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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.
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LEFTIST PROGRESSIVE VIEWS?
I had problems with this book, but not because of "leftist/progressive" views. The view presented by character Harriman for the murders was the view of anarchists, but then Pendergast ties that up "nicely" at the end with his "there's nothing wrong with wealth" speech.
The problem I had with this book is that no one acted like themselves.D'agosta was whiney and didn't trust Pendergast and Pendergast was weak.
Also, all of them made incomprehensible choices that, I am sure, furthered the plot, but transcended belief. I liked the Pendergast book where there was some genetic freak of nature that people thought were monsters.
I gave it a four because it ended great and I just love Pendergast. Hope he's finally back up to speed in the next installment.
Worst book in the series
I read these because I like the presence of otherworldly enemies. Paranormal or fantastical enemies.
This had none.
Jus a boring detective novel - and not a good one.
Don’t waste your money.
Preston and Child go political with this book
I’ve enjoyed most of the Pendergast series, however Preston and Child had to insert their leftist extremist political views into this story line. They may find a mush for brains progressive fascists, as most of the left are in today's world, who would enjoy this book, but I would suggest, for those that can think, save you money.