" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
There is the Diogenes series, the series involved with searching for his wife's killer, two original books introducing Relic/Reliquary, & a couple books that involved friends of XP... but this particular book is as close as a stand alone book involving our favorite funeral director dressed FBI officer from N.O. This book is not only a great tale, its a bit of a let down that one of Pendergasts later novels uses the formula of the killer in 'Still Life' to create a later killer.
This book introduces a Corrie who ends up being a character we like from this small town being terrorized by an unknown killer. After all the books that are in this series I look back & see that this is the top 3 easily in overall quality & also narration, although Rene is much better than Brick, Brick is much better than the two different narrators for Relic & Reliquary.
If for some reason u have not read this book & u enjoy a good mystery... This is an excellent one!
Character development is important to me in a book. The Characters in this book were very real and interesting. A very good read.
Love Scott Brick!
I'd say it was time well spent as I enjoy the work of Preston and Child, along with Scott Brick's above average narration. I wouldn't say this was my favorite in the series thus far (I'm listening to them all in order) but it wasn't a terrible read. I was able to predict much of the "surprise" of the story relatively early on. Whereas previous Pendergast books kept me on the edge with suspense, this story seemed to have me more focused on the character interaction since I was never really awed or intrigued by the storyline.
I enjoyed the interactions between Cory and Pendergast. I thought their relationship developed nicely and there was a certain amount of chemistry between the two that was enjoyable to follow along. The least interesting was, sadly, the story behind the killings. I thought it was not very suspenseful and while this is a book of fiction, I found myself being unable to suspend disbelief enough to truly enjoy it.
Without Scott Brick there's a good chance this book ends up as a 2 star for me. He does a great job of giving each character a unique voice, at least to me.
I'd go see it just because it is a Pendergast novel. I might not say I loved it afterwards, but I'd give it a try.
If you have listened to other Pendergast novels I'd say this one is a safe bet and worth the credit.
Yes, it was a good story with one of my favorite characters Agent Pendergast
...in rural Kansas? The ultimate 'outsider' FBI agent attempts to insert himself into a bizarre murder investigation which quickly develops into a serial killer scenario, but unlike any serial killer Pendergast has ever seen. And to make matters worse, the locals don't like him one bit.
This story kept me guessing until the end and Scott Brick's narration is perfect (as usual). If you're already a fan of the series, this book is definitely credit-worthy. And if this is your first Pendergast novel, it probably won't be your last.
Vacationing in the Kansas corn belt, FBI Inspector Pendergast enlists the aid of a young Goth to show him the local sites. Oh, yes, and to, by the way, solve a string of ghastly murderers. Good read, even though I did figure out the mystery. (I don't usually) No one can unravel a "twisted" mystery quite so spectacularly as Preston & Child. And this one is truly twisted.
I really enjoyed the new setting and getting to know some new characters that will continue on in books to come. I found the small town refreshing and fearfully familiar. Good work.
This is the second Pendergast book that I've listened to on audio, and have to say Scott Brick was made for this one. The narration was excellent, adding so much to the book itself, which I loved.
The character development in this series can't be beat. You might become close to a particular character, and poof, they become a victim to the villain of the day. That's one thing I like about these books, they are unpredictable. And Pendergast himself, is one of the most intriguing main men, that I've ever read about. You just can't quite figure out his story, and what he's all about, so you go from book to book, trying to find the answer.
Well worth the listen!
Addicted to audio books.
Scary, interesting, great characters.
I like Scott Brick, I enjoy his voice. I enjoy the other narrator of the series as well and became accustomed to Rene but Scott is always good.
The cornfield and road scene.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I never buy printed books if I can help it.
I particularly appreciated the ending that showed compassion for the poor villian. That I was not expecting.
the young teenage character that hooked up with Pendergast
no but you might add get scared of the dark to that question.
This book seems to be setting some new material for future writing. And I have no problem with that. It was still filled with mystery & intrigue none-the-less & I enjoyed it