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A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE
After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, 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 . . .


Author Notes

Douglas Jerome Preston was born on May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College in 1978. His career began at the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked as an editor and writer from 1978 to 1985. He also was a lecturer in English at Princeton University.

He became a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction books in 1986. Many of his fiction works are co-written with Lincoln Child including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse. His nonfiction works include Dinosaurs in the Attic; Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado; Talking to the Ground; and The Royal Road. He has written for numerous magazines including The New Yorker; Natural History; Harper's; Smithsonian; National Geographic; and Travel and Leisure. He became a New York Times Best Selling author with his titles Two Graves and Crimson Shores which he co-wrote with Lincoln Child, and his titles White Fire, The Lost Island Blue Labyrinth and The Lost City of the Monkey God.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

To the dismay of the Pendergast series' legion of fans, the previous entry (Crimson Shore, 2015) concluded with Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast lost at sea after a clifftop battle with his nemesis (and brother), Diogenes. As Aloysius' household grieves, Diogenes kicks off another of his dark plots by kidnapping Aloysius' ward, Constance Green. Inconceivably, Aloysius is pulled alive from the ocean by a crew of drug smugglers who ransom him to the FBI. As Pendergast works to shake free of his captors, Constance's kidnapping begins to look like something else entirely. Could she have gone willingly with Diogenes, whom she has fervently despised? This is a classic high-octane thriller with storytelling weight intercontinental high-speed chases, explosions, dangerous females, and a conniving villain are given context within Sherlockian plot elements and thoughtful character arcs. This is a well-crafted series climax where Aloysius and Diogenes' feud reaches a surprising conclusion, and Constance is forced to face a future she never imagined.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A melodramatic plot full of improbable developments mars Preston and Child's 16th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2015's Crimson Shore). Pendergast is believed dead after he was seriously wounded and fell into the sea off Exmouth, Mass. Soon after Pendergast's ward, Constance Greene, returns from Exmouth, she's abducted from the Manhattan home she shared with the FBI agent. Proctor, Pendergast's factotum, embarks on a lengthy and convoluted quest to rescue Constance, which takes him to the Kalahari Desert. Proctor's resolve is strengthened by his belief that Constance's abductor is Pendergast's evil brother, Diogenes, who was thought to have died after Constance tossed him into a volcano more than three years earlier. Meanwhile, a sophisticated villain who maintains a secret identity believes that his DNA at a crime scene won't be matched to a sample in the FBI database because that sample will also be a match for his alias. This entry lacks the originality and chills of the better books in this bestselling series. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast has been swept out to sea following the events of Crimson Shore. Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, and ward Constance deal with the emotional turmoil of his death, each on their own terms. Constance retreats to her hidden subbasement apartment. Proctor encounters a shadowy figure he immediately recognizes. He is drugged to unconsciousness, but upon waking he sees Constance being dragged into a car and driven away. He follows, embarking on an international pursuit. But all is not what it seems. Constance finds herself being courted in her hideaway-with a poem highlighted in an old book of Italian poetry on the stand in her library, a heretofore unknown orchid in a vase on the floor, and sheet music for a new song on the harpsichord stand. It must be Aloysius! He knows her and this place. He didn't die after all! The only other person it could be, Diogenes, is dead. Constance had killed him herself. But, again, all is not what it seems. Verdict This twisty and bizarre 16th series installment will puzzle and delight fans as well as readers who enjoy locked-room mysteries, international intrigue, shadowy characters with ambiguous moral compasses, and tales that confound and entertain.-Elizabeth Masterson, Mecklenburg Cty. Jail Lib., Charlotte, NC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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