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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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39 of 41 people found this review helpful

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If Pleasure remains, does it remain a Pleasure?


I became a fan in 1995 with Relic and realized by the third or fourth Aloysius Pendergast novel that I was a devoted follower. In my 24 yrs. of guilty pleasuring with Preston-Child-Pendergast, I've ranted some, raved some, sworn them off then pre-ordered the next in the series with the same breath. The plotlines of these books are nonsensical: bloodthirsty monsters in the museum of natural history, Nazi experiments gone amok in the jungles of Brazil, crazed killer grizzlies raiding the ski cabins in Colorado (we won't even start on Constance Greene) blood relatives that seem straight out of the rogue's gallery. I've been all over the scale rating this series. Even the worst books in this 17 book series aren't really bad...they're just not excellent; they're what I call *ungood.* But always 100% captivating is Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, that tall cool, pale, Southern aristocrat that seems to balance so comfortably on the thin line between the earthly and the supernatural.

These authors usually play pretty fast and loose with reality so City of Endless Night might be a good place to start if you need to ease into the far-fetched literary exploits of these authors and their Aloysius Pendergast; it feels uncommonly normal for the series. The downside to jumping in here is you've missed all the fun. Aloysius is what keeps me coming back and this is a paler than usual Aloysius. He may have met his match with a murderer picking off some of New York's 1%ers, leaving their decapitated bodies and not the slightest clues.

This wasn't my favorite in the series. It rambled, it was dark, lacked some excitement, and a lot of Pendergast's endearing quirks seemed absent, the guy seemed preoccupied. I'm just hoping that had something to do with the epilogue (no spoilers here). I'm trying to be objective and view this through fresh eyes, which is hard to do after spending so much time with this threesome. I'm not disenchanted, but possibly a little worn out. I introduced my daughter to the series and she has the same enthusiasm that I once had in following the Pendergast canon. She also is more current with the history and can answer all my questions (except about Constance).

There are 3 elements that are consistently excellent with this series, and present in this novel: 1) Aloysius, a unique character that still intrigues me; 2) when these two authors stick out their pinkies and do their highbrow (Aloysius) writing...I've looked up so many hoity-toity words (his receptionist is his amanuensis) and it's Southern snobbery at its best; 3) Rene Auberjonois narrating Pendergast..nothing short of visual. So I'm just settling on 3*'s for the story and 5* for perfect narration, and that's all I'm going to say about this one,

Whether you are a devoted follower, new to the series, or just considering, I hope that you experience the pleasure of Pendergast and that it remains from #1 to #17 and so on.
[Now as far as some of the other books by this duo...I haven't been so charmed lately.]

20 of 24 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 12 people found this review helpful

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I want the old Pendergast!

Wish Pendergast would stop being so moody and go back to the intriguing, fascinating character he used to be. This story was not nearly as good as the others. His adversary didn't measure up to those of the past. It was a good listen, just not up to par.

6 of 8 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.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Preston and Child definitely mailed this one in!

I've read all the Pendergast novels and this was far-and-away the worst. Not sure what they were thinking but Pendergast certainly lost his edge and became a bit of a wimp. Turned out to be a real stinker, especially after pre-ordering and having to wait several months for the release.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Pendergast Character Needs To Be Retired

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story line would help! I've listened to all of this series and this one was extremely boring. If this is the best these authors can do with this series they need to retire it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure yet.

What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

The narrator was the only redeeming part of this audio book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None what so ever.

Any additional comments?

Save your credit this one isn't worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Falls Short

The audio portion was fragmented and often sounded like it was patched together. Weak plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing to say the least...

What are they doing to our Special Agent?! Ugh, this was hard to swallow! I was so looking forward to this after the last three books, as they were well below par, and no where near as good as the earlier books in this series. Since when did Pendergast take the back seat in an investigation? Were we supposed to believe that he was just so heartbroken over Constance that he simply didn’t care about solving these crimes or anything else for that matter? And let’s not even go there, Pendergast and Constance romantically involved, puke! I have been a huge fan of this series and have read the earlier books several times and not once have I ever felt that Pendergast was secretly in love with his ward. I was so looking forward to seeing him and Vinny back at it but they even managed to screw that up. Their match-up was nothing like the good old days of Relic, and the Diogenes and Helen trilogies. I want the old Pendergast back and not with his 140 year-old, snotty, pretentious, ward on his arm! Such a let down. I think it’s time to break up with Preston and Child as they are continuing to let me down with this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your time

What disappointed you about City of Endless Night?

terrible writing - mediocre "locked room" plot, and once the reveal happened there was no need to listen any further.

What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

appeared to be written by amateurs under the loose direction of the purported authors. While it contained most of the stilted vocabulary employed by Preston & Child, it felt like whoever wrote it had been give a list of words to use, and they were scattered about, rather indiscriminately, to make it appear authentic Pendergass.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rene Auberjonois?

Rene did a creditable reading, but had little to work with.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Have been a long-time fan of this series, so it appears P&C are simply milking the franchise for the money.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful