Verses for the Dead (Pendergast, #18) by Douglas Preston

Verses for the Dead (Pendergast, #18)

FBI special agent Pendergast must confront a strange, otherworldly circumstance - a new partnership. After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York office, Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast is forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment--he must work with a partner.Pendergast and his new teammate, junior FBI agent Coldmoon, are assigned the case of a devious new killer whose killing spree spans the countryside, and wh...

Details Verses for the Dead (Pendergast, #18)

TitleVerses for the Dead (Pendergast, #18)
Release DateDec 31st, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Verses for the Dead (Pendergast, #18)

  • Faith
    It’s a mystery to me why the plotting in this series is so much better than in the other series written by these authors together, and also in the books written by them separately. (I read one two days ago that was unpardonable.) I’ve read every book in this series and it’s still entertaining me. In this one, Pendergast is forced to work with a new partner, Coldmoon, a Native American who’s mission is to never let Pendergast go rogue sinc...
  • Bob Milne
    With Verses for the Dead, the 18th novel in the Agent Pendergast series, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child continue the soft reset they began in City of Endless Night. Once again it's a standalone story, one that only touches on the wider mythology, completely devoid of any monstrous themes or supernatural elements . . . and which introduces the twist of a new Director, uncomfortable with Pendergast's methods, and a new partner.The introduction of ...
  • Liz Kirchhoff
    While this was a good mystery with some great new characters, it lacked the depth and atmosphere that has been such a part of the rest of the series. The setup was fantastic and the mystery compelling, but the ending felt rather rushed. Still, it is always great to spend time with Pendergast. I’m looking forward to more Constance in the next book!
  • Monnie
    What a joy it is to enjoy a book so much that you're sad when you reach the end! Over the years, I've become a fan of several series, including this one - never (or rarely) missing a new installment. And over those same years, I've watched way too many of them become rather stale; characters I'd come to love fall off their professional games, take on lesser roles in their own stories and even, in one instance, continue to act like a silly pre-tee...
  • Mark
    This novel ends with somebody finding an human organ in a cemetery, which is rightfully the place for human parts albeit not partly but in a whole human package. It is placed upon a grave of woman who died in a suicide many years before. Without a doubt it is a first offering with some more to follow especially the police and the FBI want to keep the victim count as low as possible so the FBI will be sending their best in strange and extra-ordina...
  • kartik narayanan
    Verses for the Dead is an excellent Pendergast story. It has a good serial killer plot, the trademark Pendergast wit and quirks. And to top it all, Pendergast has a partner who is actually tolerable. The presence of the partner,'coldmoon' adds to the story and their interactions were enjoyable. The twist at the end was the added cherry in top. Plus, no constance, yay!
  • Denyse Prendergast
    Descent to the OrdinaryA series I've always enjoyed, in large part due to its quasi-mystical overtones and interesting characters; the plots, though convoluted, are always coherent. However, the old crew are largely gone along with the hint of the supernatural; this is just another serial killer procedural. The story held my attention but it was just...ordinary.
  • it'chy
    a bit short, but it's satisfying to see sa pendergast in action once again (view spoiler)[(against jack the ripper, no less) (hide spoiler)]
  • Aditya
    The series has dipped into numerous genres over the years - sci-fi (Relic #1), supernatural (The Wheels of Darkness #8), action thriller (Cold Vengeance #11), and this one is a relatively grounded police procedural. Regime change in FBI ensures Pendergast is saddled with a partner to investigate a serial killer who leaves rather gory mementoes on the graves of long dead suicide victims.Pendergast is written as smarter than Holmes and more dangero...
  • Stewart Tame
    A serial killer is terrorizing Miami, removing the hearts of his victims and placing them on the graves of suicides. Agent Pendergast is sent to investigate, but will his new supervisor and partner cramp his style?Also, I’d like to add a single word, which will mean nothing to new readers, but will intrigue the Hell out of longtime fans. This, by itself, won't spoil anything: Smithback.As with all Preston & Child books, this is a tautly-constru...
  • Lukasz
    Finally, a good entry in Pendergast series. Hopefully, it means the guys are back on track. Pendergast regained composure and behaves in an epically eccentric way I find fascinating and entertaining. He faces few obstacles - a troubled serial killer, a new supervisor, and a partner. It seems the series is slowly regaining steam, and that makes me happy as I’ve been following it for years. After a series of recent downs, it’s time to score so...
  • Bill Powers
    While many thriller novel series tend to peter out after a while, Preston & Child are still going strong with their 18th Pendergast novel, Verses for the Dead. Preston & Child have mastered the art of two authors speaking with one voice. Well Done!Alas, I must wait another year for another Pendergastian tale. And I would love to see more of Constance in future stories.
  • L.G.
    This is one of the few series that I need to read each new book as soon as it is published. Not all of the books in the Pendergast series are great, but Verses for the Dead is a strong addition. I have read some reviews by other members mentioning that they appreciate that Constance has only a small presence. I feel the same. A new character is introduced as a partner on the current case that Pendergast is sent to solve. This Native American FBI ...
  • Steve
    Pendergast gets a partner and a new boss to go with his new case. Both have it in for him. It's another entertaining addition to the series, though not one that will stand out as one of the pillars that define the character or changes the course of the series.
  • Renae
    I had been missing Pendergast being Pendergast in the last few books. I enjoyed this one a lot, especially the way in which he interacts with the other characters in the book. It reminded me of the older books which I love so much!
  • Mae Clair
    Wow! I've been addicted to this series from Book 1, and Verses of the Dead is a home run in so many ways. I had doubts about Pendergast working with a partner, but the addition of Agent Coldmoon was a stroke of genius. Not only is Coldmoon a great character, but it gave readers a chance to see Pendergast--along with all his quirks and unorthodox methods of working--through his eyes. Toss is a new boss for Pendergast, new location (Miami Beach) an...
  • Ubiquitousbastard
    I really was hoping that this book would be something closer to the first 11 or so books in the series. That hasn't happened in a while, but I was still hoping. This wasn't a bad book, it was pretty readable and of course being from a series I like I'm more predisposed to care about what's happening, but it really did nothing special.I got into the series around the third book because it was something different and very hard-hitting, but that ene...
  • Marika Charalambous
    First book read in 2019. I've read it in just a few hours, it was so good.A bit different from the previous novels in that none of the other characters feature along with Pendergast (except for a very brief mention of Constance), but the story worked anyway. We got to learn about a new character, FBI agent Coldmoon, one who quite grew on me (and I hope to see him cross paths with Pendergast in future books as well), and we worked our way through ...
  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    An interesting installment. The usual players not involved in this one. A new cast and maybe a refreshment to a long running series. Also interesting, we mostly saw Pendergast through others eyes.The case in itself wasn’t very paranormal in nature.Not that any truly are. But this series began with Pendergast looking into crimes X-files like. There was none of that here and maybe I missed a little of that.Otherwise it was an interesting case tha...
  • KC
    FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast travels from NYC to Miami in order to assist local law enforcement with a peculiar crime. With a new FBI supervisor at the helm, Pendergast is assigned a partner, junior agent Coldmoon. With the body count mounting, can the duo get ahead of what appears to be a highly astute but severely maniacal serial killer? Authors Preston and Child continue to impress readers with another installment of this thrilling seri...
  • Kate Loveton
    I really enjoyed this latest Pendergast offering from Preston & Childs. It was a rollicking good read, much lighter in tone than previous offerings - if you can characterize a story about hungry alligators, slithering poisonous snakes, strangulations, autopsies and extractions of human hearts as ‘light in tone.’ Ah, well, we lovers of the enigmatic Special Agent Pendergast do have our odd little tastes... The new character, Special Agent Cold...
  • Arrel
    Enigmatic FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast deals with FBI intrigue involving a mandatory partner and a serial killer who slits throats, then hatchets out the still-warm hearts and deposits them upon graves in Miami Beach. One of the better Pendergast novels - not as good as the first two (everyone should read them!) - but far and away better than the last several. Usually when reading a book, I find myself reading faster and faster to get to...
  • John Bastin
    Due to a change of leadership at the New York Field Office of the FBI, Pendergast is saddled with a new impediment to his independent ways: he is commanded to work with a partner. Although he isn't happy about the situation, he finds that junior agent Coldmoon is a worthy helper, knowledgeable and skilled at the job.Pendergast and Coldmoon are working on a series of murders that have them traveling from Florida to Maine and other points up and do...
  • Cliff Johnston
    Preston and Child have again opened the mind and investigative techniques of Special Agent Pendergast for all of us to see. This is a stand alone novel which doesn’t carry any of the Pendergast mystique or history with it, but provides a closer look at his interactions with the FBI as an organization or those interactions with local agencies that must be a part of any FBI investigation.Unlike previous tales of the exploits of this agent, he is ...
  • Sharon Hopper
    I always enjoy the Pendergast mysteries (with the exception of a couple of them) and this was no exception. I very much enjoyed the addition of the Coldmoon character. I am reserving judgment on Roger Smithback. It was a nice experience to return to a mystery that was outside of the Constance realm and immerse myself in an exciting “who done it”. As an extra treat, being from the South Florida area originally, I knew many of the locations and...
  • b latifi
    Very disappointed yet again with this series. It's last three books just haven't been up to par with the initial ones. This book feels like they "phoned it in" and at least half of the book would have been a lead in only for one of the earlier novels. No good details like you've come to love and expect...too short...and too predictable. Mention Constance once and then not again? Really?I really hope they start taking Pendergast seriously again an...
  • Jim
    This is a solid thriller/mystery with the ever-cool Pendergast at the helm. There are no supernatural beasts or evil brothers lurking in the tall grass, just a serial killer winning the hearts of very few in Miami. This is a great who-dun-it story, as well as why and how.An enjoyable romp and a quick read....Recommended
  • Carol
    Those that have followed the Pendergast series know that he is an extraordinary individual with almost supernatural talents for seeing what is hidden in a case. A man who likes to work alone he is forced to accept a partner to aid in his investigation into suicides that may actually be murders in Florida. I really thought that agent Coldmoon...a Locoda Indian...might be the perfect accompaniment to Pendergast. Although an exact opposite...togethe...