At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle - her only protection from the beast - had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?
With Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta's assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife's murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. Helen Pendergast had nursed a secret obsession with the famed naturalist-painter John James Audubon, in particular a long-lost painting of his known as the Black Frame.
As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle - the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou - he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?
©2010 Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette
"Once again, the bestselling authors show they have few peers at creating taut scenes of suspense. Their restraint in the book's early sections make the payoffs all the more compelling." (Publishers Weekly)
I chose this book on the basis of the reviews, not because I was familiar with the author(s). It was very different to what I have read, or listened to previously and, after a few chapters, I thought this might not be my kind of book. But the characters were very real, and interesting in their actions and eccentricities, so I continued with this book, soon becoming totally engrossed. There were multiple threads to this story, all nicely intertwined. However, I felt the story was not at the end, when the book ended. I would like to have learned the 'future' of three of the threads, which remained unresolved. Overall, however, I liked it. The narrative moved smoothly. Expect more than usual from this one.
The narrator did an excellent job, allowing the listener to concentrate on the story; the different voices were distinguishable, thus retaining the flow.
I really enjoy Preston and Child???s page-turning stories, and I???m a fan of Special Agent Pendergast. The beginning starts off great and sucks you in. Unfortunately, the ending wasn???t satisfying and leaves me wondering if the Pendergast storyline has run its course.
So far I have loved every book in this series. This one did not disappoint!
Child & Preston have done it again with their supernatural elements! This time you get hints about Pendergas, his ward and family histories. (IMO, they clearly have a sequel in mind.)
The plot moves along with lots of detail as with all the Pendergas books. You also have a number of characters from previous novels. But the novel will easily stand alone.
The narator is terrific. The various characters are readily recognizable.
The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of my usual 5 for these authors is that it is a bit slower in evolving than their previous books which was a tad disappointing. In addition, it was just not quite as believable as their other books have been. This is not because of the supernatural overtones, but just in general. I still would recomend reading the book though, but don't expect it to be as fast paced as usual.
I really like Agent Pendergast's character. Living in New Orleans, it was fun to have part of the book take place in my neck of the woods. Can't wait for the next book to come out because the ending wasn't truly an ending...
Pendergast is one of my favorite characters. In this book he transitions into a detective solving a crime that could have happened. The plot is plausible and the resolution is thrilling fiction. I don't care for zombie stories or anything where animals are tortured, but have read the previous books because I am a Pendergast fan. I sincerely hope the author writes many more books like this one. It reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes novel, timeless and exceedingly entertaining. Thanks to the author for a great read!
I enjoyed this book's humor and the narration of it.I like how the two main characters are as different as night and day,but good friends despite the mishaps they get into during cases.I found the mystery surrounding the wife deep and really had to pay close attention to what that was about,once it was revealed because it was a little confusing at first.I'll definitely look for more books from these two authors.
FEVER DREAM is the latest collaboration between two great authors in their excellent "Pendergast Series." Preston and Child maintain the mystery and suspense at such high levels, I listened almost nonstop until the end. In this book FBI special agent Pendergast faces his most challenging--and personal--case yet, in a plot guaranteed to keep you listening.
Preston & Child are back on track! This is the Pendergast we love and now we finally get to see a different side of his personality! A new nemesis and little more about Constance....I hope they are writing the next book as we speak!
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