Join Agent Pendergast in the heart of the South American jungle as he investigates a string of murders that lead him to his wife's kidnappers -- and spark memories that may haunt him forever.
After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.
But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels-perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture-NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife's kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?
When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that-rather than having been eradicated-is stirring anew... and with potentially world-altering consequences.
Confucius once said: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.
Preston and Child's high-adrenaline 12th thriller featuring maverick FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast wraps up the trilogy that began with 2010's Fever Dream and continued with 2011's Cold Vengeance with a bang. Just as Pendergast is reunited one evening in Manhattan's Central Park with his beloved wife, Helen, who he thought died 12 years earlier, Helen falls victim to a gang of well-organized kidnappers. Despite Pendergast's impressive combination of brains and brawn as well as network of helpers, his efforts to rescue Helen don't play out as he anticipated. Meanwhile, a serial murderer dubbed the Hotel Killer has been targeting guests of Manhattan hotels, mutilating his victims and leaving behind a piece of his own body (e.g., a finger, an ear lobe) to taunt the NYPD. Given the growing cast of characters and their complex backstories, those already familiar with the bestselling authors' fictional world will most enjoy this intelligent suspense novel.
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Another Solid Book....
Pendergast is among my favorite series (along with Lincoln Rhyme and Harry Bosch). His odd mannerisms and unorthodox style are fun to read, but over the last few books he's been "off" what with the storyline involving his wife, Helen.
Preston and Child have this character down well and his background has been fleshed out nicely over the last few titles, even though the books have been slightly different than "Brimstone", "The Relic" and "The Cabinet of Curiosities".
I look forward to Pendergast getting back to the cases we know from the earlier novels, but am glad to know his character better now.
Pendergast is back
This is a book I recommend to all Pendergast fans, it has all kinds of twists and turns and is the authors best writing in a while.
Much better than Cold Vengeance
I have read every single book by these authors and particularly enjoy their Agent Pendergast novels. This book seemed to justify the weak style, anemic plot, and abrupt ending of Cold Vengeance. I really wish they had released both books together as a really long novel or just had a better editor. It was not as good as Brimstone or Book of the Dead but much better than Wheel of Darkness or Cold Vengeance.
TL:DR This was a good Agent Pendergast book, if you're even a slight fan you should get it.