This book is written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. They have written 15 novels featuring Agent A.X.L. Pendergast. It is published by Grand Central Publishing Copyright 2016. My copy is a trade paperback with about 395 pages of story in it plus an About The Authors page that is almost a full page. They have a Facebook page and a website: PrestonChild.com
As I said in a previous post, I had read an earlier book by the pair featuring this FBI agent, and I wasn’t too thrilled with it. Now, years later however, I am actually liking the guy and his methods of doing things his way – helps when you’re seriously rich I guess.
Anyway, in this book, our erstwhile hero and his assistant/ward, Constance Greene, are asked to look into the theft of an entire collection of wine from the cellar of the former home of a lighthouse keeper – said lighthouse being under the care of the US Coast Guard – but the house not, in Exmouth, Massachusetts. They find all is not what it seems!
This story is full of lots of wonderful twists, turns and the general sneakiness of good mystery stories. Agent Pendergast is someone who reminds me of Hercule Poirot, without the accent or the moustache! He keeps his thoughts close to the vest, asks leading questions of Constance to get her quick mind to work and is quite the showman when he needs to be.
Constance is a shallow person to me so far. She’s a secondary character who is more sidekick than anything else. I have only caught glimpses of her backstory in the two books I’ve read so far. I am looking forward to going back to the beginning and starting this journey the right way.
I highly recommend this book! It’s lots of fun, and I actually read it in one sitting as I couldn’t set it down even to get some sleep! As always, don’t take my word for it – peruse the book yourself and decide whether it’s worth reading. Form your own opinion about it as well. After all, who am I to tell you what to think and what to feel? That’s your job.
See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!