Still Life with Crows (Abridged Fiction)
by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
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Medicine Creek, Kansas. In a town where nothing changes, where Main Street is a two-block stretch of old and dusty businesses, a ghastly murder has taken place. The unknown victim has been placed in a small clearing in a sea of corn, mutilated and arranged in an elaborate tableau. Within twenty-four hours the sheriff is assuring a flood of reporters and tense residents that this is an isolated death - until Special Agent Pendergast arrives in the stifling August heat to declare it the work of a serial killer. Soon neighbors begin to disappear - only to reappear as the lifeless centerpieces of unspeakable displays. Convulsed with terror, the townsfolk whisper of the legendary Curse of the Forty-fives. No one is safe from a killer who stalks his prey in the blackness of night...and whose grotesque crimes are revealed by circling buzzards under the cruel summer sun. With the help of Corrie Swanson, an eighteen-year-old misfit, Pendergast unearths the secrets of this isolated town - from the dark histories of its inhabitants to the darker mysteries hidden in the endless cornfields. And ultimately, as he unravels the local curse and the truth of Medicine Creek's greatest enigma, the Ghost Warrior Massacre of 1865, Pendergast comes face-to-face with the unimaginable evil that lies at the heart of this small town.
Taking Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast out of NYC...very nice...
I have read all of the Pendergast novels and find this one to be particulary clever in the ending. Highly suspenseful, and always intelligent, Preston and Child have outdone their previous books (if that, indeed, is possible). This one might be my favorite... Read only if you aren't put off by realistic murder descriptions and the best style of writing in the history of this particular genre...Go on...read all seven of them: Relic, Reliquary, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows, Brimstone, Dance of Death and The Book of the Dead. Do it. You know you want to.
I have read every Pendergast novel and thought them very entertaining. This book started out like watching "corn" grow and didn't pick up momentum till the middle of the book. The ending turned out to be satisfying after all.
I have read most Pendergast novels and I found that Still Life, not only lives up to the expectations, but goes beyond them. It's a must read for anyone in the mood for a great book.