This book was so entertaining. And so full of Agent Pendergast being super awesome. The worst part is…there was no ending! D: It’s like they made a list of the worst possible place to leave things for each character and just decided to go for all of them. Sadistic bastards.
There won’t be much to this review, because I don’t want to give anything away to anyone that might be reading it. This particular Pendergast story starts with the book Fever Dream, wherein Pendergast finds out that his wife’s accidental death by lion nomming wasn’t actually an accident. So he sets out to discover who had her killed. Throughout that book, Pendergast quickly realizes there’s a lot he didn’t know about Helen (his wife). But the revelations in that book are nothing compared to the revelations in this one.
From the very beginning, right up until the end, unexpected things kept revealing themselves. I love how Douglas and Child managed to keep surprising me. I really didn’t know or guess anything until Pendergast himself did (and so eloquently told the reader with his internal musings).
For those familiar with the Pendergast cast, Lieutenant D’Agosta makes very few appearances (he’s still recovering from his unfortunate involvement in the last novel). Constance Greene and Corrie Swanson are in this one, though, which is lovely. Even Diogenes makes an appearance, albeit in a somewhat supernatural circumstance.
They did one thing they are rather notorious for (that I am normally not fond of), but managed to get me to actually like it. Telling you what that is would be rather spoily, though. Needless to say, I can’t wait for the next one.
As a sidenote, the author’s left a note at the end of the book informing their readers that Paramount Pictures has picked up the Gideon Crew stories and plan to produce a series of movies. First of all…why not PENDERGAST? D: (Though, I’m pretty sure it’s because some company already owns Pendergast due to a botched attempt at adapting Relic to screenplay years ago.) Second of all…I really hope the next Gideon Crew book is more to my liking. It’s supposed to come out Winter 2012. I’m hoping that means January, not December.