Blue Labyrinth – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child



A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast…

It begins with murder. One of Pendergast’s most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, 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 Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his own family’s sinister past.

But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is being stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. And he soon becomes caught in a wickedly clever plot, which leaves him stricken in mind and body, and propels him toward a reckoning beyond anything he could ever have imagined…

My Thoughts

This installment of the Pendergast series is dramatic from beginning to end. The more I learn about Pendergast, and his most unique, and kind of disturbing, family history, the more I’m absolutely confounded by the man. That said, I suppose in order to be just as eccentric as A. X. L. Pendergast is, his family history would have to be that intricate and extreme. Pendergast has done an extensive amount of training, soul-searching, and meditating to come to terms with quite a bit of his family history. This training shows – so very much so.

Once again, we see Pendergast at his most emotionally, and physically, vulnerable. It’s refreshing to know that he is, in fact, only human. He is ever so desperate to settle certain affairs, and yet, those very affairs keep creeping back to haunt him.

Most startling, however, is just how intricate this entire escapade is. We start with one murder, then end up with two, which unravels a third, which leads to a body count I haven’t seen in a Pendergast adventure in quite a long time.

In order to unravel the tightest of knots in this never-ending tapestry of deceit and mystery, Pendergast is aided by old friends – NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta and Dr. Margo Green, both of whom are assisted by Constance, Pendergast’s intriguing ward. It was really nice to see Margo again, and D’Agosta is always a refreshing addition. He has a way of putting very succinctly, and maybe a little vulgarly, what readers are thinking – which is usually something along the lines of “Well, holy shit”.

I spent a fair part of the book trying to unravel all the intricate knots and ties – only to be thwarted by every curve ball imaginable. On the one hand, that was very frustrating. On the other, it kept the plot rolling, the mystery alive, and the intrigue fresh. The deeper we dig, the more we learn – not just about Pendergast, but about the catalyst that set this whole series of events in motion. I have a feeling this catalyst will come back to bite Pendergast and those around him in the ass.

There are a lot of changes on the horizon for Pendergast. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that yet. Pendergast has had his entire world turned upside down in the last few books – and I think it’s about time that he take that into perspective and re-evaluate certain aspects of his life. Maybe that is exactly what he’ll do between now and the next installment – maybe not. After everything that he has been through, one thing remains certain: Pendergast is an enigma, and so he shall remain for a longtime.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 3, 2016.

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