Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Updated Saturday, 24 November, 2012

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have each written books on their own, but they usually collaborate with each other, with excellent results. In fact, they even have a website, The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site. Not only do they collaborate, but most of their books could be said to be in the same Universe, with characters popping up in multiple books, and references to events in one book in another book. That said, so far, there is only one book that's truely a sequel of another book.

Books I've Read by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Cities of Gold (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by Douglas Preston)
Cities of Gold

Cities of Gold—A Journey Across the American Southwest

In 1989, Douglas Preston and a friend, Walter Nelson, set out on horseback across one thousand miles of Arizona and New Mexico, retracing the Spanish explorer Coronado?s search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold.

They rode cross country, not following modern roads or trails, sleeping 'in the saddle' and enduring some of the harshest deserts and roughest mountain terrain in the United States. Forced to battle extremes of heat and cold, impenetrable mesquite thickets, bad water, rattlesnakes, flash floods and paralyzing drought, they nonetheless found the country awesome in its scale and beauty, with much of it so untouched that it was still recognizable from descriptions in Coronado's reports.

At the heart of the book is Preston's search for a new understanding of that moment when Europeans first fought Indians in the borders of what would become America—and the fatal consequences that resulted. For what Preston finds when he rediscovers the actual ruins of the Seven Cities of Gold—the mud pueblos of the Zuni Indians—is not a tale of the winning of the West, but a frightening story of loss.

Cities of Gold includes unforgettable portraits of such Indian leaders as Geronimo, Cochise, and the Zuni leader Palowahtiwa, along with stories of gun battles and feuds, and old memories of cattle drives, dust, and the open range.

In the end, Cities of Gold leaves the reader with an indelible portrait of the Southwest—as it was when Europeans first saw it and as it is today. Since the book's publication fifteen years ago, it has become a classic. (book description)

Death Match (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by Lincoln Child)
Death Match

Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular success, and legendary secrecy, has inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple—they were Eden?s first perfect match.

A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist, receives an urgent plea from Eden to perform a quick—and quiet—investigation into the deaths.

Lash´s psychological autopsy reveals nothing suspicious, but inadvertently dredges up the memories of a searing personal tragedy he has kept at bay for years.

The situation changes suddenly when a second Eden couple is found dead—by all appearances, another double suicide. Now Eden—particularly Richard Silver, the company´s brilliant and reclusive founder—has no choice but to grant Lash unprecedented access to its most guarded secrets if he is to have any chance of determining what is going wrong. The hidden world he discovers is a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed, to Lash´s surprise, deliver on Eden´s promise to its clients: the guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate. But Lash´s involvement in the investigation becomes more personal and dangerous than he could have imagined, nearly as soon as it begins. (book description)

Deep Storm (Hardcover edition) (by Lincoln Child)
Deep Storm


"Few writers do it better than Child"

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is urgently summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition spreading through the rig. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below—on "Deep Storm," a stunningly advanced science research facility built two miles beneath the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one uprpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to a mystery steeped in centuries of myth and speculation.

Sworn to secrecy, Dr. Crane descends to Deep Storm. A year earlier, he is told, routine drilling uncovered the remains of mankind?s most sophisticated ancient civilization: the legendary Atlantis. But now that the site is being excavated, a series of disturbing illnesses has begun to affect the operation. Scientists and technicians are experiencing a bizarre array of symptoms—from simple fatigue to violent psychotic episodes. As Crane is indoctrinated into the strange world of Deep Storm and commences his investigation, he begins to suspect that the covert facility conceals something more complicated than a medical mystery. The discovery of Atlantis might, in fact be a cover for something afr more sinister . . . and deadly.

Like Lincoln Child's spectacular bestsellers coauthored with Douglas Preston (The Book of the Dead, Relic), Deep Storm melds scientific detail and gripping adventure in a superbly imagined, chillingly real journey into unknown territory. Child is a master of suspense, and Deep Storm is his most ambitious novel to date. (book description)

Personal note:This book was hard to put down. While I didn't like every twist and turn the plot took, my biggest disappointment was that it wasn't longer and more in-depth, both the plot in general, and the development of relationships between certain characters. I also found Crane to be a little bit too slow in following orders early on, considering his military background. But overall, I highly recommend this book.

Dinosaurs in the Attic (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by Douglas Preston)
Dinosaurs in the Attic

Dinosaurs in the Attic—An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs in the Attic is the book that brought Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston together. Preston had been writing a column for Natural History magazine when Child, then a rising young editor at St. Martin?s Press, called him up and asked him to write a book about the museum. Dinosaurs in the Attic was the result, written by Douglas Preston and edited by Lincoln Child.

Later Child suggested they write a thriller set in the Museum, and Relic was the result. Chapters in Dinosaurs in the Attic also inspired other novels, including The Ice Limit and Preston?s solo novel, Jennie.

The American Museum of Natural History in New York is one of the best-loved museums in the United States. Some four million people come through its doors every year. They marvel at the dinosaur skeletons, the meteorites, the elephants and the gems. And yet less than five percent of the Museum?s collections are on display.

Beyond the exhibition halls, along seemingly endless corridors, basement rooms, attic vaults and locked cabinets, the Museum houses a veritable stockpile of world records: the biggest elephant tusks, the finest uncut emerald, the world?s smallest beetle, millions of spiders, butterflies, dinosaur bones, whales, diamonds, gold masks, gigantic rubies, thousands of mummies, shrunken heads, and much more.

How was all this started? Who amassed these fabulous collections, and how? Here you will read the true story of the discovery and transportation of the world?s largest meteorite; the discovery of the first T. Rex; the incredible theft of the Star of India in the biggest jewel heist in history; the bizarre story of the Copper Man; the failed search for the "Arctic Atlantis," and much more. You will read stories of expeditions to the ends of the earth, true tales of heroism, defeat, discovery, death, madness, and even murder—all in the pursuit of science.

Dinosaurs in the Attic takes the reader into the deepest sub-basements of the Museum and uncovers hidden treasures never seen by the public. It sheds new light on familiar exhibits and halls, talking to the scientists and curators who created them. (book description)

The Ice Limit (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard cover edition)
The Ice Limit On a desolate island off the southern coast of Chile, an incredible discovery is made: a gigantic meteorite, the largest ever found, entombed in the earth for millions of years. Half a world away, billionaire entrepreneur Palmer Lloyd decides he must have it as the centerpiece of his grandiose new museum. He is willing to pay any price--in dollars and in lives. Getting it back to New York poses a particular challenge: It will be the heaviest object ever moved by humankind.

Fueled by Lloyd?s money, an audacious expedition takes shape. Disguising a state-of-the-art ship as a rusted freighter, the expedition secretly heads southward with a fail-safe plan to steal the meteorite from Chile. Leading the group is an inscrutable engineer hired by Lloyd, and a world-famous meteorite hunter whose career was shattered by a controversial theory.

Soon, along the icy rim of Antarctica, in the grip of a frozen hell, the adventurers are confronted with a terrifying enigma about the origin--and nature--of the meteorite. It is a mystery they must solve--if they are to escape with their lives. (from The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site)

Personal note: While I enjoyed this book, I definitely feel that it wasn't up to the same level as most of this pair's writing. There were some definite inconsistencies and the story got pretty farfetched at times. Still, it was a good book and when I got to the end of it I felt that it had been worth reading.
Jennie (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by Douglas Preston)

On a research trip to West Africa, Dr. Hugo Archibald of the Boston Museum of Natural History encounters an orphaned baby chimpanzee. Archibald decides to bring the ape, which he named Jennie, back to Boston and raise her alongside his own two young children.

Jennie captures the hearts of everyone she encounters. She believes herself to be a human being, and she does almost everything a human child can, from riding a tricycle to fighting with her siblings over television. She soon attracts the attention of a famous primatologist, who decides to include her in an experiment to teach chimpanzees to communicate using American Sign Language. Everything goes well; but what happens when the experiment is over?

Told from shifting points of view of those closest to Jennie, this bittersweet novel forces us to take a closer look at the species that shares 98 percent of our DNA. The novel confronts the question: what does it really mean to be human?

Jennie is partly based on the real story of the chimpanzee who inspired Curious George, a chimp who was raised at the American Museum of Natural History in the 1930s. Jennie was made into the award-winning Disney television film, The Jennie Project. It was translated into many languages and became a worldwide best-seller. (book description)

Mount Dragon (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard Cover edition)
Mount Dragon Mount Dragon: an enigmatic research complex hidden in the vast desert of New Mexico. Guy Carson and Susana Cabeza de Vaca have come to Mount Dragon to work shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest scientific minds on the planet. Led by visionary genius Brent Scopes, their secret goal is a medical breakthrough that promises to bring incalculable benefits to the human race. But while Scopes believes he is leading the way to a new world order, he may in fact be opening the door to mass human extinction. And when Guy and Susana attempt to stop him they find themselves locked in a frightening battle with Scopes, his henchmen, and the apocalyptic nightmare that science has unleashed... (from The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site)
Ribbons of Time (by Douglas Preston)
Ribbons of Time

Ribbons of Time—The Dalquest Research Site

Five years ago, the well-known Texas photographer Walter W. Nelson asked Douglas Preston to join him on an unusual adventure: to explore a virtually unknown canyon in the Big Bend of Texas and produce a book about it. Their exploration has resulted in Ribbons of Time, a magnificent volume of photographs by Nelson, with text by Preston, which will be published in a very small (but extremely high-quality) printing by Midwestern State University Press. This volume is a labor of love by Preston and Nelson and it won't be available in bookstores. Photo Eye Books in Santa Fe will be carrying the book for sale over the internet.

The Big Bend country of Texas remains one of the most extraordinary landscapes in America. The geology of the Big Bend has been called the most complex on earth, a land built and wrecked over 700 million years by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, lava flows, floods, faulting, uplifts and erosion. It contains every kind of mountain known to geology. The Big Bend is home to some of the richest flora and fauna in North America, thick with mountain lions, rare bighorn desert sheep, and more species of birds than any other piece of land its size in North America.

In 1996, Walter W. Dalquest and Rose Dalquest donated a remote and unknown canyon in the Big Bend, known as the Devil's Graveyard, to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, to be used for research into the natural sciences.

Ribbons of Time is a deep portrait, in photographs and text, of this extraordinary Texas canyon, a land truly lost in time. It is a forbidding and violent fissure in the earth, seventy miles from the nearest town, so rugged that much of it is barely penetrable even on foot, a landscape visited by probably fewer than a dozen white people over its entire existence. Here, avalanches are a common occurrence, flash floods tear through the washes hurling along eight foot boulders, and temperatures at the ground in summer can exceed 150 degrees. But it is also a place of breathtaking beauty, where springs drip from walls of maidenhair fern, where pools lie hidden at the base of lava cliffs, where mysterious rock formations challenge one?s sense of reality.

Famed Southwestern photographer Walter W. Nelson spent two years exploring this remarkable canyon. He built a trail down into it, packed in his supplies by muleback, and established several base camps.

Among the equipment he packed down on muleback was a huge 8 x 10 Deardorff view camera of the exact kind used by Ansel Adams. Nelson visited and lived in the canyon across four seasons, photographing its magnificent geological formations, springs, plants, animals, and big skies. He experienced the canyon?s extremes: awesome electrical storms, avalanches, flash floods, intense heat, ice storms, and downpours that turned the canyon?s cliffs into a breathtaking spectacle of ten thousand waterfalls. The magnificent and rare photography in this volume is the result of that two-year odyssey.

Douglas Preston's text recounts the sweeping history of the canyon, beginning with its birth in violence and fire some fifty million years ago. The story of the canyon is the history of trans-Pecos Texas in miniature: the canyon is flanked on the east by the Great Comanche War Trail and on the west by the Chihuahua Trail, and it thus lies squarely in the middle of Texas history. Here you will read about the Clovis mammoth hunters, early Spanish explorers, the Apache wars, Texas Rangers, pioneers, Eastern "starve-outs," ranchers, outlaws, cowboys, and railroad men—all of whom shaped this land with their blood, sweat, and tears.

The result is Ribbons of Time, a rare and elegant volume which combines photographic art, history, and science in a deep exploration of a unique and unknown Texas canyon. There are few undiscovered places left in America. This is one of them.

The publisher has created a special, signed, limited edition of Ribbons of Time, limited to 50 specially bound and slipcased volumes. Each copy is numbered, and personally signed by Douglas Preston and Walter Nelson. Three original, unbound photographic prints, signed by Nelson, come with each volume. The volumes are available for purchase from Photo Eye Books of Santa Fe, one of the leading photographic bookstores in the country, which also has an excellent website. book description)

Riptide (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard Cover edition)

Three hundred years ago a pirate buried his bounty on a treacherous island off the coast of Maine. Now a high-tech treasure hunter is bringing his million-dollar recovery team to Ragged Island.


They have the best hardware, the best divers, and the perfectly planned operation. There's only one problem: this island kills.


First the computers fail. Then one man dies--and then another. Now the wind has begun to howl and the mysteries of Ragged Island are cracking open. Inside a rocky fortress of tunnels, traps, and tides, a priceless treasure lies waiting....And so does an unimaginable evil... (book description)
The Royal Road (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by Douglas Preston, Christine Preston, and José Antonio Esquibel)
The Royal Road

The Royal Road—El Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe

In 1598, the Spanish Conquistador Juan de Oñate led the first permanent European settlers into what would become the United States. Four hundred years later, Douglas Preston and his wife Christine retraced the two thousand mile road blazed by Oñate between Mexico City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Prestons journeyed by car, by horseback, and on foot, following the entire length of the trail. In one unforgettable experience, they crossed the dreaded Jornada del Muerto desert on horseback, becoming the first travelers in the 20th century to do so. The Jornada del Muerto (Journey of Death) desert was the most dangerous portion of the trail, where Oñate and his settlers nearly died of thirst.

Christine Preston?s photographs, made with a 4 x 5 view camera, show wild places that have hardly changed over the centuries as well as churches, ruins, villages, and modern cityscapes in Mexico and the United States. Douglas Preston?s text tells the story of one of the most ancient human trails in North America, which began twelve thousand years ago as a series of Indian footpaths following the migratory routes of mastondons. It became the most important prehistoric trade route in western North America, over which farming, corn, beans and pottery first came into the Southwest. He tells the story of Oñate and the later travelers on the trail, and chronicles his own exploration of the route. The book creates a fascinating and indelible portrait of New Mexico, the founding of Santa Fe, and the settlement of the Southwest.

The Royal Road won the 1999 Villagrá Award for outstanding publication of the year on New Mexico history. (book description)

Thunderhead (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard Cover edition)
Thunderhead Archaeologist Nora Kelly is adrift in her career and her personal life when a violent, inexplicable incident leaves her in possession of a mysterious letter. Written sixteen years before by her father, who vanished without a trace in the remote desert, the letter points to a mythical place hidden in the redrock canyon country of southwestern Utah: Quivira, a city of gold and wonder, the lost city of the Anasazi Indians.

Convinced that her father found Quivira before he disappeared, Nora puts together an expedition. Supported by the head of a well-funded archaeological institute, Nora will take a team up Lake Powell to the mouth of Serpentine Canyon. What lies ahead in the harsh labyrinth of canyons and slickrock desert is more than she could ever have expected. It is the answer to both her greatest hopes and her deepest nightmares. For hidden in the shadows of the sunbaked cliffs are untold treasures; the answer to the greatest riddle of American archaeology--and implacable, suffocating death.

From the colossal fury of a savage desert storm to the sunlight penetrating a mass grave for the first time in a thousand years, Thunderhead is a tale for anyone who has ever searched for clues to the past. In the masterful hands of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Thunderhead becomes an epic tale of discovery, human deceit, and a desperate struggle for survival in a place that has guarded its extraordinary secret for centuries--and will not let go without a devastating fight. (from The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site)
Utopia (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by Lincoln Child)

UTOPIA—Where technology dazzles?and then turns deadly!

Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation.

But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenaged rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park?s robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track.

On the day Warne arrives, however, Utopia is caught in the grip of something far more sinister. A group of ruthless criminals has infiltrated the park's computerized infrastructure, giving them complete access to all of Utopia's attractions and systems. Their communication begins with a simple and dire warning: If their demands are met, none of the 65,000 people in the park that day will ever know they were there; if not, chaos will descend, and every man, woman, and child will become a target. As one of the brains behind Utopia, Warne finds himself thrust into a role he never imagined—trying to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the minutes tick away, Warne?s struggle to outsmart his opponents grows ever more urgent, for his only daughter is among the unsuspecting crowds in the park. (book description)

Tom Broadbent

  1. The Codex (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard cover edition) (by Douglas Preston)
    The Codex

    "Greetings from the dead," Maxwell Broadbent declared from the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Maxwell accumulated a priceless collection of rare art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing completely—along with all his riches.

    At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: as a final challenge to his three sons, Maxwell has buried himself and his treasures somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If his sons wish to claim their inheritance, they must find their father's concealed tomb.

    Furthermore, Maxwell's priceless possessions include a codex—an ancient Mayan manuscript that contains all the lost arts of Mayan herbal medicine, secrets that will revolutionize pharmacology. The codex is worth billions, and one pharmaceutical company CEO has sent mercenaries after it with orders to kill anyone in their way, including the beautiful and enigmatic woman accompanying one of the sons.

    Now the race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. Others soon join the hunt—and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods. (from The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site)

  2. Tyrannosaur Canyon (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by Douglas Preston)
    Tyrannosaur Canyon

    A moon rock missing for thirty years . . .

    Five buckets of blood-soaked sand found in a New Mexico canyon . . .

    A scientist with ambition enough to kill . . .

    A monk who will redeem the world . . .

    A dark agency with a deadly mission . . .

    The greatest scientific discovery of all time . . .

    What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest United States known as . . .


    The stunning new masterwork from the acclaimed bestselling author, recently hailed by Publishers Weekly as "better than Crichton." (book description)

    Personal note: This book had me staying up late at night when I had to get up early the next morning. It had me taking long lunches at work. I really hated to put it down. So take this as a warning, it's dangerous.

Agent Pendergast

    The Museum Creature

    1. Relic (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard Cover edition)
      Relic Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human...

      But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

      Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who--or what--is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre? (from The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site)
    2. Reliquary (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard Cover edition)
      Reliquary Hidden beneath Manhattan is a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast...

      When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare. (from The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site)
  1. The Cabinet of Curiosities (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hard Cover edition)
    The Cabinet Of Curiosities In the 19th century, New Yorkers flocked to collections of strange and grotesque oddities called "cabinets of curiosities." Now, in lower Manhattan, a modern apartment tower is slated to rise on the site of one of the old cabinets. Yet when the excavators break into a basement, they uncover a charnel pit of horror: the remains of thirty-six people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer.

    In the aftermath, FBI Special Agent Pendergast and museum archaeologist Nora Kelly embark on an investigation that unearths the faint whisper of a mysterious doctor who once roamed the city, carrying out medical experiments on living human beings. But just as Nora and Pendergast begin to unravel the clues to the century-old killings, a fresh spree of murder and surgical mutilation erupts around them. . . and New York City is awash in terror. (from The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site)
  2. Still Life With Crows (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    Still Life With Crows

    When a killer turns the heartland of America into a hunting ground, FBI Special Agent Pendergast faces the most harrowing case of his carreer . . . in this terrifying new novel from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the New York Times bestselling authors of The Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities.

    Medicine Creek, Kansas. In a town where nothing changes, where Main Street is a two-block stretch of old and dusty businesses, a ghastly murder has taken place. The unknown victim has been placed in a small clearing in a sea of corn, mutilated and arranged in an elaborate tableau. Within twenty-four hours the sheriff is assuring a flood of reporters and tense residents that this is an isolated death—until Special Agent Pendergast arrives in the stifling August heat to declare it the work of a serial killer.

    Soon neighbors begin to disappear—only to reappear as the lifeless centerpieces of unspeakable displays. Convulsed with terror, the townsfolk whisper of the legendary Curse of the Forty-fives. No one is safe from a killer who stalks his prey in the blackness of night . . . and whose grotesque crimes are revealed by circling buzzards under the cruel summer sun.

    With the help of Corrie Swanson, an eighteen-year-old misfit, Pendergast unearths the secrets of this isolated town—from the dark histories of its inhabitants to the darker mysteries hidden in the endless cornfields. And ultimately, as he unravels the local curse and the truth of Medicene Creek's greatest enigma, the Ghost Warrior Massacre of 1865, Pendergast comes face-to-face with the unimaginable evil that lies at the heart of this small town. (book description)

    Personal note: This book was harder to put down than any book I've read in quite a while. It was a real page-turner, with an excellent plot line and wonderful character development. I really hope that we see some of the supporting characters appear in future books by Mr. Preston and Mr. Child.

  3. Diogenes

    1. Brimstone (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)

      A claw print scorched into the wall . . .
      The stench of sulfur in the air . . .
      Has the devil come to claim his due?

      Behind the gates of a fabulous Hampton estate, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers the carnage of a gruesome crime—a nightmare of seemingly supernatural origin. The smoldering remains of infamous art critic Jeremy Grove, a melted cross branding his chest, are found in a locked, barricaded attic. The hoofprint singed into the floorboards and the smell of brimstone recall the legendary horrors that befall those who make a pact with the devil.

      Reuniting with police officers Vincent D'Agosta and Laura Hayward, Pendergast combs New York hoping for a simple explanation: a villain who is merely a man. But his search takes him beyond the exclusive clubs and luxury penthouses of Manhattan to a crumbling, legend-shrouded castle in the Italian countryside, where thirty years ago four men conjured something . . . unspeakable.

      Featuring bone-chilling suspense and Preston and Child's trademark meticulous research and vivid detail, Brimstone is the duo's—and Pendergast's—most dangerous and gripping adventure yet. (book description)

      Personal note: If I had had Dance of Death when I finished reading Brimstone I would have been seriously tempted to start reading it right away, even though I try to avoid reading two books by the same author in a row, much less two books from the same series. Not only did I really enjoy this book, but it kind of ended on a cliffhanger.

    2. Dance of Death (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
      Dance of Death

      Two brothers.
      One a top FBI agent.
      The other a brilliant, twisted criminal.

      An undying hatred between them.
      Now, a perfect crime.
      And the ultimate challenge:

      Stop me if you can . . .

      Praised as a "ruthless descendant of Holmes" (Publishers Weekly), Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction?s most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet.

      Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D?Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother. But how can he stop a man that is his intellectual equal—one who has had 20 years to plan the world?s most horrendous crime? (book description)

      Personal note: I had more trouble with this book than with any ofther book by these two authors. Even so, it was still an excellent book, and I'm very glad I read it. It takes some very unexpected turns, and there were times I wondered about some of the main characters.

    3. The Book of the Dead (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
      The Book of the Dead

      An FBI agent, rotting away in a high-security prison for a murder he did not commit . . .

      His brilliant psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime . . .

      A young woman with an extraordinary past, on the edge of a violent breakdown . . .

      An ancient tomb with an enigmatic curse, about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala . . .

      The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back . . . ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

      To quell the PR nightmare of the gem fiasco, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb of Senef. An astounding Egyptian temple, it was a popular museum exhibit until the 1930s, when it was quietly closed. But when the tomb is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening, the killings—and whispers of an ancient curse—begin again. And the catastrophic opening itself sets the stage for the final battle between the two brothers: an epic clash from which only one will emerge alive. (book description)

    4. The Wheel of Darkness (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
      The Wheel of Darkness

      A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence . . .

      An ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning . . .

      An FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most—himself . . . (book description)

      Personal note: Misters Preston and Child come through once again with a wonderful episode in the life of Special Agent Pendergast.

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