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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston
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Jul 13, 2009

it was ok

** spoiler alert ** Zombies in Upper Manhattan. (Hey, it's summer.) A relatively weak entry in the Agent Pendergast series, which is usually distinguished by its weirdly exuberant combination of police-procedural structure and supernatural, The-Thing-That-Lived-In-the-Subways plotting. This one has some interesting historical background on the Inwood neighborhood at the northern tip of Manhattan, an area I don't know at all despite have grown up in New York, but there's something enervated about the story and the writing, as if the authors didn't really have an inspiration this time around and dredged the book up from the bottom of endless cups of coffee to fulfill their obligation to the publisher. Even the eccentric and brilliant Pendergast, one of the more original and compelling detective characters going, seems colorless and sort of exhausted. Part of the problem may be that for the first time that I can remember in this series Preston & Child don't stand by their supernatural premise, a curious decision since its one of the things that sets the series apart in its overcrowded field. A disappointment.
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Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym) My thoughts exactly!

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Nicole Hadaway I thought so too!

Veena I agree with you, although I haven't read other Preston & Child novels yet, so I wouldn't be able to compare it to another of their books. Anyway, this book didn't really impress me to want to try others.

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Dennis Connor agree, as for more intense, Crimson Shore is much better

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