Helpful Score: 2
One of my least favorite of the Pendergast series but still a compelling yarn. A somewhat implausible twist at the end with a few more believable turns in-between, this entry has less action and is less gripping than I usually expect from this writing duo. Also unlike other entries in the series, most of the other characters in this tale are only minimally developed. Pendergast fans will have a big grin pasted on when Pendergast beats the card-counters at the on-board casino in their own game. Engaging and fun, but less so than some of the other entries in the series.