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The Cabinet Of Curiosities [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
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24 July 2003

In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered.

Inside there are thirty-six bodies- all murdered and mutilated moe than a century ago.

While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorise the city.

The nightmare has begun.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; New Ed edition (24 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446611239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611237
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These guys are masters at scaring the hell out of people. (TAMPA TRIBUNE)

A great novel... Preston-Child are at the top of their game. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

About the Author

Douglas Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York as managing editor of Curator magazine. In 1989, he undertook a 1000 mile horseback journey with a photographer, retracing the Spanish explorer Coronado's search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold-nearly perishing in the harsh deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. He has written a number of nonfiction books as well as several novels.

Lincoln Child was an editor at St. Martin's Press when he met Douglas Preston and invited him to write a book about the American Museum of Natural History (Dinosaurs in the Attic). The two first collaborated on The Relic; their other titles include Mount Dragon and Reliquary.

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4.0 out of 5 stars OPEN THIS CABINET! 3 May 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a sucker for a good concept...especially if it's grounded in historical fact. Though not a huge fan of serial killer stories
( there are too many of them and those actual monsters out there don't need any additional idea-makers in my opinion )this one intrigued me by title and subject matter. I was not disappointed, as I learned quite a bit about the earliest natural history museums...the "Cabinets of Curiosities" that existed in the late 1800's and were the pre-cursors of serious museums that exist today. This was a page-turner, especially as it raced to it's conclusion with me along for the ride. Though some aspects let me down a bit, the overall story, characters and setting were a lot of fun. It never scared me that much, but it did hold my interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 5 Jun 2005
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I found this book on the Quick Pick table at my local library and am very glad I did.
I found a very good read, and reminded me not just a little of Jeffrey Deaver. The historical aspect was extremely interesting and the character of Agent Pendergast was very well written.
On the down side, some people my find some things in the book a little far fetched - Pendergast does some things that would have any law enforcement officer on the carpet quicker than you could say 'badge'. Plus his apparent unlimited resources would have a lot of people wondering.
It's an excellent read for Deaver fans, and indeed crime thriller fans in general - just suspend your logic for a while and enjoy the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Doug Preston and Lincoln Child have always managed to do the business for their readers with gripping novels like Relic, Riptide and Thunderhead and they've excelled themselves again with "The Cabinet of Curiosities". It unites "Thunderhead"'s Nora Kelly with journalist Smithback and, the duo's most-loved creation, FBI Agent Penderghast for a muder-mystery that has spanned over a century. Preston and Child have started to move further and further from the techno-thrillers they started with but have lost none of their ability to make a page-turning novel that won't let you go from start to finish. I don't know how these guys do it and my only regret is that their books take a few years to write but, let's face it, they are certainly worth the wait!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 10 Feb 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great story. The plot is above in the synopsis but if you like a book that is a cross between Sherlock Holmes, Stepehen King and the X-files, then this is the book for you! A real page turn-er. Douglas preston and Lincoln Child could quite easily go over the top and make it a nasty hack and slash kind of book, but instead they keep it dark and foreboding. When the nasty parts to happen they are mainly left to the readers imagination.
This is great old fashioned story telling at its best and you can't help but get the feeling that you should be reading it in a big red leather chair, in front of a raging fire on a cold autumn night.
Great characters, great story. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The Cabinet of Curiosities is a fascinating, engrossing read, yet several flaws weaken its impact, especially in the final hundred pages. The style and skill of Preston and Child seems to mesh together quite well, and this book reads as if one individual alone had written it. The novel itself is at heart a horror novel, but a lot of research also went into making it a medical thriller with what sounds like a firm scientific background; unfortunately, later events move out of the realm of science in a way that cheapens some of the impressive groundwork that has been laid out early on.
In the nineteenth century, many amateur scientists scoured the world for rare and spectacular examples of animals, plants, and the like, lovingly adding each new treasure into their own private showcase; such collections came to be dubbed cabinets of curiosities. In time, some began charging the public to tour their special collections, at which time a lot of con men also entered into the game, creating numerable atrocious fakes by such means as sewing the parts of two different dead animals together, passing off mummified monkeys as mysterious pygmies, etc. Eventually, museums put the cabinets of curiosities out of business, often buying up their genuine articles. In one cabinet in the late 1800s, an individual began experimenting on human beings, murdering innocent men, women, and children in pursuit of a dream of increasing his own lifespan. A charnel house containing thirty-six of his victims has just been dug up by a construction crew, and archaeologist Nora Kelly has been called to the scene by a mysterious FBI agent named Pendergast. So begins an unofficial investigation into the case of an unknown mass serial killer predating Jack the Ripper. The New York Museum of Natural History, Dr.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DRAMATIC READING OF A CHILLER 29 July 2002
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Auberjonois is A-one in his deft, dramatic (when called for) delivery of a dark tale. In this, their seventh collaboration on a science laced thriller, Preston and Child take us to present day Manhattan and a 100 year old crime.
As excavation begins for the erection of a state-of-the-art apartment complex in Lower Manhattan, a basement is unearthed with a grisly store - the remains of 36 dismembered bodies, brutally slain by a serial killer over a century ago.
Museum archaeologist Nora Kelly and FBI special Agent Pendergast join forces to find out who the brutal killer was. Their search takes them to horrendous places: a mass grave under a Chinatown brownstone and a Riverside Drive house of horrors.
The pair's investigation is hampered by a greedy developer who refuses to accept any delays on the construction of his apartment building. However, that's small potatoes compared to the killings that now terrify the city. These murders are copycats of the century old killings.
Excitement spiked by authentic forensic detail make this another sure fire nail-biter from the apparently inexhaustible duo of Preston and Child.
Auberjonois's voice performance is icing on this chilling story.
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Published 15 days ago by j sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I love these books could read about the Fbi agent and the couple from the museum all day long! Fab clever writing!
Published 2 months ago by pjard
4.0 out of 5 stars Agent Pendergast in his first ? outing.
I'm a big fan of the FBI Special Agent Pendergast series of books and this is an excellent start point. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bob Rory Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointment
This was not quite as good as the others in the series. But you can't have 12 novels without a loss of quality somewhere. Still worth reading.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Jacqueline Roberts
These two guys are brilliant every book is better
Than the one before my favourite author was james herbert but sadly he is no longer here so God bless Lincoln and child
Published 8 months ago by brian gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars will keep you up till all hours!!!!!
really good thriller. kept me wanting to find out more.. I liked the short sections of paragraphs which meant that i could put it down when I needed to whithout feeling resentful... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Falcor
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Very good story well wrote. Its not too long. Its the first time I read from these writters but I enjoyed reading. Good characters
Published 12 months ago by Joaquim Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
I love these books definatley worth a read have been hooked on these ever since I read Relic. Brill Brill Brill!!
Published 14 months ago by Jac
3.0 out of 5 stars script rather than novel
Story ok but I really had the feeling all along my reading this novel that the authors write it hoping that somebody one day whould adapt it on TV or the big screen. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by Charlotte Salomon
4.0 out of 5 stars the eternal life secrets
This is my 3rd DP & LC book and is a good one. We have more of secret agent Pendergast. The story started slowly with discovery of some event happen century ago which gave... Read more
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