Cemetery Dance - Pendergast, Bk 9 Author:Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child William Smithback, a NY Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archeologist, are found brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was the strange, sinister man who had previously occupied Smithback... more » and Kelly's apartment -- and who had died horribly in it exactly one year ago.
Captain Hayward leads the official homicide investigation, while Pendergast and D'Agosta undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.« less
We've waited ages for the latest Pendergast/D'Agosta book and this one didn't quite make it out of the ballpark. There was all the parts we love (Pendergast's quirky/mysterious way of getting things done, fantastic religious beliefs, and the language of author Child's of descriptions). However, this book brooded on D'Agosta inability to deal with the situations. He bumbled about and seemed like an irritant as opposed to real help in finding clues. I'll stay a fan of the Penderagast/D'Agosta series. I will just have to wait for the next book to satisfy my hunger.
This was certainly an exciting book - and what a shocking beginning! To think that one of the central characters of so many of the previous books is killed in the very first chapter! Not to mention the lack of follow-up after the situation left hanging in the end of _The Wheel of Darkness_... well, there was brief mention about a hundred pages from the end but it was not quite what I expected it to be! I am very curious about where this series is headed and how much longer it will go on if they are killing off main characters like this! The ending was quite mysterious as well, so I hope they release information about the next book soon! The plot of this one was not as shocking as some of their other books, and in many ways the Ville bore striking similarities to the lost tribe of _The Relic_...