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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Fever Dream

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!

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  • Sherray
  • NewYork, NY, United States
  • 06-08-10

Fever Dream

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.

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  • JohnB
  • WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States
  • 06-06-10

Possibly the Best Pendergast Novel Yet!

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.

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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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  • Patircia
  • Cherry Valley, CA, USA
  • 05-22-10


This is one series that I cannot wait for the next book to be released. Fever Dream was excellent and it was nice to be able to learn something about Pendergast's history. Hurry up with the next one please!

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  • Amy
  • Durham, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
  • 05-23-10

OK, but not a favorite

I love Pendergast, but this book seems like an incomplete story. I know they like to create books with stories that span over three books so I guess this will be the case with this book as well, but I was not satisfied by the ending at all. And can I just say, "Constance Green, go away!"

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Super Human hero's investigations

Well, after reading a few reviews about this book, i expected a lot more in this book. I am very very disappointed. The writers have not only created a superhuman hero who has all the tools and tricks at all times ready as if he knew it all beforehand but also a very unrealstically interwoven plot. I cant imagine a burnt down house that lies unattended for twelve years has still some papers aptly retreived by our super hero and reads them and finds clues out of it. And people not concerned with the story do remember clearly what happened 12 years ago. It sounds totally impractical and improbable.
I have learnt one thing though - not to give much weightage to the reviews while selecting my next book.
Ram Paleti

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Don't buy

Long, tedious and boring

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once again, 5 stars for book 10

I'm ever impressed with each new book in the pendergast series. I hope they never stop writing books for this series!

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A Nice Improvement Over the Last Two

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot did keep me intrigued simply because more and more about Pendergast's history was revealed. Much of his character is based on mystery but this book does a great job of revealing much, while not revealing all about who Pendergast is and what makes him tick.

What three words best describe Rene Auberjonois’s performance?

Not Scott Brick

Any additional comments?

I was let down by the two books prior to Fever Dream in the series as it seemed almost like the characters were only the same in name. Part of it could have come from the change in the narrator and the fact that I have listened to the books within months of each other. I'm not sold completely on Rene Auberjonois as I think his Pendergast is not as believable as Scott Brick's. The honey like Southern accent just isn't there. The story is more enjoyable though which has set to rest my concerns about the direction of the series. I expect to not love every book, but when two in a row were let downs, I started to become concerned. Thankfully Preston and Child picked it back up with Fever Dream.

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