Agent Pendergast faces his most unexpected challenge yet when bloodless bodies begin to appear in Savannah, GA, in this installment of a #1 New York Times bestselling series.
A fabulous heist:
On the evening of November 24, 1971, D. B. Cooper hijacked Flight 305—Portland to Seattle—with a fake bomb, collected a ransom of $200,000, and then parachuted from the rear of the plane, disappearing into the night…and into history.
A brutal crime steeped in legend and malevolence:
Fifty years later, Agent Pendergast takes on a bizarre and gruesome case: in the ghost-haunted city of Savannah, Georgia, bodies are found with no blood left in their veins—sowing panic and reviving whispered tales of the infamous Savannah Vampire.
A case like no other:
As the mystery rises along with the body count, Pendergast and his partner, Agent Coldmoon, race to understand how—or if—these murders are connected to the only unsolved skyjacking in American history. Together, they uncover not just the answer…but an unearthly evil beyond all imagining.
A prologue to Preston and Child's disappointing 20th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2020's Crooked River) depicts the notorious unsolved 1971 plane hijacking by D.B. Cooper in the Pacific Northwest. In the present, Pendergast and his partner, Armstrong Coldmoon, have been dispatched to Georgia to investigate several baffling murders. As the victims were drained of blood through one of their multiple stab wounds, the killer is dubbed the Savannah Vampire. Pressure to close the case quickly comes from a boorish U.S. senator, who fears bad press about the crimes will imperil his reelection bid. Pendergast's ward, Constance Greene, assists by befriending a reclusive hotel owner rumored to have prolonged her life by drinking human blood. How the plane hijacking ties in with the current action will surprise readers, but the lack of real scares, an outlandish solution to the central mystery, and a lead who's more action hero than Sherlockian sleuth render this a lesser series entry. X-Files fans will best appreciate this one.)\n
Although I love Agent Pendergast and company, this was a bit far fetched premise. Seems like everyone has gone back to their calling(s); end of Pendergast?
I have read every book in this series and I think this book is my favorite in the series in a long time. I haven’t read one of Preston and Child’s books in a long time and I forgot what good writers they are. This was a fun and quick read. Very fast paced, nice short chapters. And Pendergast is his usual likable self here. I loved this book.
It is a very disappointing novel; the richness of Pendergast’s character is wasted. He deserves more than being pitted against other world (universe) creatures.
I’ve never taken so long to read a Pendergast novel; it was as if I didn’t care what would happen next.