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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendergast Novels Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781611138757
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From the New York Times bestselling duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child comes their spookiest yet: a small town in Kansas, a series of grisly murders, and the depraved and hidden evil within. Enter the new American Gothic.

Medicine Creek, Kansas. In a town where nothing changes, where Main Street is a two-block stretch of old and dusty businesses, a peculiar and ghastly murder has taken place and the mutilated body has been placed carefully in an elaborate tableau in the middle of endless cornfields. Now cool-eyed and smooth FBI Agent Pendergast arrives to discover a community he must turn inside out to find the killer who can only be one of their own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Smart, skillful writers who have fun spinning their tall tale, and if you enjoy things-that-go-bump-in-the-night thrillers, you'll have fun reading it. Washington Post Book World
  • From the first page, STILL LIFE WITH CROWS is creepy, disturbing, and altogether fascinating: Preston and Child at their best. Salem Statesman Journal (OR)
  • Highly entertaining . . . a creepy, well-plotted novel . . . Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's trademark mix of mystery, suspense, horror, and history proves to be a combination that works. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • “A scary campfire chillfest.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Disturbing…Thrilling.” 

    Audiofile

  • “As usual, Preston and Child deftly mix the real and the surreal, creating an atmosphere in which everything, for reasons we can't quite nail down, seems a tad off-kilter. Call it creeping paranoia, perhaps, or the dreadful certainty that something awful is about to happen. Whatever you call it, it's a recipe for success.” 

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  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raven | 2/19/2014

    " Very good read, I loved this story. Very twisted story line, but caught my attention. "

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

    " SPOILER ALERT! I must admit before I start writing about how awesome this book was- it did drag in the middle. However like all preston-child books the ending rocks my face off. Just as I was thinking to myself, 'I like this storyline, but I have to say I like the setting of the musuem and the library, etc. from the other books better', the cave was introduced and my face melted off again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Cable | 2/14/2014

    " I liked the character development in this book. Corrie was a great assistant for Pendergast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline Selecky Selecky Selecky Selecky | 2/12/2014

    " This book scared the s**t out of me. It had me guessing until the end who the killer was and I definitely couldn't read it at night. If you like suspense, I highly recommend it. It was a fantastic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 2/11/2014

    " Possibly my favorite Pendergast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peanut | 2/11/2014

    " Would have given it 5 stars but some sections just dragged on a bit too much. But it was a great story! Love Pendergrast novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 1/30/2014

    " This was a real page turner. Pendergast is at his weirdly best and the young girl that shared the action was a very sympathetic character. I sort-of guessed the ending, but some of it was still a surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " Preston and Child are simply the best. I've enjoyed all their books, and they're really beginning to hit their stride with this thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 1/15/2014

    " Pendergast is wonderful-impossible to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/12/2014

    " Good, but predictable. (On board the Carnival Glory) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temple | 12/22/2013

    " Finally finished this book. Glad I stuck with it. It did have a good ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cori | 12/16/2013

    " I am in love with the Preston-Child team. I am in love with the venerable Agent Pendergast. I am in love with this series. Horribly, unapologetically gory and grotesque, and addictively cerebral. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 11/26/2013

    " Makes you wonder what untold horrors lurk in the backcountry...and what legends are true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 10/11/2013

    " Where do they get their ideas??!! Scared me so much I had horrible dreams! I liked it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnielle | 9/16/2013

    " Classic Pendergast novel but with a chilling ending I actually didn't see coming... One of Preston and Child's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/24/2012

    " At first I thought this book was kinda dragging and the thought of a monster really doing this I thought was stupid. So in the end all the pieces came together---even the reasons why it was much better. Not one of the best pendergast novels though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob C. | 10/17/2012

    " Picks up where Cabinet leaves off as another case taken by Special Agent Pendagast...the story begins in the cornfields of Kansas with a bunch of grizzly murders....a very good read, almost has good as Cabinet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramatre Matre | 9/6/2012

    " This is one of my favorite Pendergast novels - creepy scary. It also can "stand-alone" so would be a good place to start if you've never read any of the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun Dutson | 9/1/2012

    " I kind of jumped around with this series but agent Pendergast keeps me coming back for more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/1/2012

    " It's a good, not great mystery. I was unsatisfied with the reveal/ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tynan A. | 3/16/2012

    " this was by far my favorite Pendergast novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bette | 2/22/2012

    " great, entangled and scary "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slowdancer29a | 11/6/2011

    " An exciting story with the usual twists and turns. The writing in this Pendergast story is much visual then their others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 9/8/2011

    " Interesting entry in the Pendergast story. It was fun seeing Pendergast interact in the great midwest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mashon | 7/4/2011

    " I still love Agent Pendergast. I keep coming back for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gustavseal | 7/2/2011

    " An early Pendergast book, but one of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/2/2011

    " Kansas cornfields just got scarier in Still Life with Crows. Special Agent Pendergast shows up to investigate a series of grisly murders and, as usual, even stranger things begin to occur. This book introduces my favorite character of the series, an abused teen whose life will never be the same. "

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

    " My most fav of the Pendergast series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 5/18/2011

    " Another great story in the Agent Pendergast series. Kept me guessing 'til the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denrod | 5/9/2011

    " My first pendergast book, i quite enjoyed it, a good story a real thriller, could hardly put it down
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/9/2011

    " Lots of action and mystery right up my alley! With two authors writing together it just can't get any better, they are masters at scaring you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnielle | 5/6/2011

    " Classic Pendergast novel but with a chilling ending I actually didn't see coming... One of Preston and Child's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kona | 5/6/2011

    " Saw this ending coming a mile away. Still a good read. "

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

    " If you like suspense you will love this book- Keeps you reading right up until the very last page! "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.