Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the co-authors of the Pendergast series of thrillers, including such bestselling titles as Fever Dream, The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, and Relic, which became a number one box office hit movie. Douglas Preston's solo novels include the New York Times bestsellers Impact, Blasphemy, The Codex, and Tyrannosaur Canyon. His nonfiction book The Monster of Florence is being made into a film starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is the author of Utopia, Death Match, Deep Storm, and Terminal Freeze.
The discovery of two decapitated skeletons in the murky sludge of the Harlem River necessitates the forensic services of anthropologists Margo Green and Dr. Frock, who worked together in The Relic (LJ 9/15/94). New York Post reporter Bill Smithback also returns, looking for a major scoop via a society victim's mother, as does Lieutenant D'Agosta, who has connected these gruesome‘possibly cannibalistic‘deaths to a series of like murders in the scary tunnels beneath the city. This meaty blend of police procedural, thriller, and horror flick should prove most popular and may revive interest in the earlier best seller. Essential.
The curator of the Natural History Museum rejoins police and the FBI as they attempt to solve horrific murders. A frightening sequel to The Relic, it's a terrific read on its own. (Sept.)
The netherworld of New York City‘its subways, aqueducts, sewers and the homeless who inhabit them‘proves as shuddery a setting for the authors' latest scientific monster mash as the American Museum of Natural History did for their bestselling Relic, to which this is the sequel. In the earlier novel, Mbwun, a ferocious creature that seemed part reptile, part human, rampaged through the museum killing people. The sequel, set 18 months after Mbwun was destroyed, opens with a police diver finding the headless bodies of two people apparently killed by underground cannibals. The corpses are sent to the museum's lab for analysis, which brings a number of returnees from Relic‘burly homicide cop Vincent D'Agosta, anthropologist Margo Green, New York Post crime reporter Bill Smithback‘to the case. They're soon joined by the novels' Sherlock Holmes figure, the irresistibly cool Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI. Forays by these principals into the kingdom of the Mole People (underground homeless), plus some forensic breakthroughs, point to a race of mini-Mbwun at work in an escalating series of savage killings that incite the city's upper crust to civil disobedience. The city's answer, to flood its nether vaults, turns out to threaten a global catastrophe that only Pendergast and company, aided by Navy SEALS, can avert. The story's "surprise" ending makes as much sense as ketchup on popcorn, and the entire novel has a desperate air about it as the authors stuff it with complications and, by pitting the homeless against the swells, try to create a kind of Decapitation of the Vanities. It's high on suspense and tremendous fun in parts, though, especially when exploring the city's nightmare underbelly. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections. (May)
"Preston and Child carry off this sequel with great energy and panache. In particular, their portrait of the underground dwellers lifts this thriller into a category all its own." --Chicago Tribune "Reads like a summer roller-coaster flick." --Philadelphia Inquirer "The sequel to the popular Relic hits all the right buttons for those looking for thrills and chills from things that go bump in the night.... Another page-turner that cries out for translation to the silver screen." --The Orlando Sentinel