Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI Special Agent--returns to to investigate a murderous cult.
William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a of archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on 's . Eyewitnesses claim, and the security camera confirms, that the assailant was their strange, sinister neighbor--a man who, by all reports, was already dead and buried weeks earlier. While Captain Laura Hayward leads the official investigation, Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta undertake their own private--and decidedly unorthodox--quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them to an enclave of they never imagined could exist: a secretive, reclusive cult of Obeah and vodou which no outsiders have ever survived.
Bestsellers Preston and Child kill off a regular supporting character at the outset of this suspenseful tale of urban terror, their ninth to feature FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast (after The Wheel of Darkness). William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife, Nora Kelly, an anthropologist with the New York Museum of Natural History, are celebrating their first anniversary when Smithback is fatally stabbed in their Manhattan apartment, apparently by a creepy neighbor, Colin Fearing, an out-of-work British actor. Given eyewitness descriptions of the killer, including one from Kelly herself, as well as surveillance footage showing a blood-stained Fearing emerging from the apartment building right after the crime, the case appears to be open and shut until Pendergast and his NYPD ally, Lt. Vincent D Agosta, learn that Fearing died almost two weeks earlier. This taut page-turner can only add to the authors growing fan base. 8-city author tour.
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Excellent read. Really an edge of your seat novel. I could have done without the horrible descriptions of animal deaths. But I just skipped over those details. I recommend this book to all Preston and Childs fan. Or any other fans who want an exciting read.
Never really cared to find a good book until my friend told me this book is good. So I read the first few chapters and kept trying to guess what happened next so I highly recommend this book!!! Loved it! Surprising twists and turns too!
This book one one of my favorites. I was very pleased with the story line and the way the book just kept you wondering what was on the next page. I had a hard time pitying it down