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City of Endless Night (Special Agent Pendergast Series #17)

by Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child

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City of Endless Night (Special Agent Pendergast Series #17) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "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.

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ISBN-13:
9781455536924
9781455536924
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/16/2018
Series:
Special Agent Pendergast Series , #17
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Hachette Digital, Inc.
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Sales rank:
414
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745 KB
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About the Author

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Education:

B.A., Pomona College, 1978
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Editorial Reviews

★ 12/01/2017
In his 17th outing (after The Obsidian Chamber), FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast, along with his friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, tackles yet another twisted, multiple-murder case but this time featuring horrifying decapitations. Grace Ozmian, daughter of a high-tech billionaire, is the first to be killed, but unlike her successor victims, her head was apparently removed from her corpse more than 24 hours after her death. As the subsequent bodies (and severed heads) pile up, the pot is further stirred by local reporter Bryce Harriman, who manages to stoke fear and panic in New York City, eventually bringing out a range of demonstrators and protesters, from the violent to the religious, the latter of whom stage a modern "Bonfire of the Vanities" in Central Park to expiate the city of its sins. All of which puts extreme pressure on the police and the FBI to solve the case, and pronto. VERDICT Fans of the "Pendergast" series will be delighted with this latest romp and its careful plotting and suspense should appeal to mystery fans generally as well. The sensational details don't interfere at all with its plausibility and stylishness. [See Prepub Alert, 7/24/17.]—Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa

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I still can't believe that this is the 18th book in the Pendergast ...
I still can't believe that this is the 18th book in the Pendergast series! The fact that I've read through the entire series...that's gotta say something about these two authors. A dynamic duo, they managed to win me over with Relic and Still Life With Crows. I've fallen off the couch and dropped my book in mid-paragraph thanks to their descriptive and gripping writing. My favorite novels are when Pendergast teams up with D'Agosta. I'd always thought Pendergast was my favorite and D'Agosta was just...there. But I realize now, 18 books later, that I need D'Agosta to be there to counteract the standoffish, moody Pendergast that has been marred, maimed and....seriously, these authors have put him through the ringer. He's definitely changed as a character, which is a testament to good writing, in my opinion. What they ended up covering in their latest novel...makes me curious if there were discussions on taxi rides or at a local coffee shop. Surely their Google searches have placed them on the FBI's watch list. ;) There was a bit more of Bryce Harriman (the reporter) than I would have liked, but we've got to have some bad, otherwise we don't appreciate the good. Right...right?! I must admit though, I've struggled with the books in the series that specifically involved Pendergast's wife and his ward. (groans internally) Here's my brutally honest opinion of parts of the opening and closing (not the main story) of City of Endless Night. Blech. If you haven't read my previous complaints of Constance Greene, I'll save you from reading those reviews. She is the fly in my ointment, a thorn in my side, the splinter deep under my nail, a bout of the flu, or a migraine that no amount of coffee and Tylenol will vanquish. And after reading the Epilogue, I don't hate Constance. I'm just not necessarily excited about her existence. Should I have a good attitude? I have a great attitude... Here's my honest opinion on the "meat" of the story. heh  It was a fun read and I really enjoyed it. Why? Because D'Agosta and Pendergast are back together again. Woo Hoo! I may have figured out the murderer, but that in no way detracted from the novel. There were plenty of red herrings that will make the reader question who the killer is. Towards the end, there was a moment that read like the battle of wits from the Princess Bride. VIZZINI: Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I'm not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool; you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me. It made me laugh. After which, the action picked up and wow, it was exciting! The setting was eerie. The end scene read like a thriller. Nail-biting, I held my breath more than once with their suspense-filled scenes. Thanks to their writing, in my mind I could easily picture the final cat and mouse chase as if I were watching a movie. I received a complimentary copy from Net Galley for my honest opinion. I was more than happy to read it considering I'm a longtime fan. What do I think of City of Endless Night? It makes for a great murder mystery and thriller. Though it doesn't have monsters, it does have multiple gruesome murders, so not all hope is lost (does that sound bad?). Fans of Pendergast, Sherlock Holmes or murder mysteries, in general, will enjoy this read.
- Anonymous
January 16, 2018
I am a fan of Preston & Child and their Agent Pendergast series. ...
I am a fan of Preston & Child and their Agent Pendergast series. Because I am a fan and have read all previous sixteen novels in the series, I’m always a tiny bit leery when I start a new one: I would hate to be disappointed! Thankfully, again that is not the case with book number seventeen in the Pendergast series. Yay! With City of Endless Night Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child showed me once again why I am a fan. Their books are always packed with tension, building and building to a magnificent crescendo, where you are so caught up, you are completely lost to the action. And their characterization, of even minor characters, is phenomenal. You can’t beat a Preston & Child for the atmosphere and action that keep you turning pages into the very wee hours and gripping your book so tightly your hands cramp up! Be sure to block out a nice section of time where you won’t be disturbed to read City of Endless Night, because you won’t want to put it down. Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!
- LaurinB
January 16, 2018
Love this series; loved this book. From the first page on, I didn' ...
Love this series; loved this book. From the first page on, I didn't want to put it down and, for the record, I read the whole thing in record time. While there's no shortage of action, though, this one - the 17th - focuses far less on the almost otherworldly side of FBI Special Agent A.X.L. (Aloysius) Pendergast. Maybe that's because his beloved ward, Constance Greene, isn't part of his life now; she's retreated to a monastery, apparently with no plans to return any time soon - and understandably, he's in a bit of a personal funk. But by the end of the book, he's picked up investigative steam - finding clues, digesting them and spitting out spot-on conclusions. The saga begins with the murder of the daughter of a ruthless, much-hated technology billionaire. It's a killing with a gruesome twist: There's a body, but no head. The case falls under the purview of Lt. Vincent D'Agosta, who's less than thrilled that it landed in his lap in large part because he knows the whole thing will turn into a media circus. So it is, then, that he's not unhappy when his rather eccentric friend Pendergast turns up at the crime scene. A shortage of clues leaves both men scratching their heads - Pendergast less so, of course - and the situation slides downhill fast. Not only does another victim turn up (well, most of him, anyway; he, too, is headless), but a nosy newspaper reporter got a whiff of a Pulitzer and starts sharpening his pencil - to the point of coining the phrase to describe New York City that became the title of the book. Still, law enforcement folks try hard to squelch the rumor that a deranged serial killer is on the loose, but those efforts take a nosedive as more heads roll (literally). Now, there's little doubt that the murders are the work of one person (perhaps with a cohort); and it's up to Pendergast and D'Agosta to discover the why and, of course, the who - the sooner the better. Meanwhile, the reporter's articles continue to rile up the general public (as well as spark a sub-plot scenario that, as an aside, to me seemed totally out of joint with the rest of the story). Near the end, the action takes a very serious turn toward the worst-case scenario, leading Pendergast on a not-so-merry chase that could result in no possibility of an 18th book. If there is one, though, it's a sure bet I'll be chomping at the bit to get my hands on it. As for this one, three cheers to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review an advance copy (via NetGalley).
- MonnieR
January 16, 2018
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