Blue Labyrinth

Blue Labyrinth

Large Print - 2014
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"A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body...and may well end with his death"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2014]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781455530182
1455530182
Characteristics: large print
594 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln - Author

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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 29, 2016

Following on Pendergast's show of actual emotion at the climax of White Fire, Blue Labyrinth further explores that theme when his son/enemy Alban appears dead on his doorstep (I don't think this is a spoiler as it happens at the start of the book).

Pendergast moves forward with the case as he internally processes his feelings. How he changes through the story, and the question of whether he believes in redemption becomes not only a question about his son, but about his entire family and himself.

Preston & Child bring us back to the New York Museum of Natural History and reintroduces some characters we haven't seen in a while.

Aside from Pendergast's growth, and another fun and fast-paced story, we finally get to see Constance go completely Rambo. We've always known she was tough because of all the things stated and implied through which she has lived, but this time we get to see the Constance you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. My only problem with it was a scene where she swims confidently underwater when in other books we're told she can't swim. Did I miss something there?

One of my top picks from the series.

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dheidt
Sep 08, 2015

This one fell short of what we have come to expect. Take a little more time between titles.

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rahmmie
Jul 31, 2015

Not one of their best. Agent Pendergast seems to be running out of villains to fight

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kmin57
Jul 15, 2015

Didn't enjoy this latest installment in the series as much as previous books, perhaps it's time for this adventure to end. There wasn't as much tension, or action, and I found reading ahead to get to the end faster. Disappointed. Hope that Preston Child are not turning into James Patterson and churning out books just to make money.

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jimg2000
Dec 15, 2014

After his excursion to Colorado in White Fire, Pendergast faced a crisis at home; and meet the forever young Constance Green who turned Femme Fatale in another wild thriller. And love usage of these words in their context: epistolary, dilatory, maceration, dermestid, pleochroic, simulacrum, jejune murders, klieg lights, policeman in mufti, busman's holiday, hottentot and khoikhoi, desuetude, silent as Trappist monk, acqua passata, mountebank, mulish, dulcet accent, favela, patois, maxilla, sirrah, insipidity, a true Walter Mitty, dipsomania, inclement weather, vicissitudes, tincture, syllogism, faience, febrile ...

twinston781 Dec 02, 2014

I didn't love this book. The authors for some reason decided to take a different direction with this story than in past books of the series. It was not as thrilling as White Fire and did not reveal much more about the ever-mysterious Pendergast.

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Charlietwo
Nov 26, 2014

For younger readers.
An interesting story, well written but the unbelievable physical abilities and psychic fantasies spoiled for me.

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Debbi_0
Nov 22, 2014

I always enjoy Preston Chile collaberations! Another good one!

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Dec 15, 2014

“I prefer hypocrisy to poverty.”
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He was as tense and nervous as a cat in a new house.
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"... We’ve got eyewitnesses. We’ve got you on video. If you don’t start cooperating, you’re going to be so far up shit creek that not even Lewis and Clark could paddle you back. Last chance.”
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...they described a man tall of carriage, hands like nervous white spiders, skin as pale as marble, eyes like silver concha ...
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Here were cases full of such odd things as wigs, doorknobs, corsets, busks, shoes, umbrellas and walking sticks, along with bizarre weapons—harquebuses, pikes, shestopyors, bardiches, poleaxes, glaives, bombards, and war hammers...

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Dec 15, 2014

He stopped to catch his breath—damn, he’d have to go on a diet after the past two weeks of poi, kalua pig, opihi, haupia, and beer.
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and they realized they had eaten, among other things, fish lips and intestine soup (Sup Bibir Ikan) and cow’s stomach simmered with bacon, cognac, and white wine (Tripes à la Mode de Caen).
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D’Agosta had watched this exchange without a word. “You just put your boot so far up his ass, he’ll have to eat his dinner with a shoehorn.” “I can always count on you for a suitable bon mot.”

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