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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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By Nan Holt on 11-15-15
They Jumped the Shark!
I have loved the Pendergast saga and read every story. This one was as good as the others, up to a point. When Constance left the Inn, the story left the tracks. I listened, but it was as if someone other than Preston and Child took over. What on earth were they thinking? As usual, the narration by Mr. Auberjonois was flawless.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By M. Jacobs on 11-20-15
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?
13 of 16 people found this review helpful