FBI Special Agent Pendergast Gets a New Partner in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s ‘Verses for the Dead’ [REVIEW]

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A killer leaves his calling card at local gravestones in Preston & Child’s Verses for the Dead. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Nobody likes change, especially renowned FBI Special Agent Pndergast who is used to working alone. But government agencies are notorious for switching things up on a moment’s notice, and if he wants to keep his job, he’d better accept his new partner. After all, they have a new case to crack, and this one is as chilling as it is puzzling. Good thing creepy conundrums are right up Pendergast’s alley. Readers are in for another brain-teasing treat in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Verses for the Dead.

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What lies beneath

We are admitted bibliophiles. If you’ve been to our home, you know that our walls are lined with books and the collection never stops growing. Frequently, we’re asked, “Have you read all those titles?” So in coming months, we will introduce you to some of our favorite authors and their work. To begin with, we present a novel that could have been written by Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. It is a definite page turner we’re sure suspense fans will love!

The Cabinet of Curiosities book cover

The Cabinet of Curiosities follows Preston and Child's popular FBI Special Agent Pendergast through a suspense-filled tour of the historic streets beneath the city of New York.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the powerhouse writing team who brought us suspense classics like Reliquary and The Relic, which later became a hit film of the same name. But this time, rather than surprise us with bloodthirsty creatures, they drop us right into the middle of a very unusual murder investigation.

In New York City, real estate is at a premium, and a new development by one of the city’s leading builders is underway. To build a new structure, old ones must be torn down. When a section of turn-of-the-century buildings is removed, a mass grave is discovered, and soon Special Agent Pendergast arrives on the scene.

The FBI agent contacts Dr. Nora Kelly and asks her to visit the site of the century old site. But before she has much time to do research on the find, the construction company is given the go-ahead to complete their project and what evidence there was is destroyed.

With little to go on, it doesn’t seem as though Pendergast and Kelly, along with her reporter boyfriend, William Smithback, will ever find out the truth about who committed the century old crime.

The trio no sooner discovers how the murders were committed when a new wave of copycat killings begin, thus linking the past murders with those of the present. Suddenly everyone wants to find the killer, but only Pendergast recognizes that the truth lay buried in a long forgotten cabinet of curiosities.

Readers who have encountered Pendergast in the past are familiar with his uncanny intuition and knack for discovering clues where there seem to be none. As the story unfolds, so does the mystery, with countless twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. Preston and Child’s The Cabinet of Curiosities is one suspense thriller that is sure to keep you turning pages until late into the night.


Douglas Preston was born in 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up in the suburb of Wellesley. He attended Pamona College in Claremont, California, where he earned a degree in English Literature before beginning his career by working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His eight year stint at the museum resulted in the publication of a non-fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, which was edited by Lincoln Child. It was during this time that Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum and while standing in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, Child proclaimed that the museum would be a great place for a thriller. However, it wasn’t until the early 1990’s that Preston and Child actually teamed up to write Relic, which brought them their first commercial success. He now lives on the coast of Maine with his family.

Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, then went on to get a degree in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1979, he became an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press. By 1984, he was a full editor and worked with authors like James Herriot and M. M. Kaye. In 1987, his career took a strange twist, and he went to work for MetLife. While there, Relic was published and within years he was able to leave the company and work full time. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

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