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Cemetery Dance (Pendergast #9)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,562 Ratings  ·  945 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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Jul 15, 2009 Margaret rated it it was ok
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Jun 04, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
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
May 23, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2009
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Mar 20, 2010 Buck rated it it was ok
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
May 14, 2009 Ken Kugler rated it it was amazing
“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
Sep 15, 2012 Kasia rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2016 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reporter Bill Smithback has just been attacked by a dead man walking. Leave it to our favorite detectives to solve this mystery. It was really only a matter of time before this series explored the world of zombies and voodoo. However, this one fell a little short for me. The story was less charming than others and I didn't really feel for the characters, though it's always sad when we lose a favorite throughout the series narrative. Hopefully there isn't a trend of bad books with the rest of thi ...more
Carl Alves
Mar 06, 2015 Carl Alves rated it it was ok
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
Jun 13, 2009 Hilarie rated it liked it
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Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 06, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
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
Dec 13, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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,
May 23, 2009 Tina rated it liked it
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Nov 28, 2009 Candace rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Diehard fans of this series only.
Shelves: mysteries
Agt. Pendergast is back and wondering who do that voodoo so well. This series has really lost its zip. The plots feel tenuous and silly. They killed off one of the more interesting characters. It just doesn't feel like their heart is in it as they crank the handle of this money-making machine. Too bad.

Another disappointment: At this point they're just moving characters around like Action Figures. They don't seem to be growing or developing.
Gary Baker
Feb 10, 2011 Gary Baker rated it liked it

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 really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jun 12, 2010 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 27, 2010 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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 really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-series
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)
Jun 28, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it it was ok

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
May 18, 2009 Ti rated it it was ok
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
Jun 28, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it
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,
Jun 08, 2009 Krazykat rated it really liked it
Shelves: srp-2009
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
Jul 12, 2014 Jaksen rated it liked it
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
Mar 09, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 29, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this installment of the Pendergast series, as it included a lot of the characters from the past books. I was upset by the death of a long-time character in the first chapter, but that made the case more personal, and more critical for it to be solved. I liked the villans in this case - a cult of men in a mansion on the outskirts of Manhattan, who sacrifice animals and attempt to raise the dead with voodoo. This is the perfect case for Pendergast, with his New Orleans roots, and the aut ...more
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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 16 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)

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