Sunday, November 15, 2015

Crimson Shore

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing: 11/10/15
eBook review copy, 352 pages
hardcover ISBN-13: 9781455525928
Special Agent Pendergast Series #15

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is a very highly recommended addition to the Pendergast series.

When sculptor Percival Lake asks Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast to investigate the theft of his precious wine collection, Pendergast initially declines, but, after hearing more information, he accepts the challenge. He and his ward, Constance Greene head off to Exmouth, Massachusetts to investigate. Once inside the wine cellar of the lighthouse where Lake lives, Pendergast discovers a clue that leads to more questions about who stole the priceless collection of wine and why.  Clearly, the ineffectual police chief is not a reliable source of support. It seems that the small town of Exmouth may be hiding more than one secret.  Which raises the question: Could the past transgressions of the town be responsible for the deaths that have occurred, past and present?

Preston and Child always deliver and this fifteenth novel featuring Special Agent Pendergast is no exception. The case this time is a private investigation rather than an official inquiry. The terror found in several of the previous novels is back and the tension is ratcheted up several notches. Even after the case is solved, there is an even larger and more malicious threat looming. This addition to the series only features Pendergast and Constance, so long time fans are going to miss some of the other on-going characters.

I found this novel to be fast-paced, or perhaps that was simply due to the tension created and my desire to keep reading to see what happened next. Crimson Shore is well written, perfectly paced, and there is even a surprise or two thrown into the mix! This is another winner for Preston and Child, a writing team that simply always produces a winning novel for me. I can't wait for the next one!

At this point in the series I think this could be a stand-alone novel, but that is hard for me to say with any certainty because I have read (and own) every Pendergast novel. Yes, the series is that good.


Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing for review purposes.

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