Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The book opens with Alban's body being dumped on Pendergast's doorstep. Determined to track down his son's killer and decipher the message the killer is sending him Pendergast is lured into a trap where he is poisoned with Hezekiah Pendergast's Elixir. The Detective assigned to the case, Angler unfortunately mistrust Pendergast and comes to the erroneous conclusion that Pendergast killed Alban. In Angler's enthusiasm to bring Pendergast to justice he walks into a trap that is sprung so smoothly that his disappearance isn't noticed by anyone other the D'Agosta
Meanwhile D'Agosta is investigating a murder at the Museum. He ask for Margo Green's help (Long time readers of the serious will remember her from earlier books)in identifying a skeleton which has been erroneously cataloged at the museum. The skeleton turns out to be Padgett's murdered wife who Padgett euthanized after she became a victim of Hezekiah's Elixir.
Alban set the plot to kill Pendergast in motion but after the death of his wife and unborn child he had a change of heart and tried to stop the plot he hatched with a man whose family was a victim of Hezekiah's Elixir.
With the two cases converging D'Agosta, Pendergast, Margo and Constance Greene (No relation to Margo) join forces. Constance ransacks the hidden laboratory of Dr. Enoch Leng (aka Antoine Pendergast) to find the cure for Hezekiah's Elixir. She and Margo will risk their lives to assemble the ingredients needed to save Pendergast life. And D'Agosta will lend his badge to save their lives and gain them the chance to administer the antidote to a dying Pendergast.
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