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Verses for the Dead (Pendergast, #18)Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The series returns to its FBI roots in this adventure, with Pendergast required to take on a partner before investigating some particularly disturbing Florida homicides. The partnership goes about as well as one would expect, though Special Agent Coldmoon (Lakota Sioux) is a welcome addition to this "universe." I'd welcome his reappearance in future cases.

There's the usual amount of off-the-wall eccentricity on Pendergast's part, though somewhat less than the usual dose of weird/paranormal in this case. It's more or less a straight serial killer hunt, with an exceptionally twisty backstory. Aside from the appearance of the brother of a deceased character from previous novels, there's not a lot of "mythos" in this tale. No one in Pendergast's household makes an appearance, & none of the story takes place in NYC.

Preston & Child deliver the thriller goods, once again, but I can't say that I found this to be an exceptional entry in the Pendergast series. (Yes, I've read all of them.) Fans of these mysteries will find it worthwhile, however.

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