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Crimson Shore

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Crimson Shore

Pendergast Series, Book 15
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#1 bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child return with their next blockbuster Pendergast novel.Special Agent Pendergast takes on a private case in Exmouth, Massachusetts-a quaint village on the coast north of Salem-to investigate the theft of a valuable wine cellar. He travels to the seaside town with his ward, Constance Greene, where they quickly discover something far more sinister: a bricked-up niche in the wine cellar that holds the remains of a man, tortured and then entombed alive 150 years ago. But why? The puzzle is compounded when they discover a murdered body-covered with mysterious symbols-in the salt marshes behind Exmouth ... the place where, legend has it, the real witches of Salem took refuge after fleeing the 1692 witch hunts.
#1 bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child return with their next blockbuster Pendergast novel.Special Agent Pendergast takes on a private case in Exmouth, Massachusetts-a quaint village on the coast north of Salem-to investigate the theft of a valuable wine cellar. He travels to the seaside town with his ward, Constance Greene, where they quickly discover something far more sinister: a bricked-up niche in the wine cellar that holds the remains of a man, tortured and then entombed alive 150 years ago. But why? The puzzle is compounded when they discover a murdered body-covered with mysterious symbols-in the salt marshes behind Exmouth ... the place where, legend has it, the real witches of Salem took refuge after fleeing the 1692 witch hunts.
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  • Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 7, 2015
    At the start of Preston and Child’s solid 15th thriller featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2014’s Blue Labyrinth), Pendergast, unusually for him, agrees to accept a private case. Someone broke into the lighthouse where sculptor Percival Lake lives in Exmouth, Mass., and cleared out his wine cellar, except for one case of a very rare vintage. For reasons that are unclear to Pendergast’s ward, Constance Greene, Pendergast agrees to travel from his Manhattan home to Exmouth, where his inquiries reveal that Lake’s wine cellar contained a hidden chamber and human remains. The truth behind the crime may be connected to local legends regarding a witch colony and a demonic figure known as the Grey Reaper. Meanwhile, Pendergast looks into the stabbing murders of a local attorney and a historian researching Exmouth’s past, whose bodies were marked with the so-called Tybane Inscriptions. The genuine scares take a while to come, but when they do, readers will be reminded of the violent horror of Relic, Pendergast’s debut. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 29, 2016
    The 15th fantastic adventure of eccentric, brilliant Special FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast finds him and Constance Greene, his lovely young ward, leaving their Manhattan mansion for Exmouth, Mass., on a case unrelated to the agency—the theft of a wine cellar. This basic bit of sleuthing leads to much more: a corpse in a hidden chamber, additional murders, a colony of witches, and an unstoppable, homicidal creature that is thought to exist only in local lore. Over the years, Auberjonois has developed the perfect voice for Pendergast—seasoned, aristocratic, Southern, and, when dealing with a bully like Exmouth’s police chief, irritatingly arrogant. Auberjonois’s version of Constance, who is having difficulty hiding her desire for her older mentor (and he for her), is acceptable, but if the authors continue to expand her participation in these thrillers, a younger, female co-reader may be advisable. A Grand Central hardcover.

  • AudioFile Magazine Rene Auberjonois gives a clear, measured performance as mysterious FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast and his equally mysterious ward, Constance Greene, leave Manhattan to investigate dark secrets on the coast of Massachusetts. The theft of a collection of red wine becomes a series of sanguinary mysteries. Masters of the thriller Preston and Child write a compelling story as their unflappable protagonists uncover a mix of dark human motives and events that border on the supernatural. Auberjonois's crisp tenor carries the story. While minor characters blend together, his main characters have distinct voices. Consistent with the story's tone, his delivery approaches melodrama but rarely overdoes it. A must for devotees of the series. F.C. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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