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ERIKOISAGENTTI PENDERGAST RATKAISEE

Pilvenpiirtäjän rakennustyömaalla Manhattanilla tehdään säpsähdyttävä löytö. Työmaan alla sijaitsevassa kellarissa lepää 36 ihmisen silvotut jäännökset. Pikainen tutkimus paljastaa jokaisen uhrin selkärangassa samanlaiset leikkuujäljet.

Paikallisen poliisin mielestä yli sata vuotta sitten sattuneet surmatyöt kuuluisivat pikemminkin histori
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Hardcover, 653 pages
Published 2009 by Gummerus Kustannus Oy (first published June 3rd 2001)
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Samantha Yes. It is called Thunderhead. It is about Nora and Smithback. No Pendergast.
Martinw I have thought about that. In my opinion, it is not necessary. Nevertheless, you get a better feeling for the interesting Pendergast-character (and…moreI have thought about that. In my opinion, it is not necessary. Nevertheless, you get a better feeling for the interesting Pendergast-character (and also Smithback, the journalist/writer) if you read Relic and Reliquary first.
I liked both of the books very much, and I think it adds to the story if Pendergast is already an acquaintance of yours.
Btw: "Thunderhead" also takes place before this story, but it is no Pendergast-novel. Smithback is in it, and Nora Kelly (archaeologist) is introduced in it. (Did not read it, but plan to.)(less)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...I gave it a 5 star. Not many of those on my list, but I gave Relic a 4 and the only way to up that was a 5. I'm a little surprised at myself for the rating. This is a very good read and I have it on my shelf. I obtained it after listening to the audio (in a vehicle). I only do that if I figure I'll possibly reread at some point.

The atmosphere in this book combined with the imaginative story line is, if not great, just short of it. These books seem to have a largely female readership... No
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Kirsten
Sadly, I've now read all of the Pendergast novels, at least until the new one comes out this summer. Fortunately, I seem to have inadvertantly saved the best for last! Cabinet of Curiosities is definitely my favorite of all of them. At a construction site in New York City, workers unearth more than thirty skeletons, evidence of a serial killer operating more than 100 years ago. Soon afterward, a chilling series of copycat murders are perpetrated by a killer dubbed The Surgeon by the press. Agent ...more
Matthew
Nov 08, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, audio, 2015
This book was fantastic! The Pendergast series has been awesome so far. Well researched. Twists and turns. Suspense. Gore. Diabolical bad guys. Perilous situations. Last minute salvation. I am so glad this series has a lot more books because I don't want it to end!
⊱ Irena ⊰
After a horrible discovery of a XIX century churnel house made by construction workers, people start dying. The manner of these recent deaths is the same as the old murders, so the press gave the killer a name - The Surgeon. Considering how weird all this is, it is no wonder Pendergast gets involved. There is a lot of him in this book.

I have a feeling this book tried to cram as much as incompetent and corrupt people as it it possible. It certainly wins the prize so far. The first two had their o
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Zell
Feb 14, 2010 Zell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Super Pendergast returns! Praise HIS might!

Yes, THAT was the worst part of this book. When I was reading about his "super powers" I thought something like: "What the hell?! Is that Marvel or something?". Meditation, ability to experience historical events and play chess or bridge in the mind. Pendergast is the type of person who knows EVERYTHING better than you and probably can speak fluently in more than 90% of known languages. Add to this incredible stamina and nearly absolute resistance to a
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Emma
Jun 24, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Definitely the best in the series so far. Gradually we are learning more about Pendergast. These authors know how to write a suspenseful story! Two nights in a row I was unable to carry on reading because I was finding it creepy and I didn't think I'd be able to sleep if I read any more. And I read quite a lot of grimdark and horror type books. I enjoyed the history in this book too. An all round thoroughly entertaining read.
Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
I really liked the title of this book when I saw it as it reminded me of something that might be the name of a book in the 19th or early 20th century. Cabinets of curiosities are not necessarily cabinets in the sense of pieces of furniture with items in it, but can be whole houses or rooms filled with various things of interest...like exhibits in a museum. According to the book, they used to be fairly common and would usually charge some sort of admission fee, but were basically put out of busin ...more
Niina
Jun 19, 2016 Niina rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, lukupiiri, dekkari
Ihmeiden kabinetti on ihan ok dekkariviihdettä. Tuhdinpaksuisesta teoksesta voisi tosin leikata sivuja pois reippaalla kädellä, sillä sisältöä ei tarjota aivan niin paljoa, että näin monelle näkökulmalle ja sivujuonteelle kannattaisi uhrata noin paljon paperia. Tästä huolimatta kirjan lukee hyvin nopeasti. Suosittelen tätä kesäluettavaksi, sillä paljoa ei tarvitse ajatella itse.

Mutta teoksen juoni ja päähahmot ovat silti kiinnostavia. Pendergastissa on jotain samaa kuin Sherlock Holmesissa, jos
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midnightfaerie
Nov 28, 2012 midnightfaerie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy
The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child was a huge disappointment to me. Throughout this book I wondered why it was so revered in the mystery world. My husband picked up this copy almost a year ago for me and has been waiting patiently ever since for me to read it. After reading a particularly taxing book, I was looking for something lighter and exciting to read, so I picked this up. I'm still somewhat confused as to all the five star ratings on Goodreads, and if someone ...more
Angie
May 28, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and it was even better as agent Pendergst was in it from the beginning. as I've come to know now the book has a really creepy factor.. there's a murder site discovered from over 100years ago but some similar murders are happening. the book was so will written and I loved all the characters. it kept me fussing and that's one thing I lie about these
books, and they are hard to bout down. one interesting is you find out a lot more about Pendergst and some of his family. if you lik
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Paul
Jan 09, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Since I have a hearty bus commute these days, I do a lot of reading. Though I love fine literature, at times, when on the bus, I just want a good pulpy detective novel and this is one of the best I have read so far. Co written by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs, this ghoulish, gothic tale set against the backdrop of contemporary Manhattan is one of those books that will keep you up till 3 AM if you aren't careful. These authors have written quite a number of books together and though I have ...more
Rade
Jan 10, 2015 Rade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rade by: Jon Recluse
Shelves: reviewed, owned
A thrill ride from start to finish. I loved everything about this book, except the chief of police or whatever the hell he was who was in charge of the whole case involving the murders. He was really annoying and even me, a regular guy who watched a lot of crime shows and read some books on those subjects, knows that you do not arrest people on murder charges just because you got few loose clues on their actions during the murders. He was as dumb as sack of potatoes.

Other than that, the whole i
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Robert
Apr 12, 2008 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
This is the start of the Pendergraph series. Yes Pednergraph had a role in Relic and Reliquary, but this is the first book that centers on him. It is way better than Relic and Reliquary (which I liked). Pendergraph is a unique character that comes across like a cross between X-Files and the Shadow (from the classic DC Comic collection).

At this point at least, Preston and Childs still appear to have difficulty with romantic threads in their book. Either include them, in which case they need impr
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Oscar
Durante unas excavaciones en Manhattan, se descubren los restos de treinta y seis personas brutalmente asesinadas hace ciento veinte años. El agente especial del FBI Pendergast, junto a la doctora Nora Kelly, arqueóloga, examinarán dichos restos. Pendergast, al que dejan fuera del caso, parece tener un interés especial en tan macabro hallazgo. Pero todo se complicará todavía más cuando aparezca un imitador de este asesino en serie del siglo XIX.

‘Los asesinatos de Manhattan’ (The Cabinet of Curio
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Hazel Bright
Jun 27, 2011 Hazel Bright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***please note: serious spoilers in this review***

This book started out in an interesting fashion, but a lot didn't make sense. For example, 1) I never understood what Nora found attractive in Smithback, he seemed like a fop and a simp. Maybe she wants to get a divorce in a later book in the series. 2) I never saw why Pendergast chose Nora. 3) Very dumb epiphanies - the final room to room walkthrough with the insects, then the lizards, then the clothing, then finally the armor - somehow help the
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LibraryCin
Nora is an archaeologist with the Natural History Museum in New York City. When FBI Special Agent Pendergast requests her immediate help with some skeletons found under a construction site, she goes to take a look, but the developer gets rid of the two of them fairly quickly, after she's only had a short time to investigate. It seems that at least 36 bodies were found at the site and they think this was the work of a serial killer from over 100 years earlier. Despite the protestations of the dev ...more
Marta Conejo
Jul 19, 2015 Marta Conejo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La verdad es que leo poco novela negra, pero este libro ha estado muy bien :D. Junta la parte más científica con el museo y la parte del FBI con nuestro amado Pendergast, un hombre un poco extraño que, bueno, la verdad, es sacado de un libro literalmente.

Me ha gustado mucho el contexto del crimen en el museo y de la historia. Por otro lado, odio ligeramente los libros que desvelan todo al final, y la forma de desvelarlo es que el protagonista lo cuente, y no que se vaya averiguando.

Pero no est
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Robby
Apr 05, 2013 Robby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretty much anyone.
Recommended to Robby by: Self
(4.5) Everything that can be said has been said about this book. Since I'm a two finger typist, I'll be keeping my two cents worth of comments brief. I really enjoyed this book but no surprises there; I'm a big fan of the Preston @ Child collaborations and this was not a disappointment. I found the book to have that eerie, spooky, adventuresome feeling that I've grown accustomed to and expected from this pairing of great writers; each an accomplished author on their own behalf. But, when they te ...more
Cheryl
Dec 13, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1/2 stars. Interesting, unique plot for a murder mystery. It was a bit longer than it needed to be. (You could easily edit out 100 pages and that would improve the momentum of the plot.) I thought Pendergast was an interesting, eccentric character and I will be reading more books in this series. An enjoyable read.
Lindsay
Dec 30, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2012
Oh, this book was so nearly a five star. 20 pages from the end and I thought it was clinched. But alas, the final reveal was a little disappointing, the inevitable last explanations were sketchy and motives were threadbare.

Let's put all that aside for a moment. I don't read a lot of mysteries anymore. They're really more of a throwback to my teen years. Every now and then, however, I feel the need to dip back into my "comfort" genre. And I was very comfortable here with Preston and Child. There
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Edward Lorn
Mar 18, 2013 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An otherwise excellent novel ended up plagued by a horrendous repetition of words within the last hundred pages. Everything the characters did was described by the authors as either "slowly" or "abruptly." I actually wanted to stop reading, the overused adverbs became so bad. Either the editor became tired toward the end, or the authors were allowed to edit their own book. This saddened me a great deal, as I really loved the twisty, turn-y plot Lincoln and Child developed.

If you follow my revie
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Charlie (NJBiblio)
The Cabinet of Curiosities is the third in the Pendergast series by Preston and Lincoln, but the first book I have ever read by these authors. I found this during the Borders liquidation sitting alone and was simply intrigued by the description. I was not at all disappointed.

The character of Pendergast is rather unique. Even though I missed the first two installments, where I am sure there is a better fleshing out of the character, I felt that I did get to know, and really like him in this work.
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Vickie
Jun 06, 2011 Vickie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a summertime "junk food" novel! So...mildly creepy, uber-gruesome at times, horror wannabe book, that fits better in the mystery category than horror (except for the weird paranormal trips taken by Pendergast and a sci-fi fascination with immortality.) I enjoyed the story itself and I'm a sucker for fiction that sneaks in a bit of education via pseudo historical documents and secret archives (think The Historian, The DaVinci Code, A Discovery of Witches.) Overall, I'd call it a really ...more
Elizabeth
This was incredibly fun. A great premise that I think owes something to the story of Dr. H. H. Holmes (with whom I am only familiar because of the wonderful book, THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, which I recommend to EVERYONE). Who doesn't like thinking of creepy artifacts left moldering in the basements of long-deceased gentleman-scholars--or even left moldering in the Museum of Natural History? There's an awesome scene involving a Triceratops...it's very cinematic, as are all the books by this pai ...more
M.R. Sellars
As usual this is just my opinion, so that 2 star rating needs to be qualified -

This is NOT a bad book. Very few books are bad. However, while I thought the story had great promise I personally didn't care for its execution. I was also unable to connect with the characters - in fact, by the end of the story I pretty much despised all of them.

I enjoyed the writing style, however there were moments of "Randish" tediousness that could have made it a tighter story, thereby engaging me more. Put it th
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John
Feb 22, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
For those who liked the Relic you will enjoy this the third book in the series.The story is well detailed and has plenty of twist and turns.FBI agent Pendergast has to call on all his smarts and skills to capture a very unique serial killer who is patterning his kills after serial slayings that were committed over a century ago and no this is not about Jack The Ripper.All in all a very good read.
Nicole
Apr 02, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathryn
Recommended to Nicole by: Susan, Tony, Kristen, Trish
Shelves: myst
Not sure what I'm supposed to be feeling, here. Couldn't put it down once it really started going. Odd story, and Pendergast is unusual. Would like to see more of him. Liked the other characters too, and want more of Nora. Not so much with Smithback.

A bit long, though.

Update: It took some talking over with friends to realize my problem with the plot. The story was TOO fantastical. Authors sometimes take an out-there idea and run with it. Fine, I'm used to that. This one took more than one idea,
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Jane Stewart
2 stars. Careless logic. Things are not well thought out. Audiobook narrator not good.

MY PROBLEMS:
Too much stretching things out at the end. The bad guy catches victims, you know they are going to die, but the authors interrupt the scenes too much. Example: Someone wakes up and finds themselves in chains. Scene switches to other. Bad guy talks to the prisoner. Scene switches to other. Bad guy injects something into prisoner. Scene switches to other. It was too manipulative for me.

I was bothered
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Frank
Aug 08, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another gripping and exciting read from Preston/Child. This is the 3rd in the Pendergast series and, so far, the best! This one also includes appearances by Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback. Kelly made her first appearance in the non-Pendergast novel, Thunderhead, which I also thought was a great read. And of course Smithback, the newspaper reporter, played key roles in Relic, Reliquary, and Thunderhead. Curiosities is a great thriller reminiscent of Poe (in fact Poe is mentioned late in the novel) ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pendergast (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Relic (Pendergast, #1)
  • Reliquary (Pendergast, #2)
  • 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)
  • Cemetery Dance (Pendergast, #9)
  • Fever Dream (Pendergast, #10)
  • Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, #11)

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