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

  • Darlene

    I received a copy of this book,

    ,through a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing!

    As a fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's 'Agent Pendergast' series, I am always eagerly awaiting each book. The latest,

    is the 17th book in the series and as usual, the excitement builds quickly. The story begins at a crime scene in Queens, New York on a cold December night where Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta of the NYPD and his crew have been ca

    I received a copy of this book,

    ,through a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing!

    As a fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's 'Agent Pendergast' series, I am always eagerly awaiting each book. The latest,

    is the 17th book in the series and as usual, the excitement builds quickly. The story begins at a crime scene in Queens, New York on a cold December night where Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta of the NYPD and his crew have been called to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body was discovered in an abandoned garage.... oh, and the body just happens to be headless! Lurking on the periphery of the crime scene, as is his habit, is FBI Special Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast. Pendergast... eccentric, unconventional and seemingly genetically incapable of following FBI protocol, has partnered with D'Agosta, solving numerous crimes in the past.

    If you're a regular reader of the Pendergast series and in particular, if you have read the previous book,

    , then you're aware that because of Pendergast's handling (perhaps MISHANDLING) of a case involving his own brother, Diogenes, he has fallen into disfavor with his superiors at the Bureau. He has been sent to this crime scene in Queens as a kind of punishment; but after wandering around the crime scene with his usual test tubes and tweezers, he discovers an overlooked clue.. a minute piece of evidence which piques his interest and the hunt for the killer begins....

    The NYPD has no sooner identified the body of the headless young woman as Grace Ozmian, socialite daughter of tech billionaire Anton Ozmian, when another headless body is found. This body is that of former New Jersey Attorney General-turned- Mob lawyer, Marc Cantucci. The discovery of Marc Cantucci in his secure fortress-like homes just the beginning. Over the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday more headless bodies will be discovered... a former Russian international arms broker and husband and wife CEOs of LFX Financial.

    As the bodies continue to stack up and the NYPD is scrambling for a break in the case, the city begins to descend into hysteria and panic. Of course, this hysteria is fueled by reporter for 'The New York Post', Bryce Harriman. Harriman, whose career has been floundering, came upon an idea to attract much needed attention to his newspaper and himself. On Christmas Day,he publishes a story in which he takes the NYPD and the FBI to task for not yet finding the killer or killers. Harriman writes that he is sure a serial killer is targeting members of the 1% of New York society... the "exceedingly rich, flagrantly corrupt and entirely reprehensible." Harriman also says that the killer(s) is sending a message to "mend your ways before it is too late."Harriman's article has the desired effect of creating a climate of hysteria and setting off protests against the 1% throughout the city. The pressure begins to build on the NYPD to finally solve the case. Was Harriman correct... was a serial killer stalking the 1% of New York Society in their heavily guarded and protected homes? Maybe...... maybe not.

    The thrilling hunt for this diabolical killer takes Lieutenant D'Agosta and Special Agent Pendergast across the city... from Queens to Manhattan and culminating in a shocking, nail-biting confrontation with a madman at King's Park Psychiatric Center on the north shore of Long Island... an abandoned psychiatric hospital, known for its cruel electroconvulsive shock therapy. Will D'Agosta and Pendergast survive the hunt for this cruel and crafty killer?.......

    I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment in the Pendergast series and I have to confess that in addition to reading the print copy provided by Grand Central Publishing, I also listened to the audiobook version and the phenomenal narration provided by Rene Auberjonois (as always!) . Now, I begin the wait for the next book in the series......

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 with further insights into Pendergast's character, and it 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 las

    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 with further insights into Pendergast's character, and it 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), showing a level of decreased insight lacking in his crime solving.

    D'Agosta and Pendergast are teamed up again due to the discovery of a headless corpse, a crime scene involving one or possibly two distinct killers. And they soon learn that the victim is prominent and wealthy, though also notorious. Who would want her dead -- and in that way? The investigation begins but will become very complicated, eventually drawing Pendergast out of the fog surrounding him. But at what cost?

    Recommended to Pendergast followers. You know who you are!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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