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* CallBack: Pendergast honors [[spoiler:Smithback's]] memory as he recounts his experiences with him from the previous books ''Literature/BookOfTheDead'', ''Literature/DanceOfDeath'', ''Literature/TheCabinetOfCuriosities'', and ''{{Literature/Reliquary}}''.

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Pendergast honors [[spoiler:Smithback's]] memory as he recounts his experiences with him from the previous books ''Literature/BookOfTheDead'', ''Literature/DanceOfDeath'', ''Literature/TheCabinetOfCuriosities'', and ''{{Literature/Reliquary}}''.



* PutOnABus: Margo Green has exited the story again. Nora recalls she's on a hiatus and won't be back for several more months.

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Margo Green has exited the story again. Nora recalls she's on a hiatus and won't be back for several more months.

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Alexander Esteban turns out to be behind the whole murder scheme.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: The story is told from a third-person perspective that usually follows the viewpoint of one person in each section. [[spoiler: One of these sections was from the point of view of the BigBad, before he's actually revealed as such. Another is from the perspective of an accomplice. Neither scene gives any indication of their ''real'' plan.]]


* AgentMulder: Pendergast, unusually, acts as if the voodoo is real. He explains that it's just like Pascal's Wager; if the voodoo isn't real, acting like it does will do him no harm. It's implied that Pendergast's more likely to accept the supernatural after the events in ''Literature/TheWheelOfDarkness''

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* AgentMulder: Pendergast, unusually, acts as if the voodoo is real. He explains that it's just like Pascal's Wager; if the voodoo isn't real, acting like it does will do him no harm. It's implied that Pendergast's more likely to accept the supernatural after the events in ''Literature/TheWheelOfDarkness''''Literature/TheWheelOfDarkness''.



* BoomerangBigot: Esteban lambasts Pendergast for his ecologically unfriendly vehicle and touts the moral high ground of vegetarianism. Pendergast finds the wrappings for a rack of lamb in his garbage.

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* BoomerangBigot: Esteban lambasts Pendergast for his ecologically unfriendly vehicle and touts the moral high ground of vegetarianism. Pendergast finds the wrappings for a rack of lamb in his garbage. [[spoiler: Turns out Esteban was just using the animal rights group to further his agenda, and it's implied the lamb was used for zombie makeup.]]


* AgentMulder: Pendergast, unusually, acts as if the voodoo is real. He explains that it's just like Pascal's Wager; if the voodoo isn't real, acting like it does will do him no harm. It's implied that Pendergast's more likely to accept the supernatural after the events in ''Literature/TheWheelOfDarkness''



* DefianttotheEnd: [[spoiler: Smithback puts up one hell of a fight even after being stabbed several times. D'agosta and the police find his bloody handprints on a cutlery drawer, trying to get a knife of his own]]

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* DefianttotheEnd: DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Smithback puts up one hell of a fight even after being stabbed several times. D'agosta and the police find his bloody handprints on a cutlery drawer, trying to get a knife of his own]]

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*DefianttotheEnd: [[spoiler: Smithback puts up one hell of a fight even after being stabbed several times. D'agosta and the police find his bloody handprints on a cutlery drawer, trying to get a knife of his own]]


* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]: The synopsis on the back cover outright stated that [[spoiler:Smithback is killed and his death is being investigated]].



* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Smithback]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The synopsis on the back cover outright stated that [[spoiler:Smithback is killed and his death is being investigated]].

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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Smithback]].
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Smithback dies less than ten pages into the back cover outright stated that [[spoiler:Smithback is killed and his death is being investigated]].book]].

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** Nora herself looks to be making an exit by the end of the novel.

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* GenreBlind: [[spoiler: Colin Fearing really should have realized that if Esteban had been willing to betray Caitlyn then he'd probably be willing to do so to him as well.]] [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Pendergast at the end.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Despite primarily using [[spoiler: Smithback's]] death as an excuse to get a hot scoop, Caitlyn Kidd seems to genuinely want to help Nora catch his murderer. [[spoiler: Turns out she's also a former criminal and right now she's just following Esteban's orders and is using the Ville as a scapegoat for Nora to focus. Unfortunately for Caitlyn, Esteban had no intention of paying her...]]


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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Esteban disposes of both Caitlyn Kidd and Colin Fearing after they serve there respective purposes.]]

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** Likewise, the novel ends with Nora visiting the place she first met [[spoiler: Smithback]] back in the events of ''{{Literature/Thunderhead}}''.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: After Esteban's death, it's revealed that despite being protected by a bullet-proof vest Pendergast was still shot, and he's seen collapsing from blood loss. The next chapter picks up some time later with the characters acting seriously grim and D'Agosta notably commenting on if only he'd been able to keep him from getting shot, suggesting that Pendergast has died. After about two pages it's then revealed that D'Agosta's sitting right next to Pendergast's hospital bed, revealing he's alive and on his way to recovery.]]


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* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Nora winds up ripping out one of Esteban's eyes right out of its socket.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: While attempting to escape Pendergast and Nora, Esteban accidentally activates one of his own traps: a guillotine.]]


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* SequelHook: At the very end Pendergast is visited by a lawyer named Ogilby who has a very important message for him, thus setting up the beginning of ''Literature/FeverDream''.


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* HollywoodVoodoo: The voodoo in the novel is very well researched [[spoiler:but much of it turns out to be Hollywood-style tricks]].

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* DueToTheDead: Pendergast says goodbye to [[spoiler: the murdered Bill Smithback]] by way of a quiet tea ceremony [[BiggerOnTheInside in an indoor zen garden]] in his apartment building.


* SpoilerOpening: The synopsis on the back cover outright stated that [[spoiler:Smithback is killed and his death is being investigated]].


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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The synopsis on the back cover outright stated that [[spoiler:Smithback is killed and his death is being investigated]].

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