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.
There’s a mad man on the lose, unstopable, untraceable, and he is going around killing innocent bystanders. Who you going to call? Someone who examines documents … yeah, kinda different choice to what I would have made as well but what can I say? I didn’t write it. The typical JD book, races along with detail and characters but doesn’t seem to know where to stop, one twist in the tail after another. Almost the complete opposite of Michael Crichton, whereas with Crichton novels you get the feeling that he wrote the plot and himself into a corner that normally requires either a cop out or a mundain ending, Deaver tacks on two or three different endings in the guise of twists because he couldn’t decide which one he liked more. Still an enjoyable read though.