Posts Tagged ‘Preston and Child’

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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.

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I could not put Old Bones down and was sorry to see it end. This is the first book in Preston & Child’s new Nora Kelly series and it absolutely rocks. I love how the authors combine history and fiction as well as their extensive knowledge of archaeology to deliver a page-turning read. This one is about a lost group of people from the Donner Party and combines reality with speculation and mystery in the best way possible. I couldn’t put it down! It will keep you guessing to the very end.

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Had a blast, as always, with Douglas Preston on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! This time, we discussed the 25th anniversary edition of his book, TALKING TO THE GROUND.  Listen in at: https://www.alistaircross.com/guests

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Douglas Preston is the author of thirty-five books, both fiction and nonfiction, twenty-two of which have been New York Times bestsellers, with several reaching the number 1 position. He has worked as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. His first novel, RELIC, co-authored with Lincoln Child, was made into a movie by Paramount Pictures, which launched the famed Pendergast series of novels. His recent nonfiction book, THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE, is also in production as a film. His book, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD, tells the true story of the discovery of a prehistoric city in an unexplored valley deep in the Honduran jungle. In addition to books, Preston writes about archaeology and paleontology for the New Yorker, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. He is past co-president of International Thriller Writers and serves on the board of the Authors Guild. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards in the US and Europe, including an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Pomona College.

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At Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! horror authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross talk all things horror with the biggest names in the business. From fiction writers and paranormal investigators to haunted spots and true ghost stories supplied by listeners, Haunted Nights LIVE! features fact, fiction, and that indiscernible gray area in between … so polish your fangs, sharpen your claws, and come take a bite out of the dark side at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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In case you missed it, here’s our interview with the legendary thriller team, Preston & Child at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! 

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Douglas Preston has published a number of solo novels, including Tyrannosaur CanyonBlasphemy, and Impact. His recent novel with Lincoln Child, Cold Vengeance, hit #1 on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Lincoln Child is the author of multiple techno-thriller and horror novels, including the Jeremy Logan series. Many of the collaborative novels have become bestsellers, and their first novel together, Relic, was adapted into a film.

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