We join in with Detective D’Agosta on a case called ‘The Dangler.’ He is trying to put Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast’s death behind him, when he gets a visit from Proctor, Pendergast’s chauffeur, and gets pulled into a family feud.
This book was action packed, and the action shoots into overdrive when Pendergast returns to the scene. The thing is Pendergast’s ideas of how to safely handle some of the would-be victims leaves them in some interesting places.
The major problem I had with this book had to be the women. They seemed to do the dumbest thing each time you turned around. Hayward’s vendetta with Pendergast seems to become more blatant after D’Agosta takes Pendergast’s advice.
The best part of the book is finding out that Pendergast’s plan to save Smithback is to hide him in a sanitarium for the wealthy. The scene was a real winner, especially when Smithback finds out that Pendergast didn’t really clue the doctors in on the ruse. And what Margo’s fate was, well, that was a pleasant surprise.
All-in-all, it is a well-written story.