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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Steve

    Not what they used to be. Repetitive and boring. Unconnected characters, drifting, listless unimaginative plot.

  • Jane

    Ever since the end of the Diogenes Trilogy, the series has been in a decline. I still look forward to each new one, but each new entry has less going for it than the last. (In my opinion, the good ones have been Relic, Reliquary, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows, the Diogenes Trilogy, and White Fire.)

    Why the decline? Firstly, I think too much Pendergast is a bad thing. The books where he wasn't the sole protagonist are usually much better than the ones where he is. He's much mor

    Ever since the end of the Diogenes Trilogy, the series has been in a decline. I still look forward to each new one, but each new entry has less going for it than the last. (In my opinion, the good ones have been Relic, Reliquary, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows, the Diogenes Trilogy, and White Fire.)

    Why the decline? Firstly, I think too much Pendergast is a bad thing. The books where he wasn't the sole protagonist are usually much better than the ones where he is. He's much more fun when he has to share the stage with someone more normal, like D'Agosta, or Nora, or Corrie or Margo. Spending too much time on Pendergast takes the luster off of his mystery and exposes him for the genre power fantasy that he is. I love my genre power fantasies, but I need to be wooed with a little more subtlety. How many times do we need to hear about how expensive his handmade shoes are? I for one, am sick of that.

    Secondly, the authors are clearly tired of the character, and it shows in how little life each book has now. The villains and side characters have grown sadly forgettable. In City of Endless Night, they couldn't even bother making a half-decent side plot. There's hardly any atmosphere. I really would have liked to *feel* more during City of Endless Night, and when I think about how much promise the villain and setting had, I feel like I should have. Even though this villain was clearly competent and dangerous, certainly a match for Pendergast, the last time I felt that Pendergast was in any real danger was back in Reliquary--that moment when he's getting ready to go into underground Manhattan, and the narrator describes him as "the last of the great explorers." You really felt it at that moment, that the book was taking you somewhere original, exotic, and dangerous.

    I'll keep reading, because when you've grown up with a series it's hard to let go, and they're still entertaining books. And the publication of worse books doesn't mean that the early books magically disappear. I can always reread my favorites with no loss of appreciation. It just makes me a bit sad, that's all. I wish the authors would start a new series starring Corrie instead.

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