors and editors miss things like that, it's distracting.
Fabulous psychological thriller
One of the most fascinating thrillers I’ve ever read, with more twists and surprises than I’ve ever encountered. The characters - at least the ‘good guys’ - are people you care about, deeply human in every way. And when you think you’ve reached the ending? Read on!