Posts Tagged ‘Crooked River’

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If Sherlock Holmes was confronted by dozens of shoes – filled with feet – washing up on the banks of the Thames, what would he do? I can only imagine that his methods would be the 19th century equivalent to Preston & Child’s Agent Pendergast’s.

I was attracted to Crooked River because of the severed feet. In the story, feet clad in identical shoes begin washing up on a Florida Beach. We’ve all seen news reports about such feet stumbling ashore, often in the Pacific Northwest, and there are many theories about these phenomena, most of them well, rather pedestrian, so that when Preston & Child decided to explore their own version of this mystery, I couldn’t resist.

If you’re unfamiliar with Preston & Child’s enigmatic FBI agent, it won’t be a problem. The authors have written this book so that you can walk right into the story and know and understand Pendergast and his beautiful but deadly assistant without floundering.

In Crooked River, Pendergast is partnered with Special Agent Coldmoon, and as we follow the three protagonists, we’re drawn into action and adventure so exciting that I, for one, missed out on a lot of sleep. But it was well worth it.

Crooked River is a complex tale that will have your heart pumping as you turn the pages. To say more about the story itself would be hard without giving spoilers, so I’ll leave you with this: If Sherlock Holmes were alive today and had access to the technology and science that Agent Pendergast does, I doubt he could solve the crime any quicker than Pendergast. But I would love to see him try.