Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Show of Evil has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: ELIGIBLE FOR *FREE* SUPER SAVER SHIPPING. AMAZON CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH DELIVERY TRACKING. Book may have moderate wear to corners and edges. CD may or may not be included. Could be ex-library.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Show of Evil Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996

50 customer reviews

See all 23 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$7.99
$3.99 $0.01

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$7.99 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Show of Evil + Reign in Hell + The Hunt (27)
Price for all three: $23.97

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you'll receive the lowest price. Here's how (restrictions apply)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this sequel to Diehl's Primal Fear, an incarcerated serial killer's enemies begin meeting grisly deaths.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Diehl, the author of previous hits Chameleon (1982) and Sharky's Machine (1978), has the makings of another best seller here. Defense attorney-turned-district attorney Martin Vail comes to regret having saved a murderer, Aaron Stampler, from the death penalty; Stampler wasn't suffering from multiple personality disorder but was merely a vicious killer who has many more scores to settle. When Stampler proves smart enough to convince an egotistical psychiatrist that he is now sane and can return to society, Vail has to out-think him to save not only his own life but the lives of everyone who contributed to the killer's ten years in a mental institution. The action is gripping, and the characters are well drawn. Buy for suspense collections and for Diehl's established fans.
--Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034537536X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345375360
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "justicewriter" on June 1, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Primal Fear, the gripping, skip-work-until-you-finish-it Martin Vail novel that pre-dates this book, I couldn't wait to get into "Show of Evil."
But once into it, I found it disappointing, not up to the high standards set by Primal Fear.
The story here seems to get lost, as if Diehl can't decide whether to write a straight sequel about Aaron Stampler (now "cured" of his mental illness), or a new mystery for Martin Vail to solve, with just hints of Stampler. The book gets better towards the end, when Diehl gets off the sidetracks and brings us Stampler in all his evil genius, and Vail's attempts to bring him down.
Another thing I questioned in the book is the dramatic change in some of the characters after Primal Fear. Vail, the great defense attorney, is now the DA? Venable and Vail, once sworn courtroom enemies, now sliding between the sheets together? I know 10 years is a long time, but some of the transformations seemed to stretch credulity.
And the close of the book, seeming to leave the door open for yet another sequel? Please, Mr. Diehl, move on to a new evil genius.
This isn't a bad read, and in parts is quite good. But it isn't "Primal Fear."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Primal Fear is one of my favorite books whose success should have warned me about the inevitable sequel. As with most follow-ups, Show of Evil, although a decent read in its own right, pales in comparison to its predecessor.
It is not as suspenseful or mind-boggling as the first - how could it be, since Aaron Stampler's true nature is known from the beginning. His plan becomes obvious in the prelude. Also, the romance between Martin Vail and Jane Venable seems too unlikely considering the events that took place ten years ago.
The book's most glaring flaw is its length. Diehl devotes far too much time to the Darby and Stoddard sublots. These filler sections concern minor characters in the novel and add nothing to the main plot - Aaron Stampler and his unknown accomplice. Show of Fear would have been much more effective as a novella.
Aaron Stampler remains a fascinating character, but any sequel deadens the impact of the closing line in Primal Fear. Aaron's last words are most powerful when the implications are left to the imagination.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nancy F. Jones on February 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Oh, I am so tired of authors throwing together a book in order to capitalize on the success of a previous effort and/or movie!
This is the sequel to "Primal Fear", which was a suspenseful and gripping read. This novel can't decide what it wants to be. Diehl throws in sub plots that distract from his main story.
In the main plot,Aaron Stampler, the multiple personality, or possible faker, from "Primal Fear" is supposedly cured and about to be released from the mental hospital in which he has been incarcerated. However, murders are being committed that bear Stampler's unmistakeable MO. The people being killed are all connected to Stampler and their deaths appear to be revenge murders. Has he a disciple? If so how is he making contact? He has had no visitors for ten years, no outside contact at all, in fact. Martin Vail, Stampler's former defense attorney, is now the DA. He enlists the aid of Jane Venable, who prosecuted Stampler in the first case, to help investigate the new murders.
Surprise, surprise! The two fall in love.
The sub plots involving bodies found in a landfill, a wife murdered by an abusive husband, and a disgruntled employee killing her boss, go pretty much nowhere and harbor no surprises for the reader.
The writing is careless--how can anyone see a shadow looming up BEHIND her? The editing is sloppy, and the changes in the characters from one book to the next not very believable. The ending is straight out of a B horror movie and leaves room for yet another sequel--please no, no! I was very disappointed.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rahul_tam@hotmail.com on April 28, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
William Diehl's sequel to Primal Fear made dissapointing reading. There seem to be too many charaters in "Show of Evil" .The romance of Vail's associates is mundane and does not interest. Even the affair between Vail and her bete noire - Jane Veneble seems out of place for someone who has raed and enjoyed "Primal Fear". There are at least two sub plots the presence of which is unjustified. The sub plots divert the attention of the reader and the only purpose they serve is to increase the number of pages in the book.
Perhaps the only reason book is readable is because of the characterization of Aaron Stampler . If he was an innocent boy charged with murder in "Primal Fear", he is evil personified in this one.
I hope the sequel to this one is much better .
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
A one-two punch with Primal Fear. Make sure you read the super Primal Fear first then enjoy the continued story...it just keeps getting better. Left the door open for a continuance with another unexpected ending. I hope there is more!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 21, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This brilliant sequel to "Primal Fear" establishes Diehl as one of the primo writers of the mystery/suspense genre. This novel has more plotlines than any I've ever read. Although some have said it loses focus, I don't think so. The different mysteries are well-conceived, and we want the killers to be brought to justice. In Darby's case, accused of killing his wife, we see what a sleezebag he is, and cheer Shana Parva on in her quest to bring him to justice. The case of Edith Stoddard, the executive secretary who admits to killing her lover/boss, is more difficult to cheer, because there's something fishy in her confession. The denouement of this particular crime is somewha nebulous, but still packs a punch. The main interest for all "Primal Fear" fans is the reappearance of Aaron Stampler. Someone is murdering people in the same grisly fashion Stampler did; only Stampler is locked up in maximum security and cannot be committing the crimes himself, so is there a copycat or an accomplice? And what about the identities of the newest victims? Hmmm....this is a crafty plot, indeed. If you think hard enough, you will be able to identify the culprit who is aiding Aaron.
Along with these plots, it's nice to see some romance develop for Martin Vain and Jane Venable and also Shana Parva and Flaherty. A well done book, with exciting sequences and some truly chilling ones, too. Will make all UPS drivers think twice about rural deliveries!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Show of Evil
This item: Show of Evil
Price: $7.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?