Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Book Review: Book of the Dead

We start out with Our Hero falsely imprisoned, with the incompetent FBI agent Coffey doing a happy dance all the while and turning the Colonel Klink of the prison against him with all manner of nonsenses. D'Agosta and Constance team up with a brilliant guy, Eli Glinn, whose actual job is indeterminate, other than solving things with engineering skills. Things? Whatever things there are. Including psychological profiles of deranged killers named Diogenes. Thing is, he can't figure out what drove Diogenes nuts and made him hate his brother. And Pendergast, who can't remember anything that would have happened, is locked up. So, Eli's solution is simple: bust Pendergast out of the prison that no one has ever escaped from, ever. But Eli is an engineer and you know how those engineers are.

Meanwhile, D'Agosta is trying to stay out of trouble with both his boss and Hayward, who is not pleased with D'Agosta's involvement in Pendergasts' troubles. Meanwhile, the museum is in trouble after the debacle from the last book and needs some good publicity. Hugo Menzies has a great idea! After you have read Dance of Death, you will find that, really, Hugo Menzies having any ideas whatsoever is a Bad Thing. Nora is chosen to curate a new show. See, this rich Italian count is descended from someone who had bought an entire Egyptian tomb, which was sold to and exhibited in the museum for a short time before being boarded up (thanks to-you guessed it!-a curse). It is planned to reopen the tomb with an additional sound and light show.

Once again a riveting book, and with less clutter of unnecessary plotlines. The end, I promise, will knock you off your feet, into the Grand Canyon, down the river, and all the way to the Pacific Ocean, where you will wash up on Hawaii, looking dazed and saying "Whoa. That was, like, WHOA."



  1. Do I have to read all the other Pendergast books first or are they pretty stand alone?

  2. You'll want to read Brimstone, Dance of Death, and The Book of the Dead in order, but the rest can be read out of order.