When the gruesome ashes of Jeremy Grove's still smoldering body are discovered in the locked bedroom of his ostentatious Hampton estate, it was a pretty easy leap to the paranormal conclusion of spontaneous human combustion. A melted cross, the clear odour of sulphur and brimstone and the image of a hoof print seared into the floor make a further leap to the conclusion of supernatural cause and a pact with the devil gone wrong a small step indeed. FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, perennial … more
The debut to a remarkable suspense trilogy that pits FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast against his evil brother Diogenes. As an aside, thriller lovers will surely enjoy the remarkable parallels between Pendergast and Sherlock Holmes.
Special Agent Pendergast has evolved to be Preston & Child's focal point. In each of their novels they seem to release a little more information about him. In this book he has evolved to be the equal of Sherlock Holmes with a little bit of Houdini thrown in. He now has a police sidekick (Officer D'Agosta) just like Holmes had his Doctor Watson and the book sets up for a showdown with Pendergast's evil older brother (a la Mycroft Holmes). The book seems … more