“Something wasn’t right back here. Something wasn’t right at all.” (page 14)
I was wandering around Borders once looking for something new to read when the books by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child caught my eye. I didn’t know anything about them and I don’t usually read thrillers but I decided to give the Pendergast series a try. I’m glad I did!
The first book in the series, Relic, offers up museum trouble of a different kind. The New York Museum of Natural History is about to open an exhibit but before the big day arrives people start being brutally killed in the museum. The police handle the investigation at first but it doesn’t take long for Special Agent Pendergast to arrive on the scene.
“There are many problems, as you are no doubt aware,” said Pendergast. “But I’m not really here to brief you on the case. It’s enough if I remind you simply that a dangerous serial killer remains loose in the Museum. We have no reason to believe he has stopped killing.” (page 220)
As Pendergast investigates the crime, with the help of researcher Margo Greene and Lieutenant D’Agosta, the suspense for the reader continues to build as you wonder who or what is committing the crimes. The main bulk of the action takes place on the opening night of the exhibit, a little more than halfway through the book, and I just couldn’t put it down from that part on. The end is exciting and certainly lives up to the build-up from the rest of the book.
I’ve read Relic three times already and I know I’m going to be reading it again. And even though I know what’s going to happen it still keeps me hooked all the way to the end.
From The Cover: Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…
But the museum director’s plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.
Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
Just One More Thing: “As they turned to enter the storeroom, Margo heard a distant drumming, like slow thunder. She froze, listening intently. The thunder seemed to have a voice; crying or shouting, she wasn’t sure which.” (page 353)
This Edition: Paperback published by Tor (1996)
Other Books In This Series: Reliquary, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life With Crows, Brimstone, Dance of Death, The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, White Fire, Blue Labyrinth
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