City of Endless Night
by Preston, Douglas; Child, Lincoln

""FOR GOD'S SAKE, TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENED!" "VENGEANCE. VENGEANCE IS WHAT'S HAPPENED." It begins as a manhunt for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire. At first, the NYPD assumes Grace, beautiful, reckless, and a regular feature of the local tabloids, has simply sped off on another wild adventure. But the case becomes something altogether different when 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 also assigned to the case. "I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch," Pendergast tells D'Agota, "because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History." D'Agosta hopes the case will give Pendergast an opportunity to demonstrate his considerable abilities back in the city he has made home. But neither Pendergast nor D'Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. It quickly becomes clear that a diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first ofmany victims to be murdered...and decapitated. Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted its evil eye of the killer-or killers. 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."-

Douglas Preston and Lincolnd Child are the #1 bestselling coauthors of the Pendergast novels, as well as the Gideon Crew series. Preston & Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File at, and follow them on Facebook.

After a lengthy sojourn to far-flung locales in previous novels in this popular series, FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast finally returns to New York City, where he quickly becomes embroiled in a murder case involving the daughter of a billionaire tech innovator. Because it's an NYPD case, Pendergast teams up with his old friend Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, who hasn't had a major appearance in the series in a few years (and it's very nice to have him back). Well, soon enough, what appears to be a lone homicide is revealed to be a small part of a much bigger picture, and Pendergast and D'Agosta are in grave danger. As always, the authors have crafted a story that is almost impossible to pull away from, and their prose is as elegant as fans have come to expect. Pendergast continues to be one of thrillerdom's most exciting and intriguing series leads, and the series remains among the most reliable in the genre. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Preston and Child's (The Obsidian Chamber, 2016, etc.) eccentric FBI special agent A.X.L. Pendergast is still on his boss's bad side, which means his next assignment is to aid in what seems to be a routine, albeit bloody, New York City murder investigation.The victim is Grace Ozmian, a tech billionaire's daughter, and she's been decapitated. She was a coke-fueled party girl, and her father has a reputation as "a world class prick," so there should be plenty of suspects. Then, the killer soon to be known as the Decapitator takes more victims: a shady mob lawyer; a married couple scamming people with distressed mortgages; and, oddly, a Nigerian woman who had won the Nobel Peace Prize. Donning his handmade John Lobb shoes and strapping on a Les Baer 1911 Colt .45, Pendergast joins Lt. Cmdr. Detective Squad Vincent D'Agosta, a regular cohort, in the investigation. Interference comes from a believably sketched reporter with the WASPy name of Harriman, credentialed by Choate and Da rtmouth, who's attempting to resurrect his career with a tabloid column. Series newcomers may stumble over the minimal back story provided on the brilliant loner that is Pendergast, all pale skin and gaunt frame, and might be somewhat confused by his Riverside Drive mansion, three apartments in the Dakota, and vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith driven by a taciturn factotum named Proctor. Set in the weeks before Christmas, the book has a nice sense of chilly city winds and snow-piled streets, but the atmosphere grows far more foreboding when Pendergast tracks the killer to an abandoned psychiatric hospital on Long Island. One of the best in the series—tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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