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Publisher's Summary

"A consistently exciting and never predictable series." (Associated Press)
When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found.
Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case. "I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch," Pendergast tells D'Agosta, "because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History."
But neither Pendergast nor D'Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. A diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered...and decapitated. Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted the evil eye of the killer.
As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D'Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It'll take all of Pendergast's skill to unmask this most dangerous foe - let alone survive to tell the tale.
©2018 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"As always, the authors have crafted a story that is almost impossible to pull away from, and their prose is as elegant as fans have come to expect. Pendergast continues to be one of thrillerdom's most exciting and intriguing series leads, and the series remains among the most reliable in the genre." (Booklist)
"One of the best in the series-tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This, yet another masterpiece by Preston & Child, will be the perfect way to start out your New Year...Just as it was when D'Agosta and Pendergast first met up in the thrilling book, Relic, they are together once again solving a crime of mammoth proportions. Preston, Child, and their well-known characters are always sheer perfection!" (Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine)
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By shelley on 01-18-18

The allusive Pendergast..,

I think this book might be one of the best in the series.
In this book Pendergast is facing consequences from his boss for actions he should not have taken in the previous book. His punishment is his involvement in D'Agosta's newest case of a murdered woman. She'd been shot through the heart and days later decapitated. There are quite a few murders after her. The chase is on for The Decapitater but everyone seems to be going in a different direction. It's kind of predictable who the killer is but until that person is revealed there is still a touch of uncertainty.
The epilogue does not give closure but instead peaks your curiosity as to where these characters will go in the next book.
Rene Auberjonois does an outstanding job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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By Richard A. Long on 01-17-18

Another GREAT Story

I listen to a lot of audiobooks in this genera. Pendrgast is my favorite protagonist.

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