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Preston & Child return with their number-one best-selling series, confronting FBI Special Agent Pendergast with the one challenge he never expected: a partner.

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. 

Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belonged to women who committed suicide. 

But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast's worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.

©2018 Splendide Mendax, Inc., and Lincoln Child (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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A Great Return to Form with Twists

As a longtime fan of the series I've been a bit disappointed in the last two titles of the series which increasingly relied on side characters to advance the plot and occasionally made characters preceisely act against their established nature because of reasons. Seriously just having Diogenes walk away was ridiclous but here with Pendergast's retinue faded into the background watching him take on the more usual loose cannon cop problems is oddly refreshing given how wild the series was getting, and giving him a no nonsense partner who is none the less flawed (and better characterized for it) really boosts the story. Great stuff and I highly recommend to anyone who loves the detective genre, but especially to those who dropped off the series due to the over-reliance of Constance and Corey plots, back to basics, but better honed.

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A good story, as usual.

I have joined Agent Pendergast through all his adventures since Book 1 and have found them extremely entertaining due to (mostly) strong characterizations, interesting plots, many surprises and satisfying conclusions. But, throughout these literary excursions, Preston and Child have a tendency to reproduce the same character in too many books, albeit with a different name and different role, but the same nevertheless. This is one character: Someone from whom Pendergast needs information or a task completed refuses to cooperate. The Agent announces some dirt he has uncovered on that person. Pendergast gets his way. Here is the other character: For reasons of incompetence, ego, insecurity or whatever the motivating force, a person in power tries to thwart Pendergast or the cause of justice. In the end, that character gets his or her comeuppance. I don't know why the authors take this approach, but I am finding these all too predictable characters rather tiresome. In spite of this, Verses for the Dead is a good listen, especially with Rene Auberjonois narrating.