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The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  32,731 Ratings  ·  1,747 Reviews
In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered.
Inside are thirty-six bodies--all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago.
While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city.
The nightmare has begun.
Audio CD, 17 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 3rd 2001)
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Sean Gibson
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thus far, I have, for whatever reason, been comparing the Pendergastian works of Messrs. Preston and Child to food (see, for example, here and here). It’s entirely possible I have a tapeworm. That said, in keeping with that theme, let’s call Cabinet of Curiosities a pumpkin spice latte.

On a crisp late October day with the leaves overhead a blaze of orange, red, and yellow, there are few more sublime experiences than sitting outside and sipping a pumpkin spice latte while you enjoy that blaze of
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 creepy, terrifying stars!

Thanks Terry for the great BR on this book. I’m really enjoying our mutual trip down Pendergast horror lane. 😱😃

Alright, where do I start? That’s right, we start in New York City in an ancient tunnel full of 36 dead bodies! So, where did these bodies come from and why are they there? Great question and you’re about to find out.

FBI agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast (whew, what a name!) decides to investigate this site with the dead bodies and enlist Dr. Nora Kelly to help
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
Nov 02, 2015 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!
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
One of the most creepiest books that i might have happened to have read in a long time.

I am a little scared still ©.©
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“One can reach the gates of hell just as easily by short steps as by large.”

Staying in New York, this third novel deals with the museum and archaeological finds again. This time it's closet to home when tearing down structures for new business reveals hidden bones and horrors beneath cement walls, telling a tragic story of the past. A modern killer is up to no good, however, bringing out Special Agent Pendergast, returning character journalist Bill Smithback, and struggling archaeologist Nora
The only thing I'm left feeling curious about is what took me so long to read this book, and the other Preston/Child's books?! This is a great mystery that includes tons of action, twists/turns and great horror moments. Special Agent Pendergast is such a fun, mysterious and always interesting character. I enjoyed getting more of his background in this installment. Thanks to Ginger and Matthew for the fun buddy read!
Nov 04, 2012 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
Feb 11, 2010 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
Oct 12, 2015 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.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from one of the best pair of authors around!
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 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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dekkari, bookclub
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
May 12, 2014 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
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, mystery
This is a great book and the best stand alone book of the series. With great research into the underworld of New York city, the environment for this novel is incredible both equally spooky as well as fascinating. This is the first true Pendergast novel. Up until than he has been one character in a cast of characters, now for really the first time, he is the focus of the novel. And he easily carries the novel, the character himself and his family history are fascinating. This also begins to elude ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBI Special Investigator Pendergast is wrapped up in one of his most problematic cases. Interesting plot, great characters and the right amount of tension made for a fun read.
Mar 05, 2014 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
Jan 09, 2008 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
Vilja / Kirjaneito
Luin kirjan noin päivässä ja se oli erinomainen lukujumin nitistäjä. Ei minusta fania tullut, mutta viihdyin teoksen parissa erinomaisesti ensimmäiseltä sivulta viimeiselle.
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
Oct 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hazel Bright
Jun 27, 2011 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
Oct 09, 2010 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
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
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
Feb 17, 2013 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
Marta Conejo
Jun 23, 2015 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
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pendergast
Pendergast - has to be one of the most unique/aritculate/mysterious characters created for our reading pleasure. In his third adventure/case, the creep factor is in full gear. And, with Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback, a pair that met Pendergast before...and still don't know what this pale FBI guy is all about. Great stuff.
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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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Pendergast (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • 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)
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