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Two Graves (Pendergast) Hardcover – December 11, 2012

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14th Deadly Sin
Third in the Women's Murder Club series: As violence sweeps through San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends must risk their lives in the name of justice—before it's too late. Read more about authors James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Editorial Reviews


"The names Preston & Child on the cover of a book promise a unique reading experience unlike any other, and Two Graves delivers the high thrills one expects from the two masters...authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have delivered another exceptional book....The gothic atmosphere that oozes from the pages of Two Graves will envelop the reader in a totally unique experience...The mystery tantalizes, and the shocks throughout the narrative are like bolts of lightning. Fans will love the conclusion to the trilogy, and newcomers will seek out the authors' earlier titles."—The Washington Post

"Pendergast--an always-black-clad pale blond polymath, gaunt yet physically deadly, an FBI agent operating without supervision or reprimand--lurks at the dark, sharp edge of crime fiction protagonists."—Kirkus Reviews

"Preston and Child's high-adrenaline 12th thriller featuring maverick FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast wraps up the trilogy that began with 2010's Fever Dream and continued with 2011's Cold Vengeance with a bang....[an] intelligent suspense novel."—Publishers Weekly

"Two Graves provides readers exactly what they would expect from a Preston and Child novel --- thrills, high adventure, treacherous plot twists and well-researched scientific intrigue. The story is never predictable, and Pendergast is a multi-layered personality who keeps you guessing throughout."—

"The action is constant and starts with a bang."—RT Book Reviews

"Preston & Child have penned another intriguing and thrilling entry in the Pendergast series. Two Graves is never predictable and full of secrets that will please long-time fans and readers of thriller novels alike!"—New Mystery Reader

"A roller coaster ride of a novel....Preston and Child have a knack for writing nail-biting suspense novels. They do an incredible job making the plot complex. It seems as though ten different things happen at once, and then they masterfully tie everything together in a stunning finish."—Sacramento Book Review

"Another fast-paced murder mystery that crosses the country, dips into Mexico and then wallops Manhattan hotels. It's the perfect holiday gift for that thriller-genre lover in your life."—Asbury Park Press

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pendergast
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446554995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446554992
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,526 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful By C. Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2013
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There are some books I struggle to finish because the premise is so outlandish that my 'yea right,' radar goes off on every page and I can't find the stories believable. With Preston and Child, however, they can write a book and have the most outlandish premise but I gobble up each page in anticipation of what comes next. I thoroughly enjoy their work. They provide great atmosphere, evil characters, wonderful heroes and a wee bit of stretchy plots, but I always smile when I see a new Pendergast novel.

Two Graves explores Helen's past and we meet the people who wanted her dead. I had thought the series had faultered with all the Helen and Pendergast drama, but this book sums it all up and puts to rest the marriage with all of its complications, implications and secrets. For me, the last book, Cold Vengeance, and this one came together and explained the mystery surrounding Helen and ties it up. There are several new twists which are very surprising and makes this reader want to delve into the next novel with high anticipation.

Two Graves starts off interestingly with a series of bizarre murders in New York where the killer allows himself to be video taped walking around in the hotels where he commits his atrocious acts. Pendergast is wallowing in self pity as his beloved Helen has again been kidnapped and he feels he is at fault. Vincent's crime report of the bizarre killings causes Pendergast to snap out of his slump and get to work.

There are some minor plots that involve other characters (an especially good one involving Constance Green) in the series but the main story has Pendergast out to seek revenge against a familiar evil and in turn, he comes face to face with rather bizarre revelations in the process.

This is a book fans will eat up. The 'yea right' factor may rear its head but with the deft hands of Preston and Child it will be ran over and riddled with bullets before you can turn the page to find out what happens next.
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146 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Tim Actual on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There have been a lot of good books from big name authors this year. Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Ken Follett, Lee Child, Brett Battles, James Rollins, Daniel Silva, Michael Connelly, "Robert Ludlum", and even Michael Crichton have recentlymade contributions to my bookshelf. Two graves is my favorite, and easily the best book I've read in quite a while. It's not that rare that a book comes along that I enjoy so much I finish reading it in a night or two. But what is rare are books so good that I actually slow down and take the time to enjoy every page, and two graves was one of those books. I gave it five stars because it's that good of a book. Not because I'm a devotee of the authors and NOT because I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy by the authors. This book has it all. Love, hate, despair, redemption, Nazis, thievery, action, guns, and a plot that twists and turns but never leaves you behind and never loses your interest. Did I mention there are Nazis? Oh yeah, and their secret base is in a _______, seriously. Awesome. Two graves will make you start the next chapter even though you have to be up in four hours.
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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Ron Chicaferro on December 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm sad to say that this new 'Pendergast' novel is just not up to the usual high standards of Preston and Child. For some inexplicable reason the book is broken into three stories: the main story involving the main protagonist, Agent Pendergast and also two additional stories involving other characters which have been included in other Pendergast stories. The two side stories lend nothing to the main story and make no sense being included. The main story is fine although the authors seem to be searching for more and more bizarre cases to involve Pendergast. The main story starts out nicely with some gruesome murders - but then it suddenly changes course and moves into a different story - most inexplicable. Hopefully, Preston and Child return to the basics of what made Agent Pendergast such a terrific character.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Schattenjager on January 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This was definitely one of the more sour tasting Pendergast novels. The novel started up nicely enough but tapered off quickly. I had several upsets along the way. Some of the wording in the book was very repetitive, not just used often but used close together as well. For example - As he dove under the water the propeller missed his head by inches. He breached the surface and a gunshot rang out missing his head by inches.

There were a lot of missed by mere inch moments. I feel overall revelations in this book jump the shark, perhaps even a few times. Also, if the Dr. Felder and Corrie Swanson side stories were deleted altogether, this book in the series would be quite short. Those little jumps in the story were extremely boring to me, and provided absolutely no forward movement for the plot. If they are going to be expounded upon in subsequent novels, the authors should have just put those elements into the next one.

I usually enjoy finishing a Pendergast novel and comparing notes with my sister. Discussing which parts I enjoyed, which parts I had unanswered questions on, and we deliberate our hypotheses. With this one now concluded and I look back on it, there really wasn't too much to really enjoy compared to earlier works.

One statement that stuck out like a ugly, grotesque thumb, was when D'gosta was looking into this serial killer, and he says to himself in an inner monologue, how that he and Pendergast had worked on several cases in the past, but this one was the most strange. When that line came out, I had my own inner monologue that went something like this:

Wait, hold up. Seriously the strangest. Some douchebag serial killer is murdering people and leaving body parts at the crime scene and a message.
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