Mark Twain wrote: Alas! those good old days are gone, when a murderer could wipe the stain from his name and soothe his trouble to sleep simply by getting out his blocks and mortar and building an addition to a church.
#16 in Pendergast
Average Rating: 3.0
A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE
After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A SHOCKING RETURN
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT
Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred--and it may already be too late...
It seems to me that Preston and Child believe their readers are stupid. I feel offended. This and previous stories are filled with contrivances, illogical actions, impossibilities and contradictions. For example, in previous books, Constance cannot swim -- in this book, she takes off swimming like an Olympic swimmer.
Also, bringing characters back from the dead is a trope that's *WAY* overdone in these novels and I'm utterly fed up with it. And of all the characters to bring back from the dead, Diogenes is the absolute worst.
At least this book wraps up the story begun in the previous book and does not end in a cliffhanger.
As expected, Rene Auberjonois delivers his usual outstanding performance.
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