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 haven'...more
Going with 4.5 stars on this one.
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 come ...more
Jars filled with tongues, other human remains dating back to 1960s found in Florida home
Preston & Child continue their adventures with “Florida Man” and this book is definitely weird and action packed. From the get-go, the m ...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 has ...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
Great premise but then it took my two favorite gentlemen authors another 20% of the book to put all their literary machinations into motion.
And just as I was beginning to doubt where it was all going, the action started and the second half of the book flew by in a few fun hours.
Minus a star for not enough Pendergast and Greene until the last third of the book. Another half-star ding for the slightly simplified plot-line which was tied up fairly neatly by the end.
A shout out for the empathe ...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 many ...more
Pendergast is still in Florida from previous book, on vacation after his last case. His boss, ADC Pickett flew in with a mysterious case and wanted Pendergast to take a "quick look". Hundreds of feet in green rubber shoes were washed ashore which left Pendergast bewildered and took on the case.
Meanwhile, Constance Green seek out a temporary accommodation for them and rented a to be demolished historical Victorian shin ...more
I suggest to have Materia Primoris (Mark Snow) at hand for background music, especially in the last quarter.
(view spoiler)[Percy Bysshe. I was afraid it would be something like that. (hide spoiler)]
p240: Gladstone leaned over his shoulder. It seemed that not too long ago, a developer in Carrabelle had been fined for illegally dredging the Crooked River to his new marina. Ripped out a lot of mangroves in the process, ...more
-- the simple unfolding process
-- An even simpler crime narrative despite its heinous manifestations
-- And the climax involving near-supernatural powers to get the heroes out of an ...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 myste ...more
Lovely beaches, the ocean, the swamps, the warmth. Florida has it all. What it doesn't have is the undefinable sense of long history and old buildings and museums and the atmosphere that NYC has, or the ...more
It shouldn’t be shocking, but to be honest, it kind of is. P & C used to write great novels. And I used to eagerly anticipate each new book, even when things started to take a bit of a downturn. And I kept with them, through their boring Helen trilogy where it was pretty freaking clear that Douglas and Li ...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
Let’s see. This was an interesting installment. I can’t say I was blown away by it. It was an average read. I thought Constance’s investigation fell short.
I never really felt the danger for Pendergast. I felt unfulfilled with resolution to why they were in FL. Why mention this and then nothing about it the rest of the book? It served no purpose except to piss me off.
The narrator sounded a lot like Rene and not. It was weird.
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 di ...more
Other books in the series
“A nice thought. But personally? I think failure sucks.” Gladstone slumped down in her chair, trying to get comfortable. After so many hours, it was difficult.
“The question failure asks is: what don’t we know that we don’t know?”
“Whoa, man,” Lam said. “That’s deep.”