When a longtime enemy shows up dead on Pendergast's doorstep, the murder investigation leads him into his own dark past as a vengeful killer waits in the shadows.
It begins with murder. One of Pendergast's most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased.
The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his own family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is being stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. And he soon becomes caught in a wickedly clever plot, which leaves him stricken in mind and body, and propels him toward a reckoning beyond anything he could ever have imagined . . .
The uneven 14th Aloysius Pendergast thriller (after 2013's White Fire) from bestsellers Preston and Child gets off to a dramatic start. The eccentric FBI agent is enjoying a quiet evening reading poetry at home on Manhattan's Upper West Side, when his ward, Constance Greene, answers a knock at the door, only to discover the bound corpse of one of his twin sons, Alban, who was revealed to be a serial killer in a prior series entry. Pendergast's search for Alban's murderer takes him to California's isolated, eerie Salton Sea, which is skillfully evoked by the authors. Meanwhile, Pendergast's longtime friend and inside man on the NYPD, Vincent D'Agosta, investigates the bludgeoning death of a technician at the New York Museum of Natural History. Less creepy and less suspenseful than the best entries in the Pendergast series, this installment also suffers from unimaginative explanations for the two crimes.
Favorite so far
I absolutely love Pendergast. Great story. Not contrived at all as others have mentioned. Don’t read Relic or Reliquary if this is how you feel about this book. From a psychological standpoint, I can see how this can happen. ECT was common back then. Still used to this day, but only on very rare, rare cases and not in that set up and not so intense. The last few chapters were my favorite. I will say I did skip to the end because I was worried. Then I went back. All was good. Spoil alert.
Addicted to Pendergast
Blue Labyrinth was the first book in the Pendergast series I read. I knew nothing about the series before. I had just stumbled upon the book at my local library and read the first few paragraphs and became immedietly captivated by the character Pendergast and the story. I checked it out at library immedietly, went home and read it hungrily; not wanting to stop until I had read entire book. I loved it so much I went out and bought every Pendergast book in series and starting from the beginning read the entire series over several months. I would highly recommend this book and the others in the series. I also hope they actually do make the books into a TV series. They are just in talks for now.