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by Preston, Douglas J.

Format: Print Book 2012
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A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate.
There is a claw print scorched into the wall, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air.
When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable.
Has the devil come to claim his due?
Some things can't be undone.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fans of cerebral action adventure novels know that, outside of Michael Crichton, no one delivers the goods like the veteran writing team of Preston and Child (Relic; Still Life with Crows; etc.). As if invigorated by their recent solo efforts (Child: Utopia, etc.; Preston: The Codex, etc.), the two now deliver their best novel ever, an extravagant tale of international intrigue. As their admirers know, one reason Preston and Child thrillers work is because most feature arguably the most charismatic detective in contemporary fiction: FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, a wealthy, refined yet ruthless descendant of Holmes who's very much his own character. Pendergast, as well as other Preston and Child semiregulars, notably rough-hewn former NYPD cop Vincent D'Agosta, Watson to Pendergast's Sherlock, tread nearly every page of this vastly imagined, relentlessly enjoyable thriller. The body of a notorious art critic is found in his Hamptons, L.I., mansion, wholly burned, with a cloven hoofprint nearby: the devil's work? Similar killings ensue among a group of maleficent bigwigs who, as college students, once gathered in Florence for a mysterious reason. Also at that gathering was the charming yet sinister Italian Count Fosco, a wonderful character whom the authors have borrowed, with due credit, from Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White. In time Agent Pendergast ties Fosco into the killings, as well as a plot to equip the Chinese with devastating weapons and a parallel plot to recover a legendary Stradivarius violin. Erudite, swiftly paced, brimming (occasionally overbrimming) with memorable personae and tense set pieces, this is the perfect thriller to stuff into a beach bag. (Aug. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Special Agent Pendergast thriller
Features Aloysius Pendergast, an FBI special agent in New York
#1 - Relic
#2 - Reliquary
#3 - The Cabinet of curiosities
#4 - Still life with crows
#5 - Brimstone
#6 - Dance of death
#7 - The Book of the dead
#8 - The Wheel of darkness
#9 - Cemetery dance
#10 - Fever dream
#11 - Cold vengeance
#12 - Two graves
#13 - White fire
#14 - Blue labyrinth
#15 - Crimson shore
#16 - The Obsidian chamber
#17 - City of endless night
#18 - Verses for the dead
#19 - Crooked river
Subjects Art critics -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Government investigators -- Fiction.
Americans -- Italy -- Fiction.
Serial murders -- Fiction.
Long Island (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Italy -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Grand Central Pub.,2012
Edition 1st one-time-only ed.
Contributors Child, Lincoln.
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: c2004.
Description x, 740 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 9781455519361
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