Crooked River

Crooked River

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"Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach--each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene--and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive? In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who--in a cruel irony--ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research." -- Amazon.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781538747254
Branch Call Number: M PRES
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln - Author


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Mar 28, 2020

Like most of other Preston/Douglas stories, an intelligent thriller with factual science and real locations behind much of the complex plot. It is a sequel to the author's 2018 "Verses of the Dead," ahead of the next novel about another most peculiar incident that took place north of Savannah. As pointed out by another library user, the 2nd half of the novel is Bond like with super agent Pendergast, agent Armstrong Coldmoon, ageless Constance Greene, and a local Latin scholar police chief banded together against a throwback mad villain. A real page turner and no worry, the curtains will be pulled back to reveal the mysteries... One of the very best in Pendergast's series.

Mar 22, 2020

I have read every single book from both authors, especially their Agent Pendergast series. This book again did not disappoint, and ended appropriately - highly likely ending to a good read, which also segues into Pendergast’s new adventure.

PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 15, 2020

Crooked River is another cool Pendergast installment and I will continue to argue that they should drop the Gideon Crew books and focus here. In Crooked River Pendergast is called in to a small beach community where over 100 severed feet in matching green shoes have floated onto the shore. Classic Pendergast setup. One thing I really liked about this entry was that Pendergast was not his usual bottomless well of esoteric knowledge. He actually brings in people who specialize in different fields to give him information. And I love that since P&C have stepped away from possible magical influence, they seem to have a lot of research to back up their crazy scenarios. Try to imagine all the ways that a bunch of severed feet with matching shoes could wind up on a beach and you'll probably have a hard time. Not only did they do it, but it's actually a viable reason. I was all in and creeped out.

I want you to know I liked it, but these Preston & Child books, for me, are usually page-turners that cannot be put down. I start them with good intentions of going to sleep soon, but find myself on the last page around 3 AM and Crooked River didn't have that tension for me. Everything related to Constance was discordant. From the house they rent to her final overblown actions, I couldn't get a good hook into her story. Coldmoon and ANOTHER Smithback also felt a bit tacked on here. I guess we needed at least some of the information they provided, but looking back it feels like filler.

I think bringing the local police chief, Perelman, more into the mix would have been a better move since he was such an interesting character that was left only partly developed. Obviously as a four-star read, the problems which take up so much space here were relatively minor in the scope of the novel. If you're a fan of the series I don't think you'll be disappointed, but if you are new to the series, I might start somewhere else.

Mar 08, 2020

I really enjoyed this book! I am a huge fan of the Pendergast series. I would highly recommend this book to those familiar with the works of Preston & Child.

Mar 02, 2020

Political slant with criticism of United States Coast Guard and Army.... extreme sympathies for illegal immigrants - all this took away from the story... did not enjoy plot and characters

Feb 21, 2020

I think I have read almost all of the Preston and Child books. I really enjoyed this book. Am looking forward to the next one!

Feb 20, 2020

A entertaining read, in the improbable style of a Bond book. Strange case of a broken leg and it’s miraculous healing at the end made me wonder about the editors - was there one?

Feb 18, 2020

Easy read first 230 pages just background, takes off a bit but highly unlikely ending ruins the book.


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