The investigations of Pendergast the FBI agent and NYPD Lieutenant D’Agosta continue in this long-running series that combines adventure, mystery and the mystical. The action is constant and starts with a bang. However, this is the third in the Helen trilogy and a new reader could miss the emotional overtones and find the constant stream of characters, most of whom have long histories, confusing. There is a major plot twist for the series that will intrigue fans and promises a long line of possible books.
Special Agent Pendergast is momentarily reunited with Helen, the wife he long thought dead. When she is kidnapped before his eyes, he starts a long chase, following the trail to Mexico. Every-thing goes wrong, and Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment to shut out the world. A string of bizarre and inexplicable murders takes place in several Manhattan hotels. Lieutenant D’Agosta is able to lure him out to help solve the mysteries. What Pendergast discovers takes him into the jungles of South America to find the truth. (GRAND CENTRAL, Dec., 496 pp., $26.99)