Soon neighbors begin to disappear - only to reappear as the lifeless centerpieces of unspeakable displays. Convulsed with terror, the townsfolk whisper of the legendary Curse of the Forty-fives. No one is safe from a killer who stalks his prey in the blackness of night...and whose grotesque crimes are revealed by circling buzzards under the cruel summer sun.
With the help of Corrie Swanson, an eighteen-year-old misfit, Pendergast unearths the secrets of this isolated town - from the dark histories of its inhabitants to the darker mysteries hidden in the endless cornfields. And ultimately, as he unravels the local curse and the truth of Medicine Creek's greatest enigma, the Ghost Warrior Massacre of 1865, Pendergast comes face-to-face with the unimaginable evil that lies at the heart of this small town.
©2003 Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks. A division of AOL Time Warner Book Group.
"The Preston-Child team scores another big winner, perfect for the summer; highly recommended¿" (Library Journal)
"Yummy beach reading." (Kirkus Reviews)
This is a nice book. The suspense and plot kept me interested. The narrarator makes it easy to follow along and has the right pace for the story. The music was a little weird - I felt like I was listening to an old-time mystery radio show, but it didn't bother me enough to take away from the story. I won't blow the ending for you, but I will say it did surprise me.
It was time well-spent. The hours flew by as I listened because the story was so intriguing.
My favourite character was Aloysius Pendergast. His demeanor and subtleties are fascinating. He stuck out like a soar thumb in the town, however it did not distract him from the case on hand.
Aloysius Pendergast. Rene Auberjonois' Louisiana drawl is wonderful. He is by far the best performer of the Pendergast performers.
It inspired my to begin reading the Pendergast series.
Set in Medicine Creek, Kansas, this story starts off with a particularly gruesome murder and takes off from there. Having spent time in small towns growing up, the local flavor of small-town America is pretty accurate. The overall atmosphere set out in the books during various stages - the locals, attitudes, the weather - it all adds to make the book very believable.
I have to admit to being seriously creeped out by this at times, and sometimes even a bit grossed out. I chose not to read certain parts of it while eating. The lack of an apparent motive for the serial killings, the deviation from a set pattern which usually defines a killer all held my attention and made me eager to keeping coming back for more.
The revelation at the finale of the book made my hair stand on end and just be seriously creeped out. Another fine story from Lincoln and Child!
I've read other books by Preston, but this was a overly formulaic.
The character of Corrie Swanson held the most interest for me. Believable and resourceful, I found myself wanting to hear more about her.
3rd of all time
no compare for me
I will listen to anything he narrates, and i have so far....he is wonderful as Pendergast, as always.
When Pendergast saves Cora from small town life and gives her the opportunity to make something of herself....makes me cry everytime!
another hit out of the park for Preston, Child, Auberjonois and Pendergast himself
Absolutely!!! I have read and listened to most of their books and by far like them even more than the Dresden series. I am not a well read person, so take this with a grain of salt.
I recommend Cabinet of Curiosities, Book of the Dead, Fever… and Cold Vengence.
I usually am enjoying the moment in the books so I don't even try to guess the end. This book I guessed without even trying. I don't mind that but I missed the dialog banter.
I am sure I am spelling it wrong, Pendergrast.
Yes, I would read it once. I just read and listen most their books more than once.
I did like the girl in the book and I am glad she is in a later book.
I have to agree with Jeanne from Virginia, this book was terrible. Ridiculous story line and very annoying voices and sound effects. I only listened to the entire book because I felt compelled after paying for it. Fortunately I spend a lot of time on the road so it was over with quickly. The only good part was the Agent Pendergast character. Without him I would rate it as a zero star instead of one.
"Cabinet of Curiosities" was my first encounter with these 2 authors and found it very gripping thru the whole story. I found "Still Life with Crows" to be very engaging from the onset but the ending slowed a bit and was somewhat disappointed by the ending. All in all, a fairly good story and I will definitely come back for more from these 2 spellbinding authors.
I am a big fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and have read or listed to all of their books. This book doesn't keep the reader as engaged as their other books and the plot is just a showcase for the central character. Special Agent Pendergast never makes a false move or mistake and has mystical powers that allow him to transport to other times. This is stretching it a little too far. I hope Preston and Child start focusing on the plot again and stop trying to create a new superhero - we have enough of those already.
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