I’ve read every Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast story since Relic, so there was no way I was going to miss his 20th appearance in Verses for the Dead.
Pendergast travels to Miami to investigate the murders of Mister Lonely Hearts, which involves the internal organs of young women being left on seemingly random graves. However, the FBI are desperate to rein in their rogue agent, and have saddled him with a partner. Meet Agent Coldmoon; clever, rule keeping and drinker of strong coffee. Will Pendergast be able to work with Coldmoon? Will he solve the murders and bring down the killer? Or is this finally the last case for Aloysius?
Nah, I’m just messing with you. There’s going to be another Pendergast book, sure as eggs is eggs. Even death can’t stop him.
If you’ve read any Pendergast book, you know the drill. There’s an interesting murder case with a hint of the paranormal, Pendergast investigates with preternatural ability, and there are plenty of lush descriptions of fanciful things that you wish were real.
I enjoyed this book. I liked Agent Coldmoon, he was an interesting character. I’d like to see him team up with Aloysius again. There were a couple of surprises in this book that I enjoyed, but I won’t mention them here because of spoilers. While I think this book is an improvement from Pendergast’s last outing, City of Endless Night, book number 20 continues the downward trend in the series since book 10 (Two Graves being the exception). I was unsure if it was just me, but after reading the author’s most recent book, Old Bones, I think it is proof that both Mr Preston and Mr Child have grown somewhat weary of their most famous character. Old Bones is a vibrant return to form for the authors, and while I enjoyed Verses for the Dead, it does seem somewhat ghostly in comparison.
I award Verses for the Dead…
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