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Cold Vengeance
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing; $26.99; 356pp
Release Date: August 2, 2011
You’re here, my little pumpkins, because you have already read ALL the previous insanely gripping novels by Preston & Child. You know all about the fey Aloysius Pendergast FBI special agent extraordinaire who frequently runs outside his organization and solves the seemingly unsolvable; utilizing facts and very arcane skills no one around him would ever connect or use. And his stalwart buddy from the NYPD Vincent D’Agosta? (Check out: agentpendergast.com this will give some clues/views)

I mean, you wouldn’t probably even glance at this title if you haven’t been rabidly following the characters in the several novels Preston & Child have written concerning their amazing adventures in creepy murder, mayhem deduction and hairs-breadth escapes.

Oh, and they’re back with a savage kick in the teeth, let me tell you. And that’s on page 16.

At the end of the last novel “Fever Dream” Aloysius was going to do a little hunting at a lodge in Scotland accompanied by his brother-in-law Judson Esterhazy. Let’s just say things are not very cordial between the two because as you undoubtedly know in “Fever Dream,” Pendergast was trying to track down who murdered his wife Helen ten years ago while they were on a big game hunt in Africa…and then Pendergast uncovered some pharmaceutical shenanigans involving the avian flu and clues left by John James Audubon in one of his paintings of a Carolina Parakeet (now extinct) and….

(Just so you know. You really have to have read “Fever Dream” to be able to grasp what’s occurring here.)

Let me also warn you---you’re going to want a good long length of time to devour this because there’s a ton of new material uncovered in this tale that directly follows what was discovered in Fever Dream and will undoubtedly be concluded in the next novel. You’re not going to want to be interrupted.

What can I tell you without just slapping out spoiler alerts left and right?

Let’s see: Corrie Swanson from ”Still Life with Crows” makes a return.

Besides the kick in the teeth we get on page 16, we also get a couple of whopper revelations concerning Constance Greene, Pendergast’s ward, now incarcerated in the Mount Mercy Hospital for the Criminally Insane (formerly the home of Pendergast’s insane Aunt Cornelia (whooo—there’s a character a Victorian gothic writer would have loved.)

We’ve got genetic mysteries, deep dark secrets concerning Helen Pendergast’s past, Nazi hunting and a sleek yacht named the Vergeltung loaded with some of the nastiest characters—dang, they give you the willies.

Trust me - there’s intense drama, some very grisly murders and tensions tightened so tight your mind’s going to explode. We travel all over the place: from Scotland to NYC, Malfourche, Louisiana and find out what Brazil has to do with all this.

Dangling all over the end are cliff hangers galore!

And what, probable two years wait for the next book! Arghhh!

I’ll be ready for the Mount Mercy Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

So, no more waiting—go devour Cold Vengeance now.

Just be warned the dessert is yet to come. ~~ Sue Martin

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