Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child return with a suspenseful midwest Gothic thriller about a serial killer who terrorizes a small town.
Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. A small, quiet place, the primary occupation is still farming, Main Street is a stretch of old and dusty businesses, and the nearest mall is 200 miles away. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries: who was behind the Medicine Creek Massacre of 1865. Now, Pendergast must discover the twisted secret hiding within a four-generation Kansas family before someone else is murdered.
"Preston and Child are 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." Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post Book World
"Showing that two minds research more richly than one, Preston and Childs bring literary flair to [their] opening pages....Yummy beach reading." Kirkus Reviews
"[O]ne of the most charismatic thriller heroes in....This may be minor Preston/Child, but it is major Pendergast; those for whom he's the cup of tea will drink deep." Publishers Weekly
"[A] fascinating lead character....Preston and Child deftly mix the real and the surreal....Call it creeping paranoia, perhaps, or the dreadful certainty that something awful is about to happen. Whatever you call it, it's a recipe for success." Booklist
"The Preston-Child team scores another big winner, perfect for the summer; highly recommended." Library Journal
"These guys are masters at scaring the hell out of people." Tampa Tribune
Preston and Child's latest New York Times bestseller finds FBI Agent Pendergast arriving in a small Kansas town where a series of grisly murders have taken place. Even more disturbing the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus in the middle of endless cornfields.
It's a picture of death.
A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heartland.
No one is safe.
About the Author
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the coauthors of the bestselling novels The Relic
, Mount Dragon
, and Brimstone
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.
Lincoln Child is a former book editor at St. Martin's Press and has published numerous short-story anthologies.