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City of Endless Night

(Pendergast #17)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  15,653 ratings  ·  1,558 reviews
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. ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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Lobstergirl It was tedious, and unrelated. Maybe P&C are introducing a character so they can reuse him in a future book (let's hope not). Maybe they wanted to giv…moreIt was tedious, and unrelated. Maybe P&C are introducing a character so they can reuse him in a future book (let's hope not). Maybe they wanted to give a tiny cameo to Laura Hayward, who pops in to slap the cuffs on him. Maybe they just can't resist cannibalizing subplots from other books (the messianic doomsday preacher Rev. Wayne Buck from "Brimstone" who sets up an Occupy Wallstreet-style city).(less)

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Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, finally a Pendergast that feels a little bit more old school. Maybe not quite as intricate and mysterious and Relic and Cabinet of Curiosities, but still has the feel of one of the earlier books. Being back in the streets of New York probably helps. It hasn’t been since Cemetery Dance that I have enjoyed a Pendergast quite this much.

There were a couple of plot points that did feel a bit silly and out of place. One of them I thought was building up to be a pretty big deal and kind of fizzled
Diane S ☔
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
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. Pendergast for much of the book is working in the backgro ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c
***4.5 STARS***

I thoroughly enjoyed this seventeenth book of the Pendergast series. I have read them all and if possible they get better and better.

This one starts out with a young, spoiled New York socialite found murdered and decapitated. Who would want to kill this young woman? Then another murder occurs with the same M.O. Is there a serial killer roaming the streets of New York?

As always Pendergast is exceptional and a detective to the highest order, quirks and all. Vincent D’Agosta plays a
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 body reveals itself. The source of the screaming co
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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 much better than the ones where he is. He's much mor
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 a role in the book. This is a real place that loca ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, buddy-read
Excellent!! 5 STARS!!

I felt City of Endless Night was similar to all the books from the beginning of the Pendergast series. It was set in NYC and it has one of my favorite characters in it, Vincent D'Agosta.
I loved how Vinny had such a big part in this book.

Pendergast was excellent as well in doing what he does best, tracking down bad people!
Yes, you have to suspend some disbelief in reading this series. It's a bit crazy and he's never been beat but I don't read this series in whether this could
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
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 manner.

This book has a very exciting ending. While it
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Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Not what they used to be. Repetitive and boring. Unconnected characters, drifting, listless unimaginative plot.
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 some side stories that felt unnecessary, but it was s
Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston is a thriller that kept me guessing most of the book. Trying to find a link between the murders, the great clues, creepy characters, and behind the scenes info is very interesting. Great action ending!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
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 together to catch a murderer.

However, it feels just lik
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, but the full host of characters that surround Pendergast were missing. They are usually unique individuals add another dimension and perspective. My daughter and I also noted the lack of female characters. For example, Captain Hayward, one of my favorite characters, was briefly introduced, but denied a voice. Additionally, the guru who hosted the 'bonfire of the vanities' was given a lot of attention, then, sort of fizzled out without any resolution.

Favorite quote which we laughed
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
4 Agent Pendergast and Lieutenant D'Agosta are back stars

This 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 her corpse is discovered headless in an abandoned
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another fascinating and extremely compelling Pendergast adventure. He and d'Agosta are chasing down a serial killer decapitating his victims. The murders start with Grace Ozmian, the daughter of billionaire entrepreneur Anton Ozmian. Some more will follow. Why are the heads missing? Why gets Harriman blackmailed? And what about an old deserted asylum? The action is fast paced, cleverly plotted and the endgame absolutely worth the reading. There is even some romance in the novel (okay I could hav ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Except if you've read a Pendergast book before then
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 (perhaps due to developments at the end of the las ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Vincent D'Agosta of the NYPD and his crew have been ca
Bam cooks the books ;-)
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, the mayor puts the heat on the NYPD to come up wi
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 plans to return any time soon - and understandabl
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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 – immensely. Proctor plays a tiny role in this one. Rea
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 push themselves back in . . ."

I was thrilled to s
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 thrown at them. Only this time their opponent or perpe
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, suspence
Wow. How could I have forgotten how wonderful the character Special Agent Aloyious Pendergast was; especially when in conjunction with Lt. CDS Vincent D'Agosta. Extreme personalities that complement each other.
Lincoln and Child are a writing duo that also complement each other.
While I try very hard to avoid books about serial killers. This was astoundingly good.
I have wondered about electro-convulsive shock treatment: failing to see how it could be beneficial to anyone. Especially since during
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 Pendergast is brought in, of course. I won't tell you th
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 look at how that same hero emerges from his own d
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Something's missing. I felt kinda flat while I listened to this. Overall, the story is interesting, but lacks that magic ingredient that makes it eccentric, or over-the-top outlandish exciting, like the earlier entries in this series, especially volumes 1-7.

Update, 5/1/2020. My daughter and I had been steadily reading through this series together whenever she would visit. At first, it was easy as she visited often, then, as her life changed and her commitments increased, her visits were further
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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 down. Now I have to "patiently" wait for the next bo
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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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