Blue Labyrinth (Special Agent Pendergast Series #14)

Blue Labyrinth (Special Agent Pendergast Series #14)

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by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
     
 

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Special Agent Pendergast-one of the most original, compelling characters in all of contemporary fiction-returns in Preston and Child's new exhilarating novel
BLUE LABYRINTH
A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.
It begins with murder. One of Pendergast's most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his

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Special Agent Pendergast-one of the most original, compelling characters in all of contemporary fiction-returns in Preston and Child's new exhilarating novel
BLUE LABYRINTH
A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.
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....

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Sherlock Holmes fans will relish Preston and Child's 13th novel featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2012's Two Graves), one of their best in this popular series...easily stands on its own with only passing references to Pendergast's complex backstory."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on White Fire"

Another highly entertaining and genuinely thrilling story from Preston & Child starring their romantic, faintly gothic, and always mysterious FBI agent, Aloysius Pendergast. As always the prose is elegant, replete with exquisite descriptions, and this time we're treated to dashes of historic characters Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, as well as a positively delicious serving of the great Sherlock Holmes. Through myriad shocks, surprises, twists and turns, the suspense never lets up. Great fun to the last page."—Anne Rice on White Fire"

The best Pendergast book yet - a collision between past and present that will leave you breathless."—Lee Child on White Fire

Publishers Weekly
09/08/2014
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. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-28
Preston and Child (White Fire, 2013, etc.) return with another adventure for modern crime fiction's most esoteric detective, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast. Badged by the FBI but given free rein, wealthy as a wizard Wall Street trader, intelligent enough to make Mensa members feel inferior, master of exotic Chongg Ran meditation, Pendergast, "skin as pale as marble, eyes like silver conchas," shoulders his custom 1911 Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special .45 and sets out to find the killer who deposited his estranged son, Alban, dead on his Manhattan mansion's doorstep. Alban is autopsied, and an exotic turquoise is found in his stomach. At the American Museum of Natural History, Pendergast consults an expert gemologist—worth reading if buying turquoise—and heads for California's Salton Sea in search of the Golden Spider Mine, all while giving only passing notice to a museum murder under investigation by his friend Lt. Vincent D'Agosta. So begins Pendergast's deconstruction of a deadly conspiracy originating with patent medicine and ending with bizarre battles—triflic acid, poison darts and Sumatran buckthorn as weapons—at the museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A Pendergast ancestor, Hezekiah, built the family's fortune on an elixir that ultimately left users with ALS- or Huntingon's Disease-like symptoms. Now the villain is spurred by epigenetic changes wrought on users' descendants by "Hezekiah's Compound Elixir and Glandular Restorative." Pendergast visits exotic climes for clues, and the authors offer sparkling descriptions—the Salton Fontainebleau is a "fantastical cross between a Chinese temple and an Asbury Park amusement parlor." Constance Greene and other familiar characters appear, and Pendergast learns a startling truth about Alban, whose warped psyche had once wrought havoc. Great character-driven crime fiction—readers new to the series won't be entirely lost, and Pendergast patrons will be thoroughly satisfied.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455525911
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/30/2015
Series:
Special Agent Pendergast Series , #14
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
36,815
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and 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. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A., Pomona College, 1978
Website:
http://www.prestonchild.com

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Blue Labyrinth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
Blue Labyrinth is the fourteenth book in Preston & Child’s Pendergast series. It seems that with each new book, the authors write an even better and more intense story. I haven’t been so involved with a series before and I don’t see myself walking away from Special Agent Pendergast’s life anytime soon. The complexities of his character and family history, while being slowly revealed to the reader over time, never cease to grow more mysterious and intriguing. The authors waste not time getting into the action with this book. Right from the beginning the reader is thrown into Pendergast’s next case. And for the next couple of hundred pages, the story unfolds with little downtime. For long-time fans, this book is going to be an emotional ride, as well. Pendergast is at his most vulnerable in Blue Labyrinth. A feeling of uncertainty about the story’s outcome gripped me until the very last page. Another thing I enjoyed about Blue Labyrinth was that Constance was able to show how formidable of person she is. She’s been slowly getting more and more involved in the storyline with each book, but I feel as if she’s really stepped out of the shadows here. We also see much of Margo Green and D’Agosta. These books wouldn’t be complete without those two veteran characters. It’s so hard not to dive deep into the story and describe what made this another Preston & Child masterpiece without ruining all the twists and shocking moments for potential readers, so I won’t. Just know that this novel is one of the best yet. It’s a big change from the norm for the series but also such a fitting storyline. I don’t know what these two authors have in store for readers next time, if there is a next time, but I already want to get in line for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue Labyrinth is a stand alone Pendergast novel, but it is helpful to read the books in order since this novel ties in so many recurring characters and back stories. You see Pendergast in all his glory. But my favorite parts contained his ward, Constance. Throughout this novel we see her inner strength and get a glimpse at what a formidable woman she truly is. For fans of the Pendergast series, this book doesnot disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book...I could not put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Pendergast books. This one tied so many elememts together. I couldn't stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the "Pendergast" books in order, and this by far is the best one yet!!! If you are a fan, this book is a must read. Absoutely a page turner. HIGHLY RECCOMEND
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the series, I was very excited about this latest installment. And while it does hit the ground running, it does not live up to the potential presented in the opening. It felt rushed, and none of the care and attention was given to the storyline that we are accustomed to with these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down.
Anonymous 9 months ago
A great read for mystery loverslovers it has keep me up wanting to know what com. When all twist and real page tuner, I gave it 5 stars because it teaches us to think out of the box. Worth a read, enjoy.
BBurge More than 1 year ago
Was fine until the conclusion. Wrapped entirely too quickly and at least to me the end is contrived and mot really believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My last read in this series. It's sadly worn out. All Prendergast needs is a cape and a contract with Marvel Comics, and he would be headed to Hollywood. It's that far out there in terms of believability. Most of the action was outside of Prendergast anyway since he is pretty recycled already. It was a nice ride with this series. Time to get off the train. Journey's over.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
This one had a lot of twists and turns I was not expecting. It's better than some of the other ones. However, Pendergast as an FBI agent is not really believable. I don't think the FBI would really allow an agent to operate as he does. But it has a lot of thrills and, of course, he prevails in the end.
Suntan More than 1 year ago
One of the best features of this series is the villains. These are always preternaturally powerful, smart, and evil. Truly worthy antagonists for These authors have a way of creating worthily evil and resourceful antagonists for the preternaturally smart and resourceful Pendergast. This novel, one of their best, brings in new characters and the promise of more very wicked antagonists in yet more books to come. What makes this novel unique among a collection of unique novels is that P's ward, Constance, plays a large role. You might even say that she is the principal character. This opens a door for even larger roles for this engaging heroine, plus (and this is a BIG plus!) it opens up a tiny crack into a possible romance between these two. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston are two of my favorite authors. Their latest addition to the Pendergast series will please fans. Blue Labyrinth is read by Rene Auberjonois. Many readers will recognize Rene Auberjonois’ distinctive voice from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In the 14th Pendergast book, we find our hero back on top. He is the main character in Blue Labyrinth and once again we witness his intelligence, wit and cunning. As Constance and Pendergast are talking, there is a knock on the door. Once it is opened, they discover the body of Pendergast’s son. Who could possibly murder Pendergast’s son, who was a formidable opponent? The culprits are leaving a bread crumb trail for Pendergast to follow. But where does it lead…could it be to death? In Blue Labyrinth, readers get to know a whole new side of Pendergast. The authors break open the mold and allow readers to see the real man and his emotions. Authors Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston bring back characters from previous books and even previous locations. There is what on the surface appears to be a secondary murder/plot; however, the reader soon realizes that the crimes are tied together. One of the differences in this book is the interaction between De’Agosta, Margot and Constance as they attempt to save Pendergast. While I have enjoyed all of the Pendergast novels, this one is my favorite. There is much I would like to comment on, but that is impossible without giving away spoilers. So I will end with this: Pendergast can be and is egotistical, petulant and self-centered, but we all love him and in Blue Labyrinth we see him suffer. Child and Preston have once again raised the bar. I look forward to the next installment.
MDMPFA More than 1 year ago
It never ceases to amaze me how these two authors manage to write one fantastic novel after another for their Agent Pendergast series. This latest novel is no exception. I was a little surprised, in a good way, at the beginning of the story when the murder victim is revealed. After all, the victim looked like a good candidate to replace Diogenes, the principle bad guy in several of their earlier novels. It will be interesting to see who takes that role in future novels. While this particular story can be read standalone, it definitely is more enjoyable to have read their books in sequence as I loved the numerous references to events from their earlier stories, especially the material from Cabinet of Curiosities. Of course there is a whole new set of Pendergast family history revealed in this novel and it was just as stranger and interesting as all the other weird family history. There was one plot twist I found a little hard to believe (as did Agent Pendergast). Some additional narrative beyond that provided on the background to that plot twist would have helped to dissipate my skepticism. I'm still not completely convinced but I'll get over it. The larger part that Constance Green plays in this story was appreciated as she is a uniquely mysterious character. The ending was fast paced and well done. It didn't have the absolutely and literally (for me) jaw dropping surprise plot development that White Fire had with Corrie Swanson at the end of that novel, but that would admittedly be hard to top. Corrie Swanson is another great character but, alas, she does not play a part in this novel. Maybe she will be featured in the next book. Even if not I'm sure these two author will have a new enthralling Pendergast story to tell. I purchased a hardback copy for my personal library.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A action packed thrill ride you will find hard to put down.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Ok im about 140 pages in, if the bones were suspected by Margo of being late 19th century how in the world do they suspect Padgetts wife who would have obviously been born in the twentieth century....??
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A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow getting started but then it picked up and I could not put it down. Great reas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Pendergast keeps you up at night awaiting to see how he gets out of this one.. I love how Constance come in as a strong player this time The book will not disappoint you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This latest installment to the Pendergast story is, in my opinion, the best yet. I particularly liked how the authors allowed the previously peripheral characters to take a dominant role and how Pendergast was releg
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many sub plots must we have family secrets too and the turquoise in and on body already done several times and much better with ethnic detectives in several different countries read the " spoiler "reviews Their revenge for buying the book