It’s a special time of the year! A new novel in one of my all time favorite series, the Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child! I’ve been reading this since it started in the late 90s and it’s something I often turn back to for a comfy re-read. I’ve been a little underwhelmed by the last several books in this series, but the previous installment BLOODLESS was a delightful return to form.
My favorite aspect of these authors’ works is when they allow things to get weird and take a scientifically plausible paranormal twist a la the X-Files. Many of the recent Pendergast books have been sadly ‘real world’ about yet another mysterious serial killer, but Bloodless was about as out there as they’ve ever gotten, and it ended on a whopper of a cliffhanger I was dying to see resolved.
DR LENG was a real page turner. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through to see what happened next. I hesitate to spoil anything which makes it difficult to talk about it in any level of detail, but this book is a fascinating sequel to CABINET OF CURIOSITIES which might be my all time favorite Preston/Child novel. That book was about a serial killer from the 1800s allegedly achieving immortality by taking the spinal cords of his victims resurfacing in modern day NYC. And let’s just say this newest book gives us a look at Doctor Leng back in the 1800s in a really exciting way.