Verses for the Dead (Special Agent Pendergast Series #18)

Verses for the Dead (Special Agent Pendergast Series #18)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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In this #1 New York Times bestseller, FBI Agent Pendergast reluctantly teams up with a new partner to investigate a rash of Miami Beach murders . . . only to uncover a deadly conspiracy that spans decades.
After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner.
Pendergast and his new colleague, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to investigate a rash of killings in Miami Beach, where a bloodthirsty psychopath is cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them with cryptic handwritten letters at local gravestones. The graves are unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belong to women who committed suicide.
But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast's worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538747186
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #18
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 826
File size: 727 KB

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Verses for the Dead 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
A series this long is bound to have lows, this is one of them. The mystery is generic and bland. The new partner is an empty suit, liking over brewed coffee is not intresting or funny. The FBI antagonist is introduced only to immediately back down then get promoted out of the picture. Feels like a filler book with no energy or direction. Hopefully the next book will be a return to form.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Not my favorite Pendergast novel, moved a bit slower than usual, but still a good murder mystery. Preston/Child are still leaps and bounds ahead of other authors.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book, just as all of the previous Pendergast novels, was Great! I read them in a day & I’m always extremely disappointed when I reach the end.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I’m a serious Pendergast fan, so I really looked forward to this novel. It didn’t have any of the magic of the other novels. In fact, I really still couldn’t tell anyone the whole story. There were too many people to try to keep track of and not enough reminders of the characters by the authors. I still love the detective, but this story felt too disjointed.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This 18th book in the series does not disappoint . I so enjoy S.A. Perdergast and his unconventional methods to solve crimes. His partner was enjoyable. All in all a good read!
Anonymous 10 months ago
A truely fast moving story. Well written and believable.
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Their books are EXCELLENT reads move quickly
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I enjoyed the story, but would have liked it more if it were told more from Pendergast's perspective.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Love the new characters introduced in this novel. Hope to see them again!
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Anonymous 1 days ago
On of the best! Thank you! This is all I have to say! When will it be enough?
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Anonymous 5 months ago
This is one of my favorite series but this outing held none of what a reader expects from the series. Couldn’t even finish it. Waste of $14.99
Anonymous 5 months ago
I just love Pendergast!! This book was quite GOOD! I truly enjoyed the plot and new characters. The Gents have done it again. I am already waiting for the next one. Thank you.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Waited a long time for this to come out and it just didn’t do it for me. I did not stay engaged like previous books and I could put this one down. Hope the next one is more exciting. I am still a fan.
Anonymous 5 months ago
A good read but not one of their best, slow to develop and not as intense. With the Pendergast series you look forward to page turners that keep you up all night.
Anonymous 7 months ago