Fever Dream by Preston & Child

Fever Dream

by Preston & Child, copyright 2010 by Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child

published by Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group,237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017, ISBN 978-0-446-55496-1

Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is a stunning trip into the mind of the criminal, the insane, and downright devilish. Exquisite writing brings the characters and scenes of Fever Dream to vivid life as you meander down the twisted path of discovering ‘who-done-it’ in a twelve-year-old murder only recently uncovered.

FBI Special Agent Pendergast, the rather strange and somewhat dark hero of our story is a complex and infinitely interesting character who brings an added dimension to the typical detective of mysteries. He even has his own “Mr. Watson,” a NYPD cop named Vinnie D’Agosta who sees the clues Pendergast misses and encourages him to keep going in his darkest hour.

The murder in Fever Dream is highly personal for Pendergast. It involves the twelve-year-old murder of his wife Helen, previously thought to be an accident. From there the story evolves with a few surprises along the way.

What follows is a passage from the early pages of Fever Dream:

“Pendergast and his wife had left their hut and were in the dining shelter, guns beside them, sitting in the soft glow of a single bulb. There were no stars – the night had been overcast, the darkness absolute. They had been sitting there, unmoving and silent, for the last forty-five minutes, enjoying each other’s company and – with the kind of unspoken symbiosis that characterized their marriage – preparing mentally and emotionally for the hunt ahead. Helen Pendergast’s head was resting on her husband’s shoulder. Pendergast stroked her hand, toying now and then with the star sapphire on her wedding band.

“You can’t have it back, you know” she said at last, her voice husky from the long silence.

He simply smiled and continued his caresses.”

Fever Dream by Preston & Child is a literary mystery in the best of the old tradition coupled with modern science and information. You can’t miss it.

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