City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing: 1/16/18
eBook review copy; 368 pages
Special Agent Pendergast Series #17
City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is a
highly recommended new release to the long-running series, very for
fans. This murder mystery can actually be read as a standalone, but fans
of the series will obviously have more insight into the main
NYPD Lieutenant Vincent
D'Agosta is on the murder case of a body found in a warehouse sans the
head, when his friend FBI special agent
Aloysius Pendergast joins the investigation. The corpse is that of Grace
Ozmian, a beautiful party-girl and daughter of a wealthy
tech billionaire, Anton Ozmian. Then the killer, called the Decapitator,
strikes again... and again, his victims including a prosecutor
turned mob lawyer and a Russian oligarch. Clearly this killer is clever,
skilled, and ruthless, but what is the motive, why is he choosing the
victims he does, and how is he getting through their security systems?
Muddling the investigation is reporter Bryce
Harriman. His sensational tabloid stories are creating panic in the
city. He coins the nickname "The City of Endless Night" and is
encouraged by his superiors to keep using the moniker while writing more
sensational follow-up stories. The stories are also instigating protest
groups who have various motives for their demonstrations.
Make no mistake about it, City of Endless Night is an excellent
thriller. This one is outstanding - when have Preston and Child given us
anything but a well-written, perfectly plotted novel full of
nail-biting suspense? The cold, moody atmosphere is skillfully
portrayed. It's all here and If you are new to the series, you can read
this one without knowing all
the background information, although some of trappings of Pendergast's
life might seem confusing. Pendergast himself is clearly off his game in
this outing of the series. He is always taciturn, invariably thinking
and analyzing clues with precision and acumen, and supremely
intelligent. That is still the case, but he also seems a bit distracted
which could signal trouble. D’Agosta is the same reliable character.
It is a plus and minus to have a long time fan of the series review a
17th book. Obviously, I know them all and have some I liked more than
others. The suspense is palatable in City of Endless Night and I stayed up too late finishing it, but I liked it a wee-bit less than others in the series.
My review copy was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.