Crooked river

Douglas J Preston

Book - 2020

"Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach--each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene--and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean... of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive? In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who--in a cruel irony--ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research." -- Amazon.

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Series
Preston, Douglas J. Pendergast novel.
Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction
Paranormal fiction
Published
New York : Grand Central Publishing 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
400 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781538747254
1538747251
Main Author
Douglas J Preston (author)
Other Authors
Lincoln Child (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Picking up shortly after the events detailed in Verses for the Dead (2018), the new Aloysius Pendergast thriller pits the rebellious FBI agent against the person or persons responsible for the dozens of dismembered feet washing up on a Florida beach. Unfortunately for Pendergast, solving this mystery will require him to do battle with some of his colleagues, law-enforcement people with their own ideas of how to go about catching a killer. Red herrings and dead ends abound in this especially intricately plotted entry in the Pendergast series, which is also noteworthy (as usual) for its finely drawn characters and its writing style, which overlays contemporary storytelling with a lightly ornate flavoring. Pendergast remains a thoroughly engaging maverick, working within the rule-bound FBI but always going his own way, and this fine novel showcases his intelligence, determination, and tolerate-no-idiots investigative style. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Picking up shortly after the events detailed in Verses for the Dead (2018), the new Aloysius Pendergast thriller pits the rebellious FBI agent against the person or persons responsible for the dozens of dismembered feet washing up on a Florida beach. Unfortunately for Pendergast, solving this mystery will require him to do battle with some of his colleagues, law-enforcement people with their own ideas of how to go about catching a killer. Red herrings and dead ends abound in this especially intricately plotted entry in the Pendergast series, which is also noteworthy (as usual) for its finely drawn characters and its writing style, which overlays contemporary storytelling with a lightly ornate flavoring. Pendergast remains a thoroughly engaging maverick, working within the rule-bound FBI but always going his own way, and this fine novel showcases his intelligence, determination, and tolerate-no-idiots investigative style. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When more than a hundred shoes containing severed human feet wash ashore on Florida's Sanibel Island in Preston and Child's exciting 19th Pendergast novel (after 2018's Verses for the Dead), eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, who's vacationing in nearby Fort Myers with his ward, Constance Greene, joins the investigation. The arrogant Coast Guard commander in charge is sure the shoes belong to convicts executed at a Cuban prison, but Pendergast thinks otherwise and enlists the aid of oceanographer Pamela Gladstone to analyze currents in the Gulf of Mexico to determine their source. The stakes rise as it becomes clear that a mole within the investigation is tipping off those responsible for the crime. Pendergast and Gladstone wind up captured by some nasty villains, and a handful of Pendergast's friends, including the resourceful Constance, must rush to the rescue in an extended, nail-biting climax. After a string of so-so entries in this bestselling series, Preston and Child have returned to the quality storytelling they're known for. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Feb.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Investigating dozens of grisly blue shoes containing severed human feet floating in the ocean off the coast of Florida, Pendergast and Junior Agent Coldmoon make harrowing discoveries while confronting an adversary of unimaginable power. 250,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors: Racing to uncover the mystery of several severed feet found floating in the Gulf of Mexico, Agent Pendergast is faced with the most inexplicable challenge of his career.A startling crime with dozens of victims. Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach'each one with a crudely severed human foot inside.A ghastly enigma with no apparent solution. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene'and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive?A worthy challenge for a brilliant mind. In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who'in a cruel irony'ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors: Racing to uncover the mystery of several severed feet found floating in the Gulf of Mexico, Agent Pendergast is faced with the most inexplicable challenge of his career.A startling crime with dozens of victims. Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach—each one with a crudely severed human foot inside.A ghastly enigma with no apparent solution. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene—and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive?A worthy challenge for a brilliant mind. In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who—in a cruel irony—ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research.