Source: Public Library
The Pendergast family has a long storied history. Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast has to deal with some of his family’s sins when his son Alban turns up murdered on his doorstep. The only clue is a rare gem that was lodged in his stomach. Pendergast pours all his energy into finding out who would kill his son, who he knew was more capable than himself at self-preservation.
First Pendergast tracks down the mine that the rare gem came from. But it was a well thought out trap. Narrowly escaping after being poisoned he heads to retrace Alban’s last steps.
Vincent D’agosta and Dr. Margo Green both reappear in this the 14th novel in the series. Vinny is tasked with the murder of a museum worker, and he asks Dr. Green for some assistance which leads to the discovery of a 100-year-old murder.
Pendergast really shows he is human in this book as the poison works on him. He is hardly able to function and ends up in a hospital in Geneva. He is then brought back home to live out his last days in peace. Margo and Constance try to find a cure for Uncle Hezekiah’s elixir.
This is book 14 of the series. They are always written as stand alone novels, but they are much richer when you have read the complete series. Characters like Constance and Vinny who you get a few snippets of, in previous books you see their full character build. This book seemed a little rush through parts, and unlike some of the others of the series seemed slightly more predictable.