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The Book of the Deadby Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
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The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back...ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison. To quell the PR nightmare of the gem fiasco, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb of Senef. An astounding Egyptian temple, it was a popular museum exhibit until the 1930s, when it was quietly closed. But when the tomb is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening, the killings — and whispers of an ancient curse — begin again. And the catastrophic opening itself sets the stage for the final battle between the two brothers: an epic clash from which only one will emerge alive.
"Bestsellers Preston and Child have come up with another gripping, action-packed page-turner in this concluding volume to a trilogy pitting their Holmesian hero, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, against his Mycroft-turned-Moriarty — his younger brother, Diogenes. Picking up shortly after the events of 2005's Dance of Death, the book opens with the arrival of a package of fine dust at the Museum of Natural History; Diogenes has returned the diamonds he stole earlier. Meanwhile, Aloysius is in prison, having been framed for a number of murders. As his friends plot to spring him, his adversary lays the groundwork for a crowning criminal achievement. A mysterious benefactor funds the restoration of an ancient Egyptian tomb at the museum, but the work is beset by the mayhem Preston and Child's readers have come to expect — gory murders and suggestions of the supernatural. This entry, tying up many loose ends from its predecessors, is less likely to work as well for first-time readers, but followers of Aloysius Pendergast's previous exploits will find it a satisfying read with a tantalizing, ominous twist at the end. 10-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Brazenly convoluted, swift-going....[A] really good show. Fast, punchy and relentlessly action-packed." Kirkus Reviews
"Preston and Child's Pendergast series...ends in grand style with this intense and shocking conclusion....Preston and Child have truly saved the best for last. Every story thread thrills, and the novel seems too short, despite the large page count." Library Journal
"[A] sprawling finale....Fortunately, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child toil like a pharaoh's slaves to build action set pieces so ingenious we forget how contrived they are. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly
"[Preston and Child] propel the story forward with great skill and without ever leaving readers with a shred of disinterest or boredom. This is not merely quality writing, this is quality storytelling." BookReporter.com
Continuing the breathtaking story begun in the New York Times bestseller Dance of Death, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child present the ultimate showdown between good and evil — set against the backdrop of an ancient Egyptian curse.
About the Author
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the coauthors of numerous bestselling novels, among them The Relic, Dance of Death, Brimstone, Still Life with Crows, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Mount Dragon, Reliquary, and Riptide.
Douglas Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History, is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, and in 1989 retraced Coronado's thousand-mile odyssey on horseback. He lives in Maine.
Lincoln Child is a former book editor at St. Martin's Press and has published numerous short-story anthologies. He lives in Convent Station, New Jersey.
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