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Dance of Death (Pendergast #6)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  16,967 ratings  ·  532 reviews
Two brothers.
One a top FBI agent.
The other a brilliant, twisted criminal.

An undying hatred between them.

Now, a perfect crime.

And the ultimate challenge:
Stop me if you can...
Hardcover, Large Print, 720 pages
Published June 14th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2005)
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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
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
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.
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
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
Nancy Oakes
Aside from being #2 in the Diogenes Trilogy, Dance of Death is #6 in the Agent Pendergast series.

The story goes something like this (briefly and absolutely NO spoilers) -- AND note: if you have not read Brimstone yet, stop reading this!

In the last installment by these two authors, Brimstone (which was also amazing, thank you very much!), we last left our hero, Agent Aloysius Pendergast walled up in a room of the castle belonging to the positively evil Count Fosco, left for dead. But -- he's back
Kasia S.
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
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
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,

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
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
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
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
Oct 15, 2007 Radhika rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
Ok...I LOVED this book! I gave it 4 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I think this is just the beginning to Pendergast's creepy family and all that surrounds it. This book answers so many questions while raising so many more! I really have enjoyed the books in this series that could be stand alones (relic, still life with crows), but what is great about the way they write pendergast is that you have the best of both worlds, a person can enjoy the stand alone books or yo ...more
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
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
In the previous book, readers were left with the mystery of our hero Inspector Pendergast having died while confronting one of his most challenging foes, an Italian duke from a long-powerful family. Detective Vincent D'Agosta watched his friend being chased by a horde of hounds, leaving everyone assuming that Pendergast could not escape.

In this book, we returned to Manhattan and a who's who of Pendergasts past allies. Margo Greene has returned to the Museum of Natural History to take over edito
Duncan Mandel

Two brothers.
One a top FBI agent.
The other a brilliant, twisted criminal.

An undying hatred between them.

Now, a perfect crime.

And the ultimate challenge:
Stop me if you can...


From Publishers Weekly

The always reliable team of Preston and Child revisit Special FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast, last seen in 2004's Brimstone, and others from past bestsellers (Relic; The Cabinet of Curiosities) in this intriguing thriller set in and around New York City and the halls of the Museum of Natural Histo

Ingrid Hansen
Jeg fik endelig taget mig sammen til at læse bogen af de to herrer Douglas Preston og Lincoln Child som jeg har haft liggen i x-antal år på min bogreol som paperback. Fandt først for sent ud af at det var bog 6 i Aloysious Pendergast serien og bog 1 Diogenes serien.

Det var et irritations moment gennem hele bogen da der bliver refereret til gamle sager og personer fra de foregående bøger.

Men på trods af dette og de gentagende referencer så er historien og handlingen faktisk rigtig god. Der er fa
Love this book. Love that Preston/Child are so prolific and still writing. This book was crazy wild, with so many twists and turns it was dizzying. Thing with this series are the highs and lows I experience when reading - if you love this kind of story, this is a visceral read. I feel sick when bad things happen to a fav. character. I need a drink when everyone is totally going the wrong way in a wrong-headed manner. I love it when they triumph, but know omg what stones are Preston/Child going t ...more
Brandon Cooper
After an almost unrelated fourth entry and a disappointing fifth entry filled with Bond-like villains and terrible contrivances, P&C apparently decided to root themselves a little more firmly to the ground this time around. Overall, the effect is a little less laughable, and as always I am pleased to see a more human Pendergast. More prominent too is the supposed namesake of this trilogy, who barely even figured into the plot of Brimstone. The authors were smart to distinguish him just enoug ...more
Már a Pendergast-ciklus előző kötete (Kénköves pokol) sem okozott csalódást, de ez a mostani történet még annál is jobb. Egyébként az a furcsa, hogy miközben a főbb szereplők ugyanazok maradnak, nemcsak a sztori, hanem a karakterek is folytonos változáson mennek keresztül. Ettől lesz megunhatatlan ez a regénysorozat. Az előző kötetben (melynek egy mellékszálából bomlik ki jelen könyv fő bonyodalma) a szerzőpáros nagy súlyt fektetett a misztikum látszatának fenntartására; a csata nem annyira a fe ...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?
The second book of a trilogy, Preston & Child provide us a fast-paced plot in which Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast returns following his supposed death at the end of "Brimstone." Still in hiding, Pendergast must enlist the help of his friends while still protecting them again a plot to kill everyone close to the Agent. Aloysius, a member of very wealthy New Orleans family, uses his Southern charm, ineffable politeness and unerring intellect, to help him anticipate and out maneuver danger ...more
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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 14 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)
Relic (Pendergast, #1) The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3) Reliquary (Pendergast, #2) Brimstone (Pendergast, #5; Diogenes, #1) The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)

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