A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE.
After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A SHOCKING RETURN
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive – only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT
Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, pursuing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
BUT IN THIS WORLD, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying mechanism has stirred – and it may already be too late...
A melodramatic plot full of improbable developments mars Preston and Child's 16th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2015's Crimson Shore). Pendergast is believed dead after he was seriously wounded and fell into the sea off Exmouth, Mass. Soon after Pendergast's ward, Constance Greene, returns from Exmouth, she's abducted from the Manhattan home she shared with the FBI agent. Proctor, Pendergast's factotum, embarks on a lengthy and convoluted quest to rescue Constance, which takes him to the Kalahari Desert. Proctor's resolve is strengthened by his belief that Constance's abductor is Pendergast's evil brother, Diogenes, who was thought to have died after Constance tossed him into a volcano more than three years earlier. Meanwhile, a sophisticated villain who maintains a secret identity believes that his DNA at a crime scene won't be matched to a sample in the FBI database because that sample will also be a match for his alias. This entry lacks the originality and chills of the better books in this bestselling series.