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
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City of Endless Night Reviews

  • Monnie

    Love this series; loved this book. From the first page on, I didn't want to put it down and, for the record, I read the whole thing in record time.

    While there's no shortage of action, though, this one - the 17th - focuses far less on the almost otherworldly side of FBI Special Agent A.X.L. (Aloysius) Pendergast. Maybe that's because his beloved ward, Constance Greene, isn't part of his life now; she's retreated to a monastery, apparently with no plans to return any time soon - and understandabl

    Love this series; loved this book. From the first page on, I didn't want to put it down and, for the record, I read the whole thing in record time.

    While there's no shortage of action, though, this one - the 17th - focuses far less on the almost otherworldly side of FBI Special Agent A.X.L. (Aloysius) Pendergast. Maybe that's because his beloved ward, Constance Greene, isn't part of his life now; she's retreated to a monastery, apparently with no plans to return any time soon - and understandably, he's in a bit of a personal funk. But by the end of the book, he's picked up investigative steam - finding clues, digesting them and spitting out spot-on conclusions.

    The saga begins with the murder of the daughter of a ruthless, much-hated technology billionaire. It's a killing with a gruesome twist: There's a body, but no head. The case falls under the purview of Lt. Vincent D'Agosta, who's less than thrilled that it landed in his lap in large part because he knows the whole thing will turn into a media circus. So it is, then, that he's not unhappy when his rather eccentric friend Pendergast turns up at the crime scene.

    A shortage of clues leaves both men scratching their heads - Pendergast less so, of course - and the situation slides downhill fast. Not only does another victim turn up (well, most of him, anyway; he, too, is headless), but a nosy newspaper reporter got a whiff of a Pulitzer and starts sharpening his pencil - to the point of coining the phrase to describe New York City that became the title of the book.

    Still, law enforcement folks try hard to squelch the rumor that a deranged serial killer is on the loose, but those efforts take a nosedive as more heads roll (literally). Now, there's little doubt that the murders are the work of one person (perhaps with a cohort); and it's up to Pendergast and D'Agosta to discover the why and, of course, the who - the sooner the better.

    Meanwhile, the reporter's articles continue to rile up the general public (as well as spark a sub-plot scenario that, as an aside, to me seemed totally out of joint with the rest of the story). Near the end, the action takes a very serious turn toward the worst-case scenario, leading Pendergast on a not-so-merry chase that could result in no possibility of an 18th book.

    If there is one, though, it's a sure bet I'll be chomping at the bit to get my hands on it. As for this one, three cheers to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review an advance copy (via NetGalley).

  • Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me a copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review.

    So as many of you know, the Pendergast series is one of my longest followed and most beloved series. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller with adventure and strangeness mixed right in. This wasn't the strongest entry into the series, what with a relatively predictable villain and a meandering plot with some side stories that felt unnecessary, but it was s

    Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me a copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review.

    So as many of you know, the Pendergast series is one of my longest followed and most beloved series. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller with adventure and strangeness mixed right in. This wasn't the strongest entry into the series, what with a relatively predictable villain and a meandering plot with some side stories that felt unnecessary, but it was still a Pendergast book... and one thing that seriously redeemed it was that we got to see a side of Pendergast we haven't seen very deeply before -- and he was VULNERABLE. Pendergast has always been one of those "step ahead of everyone" kind of characters, and it's part of his charm. He's crazy smart, can read people, and knows how to play them to get what he wants... but the events of the last book really brought him into a new realm, and this book played on that new weakness and vulnerability to show this side of Pendergast, and to almost bring him down to a normal human. Of course, it was awesome to see him struggle and find his mastery again, but it was an absolute pleasure to get to see him accept that maybe he's not always the smartest person in the room or the best player in the game.

    I think that brought a fresh new perspective to the character, who after 17 books could be at risk of getting stale, right? Who am I kidding? Pendergast is the bomb.

    Read this one. It's fun. And if you haven't already, read the rest.

  • Sue

    Another satisfying read in the Pendergast series. While it doesn't move the overall "mythology" of the series along, it does provide a complex thriller, which can be read as a standalone, set in New York City, featuring the the extremely wealthy and the extremely not. Pendergast himself is strangely out of sorts as the story opens, having difficulty involving himself in solving the initial crime (perhaps due to developments at the end of the last book.)

    more to come....

    A copy of this book was pr

    Another satisfying read in the Pendergast series. While it doesn't move the overall "mythology" of the series along, it does provide a complex thriller, which can be read as a standalone, set in New York City, featuring the the extremely wealthy and the extremely not. Pendergast himself is strangely out of sorts as the story opens, having difficulty involving himself in solving the initial crime (perhaps due to developments at the end of the last book.)

    more to come....

    A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews

    City of Endless Night is the seventeenth book in the Pendergast series and it was a thrilling read! The start of this story snagged my interest mostly because I was wondering what the heck the kids had to do with anything related to the story. That was until they discovered a body in the oddest of places and the victim’s head was nowhere to be found. Then I was very interested to know why the murderer took her head?! Vincent D’Agosta was brought in to investigate and he was rather surprised to f

    City of Endless Night is the seventeenth book in the Pendergast series and it was a thrilling read! The start of this story snagged my interest mostly because I was wondering what the heck the kids had to do with anything related to the story. That was until they discovered a body in the oddest of places and the victim’s head was nowhere to be found. Then I was very interested to know why the murderer took her head?! Vincent D’Agosta was brought in to investigate and he was rather surprised to find Pendergast at the crime scene as well. As far as he knew this was the first murder to be done in a fashion and the FBI was usually only involved when they believed a murder or murders to be part of a serial murder case. Pendergast for his part was not enthused to be at the scene. He had apparently ruffled some feathers with his boss and he was “being punished” for his previous behaviors.

    D’Agosta noticed that Pendergast did not seem to be himself but he was both glad and frustrated to have his insight into this case when it turned out that the body that was discovered was the daughter of a billionaire with a reputation for being ruthless. D’Agosta knew that he was going to need the backing of the FBI in order to expedite matters that needed to be dealt with in a timely fashion among other things. He just wished that Pendergast would snap out of whatever was going on with him. When it appeared that the murderer or murderers decided to continue with the killings and beheadings, D’Agosta was placed under extreme pressure to solve the case. With the public outcry regarding the unsolved murders, Pendergast’s peculiar attitude shift, and all of his leads drying up, D’Agosta wondered if this would be the end of his career.

    I did not want to put City of Endless Night down! I loved the combination of D’Agosta being at his wit’s end and Pendergast being peculiarly vulnerable. It was an entirely new side to consider for these characters and it made the story interesting. After so many books of the typical Pendergast, it was nice to see that in this story he was not his usual self and I loved that! The mystery was nicely done with a few red herrings thrown in to deflect from what was truly going on. Something that I wish had been different though was that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the inclusion of side characters having their own points of view. I know they had their place in the story but at the same time their POV’s could have been taken from the book and it would have worked just fine without them. Although, I did enjoy the parts where the story was from the killer’s point of view and as the story went on, that particular point of view became more intricate and detailed. Overall, City of Endless Night was an absolute page turning thriller and I highly recommend it.

    This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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  • Bam

    Even after seventeen books, the Pendergast series is endlessly fascinating! This thriller takes place in NYC and begins with the discovery of the headless body of a young woman. FBI Special Agent Pendergast is called in to help D'Agosta and the NYPD because it appears she may have been transported across state lines.

    It turns out the victim is the only child of a ruthless tech billionaire, and when other wealthy people are killed in similar ways, the mayor puts the heat on the NYPD to come up wi

    Even after seventeen books, the Pendergast series is endlessly fascinating! This thriller takes place in NYC and begins with the discovery of the headless body of a young woman. FBI Special Agent Pendergast is called in to help D'Agosta and the NYPD because it appears she may have been transported across state lines.

    It turns out the victim is the only child of a ruthless tech billionaire, and when other wealthy people are killed in similar ways, the mayor puts the heat on the NYPD to come up with some answers quickly. But it is an ambitious young reporter named Harriman who suggests the theory that captures the public's imagination--that the serial killer is targeting 'one-percenters' in what he calls 'the city of endless night.' Pendergast's is the only dissenting voice but he is not sharing his reasons. Who will be the next wealthy victim if no one can stop 'the Decapitator?'

    Exciting reading with a nice plot twist that I did not see coming! This is a favorite series of mine so I'd especially like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to read an arc of this latest thriller through NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child!

  • Kimberly

    4.5 stars!

    , by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the 17th book in the Agent Pendergast series--arguably, their most popular character. In this latest, we join FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta in a series of crimes in NY--reminiscent, to an extent, to their very first encounter in the novel, THE RELIC.

    I was thrilled to see

    4.5 stars!

    , by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the 17th book in the Agent Pendergast series--arguably, their most popular character. In this latest, we join FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta in a series of crimes in NY--reminiscent, to an extent, to their very first encounter in the novel, THE RELIC.

    I was thrilled to see a return to the Pendergast of old--specifically, more level-headed, always a step ahead of everyone else, and as enigmatic as ever. The books that placed him in "relationship" positions seemed to take away a vital part of him. Namely, the unattainable detachment that the character is known so well for.

    Here we begin with the murder of a wealthy, but lazy socialite, whose body is found in a most unique manner. The plot is riddled with several, decent subplots, and the characters that we know from previous novels are true to their usual selves, as readers have come to know them.

    This was a fast paced thriller, with the usual police procedural drills, and of course, twists and turns at every corner. In short, the type of Preston/Child book I've come to love through the years. I won't say anything else about the main plot that might run the risk of spoiling it for some, but I feel that loyal followers of this series will find this a satisfying novel on many levels.

    Highly recommended!

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    City of Endless Night is the seventeen book in the Pendergast series, and I have read every single one of them. My personal favorite is the ones that have a slight supernatural element to the story like the first book Relic with the monster in the New York Museum of Natural History, which is why I felt a bit disappointed while reading this one. Don't take me wrong, it's a great thriller, and it's nice to have D'Agosta and Pendergast working together to catch a murderer.

    However, it feels just lik

    City of Endless Night is the seventeen book in the Pendergast series, and I have read every single one of them. My personal favorite is the ones that have a slight supernatural element to the story like the first book Relic with the monster in the New York Museum of Natural History, which is why I felt a bit disappointed while reading this one. Don't take me wrong, it's a great thriller, and it's nice to have D'Agosta and Pendergast working together to catch a murderer.

    However, it feels just like an ordinary thriller. Sure, the killings and beheadings is an interesting mystery especially since there seems to be no link to the people killed. I just wished that the book had been a bit more extraordinary. Instead, we get a straight-forward thriller, with not a very memorable killer. Well, besides the fact that this is one of the first times that Pendergast goes up against an enemy that seriously could outsmart him. The best part of the book is the end part when the killer and Pendergast face-off and Pendergast truly has to fight for his life against an enemy that is better than him. And, yes that is a very unusual scene since Pendergast is someone that often seems more than human.

    City of Endless Night is a good thriller, as always is the writing great and, despite my reservations about the story, did I enjoy reading the book. It's only that I really enjoy when the stories take a more suspenseful feeling when Pendergast is up against something beastly and since the killer in this book is an ordinary killer (well he was psycho, but still very much human) did I get a bit disappointed.

  • 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.

  • Bob Milne

    I can't remember the last time I sat down and devoured a book, cover-to-cover, in a single setting. It's a rare pleasure but, then again, so is Agent Pendergast.

    City of Endless Night continues the exploration of a weary and wounded Agent Pendergast, a man unsettled emotionally, and very much off his game. What you might expect to be a sad, disappointing exploration of a hero who has lost his powers (so to speak), however, is instead a fascinating look at how that same hero emerges from his own d

    I can't remember the last time I sat down and devoured a book, cover-to-cover, in a single setting. It's a rare pleasure but, then again, so is Agent Pendergast.

    City of Endless Night continues the exploration of a weary and wounded Agent Pendergast, a man unsettled emotionally, and very much off his game. What you might expect to be a sad, disappointing exploration of a hero who has lost his powers (so to speak), however, is instead a fascinating look at how that same hero emerges from his own darkness.

    For their 17th book in the series, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child reunite Agent Pendergast with Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, reuniting them in a case that harkens back to their earliest adventures, but which is also something new. The central mystery is entirely ordinary, devoid of even the hint of the supernatural, but a fitting commentary on the clash between poverty and the one-percenters, as well as the culture of 'fake news.' It's a fun mystery, involving locked rooms, James Bond type infiltrations, and decapitations, but the thrill here is less in the solution and more in the solving.

    Watching Agent Pendergast come alive is a real treat, with the slow reveal of the personality traits, behaviors, and dialogue we've come to appreciate over the years. He moves from disinterested, to frustrated, to curious, to fully engaged . . . from mortally human to the intellectual superhero who blew our minds in the first few books. It all culminates in a cat-and-mouse game inside the ruins of an abandoned asylum where the hunter and the hunted are interchangeable, presenting him with a worthy adversary - and one who doesn't have the advantage of being family.

    While it's a standalone thriller that does little to advance the overall mythology, City of Endless Night does feature a significant death. and has a gut-punch of an epilogue that demands we keep reading.

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