City of Endless Night (Pendergast, #17) by Douglas Preston

City of Endless Night (Pendergast, #17)

What begins as a manhunt for the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire becomes something altogether different when the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Kew Gardens, Queens, the head nowhere to be found. It appears there may be two killers on the loose--one responsible for the young woman's death, another responsible for the mutilation. A pair of such dastardly killers requires a team of equally talented inves...


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TitleCity of Endless Night (Pendergast, #17)
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Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Suspense
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Reviews City of Endless Night (Pendergast, #17)

  • Diane S ☔
    2018-01-20
    The headless daughter of a millionaire is found, Pendergast who is in disgrace with the FBI after his last outing is assigned the case. Although working again with his friend, Detective D'Agosta, Pendergast shows little interest, taking it for the punishment it is meant to be. But then, more headless corpses, beheaded of wealthy New Yorkers, men who have the best security money can buy. Yet, someone is managing to penetrate these systems. Penderg...
  • Linda
    2018-02-23
    "A perfect absence of compassion and empathy, and a high degree of ambition, and you get a psychopath of the highest order."Two adolescent boys are running at high speed to escape the aftermath of a neighborhood prank. They dart into an old abandoned property and dive into a pile of leaves that have blown into a darkened corner. Their temporary refuge smells of mold and something definitely rank. The leaves shift with their squirming and a dead b...
  • Chad
    2017-12-06
    Pendergast and D'Agosta try and track down a killer who is beating impossible odds and decapitating his victims. But Pendergast isn't his usual self. Constance's departure at the end of the last book has affected him more than he realizes. For most of the book his heart isn't in tracking down the killer. There's some subplots with new characters that don't seem to have a whole lot to do with the overall story. Kings Park Psychiatric Center plays ...
  • Faith
    2018-01-27
    I've read every book in this series and this is one of the better ones. It can be read as a standalone. The headless corpse of a young woman is found and FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned to work on the case with his police detective friend Vincent D'Agosta because he is in the doghouse with the FBI. Other murders follow and they become a classic puzzle for Pendergast to solve in his usual brilliant, wry and preternaturally perceptive mann...
  • Marialyce
    2018-02-13
    4 Agent Pendergast and Lieutenant D'Agosta are back starsThis is the seventeenth book in the Agent Pendergast series by Preston and Child and it's a good one. I so enjoyed every page turning moment as I sped through this book in a day. Pretty much proof of the "I can't put it down" aura of this novel.Aloysius Pendergast and Vincent D'Agosta are are on the trail of a killer. A young wealthy woman has been murdered and grisly details are found when...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-01-12
    City of Endless Night is the seventeen book in the Pendergast series, and I have read every single one of them. My personal favorite is the ones that have a slight supernatural element to the story like the first book Relic with the monster in the New York Museum of Natural History, which is why I felt a bit disappointed while reading this one. Don't take me wrong, it's a great thriller, and it's nice to have D'Agosta and Pendergast working toget...
  • Steven
    2017-11-08
    Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me a copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review.So as many of you know, the Pendergast series is one of my longest followed and most beloved series. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller with adventure and strangeness mixed right in. This wasn't the strongest entry into the series, what with a relatively predictable villain and a meandering plot with som...
  • Jane
    2018-01-16
    Ever since the end of the Diogenes Trilogy, the series has been in a decline. I still look forward to each new one, but each new entry has less going for it than the last. (In my opinion, the good ones have been Relic, Reliquary, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows, the Diogenes Trilogy, and White Fire.)Why the decline? Firstly, I think too much Pendergast is a bad thing. The books where he wasn't the sole protagonist are usually mu...
  • Bam
    2018-01-11
    Even after seventeen books, the Pendergast series is endlessly fascinating! This thriller takes place in NYC and begins with the discovery of the headless body of a young woman. FBI Special Agent Pendergast is called in to help D'Agosta and the NYPD because it appears she may have been transported across state lines. It turns out the victim is the only child of a ruthless tech billionaire, and when other wealthy people are killed in similar ways,...
  • Sue
    2018-01-05
    Another satisfying read in the Pendergast series. While it doesn't move the overall "mythology" of the series along, it does provide a complex thriller with further insights into Pendergast's character, and it can be read as a standalone, set in New York City, featuring the the extremely wealthy and the extremely not. Pendergast himself is strangely out of sorts as the story opens, having difficulty involving himself in solving the initial crime ...
  • Steve
    2017-11-22
    Not what they used to be. Repetitive and boring. Unconnected characters, drifting, listless unimaginative plot.
  • Darlene
    2017-11-05
    I received a copy of this book, City of Endless Night ,through a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing!As a fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's 'Agent Pendergast' series, I am always eagerly awaiting each book. The latest, City of Endless Night is the 17th book in the series and as usual, the excitement builds quickly. The story begins at a crime scene in Queens, New York on a cold December night where Lieutenant Vinc...
  • Anna
    2018-01-11
    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.After the last two lackluster entries in the series, we're finally back to a more traditional Pendergast story. While not the best offering in the series, it could only go up from Obsidian Chamber. Once again teamed with D'Agosta trying to find a serial killer in NYC. This time, it seems like it's a class warfare type spree, but like any Pendergast book, nothing is as it seems. E...
  • Liz
    2018-05-14
    Having NOT read any Preston & Child novels before...I enjoyed this thrilling police procedural very much! NYPD detective Vincent D’agosta was definitely the heart of this book! The eccentric FBI agent Pendergast was brilliant but quite an odd character. This was my first novel by Preston & Child in their “Pendergast” series. I do have many unanswered questions about Pendergast...but I’m sure the first 16 books of this series would most li...
  • Monnie
    2017-12-02
    Love this series; loved this book. From the first page on, I didn't want to put it down and, for the record, I read the whole thing in record time. While there's no shortage of action, though, this one - the 17th - focuses far less on the almost otherworldly side of FBI Special Agent A.X.L. (Aloysius) Pendergast. Maybe that's because his beloved ward, Constance Greene, isn't part of his life now; she's retreated to a monastery, apparently with no...
  • OutlawPoet
    2017-11-02
    So, straight up, this review might be a little spoiler-y. Not ruin-the-book spoilers (I hope), but definitely some spoiler-y things. So if you hate spoilers, stop reading now.The Pendergast books tend to be a special pleasure for me. I look forward to a new one each year and when it hits my kindle, all other reading stops.That being said, this one wasn’t my favorite.This one is a Pendergast/D’Agosta book. That’s fine, but I missed Constance...
  • Kimberly
    2017-11-27
    4.5 stars!CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the 17th book in the Agent Pendergast series--arguably, their most popular character. In this latest, we join FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta in a series of crimes in NY--reminiscent, to an extent, to their very first encounter in the novel, THE RELIC. ". . . the thoughts that you must try to banish are the ones that most persistently pu...
  • Mark
    2018-01-22
    Another year another Pendergast and this one is a fairly stand alone installment of the still satisfactory read that the misters Preston & Child still are able to deliver.This time NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta is confronted by a series of murders in which the victim is left decapitated. He is glad that his "friend' FBI special agent Pendergast is on the case. He still trusts this strange and enigmatic character to help him solve any case thro...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    2018-02-19
    Well I enjoyed it but not as much as some of the earlier stories. Some parts of the book just couldn't quite hold my attention and I found myself doing other things. The last quarter of the book, the hunter vs the hunted, had the most action and was my favorite part of the book. I was really looking forward to seeing Constance and Aloysius's relationship play out but alas that storyline was only alotted about one page so that was kind of a let do...
  • Paula
    2018-07-08
    Even those of us who pride ourselves on reading "high brow" literature all have our guilty pleasures, and devouring the adventures of FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is one of mine. (Another guilty favorite is Evan Smoak of the Orphan X series.) I abhor violence and avoid it at almost all costs, but these two superheroes are exceptions to my rule. The excellent plots and engaging writing keep me going.While not the best of the series - 17 o...
  • Stewart Tame
    2018-01-26
    Preston & Child have done it again. A killer is stalking New York’s wealthiest inhabitants, seemingly able to pass through the strictest security with ease. It's up to special agent Pendergast and lieutenant D’Agosta to find the decapitator before another victim falls.This novel is a touch less … gothic … than Pendergast novels tend to be. It's very firmly in the present day, no arcane poisons, yellowed alchemical texts, creatures unknown...
  • Sjancourtz
    2018-01-22
    What a disappointment. I love these books, as corny as they are what with the evil super-villains and the gory murders and the Lord Peter Wimsey-ish protagonist and the loyal sidekicks. They're one of my guilty pleasures, and I don't even feel guilty about it. But geez, this was just the dumbest plot ever.It was written like a made-for-TV movie. Serial killer at loose, murdering the rich and famous. The authorities are clueless, so our man Pender...
  • Bob Milne
    2018-01-18
    I can't remember the last time I sat down and devoured a book, cover-to-cover, in a single setting. It's a rare pleasure but, then again, so is Agent Pendergast.City of Endless Night continues the exploration of a weary and wounded Agent Pendergast, a man unsettled emotionally, and very much off his game. What you might expect to be a sad, disappointing exploration of a hero who has lost his powers (so to speak), however, is instead a fascinating...
  • Skip
    2018-02-15
    Probably more like a 3.5-3.75. The spoiled daughter of a technology tycoon is killed, and her body is found in an abandoned warehouse ... without a head. NYPD Lt. Vincent D'Agosta catches the case. The case is sufficiently interesting to pique Agent Pendergast's fancy. When more headless bodies show up, it's clear that their foe is smart, organized, methodical, and pressure mounts to find the killer; however, the pair are stymied with the lack of...
  • August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room
    2017-11-18
    Review: CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT by Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildI have devoured the Agent Pendergast novels since the very first. As a faithful reader, I confess to feeling since several novels back that I had gone off the rails. Perhaps it is my questioning if, after 17 installments, the co-authors can create anything new. Well, happily CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT manages several unexpected twists, a seldom-used plot (although I have read it once in...
  • kartik narayanan
    2018-02-28
    City of Endless Night is a throwback to the vintage Pendergast days. Similar to other books in this series, this book starts off strongly. The good thing is that this strong act 1 continues to the end of the book with a great climax. I liked this book because I did not see the ending and because there is only page with the Constance-Pendergast sitcom romance in it.
  • Lou
    2018-01-17
    One or many with bizarre skilled savagery on the hunt, and quite possibly may be a capable adversary for  the highly skilled FBI Special Agent Pendergast, who turns up to a crime scene with his vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith with driver Proctor at the wheel, and Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agost, both longtime crime busters on the chase.A race against answers, with some motives and then the theories starting to mount, the media on a frenzy and ...
  • Gregj
    2018-02-23
    Unlike most of the Pendergast books, which once you open you can't put down until they are finished, this latest installment dragged along for me. The religious fanatic character was completely irrelevant to the story. The whole book seemed like a half-hearted attempt to churn out another book for the publisher, rather than a labor of love for their fans. That being said, even a half-hearted attempt by these authors is pretty good. Just not near ...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    2017-11-06
    City of Endless Night is the seventeenth book in the Pendergast series and it was a thrilling read! The start of this story snagged my interest mostly because I was wondering what the heck the kids had to do with anything related to the story. That was until they discovered a body in the oddest of places and the victim’s head was nowhere to be found. Then I was very interested to know why the murderer took her head?! Vincent D’Agosta was brou...
  • Tiffany
    2017-11-09
    While I would love to give this a more in-depth review, I'll be succinct in saying it was incredible to see Pendergast in this new light, and I await everyone's reactions to the ending. His cloak of invincibility is threadbare and fraying.