A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate. There is a hoofprint scorched into the floor, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air. When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable. Has the devil come to claim his due?
Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere ... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered--their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death--the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, is fact, come to collect his due. Teaming with Police Officer Vincent D'Agosta, Agent Pendergast is determined to solve this case that appears to defy all logic. Their investigation takes them from the luxury estates of Long Island to the crumbling, legend-shrouded castles of the Italian countryside, where Pendergast faces the most treacherous and dangerous adversary of his career.************************
A fairly fast-paced thrill-ride and not many write a thriller as well as the team of Preston and Child. Not all is as it appears and Agent Pendergast invites himself to the murder investigation that has all of the earmarks of a satanic visitation. The investigation carries him and Sergeant Vincent D'Agosta all over New York and over to Italy in search of the truth.
Neat twists and turns keeps the action going. I have to go find the other books in the series that I have yet to read. Pendergast had me at THE RELIC and RELIQUARY, now he has me back with BRIMSTONE.