Pendergast returns to NYC in New York Times bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child"s newest novel featuring the enigmatic FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. William Smithback, a NY Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archeologist, are found brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was the strange, sinister man who had previously occupied Smithback and Kelly"s apartment---and who had died horribly in it exactly one year ago. Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast and D"Agosta undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.