A claw print scorched into the wall...
The stench of sulfur in the air...
Has the Devil come to claim his due?
Behind the gates of a fabulous Hampton estate, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers the carnage of a gruesome crimea nightmare of seemingly supernatural origin. The smoldering remains of infamous art critic Jeremy Grove, a melted cross branding his chest, are found in a locked, barricaded attic. The hoofprint singed into the floorboards and the smell of brimstone recall the legendary horrors that befall those who make a pact with the Devil.
Reuniting with police officers Vincent D'Agosta and Laura Hayward, Pendergast combs New York hoping for a simple explanation: a villain who is merely a man. But his search takes him beyond the exclusive clubs and luxury penthouses of Manhattan to a crumbling, legend-shrouded castle in the Italian countryside, where thirty years ago four men conjured something...unspeakable.
Featuring bone-chilling suspense and Preston and Child's trademark meticulous research and vivid detail, Brimstone is the duo'sand Pendergast'smost dangerous and gripping adventure yet.
Agnes Torres parked her white Ford Escort in the little parking area
outside the hedge and stepped into the cool dawn air. The hedges were twelve
feet high and as impenetrable as a brick wall; only the shingled peak of the
big house could be seen from the street. But she could hear the surf
thundering and smell the salt air of the invisible ocean beyond.
Agnes carefully locked the carit paid to be careful, even in this neighborhoodand, fumbling with the massive set of keys, found the right one and stuck it into the lock. The heavy sheet-metal gate swung inward, exposing a broad expanse of green lawn that swept three hundred yards down to the beach, flanked by two dunes. A red light on a keypad just inside the gate began blinking, and she entered the code with nervous fingers. She had thirty seconds before the sirens went off. Once, she had dropped her keys and couldn't punch in the code in time, and the thing ...
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