Brimstone (Preston and Child novel)
|Series||Diogenes Trilogy, Aloysius Pendergast|
|August 3, 2004|
|Media type||Print, e-book, audiobook|
|Pages||497 pp. (Hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3566.R3982 B75 2004|
|Preceded by||Still Life with Crows|
|Followed by||Dance of Death|
Brimstone is a thriller novel written by American authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and published on August 3, 2004 by Warner Books. This is the fifth installment in the Special Agent Pendergast series and the first novel in the Diogenes trilogy that also includes Dance of Death (2005) and The Book of the Dead (2006).
FBI Special Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast and Sergeant Vincent D'Agosta, now working for the Southampton Police Department, investigate a series of unusual deaths—deaths that appear to be the work of Lucifer in return for pacts entered in with him by his victims. Their investigation takes them from the New York City area, site of the first two deaths, to Florence, Italy where they uncover the motive and method of the killers behind the strange and gruesome deaths. During the course of unraveling the mystery, the truth behind a priceless, missing Stradivarius violin is revealed and a potentially apocalyptic riot with Messianic Christians is averted. Pendergast also reveals details of his insane brother Diogenes, whom he believes is planning something horrible.
References to other literary works
- The entombing of Pendergast in the catacombs under Fosco's home bears a deliberate literary allusion to "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe.
- An alias D'Agosta uses on the telephone, Jack Torrance, is the name of the main character in The Shining, a novel by Stephen King.
- The character of Count Fosco is a tribute to the classic character of the same name, a villain in Wilkie Collins's novel The Woman in White.