Before he can return to New York from Miami, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is called to investigate something very strange that has happened on the west coast of Florida. Dozens of human feet, identically clad in blue have washed up on beaches. All exhibit unmistakeable signs of violence. Beyond that, nothing is known about the feet, except that they are fresh and...more
Crooked River is the 19th book in the Pendergast series and just published this month.
Yes, you read that right!
There have been 19 books in this series and I feel like Preston & Child are still knocking them out!
Crooked River starts off with Agent Pendergast and his ward, Constance Green finally having a vacation on a secluded island. While on vacation, Pendergast's supervisor, Assistant Director in Charge Pickett comes to the island to ask for Agent ...more
I was attracted to Crooked River because of the severed feet. In the story, feet clad in identical shoes begin washing up on a Florida Beach. We've all seen news reports about such feet stumbling ashore, often in the Pacific Northwest, and there are ...more
A classic Pendergast novel is here, more of what everyone expects wrapped around a mysterious crime that seems to have no cause or motive. Even Constance has something to do here outside her normal angst and bringing people tea, and the story is better ...more
I'm unsure how to properly comment my feelings in reading this one. The talent and voice(s) is there, but the vision seems to be muddied or perhaps lost? I loved the first Pendergast novels; Relic, Reliquary, up through Still Life...; and was blown away by the Helen trilogy. Then it seems as if the authors did a radical reset of the character. There really ...more
and Captiva Islands on the Florida Gulf coast are known for their beauty and
the abundance of beautiful seashells that wash up on the pristine beaches. When
nearly one hundred severed feet clad in green shoes begin washing up on the
beach the FBI calls in Special Agent Pendergast to solve this bizarre case. A
joint taskforce is quickly gathered,
the Coast Guard is put in charge. The investigation is fraught with infighting
and jurisdictional problems. Pendergast quietly conducts his own ...more
Pendergast, a special agent with the FBI, is unlike any other fictional detective I’ve encountered, which is why, nineteen books in, this series continues to deliver. He’s ...more
That macabre opening scene kicks off the latest Preston & Child novel in fine style. Naturally, special agent Pendergast is persuaded to investigate. While this definitely is not the first novel in the series, it's a decent enough place to start if you're curious. Plenty of time to delve into the history of the characters if you like this sample. The ...more
I’ve been following Pendergast series for years. It had its ups and downs. Fortunately, the last installments were good. Crooked River may be the best in a long while.
This time Pendergast, helped by Constance, lands in Florida, where more than a hundred shoes containing severed human feet wash ashore Sanibel Island. He deals, as only Pendergast can, with arrogant Coast Guard commander, nefarious conspiracy, and dark secrets.
The book offers nothing new, but it gives readers what they’re craving ...more
With one dimensional characters whose development remains stuck in repeated superficial descriptions of cool linen suits or otherworldly confections of chiffon from a bygone ...more
I don't believe a dog owner would kill his dog for stealing one piece of evidence among many. In fact, I can think of damn few reasons that an owner would shoot his dog, and they're all life threatening scenarios.
This episode ...more
It was good to go back into Pendergast's world. Fun story but it felt like a transition piece where the focus was on the case and not a lot of light was shed on the characters. The last book had a note of finality on Pendergast getting involved in solving crime/etc. This one was packed with a lot of action but it was somewhat impersonal in how it did not go into Pendergast's head or the others.
I definitely enjoyed this book however, I did find it dragged a little at times. ...more
Took two days, but at their best again. This is a ...more
This 19th Pendergast novel is set in Florida. Agent Pendergast is once again joined with Agent Coldmoon while investigating a bizarre incident where 100 shoes, with human feet in them, float ashore in Florida. The case intrudes on a vacation that Pendergast and Constance Greene are having, and eventually pulls her into its wake too.
The story has ...more
Although identical shoes washing up on a beach with dismembered feet still in them is not really completely conventional if I'm being honest. But it's interesting enough to pull Pendergast and his ward Constance Green away from their vacation and off to investigate. Along the way we get a couple of side stories involving a haunted house and a reporter dealing with a drug gang, a couple of ...more