Pre­ston and Child’s sto­ries are mul­ti­fac­eted and com­plex

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Books - BY JEFF AYERS

The two au­thors work­ing to­gether are masters at craft­ing a story that goes be­yond a sim­ple mys­tery or thriller. Their sto­ries are mul­ti­fac­eted and com­plex, mak­ing the read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence a true joy. This time while Pen­der­gast works with agent Cold moon, the crime has many un­con­ven­tional lay­ers to it, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to solve. The killer mur­ders his vic­tim and then re­moves the heart. The or­gan is left at a grave­stone in the ceme­tery with a cryptic note next to it. The vic­tim and the owner of the grave seem­ingly aren’t con­nected. Pen­der­gast soon fig­ures out that the heart is left at grave­stones of women who com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Pen­der­gast thinks out­side the box at all times, and goes against di­rect or­ders to prove a hunch. He be­lieves the women were ac­tu­ally mur­dered, and the killer known by the moniker Bro­ken hearts might be re­spon­si­ble for their deaths in ad­di­tion to the re­cent vic­tims. With his ca­reer on the line, Pen­der­gast has a lot to prove and quickly or the killer might strike again. What he doesn’t know is that his new part­ner, Cold moon, has strict or­ders to do ev­ery­thing in his power to see Pen­der­gast fail.

The un­ortho­dox meth­ods agent Pen­der­gast ap­plies to solve the truly bizarre cases he en­coun­ters are leg­endary. This al­most in­sub­or­di­na­tion is the pri­mary rea­son why his new boss wants him trans­ferred out of his ju­ris­dic­tion.

Read­ers un­fa­mil­iar with Pen­der­gast will find this novel a fan­tas­tic launch point. He’s a mod­ern-day Sher­lock Holmes, and the story reads like classic lit­er­a­ture rather than the ma­jor­ity of mys­tery/thrillers on the mar­ket.

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