"Multifaceted and complex. Legendary. Working together, Preston and Child are masters at crafting a story that goes beyond a simple mystery or thriller. . . Readers unfamiliar with Pendergast will find this novel a fantastic launch point. He's a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and the story reads like classic literature."--Associated Press
"Doug Preston and Lincoln Child's master detective A.X.L. Pendergast is every bit the modern equivalent of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. And his investigative skills have never been sharper than in the altogether brilliant Verses for the Dead. . . A throwback to classic crime fiction while maintaining a sharp, postmodern edge."--Providence Journal
Praise for CROOKED RIVER
"Exciting. Nail-biting. Quality storytelling."--Publishers Weekly
"[An] action-filled adventure [...] There is plenty of suspense, and the action gets bloody. Great storytelling, a quirky hero, and a quirkier plot make this a winner for adventure fans."--Kirkus
"Agent Pendergast is back and better than ever."--The Real Book Spy
"Red herrings and dead ends abound in this especially intricately plotted entry in the Pendergast series, which is also noteworthy (as usual) for its finely drawn characters and its writing style, which overlays contemporary storytelling with a light ornate flavoring."--Booklist
"Preston and Child know how to craft compelling stories that are both baffling and surprising. The cast of characters feels authentic and moves the story forward in unexpected ways.... the authors are masters of the procedural with a gothic flair."-- Associated Press
Dozens of identical shoes have washed up on the beach in the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida. They appear completely ordinary but for one thing – each contains a crudely severed human foot.
A SEA OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.
Faced with an incomprehensible puzzle and ever more confusing pathology reports, the local police call on FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast for his expertise. But with no answers and endless possibilities they are left with only questions: What has happened, and why? Where have the feet come from? And are the victims still alive?
A FIENDISH CHALLENGE FOR A BRILLIANT MIND.
Soon Pendergast finds himself entrenched in one of the most complex and inexplicable challenges of his career. A tangled web of evidence that spans seas and continents leads towards a dark Cold War secret and a powerful adversary. An adversary with a sadistic agenda and his sights on the perfect subject for his malevolent research...