Pendergast's diabolical brother Diogenes is hell-bent on destroying him. The murder of several people close to the FBI agent make it painfully clear to him that this is no slight case of sibling rivalry. Unfortunately, the feds are convinced that Pendergast himself was involved with the killings; to neutralize Diogenes, he must go underground, aided only by his old buddy NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta. Intense action; plot surprises.
The always reliable team of Preston and Child revisit Special FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast, last seen in 2004's Brimstone, and others from past bestsellers (Relic; The Cabinet of Curiosities) in this intriguing thriller set in and around New York City and the halls of the Museum of Natural History. Born a misanthropic loner but driven insane by seeing his parents burned alive when he was a teen, Aloysius's madman brother, Diogenes, has begun murdering Aloysius's friends. Aloysius begs old friend Lt. Vincent D'Agosta to help him defeat his brother, and Vincent does his best while the brothers spar and others die. There are a number of subplots, one involving an ATM robber and flasher known as the Dangler and another focusing on the museum's exhibition of sacred masks, but these fade away as the deadly duel between the brothers takes center stage. Think Sherlock Holmes locked in a death struggle with his smarter brother, Mycroft. Like Brimstone, this novel doesn't end so much as simply pause while the authors work on the next installment. While it's not as good as some of their earlier efforts, it's still pretty darn good. Agents, Eric Simonoff at Janklow & Nesbit and Matthew Snyder at CAA. Major ad/promo, 10-city author tour. (June 7) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Preston and Child put a twist on the biblical story of Cain and Abel in this sequel to Brimstone. Summoned to a mysterious meeting, police officer Vincent D'Agosta hopes to discover that his friend, FBI agent Pendergast, somehow survived the events chronicled in the aforementioned title. Instead, Vincent receives a letter that Pendergast asked to be delivered in the event of his death. In this cryptic missive, Pendergast begs for help in stopping his brother, Diogenes, from committing the perfect crime, which will probably occur in two days. But Diogenes has already started his crime spree, methodically murdering people close to his dead brother. Now Vincent must not only stop a genius from murdering again but also protect himself and his friends on the hit list. A rare second book in a trilogy that actually improves on the first; fans and newcomers alike will relish the numerous twists and relentless plot line. Add this to your mandatory reading list. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/05; see interview with the authors on p. 106.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Fans and newcomers alike will relish the numerous twists and relentless plot line. Add this to your mandatory reading list."Library Journal (starred review)
"Classic Preston and Child: a page-turner, thrill-a-minute suspense story that has it all."Wichita Times Record (TX)
"Stellar . . . Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have a knack for keeping the action coming at you from all sides . . . [a] masterpiece."Shelf Life