In this #1 New York Times bestseller, FBI Agent Pendergast reluctantly teams up with a new partner to investigate a rash of Miami Beach murders . . . only to uncover a deadly conspiracy that spans decades.
After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner.
Pendergast and his new colleague, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to investigate a rash of killings in Miami Beach, where a bloodthirsty psychopath is cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them with cryptic handwritten letters at local gravestones. The graves are unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belong to women who committed suicide.
But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast's worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the 18th installment of the Agent Pendergast thriller series, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s endearing but exasperating hero confronts a macabre string of crimes. But that’s not the FBI investigator’s only challenge. For the first time, he’s teamed up with a partner: hardboiled junior agent Coldmoon, who’s charged with keeping Pendergast on task while they delve into a string of suspicious suicides. Preston and Child’s dark humor and sly, unexpected twists enliven the agents’ pursuit, and the fiery personality clashes between Pendergast and Coldmoon take this already engaging series in an appealing new direction.
The crimes under investigation in Preston and Child's underwhelming 18th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2018's City of Endless Night) are tame by the bestselling authors' usual standard. Walter Pickett, an FBI assistant director recently assigned to the New York City field office, is determined to keep maverick Pendergast under his control, unlike his predecessors, and assigns him a partner, Special