Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Brimstone by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child  497 pp.

Brimstone is the fifth book in the Pendergast series. FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and Sergeant Vincent D'Agosta reunite in trying to solve a series of bizarre deaths that appear to have resulted from a pact with the Devil. The investigation takes them from New York to Florence, Italy in search of the cause. Meanwhile, Captain Laura Hayward remains in NYC dealing with a messianic drifter who has stirred up a belief that the deaths are a sign the Apocalypse is imminent. In the middle of all of this is a tale of a priceless Stradivarius violin. There are literary references to Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." And I'm pretty sure the part about Sergeant D'Agosta losing the tip of a finger is an homage to Preston's own childhood episode found in the amusing biography of the author found here. 

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