Verses for the Dead (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Special Agent Pendergast Series #18)

Verses for the Dead (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Special Agent Pendergast Series #18)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538749241
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #18
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 68
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days 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 11 days 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 11 days 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.
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Anonymous 8 days ago
I enjoyed the story, but would have liked it more if it were told more from Pendergast's perspective.
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Anonymous 19 hours 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.
MonnieR 21 hours ago
What a joy it is to enjoy a book so much that you're sad when you reach the end! Over the years, I've become a fan of several series, including this one - never (or rarely) missing a new installment. And over those same years, I've watched way too many of them become rather stale; characters I'd come to love fall off their professional games, take on lesser roles in their own stories and even, in one instance, continue to act like a silly pre-teenager well into what should be grown-up years. Not so here; although I admit to wishing for a bit more interaction between FBI agent A.X.L. Pendergast and his ward, Constance, his remarkable sleuthing powers and clever repartee haven't faded one whit. But while many things remain the same, others have changed; most notably, a new chief at the FBI's New York field office, who isn't pleased with Pendergast's think-outside-the-box tendencies, no matter how many cases he solves as a result. As such, he gives Pendergast an ultimatum: Henceforth, he must work with a partner. That turns out to be junior agent Coldmoon, a Native American from the Lakota tribe who's very intriguing in his own right (in fact, he's interesting enough that I can see him with a series of his own (are you listening, Messieurs Preston and Child)? For now, though, they're a dynamic duo - and watching two very capable characters who really don't want to work together work together is a treat. As the story begins, a very fresh human heart is found in Miami on the grave of Elise Baxter, who died 11 years earlier - her death deemed suicide by hanging. A note announcing the "gift" is signed "Mister Brokenhearts," so the search begins to identify the writer as well as the former owner of the heart. When the rest of her is found, Pendergast and Coldmoon are assigned to the case (in fact, Coldmoon gets another concurrent assignment, but the nature of that one isn't for me to reveal). The two detectives head first to Maine, where Baxter died, but clues or ties to the heart-deprived woman are nonexistent. Meanwhile, another fresh heart turns up in a mausoleum in Miami - on the container holding the remains of a woman who reportedly committed suicide in a manner eerily similar to Baxter. By this time, Pendergast's supervisor is plenty riled up, and his anger only escalates when Pendergast insists that exhumation of the long-ago suicide victims' bodies is highly advisable. Ultimately, though, he gets his way, and when an especially capable medical examiner does her thing, clues start falling into place that lead Pendergast and Coolmoon to uncharted territory and a fight to the death (who bites the dust is yet another tidbit that's for me to know and other readers to find out). All told, it's quite an exciting adventure, and I'm sorry it's over. I have confidence that another installment is in the works, of course - but hey, fellas, could you please hurry it up just a little bit?
Anonymous 2 days ago
A truely fast moving story. Well written and believable.
Anonymous 4 days ago
I love reading the gents books, but I dread finishing them, and having to wait for the next
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Anonymous 6 days ago
Well-paced, good character development, with a plot that keeps you guessing.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Their books are EXCELLENT reads move quickly
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Anonymous 7 days ago
This was a so-so book for me. Definitely not as good as the old books in the series. It felt like some other authors wrote this one. I miss the old characters from the past books. They made the books as good as they are. Something is missing in this book. The new sidekick is a bore. Glad he is not coming back.
Ravenford 7 days ago
Magic can happen when two writers get together to create a book. These guys, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, akin their work to something like the relationship of an old married couple, but that the sex is bad. Really? Guys? I think you're lying. Because the book was amazing. You two popped out another baby (#18) and every page is stimulating with the descriptions of the places and the characters. Agent Coldmoon is a brilliant and intriguing opposite partner for Agent Pendergast. (I hope to encounter more of him in future books. He's damn sexy!) This is Pendergast at his best and this is definitely one of my new favorites in the Pendergast series of books. "Verses For The Dead" is not to miss!!!
Anonymous 9 days ago
If I had not read all of the other Pendergast books, I would think this was a great read, but it not nearly as good in comparison to the others. I would call this "Pendergast Lite" because it has none of the details, intricate & macabre plots, or any of the regular recurring characters. I like the new character and assume we will be seeing more of him in possibly his own series, but missed D'Agosta and any of the other supporting cast. (And introducing a brother to Bill Smithback in no way makes up for killing him off, if that's what they were trying to do) I almost felt like someone else wrote this. So, it is a fine murder mystery on it's own, but does not fit into this series at all as far as I am concerned.
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Anonymous 10 days ago
Love the new characters introduced in this novel. Hope to see them again!
Anonymous 11 days ago
What is this "free, extra" chapter. it isn't marked or noted. Poor information included with book and I thought it was supposed to be signed too and it wasn't. Fool me once.....
Anonymous 11 days ago
I would truly love to review this book, and am sure it will be as good as, if not better than, the preceeding books in the Pendergast saga. However, I haven't received my order yet, and have another 3 days to wait for it. Since others I chat with on Facebook have had their books (ordered from Poison Pen or Amazon) for at least a week now, I'm not too impressed with the pre-order option with B&N. Not sure if the alternate ending will be worth the wait or not...
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