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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? [...] Erudite, swiftly paced, brimming (occasionally overbrimming) with memorable personae and tense set pieces, this is the perfect thriller to stuff into a beach bag.
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ISBN-10:  044653143X
ISBN-13:  978-0446531436
Author:  Douglas Preston
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
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review by . October 28, 2010
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 …
Quick Tip by . October 28, 2010
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.
review by . March 21, 2005
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 …
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