Crimson Shore : Pendergast

  • by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by Rene Auberjonois
  • Series: Pendergast
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A secret chamber.
A mysterious shipwreck.
A murder in the desolate salt marshes.
A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated - and sinister - than Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.
Pendergast, together with his ward, Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.
Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an ancient transgression kept secret all these years. But they will discover that the sins of the past are still very much alive. Local legend holds that during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the real witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep in the surrounding salt marshes, where they continued to practice their wicked arts.
Then a murdered corpse turns up in the marshes. The only clue is a series of mysterious carvings. Could these demonic symbols bear some relation to the ancient witches' colony, long believed to be abandoned?
A terrible evil lurks beneath the surface of this sleepy seaside town - one with deep roots in Exmouth's grim history. And it may be that Constance, with her own troubled past, is the only one who truly comprehends the awful danger that she, Pendergast, and the residents of Exmouth must face....


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Something's off

I've been a longtime fan of this series, and I'd swear someone else wrote this. Pendergast and Constance have gone from a sophisticated pair to unbearable snobs. I'm not even all the way through the book yet and now there's hints of romance starting, that seems totally out of place. Suspense is lacking as well. I just don't know what to think. Please bring back the real Pendergast! What's going on?
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- M. Jacobs

Eat it up with a Spoon - Fantastic

A. X. L. Pendergast is back in a big way. This next installment starts off with a innocuous crime (wine theft) to be investigated. As always the story-line opens into a much wider, deeper and dangerous yarn within the first thirty minutes of listening. Preston and Child jump right in, just like that you are caught like a hapless fly in the story's web. Not only is the story fantastic, you get to have Constance Green in the story. I had been hoping to have a story with Constance as a main contributor again. It's been quite a while, she has been languishing as supporting character for a while, but she is in here big time.

Auberjonois IS the voice of Pendergast and did a fantastic job as always. His voice pulls you in and makes you believe. You see the images, feel the tensions, just what you want. Anyone who loves Sherlock types of stories will love it. You could read it standalone, but go back and read the first fourteen is my advice.

In this novel, the sleuth we love and all of his mannerisms are back. After dealing with his poisoning in the last novel and then the whole trilogy concerning his wife, I was greatly excited to see him focus on a story that pits he and Constance against external forces. Ok, so Exmouth, Massachusetts doesn't exists, I live in Massachusetts but I wish it did. Again, always at the edge of strange and exotic, evil lurks and puts our favorite hero through his paces. Also, does Pendergast start to put the moves on Constance as hinted in the last couple of novels? You will have to listen to find out. Your must listen. I give this book my uber-thumbs up and a great next addition to the series.

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- G. House Sr.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio