Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Book Review: Reliquary

Mind you, it's been awhile since I last read Reliquary. Still, it was an exciting read, with the return of all our favorites (D'Agosta, Smithback, Margo, Dr. Frock and Pendergast) and the introduction of a few new ones that we both love and hate (Waxie the Whiny Police Captain, Laura Hayward the Obligatory Tough Female, Mephisto the odd but lovable homeless guy). Oh, and let's not forget to mention the headless bodies with bite marks....I'm sure if the characters knew the title of the book they would have become even more alarmed.

But I get ahead of myself. The book opens on police divers looking for a brick of heroin, only for the poor newbie to get tangled up in two headless skeletons floating about in the Hudson. One is socialite Pamela Wisher, the other is....Well, you'll find out in due course. :-)

D'Agosta is put on the case, and Drs. Frock and Green (Margo not being one to play the perpetual student role) are asked to examine the bodies once the M.E. discovers those lovely bite marks at the base of Pamela Wisher's neck. As they get closer to the truth, more beheadings begin to happen, while Pendergast and D'Agosta probe the homeless community, filled with victims whose deaths went unnoticed, for information, culminating in a fine dinner of track rabbit with the oh-so-hospitable Mephisto. Suspicions rise as they discover more and more, and we are left to wonder....Will it be the supernatural this time? Is Mbwun really a mad god come back for revenge? Or is there some scientific explanation for this as well? (Hint: there is. But it's a freaky one, so it's okay.)

I would give this a 3.5 out of 5, the extra .5 for Mephisto's overall weirdness and sense of humor.

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