City of Endless Night

City of Endless Night

What begins as a manhunt for the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire becomes something altogether different when the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Kew Gardens, Queens, the head nowhere to be found. It appears there may be two killers on the loose--one responsible for the young woman's death, another responsible for the mutilation....

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Title:City of Endless Night
Author:Douglas Preston
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City of Endless Night Reviews

  • Faith

    I've read every book in this series and this is one of the better ones. It can be read as a standalone. The headless corpse of a young woman is found and FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned to work on the case with his police detective friend Vincent D'Agosta because he is in the doghouse with the FBI. Other murders follow and they become a classic puzzle for Pendergast to solve in his usual brilliant, wry and preternaturally perceptive manner.

    This book has a very exciting ending. While it

    I've read every book in this series and this is one of the better ones. It can be read as a standalone. The headless corpse of a young woman is found and FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned to work on the case with his police detective friend Vincent D'Agosta because he is in the doghouse with the FBI. Other murders follow and they become a classic puzzle for Pendergast to solve in his usual brilliant, wry and preternaturally perceptive manner.

    This book has a very exciting ending. While it doesn't have the spooky elements that are often in books by these authors, I didn't miss them. I also didn't miss Pendergast's ward Constance who I hope never comes back, but I fear that I hope in vain.

  • Diane S ☔

    The headless daughter of a millionaire is found, Pendergast who is in disgrace with the FBI after his last outing is assigned the case. Although working again with his friend, Detective D'Agosta, Pendergast shows little interest, taking it for the punishment it is meant to be. But then, more headless corpses, beheaded of wealthy New Yorkers, men who have the best security money can buy. Yet, someone is managing to penetrate these systems. Pendergast for much of the book is working in the backgro

    The headless daughter of a millionaire is found, Pendergast who is in disgrace with the FBI after his last outing is assigned the case. Although working again with his friend, Detective D'Agosta, Pendergast shows little interest, taking it for the punishment it is meant to be. But then, more headless corpses, beheaded of wealthy New Yorkers, men who have the best security money can buy. Yet, someone is managing to penetrate these systems. Pendergast for much of the book is working in the background, his ghostly presence shadowing D'Agosta, at odds with the city's theory of why these killings are taking place.

    It is with welcome relief I welcome back a Pendergast story that doesn't include any of his nefarious and very strange family. Not that I do not find them interesting but though with the previous books this subject had been overdone. This is back to form, Pendergast doing what he does best. Seeing things others do not see,putting things together in a way other cannot. Though in this one there s the very real possibility that Pendergast has met his match. Someone he cannot out think, anticipate.

    The scene in the old asylum, the cat and mouse game that ensues was suspenseful and harrowing.

    I won't say this is the best in series, but I do think it is the best in the last several years.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Linda

    "A perfect absence of compassion and empathy, and a high degree of ambition, and you get a psychopath of the highest order."

    Two adolescent boys are running at high speed to escape the aftermath of a neighborhood prank. They dart into an old abandoned property and dive into a pile of leaves that have blown into a darkened corner. Their temporary refuge smells of mold and something definitely rank. The leaves shift with their squirming and a dead body reveals itself. The source of the screaming co

    "A perfect absence of compassion and empathy, and a high degree of ambition, and you get a psychopath of the highest order."

    Two adolescent boys are running at high speed to escape the aftermath of a neighborhood prank. They dart into an old abandoned property and dive into a pile of leaves that have blown into a darkened corner. Their temporary refuge smells of mold and something definitely rank. The leaves shift with their squirming and a dead body reveals itself. The source of the screaming comes from the boys themselves......never a peep from the headless one.

    Preston & Child present their 17th book in the Pendergast Series. Not to worry, though. City of Endless Night reads as a stellar standalone with only tiny dots of the past. You most certainly can hit the ground running with this one. It's that good.

    Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta of the NYPD is called to that decaying warehouse late that night. He's the lead detective assigned to this horrendous case. While sifting through that leaf fondue, D'Agosta raises his head and finds FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast crouched low on the floor. The two men agree that this young woman was killed elsewhere and brought to the scene. Nothing to hang a hat on......there's a missing head that doesn't show up in that leafy mound.

    The unfortunate victim turns out to be Grace Ozmian, a young socialite living the high life on daddy's billions. Kinda makes you scratch your own head as to how she ended up here in a bad way. The questions keep piling up as the body count rises.......wealthy individuals who lose their heads much like ol' Grace. They won't be spending another nickel on this earth. Uh, that's for sure.

    To complicate things even more, Preston & Child add the likes of an overzealous journalist who seems to have his own theory for the crimes. Bryce Harriman is digging into his own pile of trouble as he tries to uncover past lives of the victims. It may cost him his own.

    City of Endless Night is one of the best in this series so far. D'Agosta is written this time around as front and center with our Pendergast more on the peripheral until the end. It's an enjoyable fast read in which you won't come up for air for some time. (Recommend snacks and beverages close by) The Epilogue is quite enticing, too. A promise of more good stuff to come...... Get crackin' Preston & Child.

  • Chad

    Pendergast and D'Agosta try and track down a killer who is beating impossible odds and decapitating his victims. But Pendergast isn't his usual self. Constance's departure at the end of the last book has affected him more than he realizes. For most of the book his heart isn't in tracking down the killer. There's some subplots with new characters that don't seem to have a whole lot to do with the overall story. Kings Park Psychiatric Center plays a role in the book. This is a real place that loca

    Pendergast and D'Agosta try and track down a killer who is beating impossible odds and decapitating his victims. But Pendergast isn't his usual self. Constance's departure at the end of the last book has affected him more than he realizes. For most of the book his heart isn't in tracking down the killer. There's some subplots with new characters that don't seem to have a whole lot to do with the overall story. Kings Park Psychiatric Center plays a role in the book. This is a real place that locals go urban exploring in frequently. It has a fascinating history consistent with what is depicted in the book.

    This book hearkens back to the style of the early Pendergast novels. It's more of an ensemble book with multiple chapters focusing on other characters. We don't delve into anymore of Pendergast's history. I found that refreshing. It's solely a stand alone murder mystery, but still a great read.

    Received an advance copy from Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Marialyce

    4 Agent Pendergast and Lieutenant D'Agosta are back stars

    This is the seventeenth book in the Agent Pendergast series by Preston and Child and it's a good one. I so enjoyed every page turning moment as I sped through this book in a day. Pretty much proof of the "I can't put it down" aura of this novel.

    Aloysius Pendergast and Vincent D'Agosta are are on the trail of a killer. A young wealthy woman has been murdered and grisly details are found when her corpse is discovered headless in an abandoned

    4 Agent Pendergast and Lieutenant D'Agosta are back stars

    This is the seventeenth book in the Agent Pendergast series by Preston and Child and it's a good one. I so enjoyed every page turning moment as I sped through this book in a day. Pretty much proof of the "I can't put it down" aura of this novel.

    Aloysius Pendergast and Vincent D'Agosta are are on the trail of a killer. A young wealthy woman has been murdered and grisly details are found when her corpse is discovered headless in an abandoned warehouse. This will not be the last crime of this type as these two team up together to find the murderer and ultimately discover the motive behind these killings. Could the motive be a pay back for crimes committed by the victims, or is it a rage against the one percenters that inhabit New York City where the murders have taken place? Perhaps there is something else driving this murderer and his quest for killings and beheadings.

    As always Pendergast and D'Agosta are up against evil forces as they try to stop the killings and manage also to save themselves from the same fate. Hopefully, our two stalwart protagonists will be back once again in the next installment, to save lives, outwit masterminds, and keep this reader coming back for more.

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