Synopses & Reviews
Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother. But how can he stop a man that is his intellectual equal one who has had 20 years to plan the world's most horrendous crime?
"The always reliable team of Preston and Child revisit Special FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast, last seen in 2004's Brimstone, and others from past bestsellers (Relic; The Cabinet of Curiosities) in this intriguing thriller set in and around New York City and the halls of the Museum of Natural History. Born a misanthropic loner but driven insane by seeing his parents burned alive when he was a teen, Aloysius's madman brother, Diogenes, has begun murdering Aloysius's friends. Aloysius begs old friend Lt. Vincent D'Agosta to help him defeat his brother, and Vincent does his best while the brothers spar and others die. There are a number of subplots, one involving an ATM robber and flasher known as the Dangler and another focusing on the museum's exhibition of sacred masks, but these fade away as the deadly duel between the brothers takes center stage. Think Sherlock Holmes locked in a death struggle with his smarter brother, Mycroft. Like Brimstone, this novel doesn't end so much as simply pause while the authors work on the next installment. While it's not as good as some of their earlier efforts, it's still pretty darn good. Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This is an ambitious novel with a gimmicky plot that could have landed with a resounding thud. Instead, the story soars; the cast of familiar characters...is given a chance to stretch, and the authors deliver an exhilarating finale." Booklist
"A rare second book in a trilogy that actually improves on the first; fans and newcomers alike will relish the numerous twists and relentless plot line. Add this to your mandatory reading list." Library Journal
"Goes down like cheddar-flavored potato chips." Kirkus Reviews
"Dance of Death may be a bit more melodramatic than the others in this series, but overall the book holds up. The ending is a cliffhanger, which is a sure signal that Preston and Child have something more planned for their clever and fleshed-out characters." BookReporter.com
In this follow-up to the "New York Times" bestseller "Brimstone," Agent Pendergast enlists aid from his old friend, NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, as he races to stop his murdering brother Diogenes, who has had 20 years to plan the world's most horrendous crime.
One a top FBI agent.
The other a brilliant, twisted criminal.
An undying hatred between them.
Now, a perfect crime.
And the ultimate challenge:
Stop me if you can...
About the Author
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the coauthors of the bestselling novels The Relic, Mount Dragon, Reliquary, and Riptide. Douglas Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History, is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and in 1989 retraced Coronado's thousand-mile odyssey on horseback. Lincoln Child is a former book editor at St. Martin's Press and has published numerous short-story anthologies.