Verses for the Dead (Signed Exclusive Edition) (Special Agent Pendergast Series #18)

Verses for the Dead (Signed Exclusive Edition) (Special Agent Pendergast Series #18)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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ISBN-13: 9781538750094
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #18
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Verses for the Dead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Not my favorite Pendergast novel, moved a bit slower than usual, but still a good murder mystery. Preston/Child are still leaps and bounds ahead of other authors.
Anonymous 18 days ago
A series this long is bound to have lows, this is one of them. The mystery is generic and bland. The new partner is an empty suit, liking over brewed coffee is not intresting or funny. The FBI antagonist is introduced only to immediately back down then get promoted out of the picture. Feels like a filler book with no energy or direction. Hopefully the next book will be a return to form.
Anonymous 8 days ago
This book, just as all of the previous Pendergast novels, was Great! I read them in a day & I’m always extremely disappointed when I reach the end.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I’m a serious Pendergast fan, so I really looked forward to this novel. It didn’t have any of the magic of the other novels. In fact, I really still couldn’t tell anyone the whole story. There were too many people to try to keep track of and not enough reminders of the characters by the authors. I still love the detective, but this story felt too disjointed.
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Anonymous 5 days ago
This 18th book in the series does not disappoint . I so enjoy S.A. Perdergast and his unconventional methods to solve crimes. His partner was enjoyable. All in all a good read!
Anonymous 9 days ago
A truely fast moving story. Well written and believable.
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Anonymous 13 days ago
Their books are EXCELLENT reads move quickly
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Anonymous 15 days ago
I enjoyed the story, but would have liked it more if it were told more from Pendergast's perspective.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Love the new characters introduced in this novel. Hope to see them again!
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Anonymous 2 hours ago
Please tell me that a producer will make a series of movies about agent Pendergast!!?!?!?! Not like the huge mistake with Relic..... Johnny Depp could play Pendergast to perfection ??. This was another Great Read.....
Anonymous 2 days ago
The book moves right along & keeps you guessing who the killer is right to the end.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Too involved.
Anonymous 5 days ago
It’s always a good book with Pendergast.
Anonymous 6 days ago
This latest addition seems to be missing the elements that have made previous stories most exciting. It lacks the mystery of the NYC home, Proctor, Constance and D'Agosta. I was disappointed. I have been reading these books since the beginning of the series and this book was weak. Of course I read it to the end, but I was not enthralled, as I usually have been. Oh, well, I'll look forward to the next with hope that it is an improvement.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Good story but got feeling it’s more of a transition to another story line. Looks like some new characters are being introduced and old ones left hanging.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I love agent Pendergast and his cool way of thinking. He is amazing at solving cases. The story was intriguing and the end was a surprise. I will recommend it to my friends.
MonnieR 8 days ago
What a joy it is to enjoy a book so much that you're sad when you reach the end! Over the years, I've become a fan of several series, including this one - never (or rarely) missing a new installment. And over those same years, I've watched way too many of them become rather stale; characters I'd come to love fall off their professional games, take on lesser roles in their own stories and even, in one instance, continue to act like a silly pre-teenager well into what should be grown-up years. Not so here; although I admit to wishing for a bit more interaction between FBI agent A.X.L. Pendergast and his ward, Constance, his remarkable sleuthing powers and clever repartee haven't faded one whit. But while many things remain the same, others have changed; most notably, a new chief at the FBI's New York field office, who isn't pleased with Pendergast's think-outside-the-box tendencies, no matter how many cases he solves as a result. As such, he gives Pendergast an ultimatum: Henceforth, he must work with a partner. That turns out to be junior agent Coldmoon, a Native American from the Lakota tribe who's very intriguing in his own right (in fact, he's interesting enough that I can see him with a series of his own (are you listening, Messieurs Preston and Child)? For now, though, they're a dynamic duo - and watching two very capable characters who really don't want to work together work together is a treat. As the story begins, a very fresh human heart is found in Miami on the grave of Elise Baxter, who died 11 years earlier - her death deemed suicide by hanging. A note announcing the "gift" is signed "Mister Brokenhearts," so the search begins to identify the writer as well as the former owner of the heart. When the rest of her is found, Pendergast and Coldmoon are assigned to the case (in fact, Coldmoon gets another concurrent assignment, but the nature of that one isn't for me to reveal). The two detectives head first to Maine, where Baxter died, but clues or ties to the heart-deprived woman are nonexistent. Meanwhile, another fresh heart turns up in a mausoleum in Miami - on the container holding the remains of a woman who reportedly committed suicide in a manner eerily similar to Baxter. By this time, Pendergast's supervisor is plenty riled up, and his anger only escalates when Pendergast insists that exhumation of the long-ago suicide victims' bodies is highly advisable. Ultimately, though, he gets his way, and when an especially capable medical examiner does her thing, clues start falling into place that lead Pendergast and Coolmoon to uncharted territory and a fight to the death (who bites the dust is yet another tidbit that's for me to know and other readers to find out). All told, it's quite an exciting adventure, and I'm sorry it's over. I have confidence that another installment is in the works, of course - but hey, fellas, could you please hurry it up just a little bit?
Anonymous 11 days ago
I love reading the gents books, but I dread finishing them, and having to wait for the next
Anonymous 13 days ago
Well-paced, good character development, with a plot that keeps you guessing.
Anonymous 14 days ago
This was a so-so book for me. Definitely not as good as the old books in the series. It felt like some other authors wrote this one. I miss the old characters from the past books. They made the books as good as they are. Something is missing in this book. The new sidekick is a bore. Glad he is not coming back.