COLD VENGEANCE is the middle book in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s latest trilogy featuring FBI Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast. In the first book, FEVER DREAM, he learned that the death of his beloved wife, Helen, twelve years before wasn’t the accident he’d always believed. The pair had been hunting a rogue lion in Africa and her gun had misfired when the beast charged her, the animal dragging her into the brush and ripping her to pieces. Or so he’d thought. Her rifle had resided in a gun case, untouched or examined by anyone in twelve years. When Pendergast takes it out for cleaning, he makes the horrible discovery that the weapon had been loaded with blanks.
Now he’s on a cold trail to find the killer and an explanation. He pursues vigorously all over the world from Scotland(where he was shot and left for dead, sinking into a bog) to New York to Louisiana(the sight of the last book’s climax). Along the way he starts to learn things about Helen he never knew. Like, English wasn’t her native language(Portuguese was). And the fact that her DNA links her to the family of a Nazi Doctor, a protege of Joseph Mengele before he went on to even greater atrocities himself.
Plus the fact that Helen may have been complicit in her own “murder.”
Plus a conspiracy going back several generations. A conspiracy of powerful people.
I’ve been a fan of these two gentlemen’s work ever since I discovered RELIC, their first. They consistently deliver a story that moves along nicely(I knocked this baby out in a day and a half, all three hundred-fifty small print pages). They are no slouchs on their solo work either.