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Publisher's Summary

"A consistently exciting and never predictable series." (Associated Press)

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found.

Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case. "I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch," Pendergast tells D'Agosta, "because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History."

But neither Pendergast nor D'Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. A diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered...and decapitated. Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted the evil eye of the killer.

As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D'Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It'll take all of Pendergast's skill to unmask this most dangerous foe - let alone survive to tell the tale.

©2018 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"As always, the authors have crafted a story that is almost impossible to pull away from, and their prose is as elegant as fans have come to expect. Pendergast continues to be one of thrillerdom's most exciting and intriguing series leads, and the series remains among the most reliable in the genre." (Booklist)
"One of the best in the series-tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This, yet another masterpiece by Preston & Child, will be the perfect way to start out your New Year...Just as it was when D'Agosta and Pendergast first met up in the thrilling book, Relic, they are together once again solving a crime of mammoth proportions. Preston, Child, and their well-known characters are always sheer perfection!" (Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine)

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The allusive Pendergast..,

I think this book might be one of the best in the series.
In this book Pendergast is facing consequences from his boss for actions he should not have taken in the previous book. His punishment is his involvement in D'Agosta's newest case of a murdered woman. She'd been shot through the heart and days later decapitated. There are quite a few murders after her. The chase is on for The Decapitater but everyone seems to be going in a different direction. It's kind of predictable who the killer is but until that person is revealed there is still a touch of uncertainty.
The epilogue does not give closure but instead peaks your curiosity as to where these characters will go in the next book.
Rene Auberjonois does an outstanding job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Another GREAT Story

I listen to a lot of audiobooks in this genera. Pendrgast is my favorite protagonist.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Back to his old ways

A very enjoyable return of AXLP to his original path of taking down serial killers alongside Vincent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Awesome, as usual...

The moral lesson transcends this work of fiction. It is sublime in characterization, suspenseful plot lines, and Agent Prendergast mirrors the intellect of his creator, heightened intellectualism, and, in this tale, its culmination--
is a masterful and surprise ending on 2 levels.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

Another Good one... I can always rely on Pendergast to entertain ...hope he continues for a long time to come!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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First subpar Pendergast

I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the other agent Pendergast series, but this one fell flat for me. The plot was simply weak and relatively uninteresting compared to the others. Further, Aloysius wasn't showcased and highlighted as much as he typically is with his usual Flair and mental High games.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 01-19-18

Finally!

Finally we get a book worthy of the Pendergast character. I really enjoyed seeing him in action as an FBI agent and an uncommonly brilliant man. Right up until the epilogue I had tremendous hope for this series. We shall see. But this book is a solid 9 out of 10 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring

NOT what I expect for a Pendergast adventure!! I have waited so long for this next addition to the Pendergast series, only to be greatly disappointed.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 01-19-18

Pendergast Just Gets Better and Better - #18 Super

Can’t believe this is the 18th book in this spectacular series. Wow! Pendergast seemed to be particularly distant in this one until he figured out what was going on with the murder and with himself. The murders were particularly gruesome and because of their apparent randomness, hard to figure the reason. As humans we look for rationality so when the reporter came up with the 99% vs the 1%, everyone grabbed on except Pendergast. Never sure how he arrives at his results but it is always interesting to read his thought process. It is amazing that he has not been murdered by his housekeeper because of his smugness but Mrs. Tasker just continues on. The hunt through the old mental hospital became long and there were times I wasn’t sure Pendergast would outsmart his oppononent but since there must be another book, you knew he would prevails. Can’t imagine how the authors work out these intricate details and seamlessly weave the chapters together but I hope they keep it up. Not sure I care about Constance one way or the other. I find her annoying but sounds like she may become permanent. Always glad when Pendergast and D’Gosta get together. A very good read. I listened on audible and always find Rene Auberjonois outstanding.

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Buy it !

Preston and Child never disappoint ! This one kept me guessing. Characters well woven into a great plot !
No spoilers from me !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful