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The Devil's Code (Kidd) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2001
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John's sister Lane Ward believes the official interpretation of her sibling's death rings false. She asks John's former partner Kidd to investigate her brother's death. Kidd, an expert on stealing data traveling along the information highway, agrees. He learns that John uncovered something major that led to his deliberate murder. Kidd and his partner LuEllen begin to uncover a monster conspiracy involving AmMath and the Feds using technology to hide murder and blackmail. That knowledge could make Kidd the next dead person.
It has been about a decade since John Sandford wrote a Kidd novel (see THE FOOL'S RUN and THE EMPRESS FILE) having switched to the popular Prey novels. Perhaps the earlier Kidd tales were ahead of the times, but with the Internet, Intranet, and Extranet explosion, THE DEVIL'S CODE plays like a modern day electronic thriller. The tale is well executed due to Kidd's intellect, witticism, and ethical beliefs. Although it may seem hard to accept an electronic thief has scruples, Kidd does and that propels his compulsion to investigate. Best selling author John Sandford has returned with one of his great characters in a story that will please more than just net conspiracy buffs because of its fast-paced, gigabit loaded hard driving plot.
I confess to being in the computer field, which I think would make a difference in this novel. It's kind of odd: if you don't enjoy the details you might not be able to follow it, but on the other hand I don't think it has the kind of hard-core details for the true techies.
The characters are kind of lightly drawn; I thought that LuEllen started sounding like the woman assasin in the last Prey novel. I also felt that the novel wandered somewhere in the middle; not quite enough involvement in the characters and not enough plot to go around. I might have been happier with this novel if it had been published in paperback; with lower expectations I think he would get a better response.
You might be happier waiting for the paperback.
Granted, The Devil's Code doesn't have the intensity of the Prey series. This is the story of a part time artist, part time criminal and part time computer hacker who gets dragged into a high level political investigation that involves the FBI, CIA and other law enforcement agencies. Although he is completely innocent of any involvement, Kidd -- the book's main character - needs to find the real criminals before the investigation leads to him. His mysterious and talented sometimes partner, LuEllen, shows up to help him and add spice to the narrative.
While the Prey books deal in realism, The Devil's Code is pure escapism. One of Kidd's hacker friends is murdered and his (the friend's) sister asks Kidd to help her find the murderer. This sets off an action-packed chain of events involving espionage, conspiracy, violence and suspense. But it's all fairly superficial. From virtually any phone booth or motel room, Kidd is able to access a complex network of computer hackers to get the information he needs. No dial-up problems, no slow network speeds, no disconnects - just instant response with the answers Kidd needs. For a heavy Internet user this seems a bit fictional, but that is what this is, fiction.
And the criminal plot that slowly unfolds before us is truly ingenious. The bad guys have devised a way to access highly sensitive government information for great monetary gain. But I won't reveal what this is because it would ruin the story. Read it, and have fun!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big Sandford fan. I hear Sandford's son did the outline for this book - after many requests for another Kidd book. Its well written and fun to read.Published 12 days ago by dt in SB
The Devil's Code keeps drawing us into the story, it's hard to put it down.Published 2 months ago by T. Bingham
Not near as exciting as expected. Bad guy kind of flat, not fully developed.Published 2 months ago by Jim Cavill c/o Sarah Cavill
Love all of John Sandford series and the characters. Can't put my kindle down when I start a new book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John J. Eberwine