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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