Still Life With Crows (Special Agent Pendergast) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Jul 2004
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Smart, skillful writers who have fun spinning their tall tale, and if you enjoy things-that-go-bump-in-the-night thrillers, you'll have fun reading it. (Washington Post)
Deftly mix the real and the surreal, creating an atmosphere in which everything, for reasons we can't quite nail down, seems a tad off kilter....it's a recipe for success.'-Booklist
Agent Pendergast returns in a suspenseful Midwest gothic thriller by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities, and The Ice Limit, and The Relic.See all Product description
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The book had me hooked from page 5 onwards and the ending is the most thought provoking I have read in years, if you think about it will cause you to wonder “what if…” . These two guys now have me hooked and I will look to read most of what they have written and if it is up to this standard then I will be happy. Jeff Long (The Descent) and co. must now reach that extra level as the bar has now been raised in this genre.
A fantastic book that I can highly recommend. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done a wonderful job on this story, one you won't be able to put down.
Go on, give yourself a thrill, buy a copy now.
I was reluctant to buy this book after reading it's description, which I felt was lacking in appeal. However, after reading the three excellent books which preceded it - 'Relic', 'Reliquary' and 'The Cabinet of Curiosities' - I felt compelled to give it a try. I'm VERY glad that I did. It was absolutely fantastic, in my view the finest book yet to come from the Preston/Child team. Like their previous and subsequent books, it is unusual, gripping and fast-paced. What I feel sets it apart, however, is that we learn more about Pendergast (his first name, alas, remains a mystery at this time), the unorthodox and exceptionally intelligent FBI agent first introduced in 'Relic'.
My thoughts? Don't be put off by the title or description. Read the three preceding books to fully appreciate this one. Then buy it - you won't be disappointed.
It is original and addictive. It begins with a crime and grows into something you not only want to read again but need to re-read.The characters are fabulous and three dimensional and the mystery man you want to know more about maintains his mistery and reveals the truth.
The other characters are not forgotten and they are well crafted.
If it were a movie I'd hate to have to cast the hero-Pendergast-and perhaps that's why it's such a good read.
But underneath it all we read the much more gripping story of decaying small town America, here Medicine Creek, a place in rural Kansas, surrounded by miles and miles of corn fields. Most of the land is owned by a big agrocultural multi, which plans to experiment with genetically modified crop here, at the end of the world. The few remaining farmers try to fight against it, without any chance. The young people leave the place as soon as they can start college. The locals can only find work at Gro-Bain, the turkey factory, which the authors describe in gory detail.
We meet Corrie Swanson, a "Goth" teenager and juvenile delinquent, who lives with her horrible, constantly drunken mother in a trailer park. We get to know Sheriff Hazen who does not know how to handle the brutal killings, but does not want to work together with Pendergast, who - supposedly on holiday - steps off the bus like the lonely black avenger and takes Corrie on as his assistant so that she can tell him everything about Medicine Creek.
Pendergast investigates the so called Ghost Warrior Massacre in the 1850ies, when Cheyennes butchered 49 men and mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen again and he finds a connection with the actual murders.
While a terrible sandstorm, then tornado is building up, the action also reaches its rather lengthy climax and the not really surprising end.
Preston grew up in Minnesota and later explored the Midwest on horseback on the lookout for historical sights and traces of American History. And with this godforsaken Medicine Creek he may mourn the doom of rural America, whereas Child might have supplied the geographical details.
All in all a fascinating read.
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