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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston Narrator: René Auberjonois Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendergast Novels Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781607881933
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Revenge is not sweet: it is essential.

Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen’s tragic death, only to make a stunning—and dreadful—discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle—her only protection from the beast—had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead ... and why?

With Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta’s assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife’s murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past—where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle—the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou—he finds himself faced with an even greater question: Who was the woman he married?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A calibrated thriller from two masters of the craft.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • René Auberjonois...lends the proper air of gravitas to his performance. With the underlying story featuring zombies and the undead, it takes the sober Auberjonois to help maintain the credibility of the plot. His sincere delivery is perfect for a strange story that is more than a little creepy. AudioFile Magazine on CEMETERY DANCE
  • [A] suspenseful tale of urban terror...this taut page-turner can only add to the authors' growing fan base. Publishers Weekly on CEMETERY DANCE
  • Narrator As Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife kept a myriad of secrets, Auberjonois's characterization dramatizes the special agent's confusion over his wife's loyalty. AudioFile
  • “Once again, the bestselling authors show they have few peers at creating taut scenes of suspense. Their restraint in the book’s early sections make the payoffs all the more compelling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator René Auberjonois is equally adept at portraying Pendergast’s upper-crust Southern origins and New York cop Vincent D’Agosta’s brusque directness. With Auberjonois’ consistent narration, the quirky threads of the story...eventually come together to create an intriguing premise. As Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife kept a myriad of secrets, Auberjonois’ characterization dramatizes the special agent’s confusion over his wife’s loyalty.”

    AudioFile

  • “This is no dream; it’s the authors’ best book in years...Not to be missed by either newcomers or die-hard fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers of previous Pendergast novels will welcome this installment starring the exceedingly peculiar FBI special agent. Stylish, dark, and tense.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/14/2014

    " All I can say is WOW I love all the books these guys write! You won't be able to put it down!! ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C.S. | 2/12/2014

    " It pains me to say this but I might be dine with the series. This book was in trouble from the start. I didn't even buy the mystery. I have struggled through the last few books. I will probably give it one more but it had better be good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charleen | 2/7/2014

    " As with the novels featuring his brother, we get to see a more personal side of Pendergast in this one, focused on the events surrounding his wife's death. I thought it was a solid addition to the series (MUCH better than the previous book). My biggest complaint is that it ends with one big issue still unresolved. Much as I love the idea of a trilogy based on Pendergast's wife and think it will be a great one, I would have waited and read them all together if I'd known what this book was setting up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 1/31/2014

    " My first Pendegrast novel. I'll give him another shot, but this wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be given the fantastic start. Book starts and ends pretty well, but gets pretty muddled in the middle. Really took a bit of effort to power through. In fairness, this is the tenth book in a series that I haven't read any of the previous novels. Could be that this just doesn't do well as a stand alone. Seemed to be just a bunch of unexplained or loose ends. Agent Pendegrast not the most lovable character by a long shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/24/2014

    " I've read most of the Pendergast books in short order - there is always a twist and a great Metro read. This is one of the best ones I've read. I'm only annoyed because it ended on a cliff hanger and I don't have the next book in the series in hand! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/31/2013

    " As always these books are my favorite. I enjoy the mystery with a touch of the supernatural "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 12/29/2013

    " Aloyisious Pendergast, in his most revealing story yet, is out for blood. The normally reserved FBI agent becomes agitated when he discovers that his wife was murdered, and not accidentally killed by a lion 12 years ago on safari. I wasn't totally satisfied with this read, only because there were some dangleing strings left that I'm sure the authors will pick back up on in another book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania | 12/12/2013

    " I just finished this book last night or early this am, however you want to look at it. I couldn't put it down after I started it. I read it cover to cover non-stop. It left a few things hanging, but I am sure that is to tantalize you for the next Pendergast book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/9/2013

    " I love these books, they are fun and intense and supsensful and scary- this may be one of my favorites, partly because it gave a lot of background for Pendergast which we haven't gotten before. This is a good one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron Lanni | 12/3/2013

    " Loved it! Remember the author's names because adapting Pendergast into a film character is inevitable, and, if done properly, could be really awesome. Hmmm... what actor would play Pendergast? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loree Mathews | 11/15/2013

    " I enjoyed the plot, the writing, everything about this book. Going to have to read more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 10/23/2013

    " Suspenseful to the very end with los of twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bravegirl01 | 8/16/2013

    " ALL the Preston/Child Pendergast books are amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena | 6/22/2013

    " Pretty dull story. I read it out of loyalty, I think. It wasn't horrible, just not very exciting or interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 4/26/2013

    " Loved this! Great plot and story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 3/22/2013

    " The beginning of a Pendergast trilogy. You won't stop reading until you finish it, COLD VENGEANCE, and TWO GRAVES. Now dear authors, when will we hear from Pendergast again? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Roze | 11/2/2012

    " Agent Pendergast and Lincoln & Child never disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briansmom | 4/11/2012

    " Wow! Another GREAT Pendergast novel, with a little bit more about Constance Greene thrown in for good measure! Can't wait for the next one to come out!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vsw1952 | 11/28/2011

    " While not my favorite series, I did like this book. The main character was not as affected in his manner and while fans of the series may not see this as a plus, it worked for me. Enjoyed the progression of the plot and always like the hint of more to come in the end of a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 10/8/2011

    " The main character, Pendergrast, I could side with throughout the entire book. He was what I would describe as a rustic James Bond. A special agent witht he FBI who was a great hunter, detective, and found the smallest of clues to keep the chase going. It was a fun read and I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ajith Warrier | 8/7/2011

    " Similar to previous pendergast books, mostly to the one with dionysius. However, a better read than Impact which I thought had too many digressions from the main story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 5/22/2011

    " Not a bad Pendergast book, but probably not as much action as some previous books. I did like the idea of Pendergast having a wife and of her having a secret that he did not know about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 5/21/2011

    " Left me hanging, must get the next one in line! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/19/2011

    " This was OK, not great but a decent read. Perfect commuter book with short chapters.

    If you are a fan of mysteries, this is a decent one. Nothing too new or revolutionary
    in the telling of this tale, but solid work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/19/2011

    " I love these books, they are fun and intense and supsensful and scary- this may be one of my favorites, partly because it gave a lot of background for Pendergast which we haven't gotten before. This is a good one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 5/14/2011

    " I'm a huge fan of the Pendergast novels- glad to see more are coming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 5/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed this prequel to the other Pendergast books. I did not expect the twists to be so very sharp. I am eagerly anticipating the next which releases in Aug 2011. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/10/2011

    " This is one of my favorite series to read. I cannot get enough of Preston and Child! Fever Dream was just as good as all the prior novels in the series and was impossible to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " Best Pendergast book in the series. Great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 5/1/2011

    " Preston and Child may not go down in the annuls as literary giants, but they do crank out some fun reads. This one is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 4/30/2011

    " Wow...made me want to start at the beginning again!! The BEST! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 4/29/2011

    " This one was pretty good...I think the bloom is a bit off the rose with the Pendergast/D'Agosta novels, but they are still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 4/28/2011

    " I love Pendergast! 1st in a trilogy dealing with his wife's death. If you like Preston Childs and their erstwhile FBI agent, Pendergast, you will love this book! 4 and 1/2 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Molly | 4/28/2011

    " Post-surgical reading; needing something with no consequence to paying close attention. Pretty awful, but close to what I needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 4/24/2011

    " WOw-I love the way these guys write. I could not put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 4/24/2011

    " Best of the Pendergast series since RELIC. Part one of a three book story, and I can't wait for part two! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 4/23/2011

    " Maybe not as terrific as the other Pendergast novels (e.g. the Diogenes trilogy), but it still delivers. Unlikely turn of events with Hayward, and a major mystery (Constance) unanswered to lead us into the next one.
    I can't wait until August for the continuation !! "

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About the Author
Author Lincoln Child

Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Room, The Third Date, Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fever Dream.

About the Narrator

René Auberjonois is an American stage, film, television, and voice actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University, he acted with various theater companies, including San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. In 1969, he earned a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye alongside Katharine Hepburn in Coco. Since then, he has acted in a variety of theater productions, films, and television series, in addition to being active in radio drama.