In this #1 New York Times bestseller, FBI Agent Pendergast reluctantly teams up with a new partner to investigate a rash of Miami Beach murders . . . only to uncover a deadly conspiracy that spans decades.
After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner.
Pendergast and his new colleague, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to investigate a rash of killings in Miami Beach, where a bloodthirsty psychopath is cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them with cryptic handwritten letters at local gravestones. The graves are unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belong to women who committed suicide. But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast's worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the 18th installment of the Agent Pendergast thriller series, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s endearing but exasperating hero confronts a macabre string of crimes. But that’s not the FBI investigator’s only challenge. For the first time, he’s teamed up with a partner: hardboiled junior agent Coldmoon, who’s charged with keeping Pendergast on task while they delve into a string of suspicious suicides. Preston and Child’s dark humor and sly, unexpected twists enliven the agents’ pursuit, and the fiery personality clashes between Pendergast and Coldmoon take this already engaging series in an appealing new direction.
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Verses for the Dead
Normally great authors who lead you into suspense, carefully drawing you into a story, holding the door open to a tale you don’t want to put down. This time, the book reads like a typical murder mystery, nothing surprising or magical. I prefer their mystical writing style that is edgy, different, guides you into the unknown. This book deviates from their usual writing style. I guess it’s okay as a who done it.
Verses for the dead
Slow to start with plot and character development, but after Chapter 25, Agent Pendergast was front and center. I truly enjoy the Pendergast character and hope to read future books. Thank you.
Verses for the Dead
I am used to a tiny thread leading to a deep mythic resonant mystery.
Not this time.