This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Series: Pendergast #17
Also by this author: The Lost City of the Monkey God, Full Wolf Moon
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Length: 10 hours, 46 minutes
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"A consistently exciting and never predictable series."-Associated Press
When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until 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 assigned to the case. "I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch," Pendergast tells D'Agosta, "because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History."
But neither Pendergast nor D'Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. A diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered . . . and decapitated. Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted the evil eye of the killer.
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.
City of Endless Night is the seventeenth book in the Pendergast series and it was a thrilling read! The start of this story snagged my interest mostly because I was wondering what the heck the kids had to do with anything related to the story. That was until they discovered a body in the oddest of places and the victim’s head was nowhere to be found. Then I was very interested to know why the murderer took her head?! Vincent D’Agosta was brought in to investigate and he was rather surprised to find Pendergast at the crime scene as well. As far as he knew this was the first murder to be done in a fashion and the FBI was usually only involved when they believed a murder or murders to be part of a serial murder case. Pendergast for his part was not enthused to be at the scene. He had apparently ruffled some feathers with his boss and he was “being punished” for his previous behaviors.
D’Agosta noticed that Pendergast did not seem to be himself but he was both glad and frustrated to have his insight into this case when it turned out that the body that was discovered was the daughter of a billionaire with a reputation for being ruthless. D’Agosta knew that he was going to need the backing of the FBI in order to expedite matters that needed to be dealt with in a timely fashion among other things. He just wished that Pendergast would snap out of whatever was going on with him. When it appeared that the murderer or murderers decided to continue with the killings and beheadings, D’Agosta was placed under extreme pressure to solve the case. With the public outcry regarding the unsolved murders, Pendergast’s peculiar attitude shift, and all of his leads drying up, D’Agosta wondered if this would be the end of his career.
I did not want to put City of Endless Night down! I loved the combination of D’Agosta being at his wit’s end and Pendergast being peculiarly vulnerable. It was an entirely new side to consider for these characters and it made the story interesting. After so many books of the typical Pendergast, it was nice to see that in this story he was not his usual self and I loved that! The mystery was nicely done with a few red herrings thrown in to deflect from what was truly going on. Something that I wish had been different though was that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the inclusion of side characters having their own points of view. I know they had their place in the story but at the same time their POV’s could have been taken from the book and it would have worked just fine without them. Although, I did enjoy the parts where the story was from the killer’s point of view and as the story went on, that particular point of view became more intricate and detailed. Overall, City of Endless Night was an absolute page turning thriller and I highly recommend it.
*Thank you to Netgalley & Grand Central Publishing for this eARC of City of Endless Night*