Thursday, December 8, 2016
This is the second in the FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast series and the sequel to Relic. Eighteen months after the horrific events at the New York Museum of Natural History curator Dr. Margo Green is once again involved in another investigation of mysterious deaths. This time two mysteriously mutilated skeletons are found in the sewers and end up at the museum for analysis. the discovery one belongs to a local socialite and the other to a former scientist at the museum. Pendergast joins the investigation which leads to the labyrinthine tunnels under the city where societies of homeless live. The homeless are being murdered by creatures they call the Wrinklers. Dr. Green discovers a link between what is happening in the tunnels and the creature that killed so many in the previous book. But the initial solution of flooding the tunnels to kill the Wrinklers suddenly becomes a possible global environmental disaster and it's up to Pendergast and Green to save the day. The twist at the end seems almost a tacked on afterthought. This is far from the best book in the series.