BOOK REVIEW: DANCE OF DEATH
Police Lt. Vincent D'Agosta had recently moved in with Laura Hayward. He was in the process of cooking dinner for her. The dinner included his grandmother's specialty, lasagne nepoletana. He had one problem, however. When he got into the kitchen he couldn't remember how she cooked it. He watched her several times and even helped her.
Just when D'Agosta thought he did a good job of pulling off the dinner, someone was at the door. All of a sudden he heard Laura's voice saying, "Vinnie you better come out here". He knew something was wrong by the tone of her voice. Laura was talking to a man in the doorway of the apartment. The man was dressed in an expensive trench coat. Vinnie knew there was something about him that was familiar. Vinnie realized the man was Proctor, Agent Pendergast's chauffer. Proctor told D'Agosta "Now sir would you kindly come with me." When D'Agosta asked where, Proctor replied "Eight ninety-one Riverside Drive." D'Agosta asked why and Proctor told him "Because someone is waiting for you there."
As D'Agosta set in the back seat of the 1959 Rolls Royce he begin to wonder if it could be possible that Pendergast was still alive. Was he being taken there to meet him? Could Pendergast have escaped? Deep down inside he knew that Pendergast was dead.
D'Agosta was soon standing beside the person he came to meet. He realized the young woman was Constance Greene - Pendergast's ward and assistant. She asked D'Agosta if he heard anything. He just shook his head. She stated "I know he is dead". "It is now time for me to give you this." She went to the mantelpiece and took out a small sandlewood box and unlocked it. She stated that she waited too long to give him this but wanted to be sure Pendergast was not still alive. Inside the box was a piece of paper. It was a note from Pendergast, which stated "If you are reading this, I am dead." It goes on to explain that he died before he could accomplish a task. The task is "Preventing my brother, Diogenes, from committing what he thought was the perfect crime." Diogenes had sent a letter with only one clue; the date January 28th which is likely the day the crime would be committed. Pendergast went on to explain that D'Agosta had to take a leave of absence to accomplish this task. Constance would create a bank account with $500,000 for him to use as he saw fit. He also mentioned that Diogenes was very dangerous - he was his intellectual equal but had no moral conscience. As D'Agosta looked at the date he almost panicked - it was only one week away. Little by little some of Pendergast's friends began to die.
Will D'Agosta be able to accomplish Pendergast's wish to stop his brother from doing the unthinkable?
Once again, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have written an exciting thriller. After you read the first chapter you will understand why they are such talented writers and know how to draw the reader into the story. When you get to the end of the book, you will wish there were more pages to read. These two authors are masters at writing "cliffhangers" that just keep the reader on edge. This is a must read book to add to your list. It is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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