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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston Narrator: Rene Auberjonois Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN:
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In 19th-century New York, the public flocked to collections of strange and grotesque oddities called cabinets of curiosities. Now, in lower Manhattan, a modern apartment tower is slated to rise on the site of one of the old cabinets. But when the excavators break into a basement, they uncover a charnel pit of horror: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer.

In the aftermath, museum archaeologist Nora Kelly is visited by an enigmatic, silver-eyed FBI agent who is obsessed with the mystery of the bodies. Together, Special Agent Pendergast and Nora Kelly embark on an investigation that will take them from the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan to the crumbling archives of the museum, from a mass grave under a Chinatown brownstone to a house of abominations on Riverside Drive. Their search unearths the faint whisper of a mysterious doctor who once roamed the city...a genius who carried out medical experiments on living human beings.

But just as Nora and Pendergast begin to unravel the clues to the century-old killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 2/12/2014

    " One of my top favorite books of all time, not just one of my favorite Pendergast novels. Lots of action and an incredible plot! "

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

    " I love Agent Penderghast, all these books are great, it will keep you up at night! This one is my fav. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 2/10/2014

    " One of the strongest entries on the whole series. Genuinely creepy and macabre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 2/5/2014

    " The very best book in the Pendergast series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Michaels | 2/2/2014

    " Fast-paced and intriguing. Pendergrast is back which can only mean one thing. Vicious murders that are more than what they seem. This time, the murders are related to killings from the late 1800s and all come back to a search for extending a person's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve H | 1/24/2014

    " great story; "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Andrus | 1/21/2014

    " Sweet mother of goodness! That was a good adventure story. Not too probable as far as the whole extending life aspect but other than that, just good fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise M. | 1/17/2014

    " co-author - Linconl Child "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette | 1/16/2014

    " Another great scary story by Preston. Love the character Pendergast as well as other characters in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Blackwell | 1/16/2014

    " 4 stars as it was perfect for a long summer read and only 99cents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Brown | 12/22/2013

    " Very interesting, this writer alwasys keeps me on the edge of my seat. I could not put this book down. Marvlous read on a cold winter's evening by the fire. Christina "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim markett | 11/24/2013

    " My favorite out of all the Pendergast "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 11/4/2013

    " One of my top five favorite books! Pendergast, again, is amazing, the characters are amazing, even though there are so many. The plot never leaves you wanting more and always surprises you and the finale at the end leaves you satisfied and absolutely devistated that you've finished the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 11/4/2013

    " This was such a great bbook. I was totally ingrossed. The best Pendergast story so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara C | 10/31/2013

    " such a different kind of mystery. Loved the setting and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Bedford | 10/9/2013

    " Good mystery read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/2/2013

    " a little too creepy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 12/25/2012

    " I love the Pendergast series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Johnson | 9/22/2012

    " Another Preston and Child masterwork. Elegant writing, concise, clear, and with interesting characters, face paced, intense suspense and plotting, the only thing this book is missing is a little bit of character development. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lladroluv | 6/15/2012

    " One of Preston & Child's best--but Vincent is missing from this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 5/13/2012

    " I believe this is my most favorite book in the Pendergast series. It is a bit dark and twisted, but awesome! This is a must read for anyone that is going to read any of the Pendergast books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance Thaete | 5/12/2012

    " very good and entertaining..one of the better Pendergast novels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren Chambers | 11/30/2011

    " Should have started with the beginning of the Special Agent Pendegast series. That would have made this book make more sense. It was a good read, nonetheless. I hope to read the others in the series - in order, of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 9/11/2011

    " If you like suspenseful, sometimes scary reads... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 7/18/2011

    " good book but not as good as their previous books. Pendergras is an interesting character but not into the whole cop/FBI genre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 4/25/2011

    " This was on Trenton's Book Club list and I really did try to read it....it was not well written and the plot was one I could not get into. It was about a murder mystery of 100 years where FBI agent was investigating old crimes. It wasn't a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 4/18/2011

    " These guys just get better the more I read! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to learning more about Pendergast and his peculiar bloodline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbe | 3/28/2011

    " I've now read all the Douglas/Child series; enjoy the Pendergast ones the most, riveting and scary! For me, miles above King and other thriller/scary writers, with the same knowledgeable detail Patrick O'Brian brings to his series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anandh | 3/25/2011

    " Far better than a who dunnit. Puts Agatha Christie to shame, combining the triple attractions of immortal life, murder and detecting. The ending(though responsible) simply blows you apart. A must read by any thriller lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 3/23/2011

    " Intriguing. My first introduction to the author and the characters, yet I felt I could relate to them throughout the book. Interesting plot, interesting concepts, intersting twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annamaria | 3/18/2011

    " full of adventure and so suspenseful
    not expected ending
    scared to imagine all setting at the story
    made me really scare to imagine while read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 3/15/2011

    " Second book I just finished reading where I thought it just suddenly stopped. Did I misplace 1/2 the book? I'm desperately in need of a good book after the last 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Incandragon | 3/12/2011

    " One of my favorite Pendergast books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " This book was recommended to me by a fellow avid reader, and it is very good. A good page turner with a twisted story. Anyone who likes a good thriller will enjoy this. I only held back a star because the next book in the series pales all the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/28/2011

    " a real page turner - I couldn't read fast enough! "

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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.