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Danse de mort (Pendergast #6)

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Imaginez Sherlock Holmes... engagé dans un combat à mort... contre un frère plus malin que lui. " Mon cher Vincent, si vous lisez ces lignes, cela signifie que je n'ai pas survécu... ". L'inspecteur Pendergast du FBI est donc mort ! Et c'est d'outre-tombe qu'il confie à son ami, le lieutenant D'Agosta, la mission d'empêcher un être démoniaque de commettre le forfait suprêm ...more
510 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Archipel (first published 2005)
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Dale Rosso I am guessing that it is very likely that Pendergast had one of his contacts keeping an eye on Smithback while he was at the asylum and reporting back…moreI am guessing that it is very likely that Pendergast had one of his contacts keeping an eye on Smithback while he was at the asylum and reporting back to him.
Beta It's possible, but if you decide to read the other books after this one, you'll kind of lose the element of surprise. This is the last installment in…moreIt's possible, but if you decide to read the other books after this one, you'll kind of lose the element of surprise. This is the last installment in the trilogy; the previous books have all lead up to the events of the last book. Reading the other books may not feel so satisfying when you already know where it all is going.(less)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
The idea of an 'evil genius' Supervillain disappearing from the face of the earth to plot and scheme, and plan the ultimate crime, seems laughable, and stereotypical on so many levels, at first. The fact that he is the brother of the protagonist enhances this impression. The thing is, however, that there's nothing laughable about the way he goes about it.

Dance of Death opens with a classroom discussion of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, during which an unflinchingly gruesome and disturbing death
I was dissatisfied with this outing featuring FBI Agent Pendergast working with NYC Detective Dagosta to stop the fiendish plans of Pendergast’s twisted brother Diogenes. A “perfect crime” is promised on a certain date in the near future while along the way Pendergast is being tormented by the horrific murders of his close friends in various parts of the country. What is disappointing is how little success Pendergast has in stopping those murders. It was sad to see Pendergast so pressed against ...more
Apr 12, 2009 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these two authors, both together and as individual writers. They always put together a whopping good story.

But, frankly their FBI Special Agent character Aloysius Pendergast is starting to wear a bit thin. He has always had a bit of unbelievability about him, but it is getting worse and worse.

And now we have his evil brother, Diogenes, who is approaching godhood in his abilities to do evil things without being caught. And his whole reason for living is to torment his brother without kill
Albert Riehle
I feel as if I'm coming to the end of my rope, in regards to the Preston & Child, Pendergast Series. On one hand, there's a lot of good in every book. On the other...there's just so much bad. And with each ensuing book, I feel like I've lost the want and will to continue, a bit more.

This is the second book in a row, as part of this series, that ends unfinished. If you can't tell a complete story in over 450 pages then you're doing a poor job of writing. And some will argue that the points of

I could feel it coming in book 5 and now here it is. I'm so frustrated with this story. I really am. I've been loving Pendergast so much, but I can't stand this. It's so obvious where this whole story is going and I hate it. I don't like knowing the end at the beginning, especially when the end is so full of crap.

So I'm mad.

Really, really, really, mad.

And just a little bit heartbroken.

I haven't quite decided what I'll do. I kept trying to read it but I was too frustrated. I made i
This was the 2nd book in the Pendergast Trilogy. I've read the 3rd as well, and since I read them out of order it was interesting b/c I knew kind of what would happen. They are great books, highly intelligent. But, read them in order.
I really must get going on this series. I had forgotten how much I've enjoyed Agent Pendergast and the adventures he gets caught up in. This latest adventure involving his brother Diogenes as his nemesis, has me turning the pages. I will be reading the third book in the sub-series soon, like this month. I want to know how it turns out. Sure, some of it's a bit over the top. Some of the situations are too contrived and not realistic, but I'm not looking for realism in this series. I'm just lookin ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The intelligent and luxurious thriller with a signature twist is back! Each book from this series is like a jewel but I simply loved book six and again it proved that no one can write the way this talented duo does, Pendergast is my favorite literary character, so much that I wonder what he’d do in hard situations and I picked up on his way of thinking, obviously I’m not some zen master/FBI agent with an intense IQ with the tact of a monk and stealth of a ninja but still, he’s someone you can be ...more
Hali Sowle
The middle book in the Diogenes sub-trilogy of the series doesn't have any of the supernatural elements of the other books in the series, rather it is a straight forward mystery, police procedural novel and perhaps the best book of the entire series. The book opens with D'Acosta, Constance and those close to Pendergast trying to come to grips with his death. Constance summons D'Acosta to Pendergast's home to give him a letter that was left for him asking D'Acosta to stop Pendergast's brother Dio ...more
En malta odottaa, miten Pendergastille ja Diogeneelle vielä käy.

Neljä tähteä. Onneksi on seuraava osa heti käsillä.
Jan 20, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Not quite up to Preston/Child's usual standards, this book was a continuation of BRIMSTONE and the prequel to BOOK OF THE DEAD. While I don't mind continuing plots like this, ordinarily, this book FELT like a setup for the next in many ways - the characters acted at odds to their usual depictions, and the scenarios felt quite forced. I can ordinarily figure out where a Preston/Child novel is going well before it gets there, but the entire setup this time just felt...trite and forced.

Beyond that,
Jan 25, 2010 Cassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a better book in the Diogenes trilogy. Where Brimstone only teased with a few glimpses and mentions of Diogenes, this one made him integral. I really love the Pendergast and D'Agosta pairing but especially in this book. It was the first time I really felt that D'Agosta wasn't just running after Pendergast asking what the hell was going on, he had to spend the first part working things out by himself.

I absolutely loved this storyline! Brimstone sets up the penultimate showdown
Oct 15, 2007 Radhika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
If there were a wish-I-hadn't-wasted-time-on-this-book shelf, then that's where I'd shelf this waste of paper. Grrrr. This book illustrates one of my pet peeves so clearly. I hate it when authors keep you going on the promise of the most astounding secret about a protagonist that will be revealed and then end the book in preparation for the sequel. This is literary laziness and cheating the reader to keep them going with a false promise. The authors don't have enough material to write a good tal ...more
Just when I thought I was out... Preston and Child pull me back in.

Apparently a long break between reading books 5 and 6 was what I needed. This book flew by. The characters were interesting again (and it was a pseudo reunion from earlier books, although some old friends showed up only to get killed off). The ridiculousness of the previous book was somewhat left behind. Maybe the books that are set in New York City and involve the museum and the underground are just naturally better. This book,
Unfinishable: I only have a certain amount of book-reading time left in my life and I cannot waste it reading the kind of authors who make tongue-in-cheek references to their own earlier work as written by a recurring character. It's a tiny step away from actually putting themselves in the book as bit part characters, á la Clive Cussler.
Oct 05, 2016 itchy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
another one of those (view spoiler);
guess i'm a sucker for one

when i first heard of diogenes--through the grapevine, no less--, mycroft holmes came to mind;
boy, was i in for a ride
May 25, 2013 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, series, thriller
This book is about second chances for me. I became interested in this series because Anne Rice said how much she enjoyed the books. I have a thing about reading series in order, so I began with Relic. BLERGH! I wrote a bitchy review about it, made my point.

I was going to give up. Then I found this one: an FBI agent trying to outmaneuver his serial killer brother. Sounds like some good cheezzze. And it was! And guess what? I read it out of order...I am so proud of me (double points: 6th book in
I hate to award the "annoying characters" tab but I've got to in the case of "Lt." Vinny Dagosta. Not sure if it's the narrator (who is otherwise unobjectionable) but I LITERALLY rolled my eyes several times at the level of buffoonery/idiocy displayed by a man who is neither New York's bravest or finest. He keeps his mouth shut when he should speak up, and blurts out all kinds of things he should keep in.

I enjoyed hearing (since this was an audiobook) about the unflappable, unbeatable Agent Pen
Even though this is sort of the “filler” novel in this trilogy in the middle of the Pendergast series, I think it may just be my favorite one yet in the series overall! It is certainly exciting - definitely an “edge-of-your-seat” read! The plot takes some shocking turns and it ends leaving you anxious for the conclusion in The Book of the Dead.

Like Still Life With Crows, the authors include a little inside joke with their shameless plug for their standalone novel, The Ice Limit. This kind of su
Jovana Vesper
Iskrena da budem, da nemam pri ruci sedmi deo, tačno ne bih znala šta da radim. Za razliku od drugih slučajeva "Ples smrti" je akcijom napakovan, sa mrvom melodrame začinjen "most" ka kulminaciji ovog jezivog bratskog odnosa. Kad razmislim čini mi se da je reč pre o mitskoj opsesiji proizašloj iz dečije izneverenosti i povređenosti (tako akumulirane negativne emocije su praktično nepopravljive, naročito kod delikatnih i specifičnih ličnosti) nego o ludilu i mržnji. Ima tu svega po malo i po mnog ...more
It took me a little while to get through this book. I'm not entirely sure why I put it down and kept wandering away from it, but I picked it up again yesterday (about 145 pages in) and finished it earlier this evening. Dance of Death is a little more scattered than the other Pendergast novels, but I love it just the same. There are lots of cameos in this book. If a character has come into contact at any point with Pendergast, they're here and have page time. I do enjoy the weaving of four story ...more
Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
It was really nice getting back to the Pendergast series after reading The Ice Limit and Mount Dragon, and now I'm really glad I decided to read them because some characters from those books had some minor roles in this one!

A few very odd killings had taken place in certain parts of the country and Pendergast is very certain he knows the identity of the murderer, but naturally everything begins to go wrong and many misunderstandings occur between the characters. One of my favorite parts of the b
Apr 14, 2014 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You have to just let the story take you over and then ride the wave to its eventual conclusion (an ever-sharper cliff to hang on though it might be). As with any Great Villain, you can nitpick their plan and find the holes - but it's more fun, I think, to realize that the holes are irrelevant: it's the game that's where the fun lies. And this one is truly a race - not necessarily to save the day but simply to survive. It's disturbing, in a sense, to see Pendergast on the back foot - and shocking ...more
Sep 26, 2009 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written thriller novel. I really enjoy the FBI Agent Pendergast Novels. In this novel Agent Pendergast is on the trail of the worlds most dangerous serial killer, who just so happens to be his younger brother. Pendergast's brother leaves a path of death and destruction with plenty of plot twists and turns.

I would recommend minimally reading "Brimstone" before reading this novel because it is the second in a series. One of the many reasons I like these novels is because they use several r
Aug 27, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pendergast
The second in the "Diogenes Trilogy", I feel was better than the first.
Now, don't get me wrong Brimstone was another fantastic addition to the Pendergast series.....but, this one rocked.
How do you stop a twisted madman who tells you he's going to pull off the perfect crime? When that twisted individual is your brother that's hated your guts all his life. As well read, well educated as Pendergast himself, he finds himself hunting Diogenes, that could be his evil twin.
The Book of the Dead, book t
Apr 07, 2013 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really important to read these books in order, because each one has major spoilers for the ones before.

The enigmatic Special Agent Pendergast is forced to confront an aspect of his past that he had hoped to put behind him, and in doing so, the lives of everyone he touches will be changed forever.

A supercharged thriller with a villain who is truly the equal of our ferociously intelligent protagonist, but bereft of any fragment of moral scruples -- and therefore Pendergast is either forced t
Aug 21, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, obviously I gave it four stars. But I have to just put this out there Laura Hayward annoyed the bejesus out of me in this book. I really liked her character in the others, but in this book I felt that she was being deliberately obtuse. The Laura in the other books would have believed Vincent she always admired what a good cop he was. Also she never liked Pendergast but how could she turn on him that much? Vincent told her what Diogenes was up to and she scoffed at the ...more
While on one level this is Pendergast's story of going toe to toe with his criminally insane brother who is his intellectual equal, it's also D'agosta's story. How much will a man sacrifice for a friend and the greater good? D'agosta risks the two things that mean the most to him - his relationship with Laura and his career as a NYPD officer. As the tale goes along, we realize that this is not a theoretical risk, it is very real. His loyalty to Pendergast is intense, as is his grief as his actio ...more
I keep picturing Pendergast as a the son that Dracula and Sherlock Holmes never had. I am glad that he has found a friend in his policeman friend. The fact that he has a brother that is equally smart, equally obsesses, and his polar opposite in morality is a tiny bit hard to swallow. The fact that his whole family is slightly off on the normality scale makes me wonder what there is there - a genetic condition, perhaps?
Jul 15, 2014 Patricio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preston-child
Es el segundo libro de la trilogía de Diogenes dentro de toda la saga de Pendergast.

Exceptuando una cosa del libro que hizo que me indignase mucho, el resto me ha gustado muchísimo. No hay tantos elementos esotéricos como en las anteriores novelas pero sí que tiene bastante acción.

El que hayan salido personajes de todos los anteriores libros me ha encantado.
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pendergast (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Relic (Pendergast, #1)
  • Reliquary (Pendergast, #2)
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3)
  • Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)
  • Brimstone (Pendergast, #5; Diogenes, #1)
  • The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)
  • The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast, #8)
  • Cemetery Dance (Pendergast, #9)
  • Fever Dream (Pendergast, #10)
  • Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, #11)

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