History Literature / Brimstone

13th Dec '16 7:16:26 PM universalperson
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* VillanousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Count Fosco once he's hit with his own microwave machine. He ironically hallucinates the devil coming for him before he dies. (([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or was he hallucinating?]])]]

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* VillanousBreakdown: VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Count Fosco once he's hit with his own microwave machine. He ironically hallucinates the devil coming for him before he dies. (([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or was he hallucinating?]])]]
13th Dec '16 7:15:52 PM universalperson
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* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler: Fosco walls up Pendergast at the end of the novel, which he admits is "[[Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado something out of]] [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Poe]]." Pendergast is subsequently freed by Diogenes.]]



* ContinuityNod: At one point Pendergast and D'Agosta have to question a group of impoverished men, and recall their meeting with Mephisto in ''Literature/{{Reliquary}}''



* GaiasVengeance: Von Menck believes the murders are a predictor that a natural correction is coming to wipe the corruption of the world away.

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* GaiasVengeance: Von Menck believes the murders are a predictor that a natural correction is coming to wipe the corruption of the world away. [[spoiler: This is a RedHerring.]]


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* NearVillainVictory: [[spoiler: Count Fosco very nearly gets away with everything. He is only stopped by two things. First is that he underestimates the tenacity of D'Agosta, which leads to his own death. Second is his unawareness of Diogenes, who frees Pendergast.]]


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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Several characters believe that the murders are the sign of an impending apocalypse hitting New York City. Needless to say, it does not happen.]]


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* VillanousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Count Fosco once he's hit with his own microwave machine. He ironically hallucinates the devil coming for him before he dies. (([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or was he hallucinating?]])]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler: Fosco]] has the opportunity to shoot Pendergast and D'Agosta on multiple occasions near the end, but he wants to kill them in a more clever way. Although it is implied that he was going to have [[spoiler: his butler]] shoot them, if D'Agosta hadn't been fast enough to stop him.
13th Dec '16 6:50:34 PM universalperson
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* TheBusCameBack: D'Agosta has returned from his failed writing career and had to take a job that bumps him down two ranks to Sergeant.

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* TheBusCameBack: D'Agosta has returned from his failed writing career and had to take a job that bumps him down two ranks to Sergeant. Laurea Hayward also returns after her first appearance in ''Literature/{{Reliquary}}''



* CelebrityParadox: Count Fosco mentions reading ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''...despite being [[ShoutOut a full blown reference]] to a character from that novel.



* FormerlyFit: At the beginning of the novel, D'Agosta is not in the physical condition he used to be, and his aim is rusty. [[spoiler: He gets himself back together by the end.]]



* ShoutOut: Count Fosco is named after a character from ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
** As indicated in an author's note at the end of the book,
Count Fosco is named after and based on a character from ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''.''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''. Which creates a minor CelebrityParadox, see above.
** At one point, D'Agosta introduces himself as [[Literature/TheShining Jack Torrance]].



* TitleDrop: Pendergast finds brimstone at the scene of Jeremy Grove's murder and notes that it is "good Old Testament brimstone."

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* TitleDrop: TitleDrop:
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Pendergast finds brimstone at the scene of Jeremy Grove's murder and notes that it is "good Old Testament brimstone.""
** Latter on, the FBI file on the case is shown to be named ''Brimstone''.


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* YourCheatingHeart: Although they're separated, D'Agosta is heartbroken to find his wife is having an affair...which is why he starts a relationship with Laura Hayward.
2nd Jun '15 12:57:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: TheButlerDidIt]]: [[spoiler: Fosco's butler committed half of the murders so the Count could provide an alibi]].

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* [[spoiler: TheButlerDidIt]]: TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler: Fosco's butler committed half of the murders so the Count could provide an alibi]].



* [[spoiler: ScoobyDooHoax]]: [[spoiler: Fosco orchestrated all the murders as a way to scare Bullard into thinking the Devil was coming to collect his soul so he would "sacrifice" the violin and Fosco could get his hands on it]].

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* [[spoiler: ScoobyDooHoax]]: ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler: Fosco orchestrated all the murders as a way to scare Bullard into thinking the Devil was coming to collect his soul so he would "sacrifice" the violin and Fosco could get his hands on it]].



* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Bullard was being manipulated by Fosco the whole time into recovering his aforementioned violin.]]

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* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Bullard was being manipulated by Fosco the whole time into recovering his aforementioned violin.]]]]
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10th Apr '15 8:54:46 PM universalperson
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* ShoutOut: Count Fosco is named after a character from ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''.
21st Jan '15 9:32:48 PM MisterCPC
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* BiggerBad: Diogenes. The very second Pendergast gets a letter from his brother, he uncharacteristically panics, as no matter what goes wrong with the current case it pales in comparison to what Diogenes has planned. [[spoiler: And then Diogenes turns out to have been at Fosco's estate during the climax, and frees Pendergast from the wall he was trapped in at the very end.]]



* TitleDrop: Pendergast finds brimstone at the scene of Jeremy Grove's murder and notes that it is "good Old Testament brimstone."

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* TitleDrop: Pendergast finds brimstone at the scene of Jeremy Grove's murder and notes that it is "good Old Testament brimstone.""
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Bullard was being manipulated by Fosco the whole time into recovering his aforementioned violin.]]
27th Feb '14 4:12:57 PM ChrisCmoney
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''Brimstone'' is a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child first published in 2004. It is part of their informal [[Literature/AgentPendergast Agent Pendergast series]].

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''Brimstone'' is a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child first published in 2004. It is part of their informal [[Literature/AgentPendergast Agent Pendergast series]].
series]] and the first novel in the Diogenes trilogy.
16th Oct '12 8:37:57 PM Sheora
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* OurHeroIsDead: [[spoiler:Fosco walls Pendergast up in his castle and everyone assumes he must have died]].
5th Aug '12 6:39:01 AM Sheora
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* HumanShield: Bullard's mooks strategically position a bunch of kids as a human shield against the Chinese. [[spoiler: They don't care]].

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* HumanShield: Bullard's mooks strategically position a bunch of kids as a human shield against the Chinese. [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild They don't care]].care]]]].
5th Aug '12 6:30:37 AM Sheora
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* LoveAtFirstSight: [[spoiler:Pendergast and Viola are both taken with each other upon their first meeting. It's obvious enough that D'Agosta immediately catches on just by looking at them.]]
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