My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I sadly have read this all out of order. In spite of the author's note saying you can read them in any order they're right, this isn't one of them. I think I've read the third Diogenes book before this (years ago). And I definitely read book one so long ago I barely remember it.
In spite of all that, I really enjoyed this. Even though it's five hundred plus pages, it goes quickly. It opens with D'Agosta melancholic because he believes Pendergast is dead and he and Pendergast's ward, Constance, are trying to get ahead of a puzzle before something terrible happens.
There are several other plot lines, the biggest of which is Nora and Margo (other recurring characters) going toe to toe over a museum display of Native American masks.
Soon, D'Agosta learns Pendergast is alive and all of Pendergast's friends are being murdered. Laura (D'Agosta's police detective girlfriend) believes as does the FBI, that Pendergast is murdering his friends. In fact it's his psychopathic brother, Diogenes, who was supposed to be dead for decades.
It's an exciting cat and mouse and the writing duo knows how to hook you at chapter ends to keep you reading. Pendergast is a great character.
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