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Cemetery Dance (Pendergast #9)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  14,577 ratings  ·  870 reviews
Pendergast-the world's most enigmatic FBI Special Agent-returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult.

William Smithback Jr., a prominent New York Times reporter, was killed in a brutal attack in his Upper West Side apartment His wife, Nora Kelly, an archeologist at the Museum of Natural History, was injured a well. Multiple eyewitness identified the assailant as
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Wow, I just finished this book and it brought back the feeling I had when I first read Relic and met Agent Pendergast. When I first heard that this book had been released I was a little hesitant as I did not enjoy The Wheel of Darkness as much as some of Preston’s and Childs’ other books. But the first 10 pages will blow your mind! I could not believe how they started off the book and I have to admit I was a little devastated.

That said I felt like after those first few pages you feel like you ha
Nancy Oakes
I've decided that I'm going to designate this book as a "ripping good yarn" because, by golly, that's what it is. This is one of those books where you just have to say to yourself, okay, this is totally escape reading and it's so far-fetched that it can't possibly ever be true. Once you get past that hurdle, then you can do what the authors intended for you to do: sit back, relax, and have fun with it. If you can't do that, then move along, because this book is definitely not for you. Literary s ...more
Matt Schiariti
Let me preface this that I picked up a copy and had it signed by Preston and Child themsevles at the very first stop of their book signing tour at a local Barnes and Noble. If you have an opportunity to go see them, do so! Very personable, open to questions and had a great time talking to the fans, signing the books and answering the questions! They are working on another book and I did ask them if we'll ever see a sequel to Ice Limit (which if you'll recall was mentioned in Still Life with Crow ...more
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It seems that the longer many of my favorite series go, the more tiresome they become. I'm afraid that Preston and Child's Pendergast series is doing just that.

The plot of this one revolves around a hybrid form of voodoo and a secret town hidden inside a park in the middle of NYC. I won't go into the plot details here because it is irrelevant to my main beef with the work.

Over the years I have enjoyed Pendergast. He always seemed to be something of a modern age Sherlock Holmes. He was at once m
Ken Kugler
“Cemetery Dance” is the latest book in a series that started with Relic. In this latest installment the setting is NYC and the story is centered on Voudou, zombiis, animal rights, greed, as well as the dance that is always played between people in relationships. The relationship between the main characters, which the authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have developed into complex have invested us with deep interest.
The people that populate this series are FBI agent Aloysius Prendergast, Li
Kasia S.
By now the authors must think that it’s pretty funny to toy with the reader’s heart, I’m a constant fan when it comes to the Perndergast books but putting the lives of all my favorite characters into some seriously creepy jeopardy is not funny!! I think by page 153 I was making disturbing sounds one night reading on the couch because I was asked what the heck was I reading and if I was all right… yes thanks, just getting my internal organs rearranged… Cemetery Dance is book number nine in the FB ...more
Carl Alves
This novel starts off with William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, being murdered in his apartment by a man who had died a week earlier. Adding to the fact that the murderer had the appearance of a zombie, it was easy to conclude that this was the work of a zombie. Later, a zombified Smithback kills another reporter. On the case is Pendergast, an FBI agent with a knack of tackling very bizarre cases, and Lieuntenant D’Agosta, your typical gritty New York city cop. All of this leads to a si ...more
Benjamin Thomas
After the previous disappointing Pendergast novel, The Wheel of Darkness, I had decided to take a break from the series. That one had sort of departed from the rest of the series and didn’t include very many of the supporting characters I had come to know and love. Part of what makes this series special for me are those other characters, many of them almost more of a protagonist than agent Pendergast himself.

Happily, this ninth novel is a very nice return to form. Pendergast seems to have return
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Mike (the Paladin)
Again torn between a 3 and a 4 here. I finally settled on a 4. The books (by that I mean the Pendergast novels) are all fairly interesting if....I don't know, maybe the word, melodramatic fits. I think it's Moss Hart to whom the quote "there's nothing wrong with melodrama as long as it's good melodrama" belongs (not sure about that though). Are these "good melodrama"? Well, these are usually, pretty good. Though the stories sometimes stray over into the land of "oh come on now" it would be hard ...more
This is my very first Preston/Childs novel, besides Preston's The Monster Of Venice, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had been told these novels could stand alone, and it did.

Very fast paced, from the first page, it kept my attention to the last one. Was it zombiis? Was it not? Who knew! But with as smart a writing as this book has, I knew it wasn't just another band-wagon genre-based vampires, no... werewolves, no.. novel about the latest Fad in Writing. THANK GOD!!! (I am SO tired of them all,
Gary Baker

A crime thriller with a good helping of voodoo thrown in. Based in and around New York, a police officer and his FBI colleague investigate the murder of a friend by someone declared dead a few days previously.

The chapters are short, the action is fast, there's a light sprinkling of humour, it's very easy to read.

Apparently there's a series based on the FBI character, Pendergast. This is my first time reading from this collection and it was completely self contained, so it seems you could dip in
Arun Divakar
I have been following the Preston-Child series on Aloysius Pendergast for quite some time now. Seems I have read almost a good majority of the books except Reliquary & Still Life With Crows (which I am still looking for). In a series devoted to Pendergast, this is the ninth book in the line.

The tale begins with one of the most well known characters in the Pendergast tales getting murdered and from then on moves to a Zombii cult, an illegal settlement,murder and general mayhem. One thing tha
Jun 01, 2009 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars
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So good to have Pendergast back. I am a huge Pendergast fan so I was very excited for this book.

Best Pendergast book yet? Nope.
Better than the last book "Wheel of Darkness"? Yes.
Which of the Pendergast books is your favorite? Well, if I could choose the Diogenes Trilogy (Brimstone, Dance of Death & Book of the Dead) as one book, then that would be it. But if I had to choose only one book, it would be "Cabinet of Curiosities". But this book isn't that far behind it.

This book took a differe
The reading by Rene Auberjonois was a little distracting initially. He was a good reader, and used talented inflection to portray emotion. It was the quality of his voice that distracted me in the beginning. Where the voice of Peter Giles (who read The Scarecrow for my last audio book) had a somewhat "neutral" voice that allowed me to concentrate on the story, I found Rene's voice so distinctive that it distracted me. I'd sit there and wonder, "What is it about his voice? Is it an accent? What k ...more
Oct 05, 2010 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
I don't think that I have read all 8 of the other books in this series, but I have read at least a handful. First off, I did like the book. Believe it or not I feel that it was "lighter" than some of the other chapters in Agent Pendergast's "history". This of course is despite the brutal murder of a carry-over character right at the start of the book (with more to follow of course!)

Like all of their books, it was inventive, had a decent plot with a few good twists, and the characters (at least t
With Cemetery Dance, Preston and Child's return Special Agent Pendergast to his most familiar setting, New York City, where he rejoins the gruff but big-hearted Lt. D'Agosta in investigating the vicious murder of one of the series' regular characters. The story is well-crafted with a persistent sense of foreboding evoking a nightmare like quality that kept this reader precariously on the edge of his seat. While I personally do not usually enjoy stories using voodoo as a plot point, I confess to ...more
I ADORE the character of FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, so it shouldn't be a big surprise that I loved this book. I literally didn't want to put this down, hence the title of this review.

Preston and Child do not disappoint in this latest outing, with appearances by Pendergast, NYPY Detective D'Agosa, Nora Kelly, and all the other characters who have appeared in past books here and involved in the current murders needing to be solved.

As always when Pendergast is involved, the case is some
Janice (Janicu)

Mystery/suspense is a genre I don't mind reading but usually I don't pay much attention to it and only read it every so often. When Hachette Books offered me Cemetery Dance I thought I'd give the book a try.

The Premise: It all starts off with the murder of a respected journalist and friend of FBI agent Pendergast and New York police Lieutenant D'Agosta. A lot of people in the journalist's apartment building see the killer, and identify him as an actor name
The Short of It:

A somewhat entertaining romp through dark, cavernous tunnels complete with zombies, sarcastic quips and a larger than life storyline. Suspend your disbelief with this one.

My Thoughts:

Thrillers don't do it for me anymore. However, one guilty pleasure that I admitted to here, is to sit down and read a good Preston and Child novel. They've written several and about half of them center around Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta. I love it when these two
I'm at a loss on what to say... I adore this series-- great characters, creepy premises and lots of suspenseful plot threads, always with a taste of the occult. That said, I was so disappointed in this book. It's not a book I would recommend for someone who's never read any of this series.

Cemetery Dance had a good premise but with the exception of a few great scenes, what a let down after waiting with bated breath for the next Pendergast entry. The story line felt rushed and, in some instances,
Thanks to Teresa's suggestion, I started my first Pendergast novel---if i could endure Twilight's vampires and werewolves then surely this book about zombii couldn't be half bad. It's so much better! I fell in instant like with the inscrutable intelligence of Special Agent Pendergast and even if one doesn't believe in the hoodoo of voodoo, the authors made the plot seem plausible.
Basically the plot is about how and why one prominent New York Times reporter William Smithback Jr was killed by one
Not my favorite of this series, though the writing is still excellent, the descriptions wonderful and spectacularly spooky, as should be with a Preston/Child book. I was disappointed a bit in the storyline, though, even though I am very accepting of a supernatural 'slant' to any book, including the Preston/Child Pendergast series. I was also sad to see a major character go, though I know that's a given in any book, any series, any time. Author's prerogative.

So, I think this is the first in the
This one started out with a shock (even tho it's mentioned on the back jacket:) was still a shock to lose Bill Smithback Jr.
When our well known pale caretaker looking FBI agent "amazingly" shows up, with interest in the case D'Agosta is looking's going to be a non stop action tale.
This case is a wonderful who-dun-it...till the end. Another winner from Preston & Child.
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Katharine Ott
"Cemetery Dance" - written by Douglas Preston and published in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. Another action driven story featuring FBI Special Agent Pendergast, this one featuring zombies! Good escapist fiction.
Shelly Kotalik
I read this book in two days and loved it. It was like the preston/child books of old with Pendergast involved with more than just his own little world of Constance and other things. Sometimes Pendergast can be written self-indulgently by the authors, so I was glad to see him back out and about with D'Agosta and crew. I love how they write NYC as almost it's own character. The zombii theme was well-written but I would have liked more detail about the religion along with the story. All in all, on ...more
El libro me ha tenido enganchadisimo, me ha gustado mucho que retomasen y hayan introducido muchos elementos esotéricos en el libro como todo lo relacionado con el voodoo, obeah, etc.

Mención especial a los one-liners del Agente Pendergast que en este libro han sido A+++.
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pendergast (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Relic (Pendergast, #1)
  • Reliquary (Pendergast, #2)
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3)
  • Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)
  • Brimstone (Pendergast, #5; Diogenes, #1)
  • Dance of Death (Pendergast, #6; Diogenes, #2)
  • The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)
  • The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast, #8)
  • Fever Dream (Pendergast, #10)
  • Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, #11)
Relic (Pendergast, #1) The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3) Reliquary (Pendergast, #2) Brimstone (Pendergast, #5; Diogenes, #1) The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3)

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“What the hell was your pal Bertin demanding?” he asked. “Sipping syrup?”

“It’s a cocktail he prefers when he gets, ah, overly excited.”

“A cocktail?”

“Of sorts. Lemon–lime soda, vodka, codeine in solution, and a Jolly Rancher candy.”

“A what?”

“Bertin prefers the watermelon–flavored variety.”

D’Agosta shook his head. “Christ. Only in Louisiana.”

“Actually, I understand the concoction originated in Houston.”
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