Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Blue Labyrinth (Pendergast, #14)Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have….”
the Pendergast series…by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Luckily for longtime fans, this latest thriller featuring inimitable FBI agent/aesthete/prodigy Aloysious Pendergast is in many ways the best story we’ve had from the authors in a while.
Blue Labyrinth takes a few chapters to really get into the swing of things. But about the time Pendergast (thankfully back to his sneaky, snarky, healthy self) travels to the Salton Sea in the desolate California desert, readers will feel themselves being absorbed into the familiar magic of the story.
From then on, Blue Labyrinth does a deft job of pulling together elements from Pendergast’s convoluted past, as well as developing his future, all the while, putting him and his loved ones, as always, in mortal danger.
I was ultimately pleased with this latest installment of the series. I was disappointed that we didn’t see more travel…one of my favorite things about Preston and Child is their ability to take readers to new places and introduce us to art and music that we might not already be familiar with. With a few exceptions, Blue Labyrinth took place mainly in locations which Pendergast has already frequented.
I was also not fully satisfied with the ending of the novel, which seemed to leave the series open for new chapters, while also providing enough of a conclusion that it could be the last entry in Pendergast’s literary life.
The fact that Blue Labyrinth left me wanting more is a sign that this novel was a big success. I hope that Preston and Child find future inspiration to write about Pendergast, Constance, D’Agosta, and Margo Green. At the beginning of Blue Labyrinth, Pendergast was planning to visit relatives in France, and I would love to read a Pendergast thriller in that location.

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