Evil Lurks In A Sleepy Seaside Town In Preston and Child’s ‘Crimson Shore’ [REVIEW]

Lighthouse Twilight

Evil lurks in a sleepy seaside town in Preston & Child’s CRIMSON SHORE. (Photo by _Imaji_, Flickr)

Dark lore and sinister secrets become much more than mere legend in Preston and Child’s latest novel, Crimson Shore. The story opens as Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast and his companion Constance Greene travel to Exmouth, Mass. to unravel the mystery behind the theft of a priceless wine collection. But is there more to this case than an empty wine cellar?

Readers returning to the long-running series may wonder if this case is beneath Pendergast’s superior intellect.  At first, this may seem like a safe assumption to make. However, to quote Pendergast himself,

“New York City has been depressingly free of serial killers these last few months. My plate as they say, is empty.” (6)

Preston and Child's Crimson Shore

Grand Central Publishing

As the novel unfolds, Preston and Child weave an intricate, sophisticated and fast-moving thriller replete with violent murders and distinctively marked corpses found in New England salt marshes.

Pendergast and Constance get caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a sociopathic killer, and find themselves racing against time right up until the twisted, breathtaking climax.

After reading Crimson Shore, readers who holiday near the coast may think twice before visiting another quaint seaside town. Don’t miss reading this exquisitely written novel that will keep you up late into the night!

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
(Photo by Deborah Feingold)


Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the number one bestselling coauthors of the celebrated Pendergast novels, as well as the Gideon Crew books.

Preston and Child’s Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie.

Readers can sign up for their monthly newsletter, The Pendergast File, at PrestonChild.com, and follow them on Facebook.

By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
352 pgs. Grand Central Publishing. $27.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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