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Two Graves, a book

The Third in a Trilogy of Special Agent Pendergast tales by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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Good Wrapup to this Trilogy

  • Mar 7, 2013

Pendergast is finally re-united with his wife Helen for a "few seconds" before she is kidnapped.  This starts a tense and heart pounding chase by Pendergast to rescue her.  Later we see Pendergast fall to the lowest emotional depths of his life and none of his friends (Vincent, Laura, Viola) can do much to get him out of his funk.

As Pendergast is wrestling with his demons, a serial killer tabbed the "hotel killer," is killing hotel guests and leaving weird clues at the scene.  Vincent knows that he needs Pendergast's help to find this killer but it seems that will not happen given his current state.

The book is really divided into three separate plots.  Pendergast will later face an enemy greater than Diogenes, Corrie will try to locate and clear her father, and a doctor will try to help Constance (new readers may want to go back to some of the previous Pendergast tales to understand these other characters).

This book is loaded with tense moments and Messrs Preston and Child have really upgraded their game setting up gripping and action filled scenes.  They also do a good job of wrapping up this particular trilogy though I wish that Vincent served a larger role in it.  Some of the best prior books were the ones where he is more of a sidekick to Pendergast.

Overall, this is not the best Pendergast books but it is a very good one.

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March 08, 2013
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review by . March 05, 2013
Readers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's previous Pendergast novels will be happy that the Helen Pendergast Trilogy beginning with Fever Dream and Cold Vengeance concludes with this latest offering entitled, "Two Graves." Those expecting the authors to change tack and create a novel that doesn't suspend belief more than occasionally, doesn't repeatedly describe their strange, competent and death-defying protagonist as "the man in black," doesn't move the larger story ahead for beloved repeat …
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For twelve years, he believed she died in an accident. Then, he was told she'd been murdered. Now, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife Helen is alive. But their reunion is cut short when Helen is brazenly abducted before his eyes. And Pendergast is forced to embark on a furious cross-country chase to rescue her.
But all this turns out to be mere prologue to a far larger plot: one that unleashes a chillingly-almost supernaturally-adept serial killer on New York City. And Helen has one more surprise in store for Pendergast: a piece of their shared past that makes him the one man most suited to hunting down the killer.
His pursuit of the murderer will take Pendergast deep into the trackless forests of South America, to a hidden place where the evil that has blighted both his and Helen's lives lies in wait . . . a place where he will learn all too well the truth of the ancient proverb:
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
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