Cold Vengeance (Special Agent Pendergast #11) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 2011)
Source: Publisher for review
Special Agent Pendergast Series
Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife’s betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana-he is also forced to dig further into Helen’s past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.
Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined-and everything he’s believed, everything he’s trusted, everything he’s understood . . . may be a horrific lie.
My favorite enigmatic FBI agent, Aloysius Pendergast, is back, and he’s determined to find out what really happened to his wife, Helen, in Africa, where she supposedly died at the jaws of a vicious lion. Cold Vengeance starts off with a bang, with Pendergast on a hunting expedition in Scotland with his brother in law, Judson Esterhazy. Esterhazy tries to do away with Pendergast, but, if you’re familiar with this series, then you know Pendergast is tough to kill, very tough, and it’s going to take more than a silly murder attempt to stop him. When D’Agosta, cop and dear friend to Pendergast, learns of the attempt on his life, he insists on traveling to Scotland to help, and Corrie Swanson (Still Life With Crows), also lends a hand back in New York. Constance Green plays a significant part in this book as well, and there will be revelations about her and her past. Esterhazy isn’t exactly a walk in the park, but we also meet a villain that puts him to shame. Pendergast is single minded in his mission to find out the truth, and he’ll employ all of his cunning and genius to do so. He’s also not afraid to resort to a bit of blackmail to get his way.
The authors put Pendergast through the physical ringer in this one, but he bounces back in typical Pendergast fashion, and he’ll stop at nothing to root out the truth. Cold Vengeance is like a big onion, and I had a hell of a time peeling back the layers! The action never stops, and I had a really hard time putting this one down. Most of the Pendergast novels can be read individually, however, you really need to have read Fever Dream to get the most out of Cold Vengeance. There are more twists and turns than you can count, a sadistic villain, secret Nazi groups with shadowy agendas, action galore, and of course, a cast of characters that we’ve grown to love. I’ll drop everything to pick up a Pendergast book, and Cold Vengeance was no exception! I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book in this wonderful series!