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Starred Review. Preston and Child up the emotional ante considerably in their 10th thriller featuring brilliant and eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after Cemetery Dance), one of the best in the series. For 12 years, Pendergast has believed that the death of his wife, Helen, in the jaws of a ferocious red-maned lion in Zambia was just a tragedy, but his chance examination of the gun she carried on the fateful day reveals that someone loaded it with blanks. Pendergast drags his longtime NYPD ally, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta, into a leave of absence that includes travel to Africa as well as the American South. The motive for Helen's murder appears to be linked to her fascination with John James Audubon and her quest for a mysterious lost Audubon painting. Once again, the bestselling authors show they have few peers at creating taut scenes of suspense. Their restraint in the book's early sections make the payoffs all the more compelling. (May)
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"René Auberjonois...lends the proper air of gravitas to his performance. With the underlying story featuring zombies and the undead, it takes the sober Auberjonois to help maintain the credibility of the plot. His sincere delivery is perfect for a strange story that is more than a little creepy." (AudioFile Magazine on CEMETERY DANCE )
"[A] suspenseful tale of urban terror...this taut page-turner can only add to the authors' growing fan base." (Publishers Weekly on CEMETERY DANCE )
"Narrator As Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife kept a myriad of secrets, Auberjonois's characterization dramatizes the special agent's confusion over his wife's loyalty." (AudioFile ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you like Preston and Child's other works, you'll love this the first novel in the Helen triologyPublished 14 days ago by Herman Rummelt Jr
I love how they keep threads running through so many books - vinnie, Laura, Constance and now his wife and her brother. Read morePublished 16 days ago by sueg
This is the first of a trilogy involving Agent Pendergast and his wife, Helen. You really need to read all three to get the full story and understand his motivations.Published 20 days ago by J. L. Clark
Not my favourite, had a love interest for a chapter. I felt a little cheated. A bridge book.Published 27 days ago by Kathleen OShaughnessy
Great book if you like Pendergast as a character. It was nice to get insight into his wife and background. Fun read. Recommended.Published 1 month ago by John Cavers