This is not a bad book, but as a devoted follower of all the Pendergast books I was a bit disappointed. The story was solid enough, the narration terrific, but I was surprised to find that I was almost at the end of the first of two parts before Agent Pendergast made his first appearance. His appearances were brief, also. Most of the story goes on without him, focusing instead on his evil brother. This was my biggest problem with the book. Pendergast is the very soul of this series of books, and to have him appear so little and so late was a peculiar decision, in my opinion. Were this a television show, it would be the one shot when the leading actor was sick, or in a contract dispute with the producers. My second reservation is that I think the author(s) are "jumping the shark" by focusing so much on Pendergast and his family. I preferred the earlier books, where he was the mysterious outsider, appearing out of nowhere with keen insights and esoteric knowledge which flustered those who opposed him. There isn't much mystery left regarding the man himself, unfortunately. I hope that in future works the authors take a step back and allow him to disappear into the shadows again, to reappear in some creepy town where no one knows him, and where the evil he faces is truly unknown, both to him, and the reader.
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