Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child – Crooked River


Racing to uncover the mystery of several light green-shoe-clad severed feet found floating in the Atlantic, Agent Pendergast is faced with most inexplicable challenge of his career in this installment of the number-one New York Times best-selling series.

A startling crime with dozens of victims.

Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach – each one with a crudely severed human foot inside.

A ghastly enigma with no apparent solution.

Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene – and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive?

A worthy challenge for a brilliant mind.

In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who – in a cruel irony – ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research.

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Narrator: Jefferson Mays
Duration: 13 hours 1 min
Released: 20 Apr 2002
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Language: English

User Review:

reconciliation moving

First let me say this. Jefferson Mays did an awesome job. Awesome. I’m already looking for other books that he has narrated. Now, I will tell you why I am returning this book. I love Pendergast. I have either read or listened to every book that has his name in it. Some I totally liked and have listened to over and over again and some I just cannot get into no matter how hard I try.

Some people like Constance and some people don’t. I like her well enough but not as a person of love interest where Pendergast is concerned. She seems to have an effect on any man she comes in contact with. I know it’s because she is beautiful, and looks somewhat delicate but I think they are also attracted by her wealth of knowledge. Some people think she would be the perfect mate for Pendergast. I don’t. Constance, to me, is in no way a weak person that needs protecting. She proved that with her interactions with Diogenes. Everything is supposed to be okay with her, Diogenes and Pendergast? Why?

I keep holding on wishing that D’Agosta and Hayward would come back. Or Corrie, Viola (Pendergast sent her away….why?) I’m still trying to understand why they killed Bill Smithback way back when. He and Dr. Nora were such a good team. Corrie was good in her own book. I’m hoping maybe Diogenes went away and is planning yet another diabolical action.

I’m half way thru this book and I have given up. There are two stories working here and somehow neither one is going anywhere. Would I purchase another book from these two men? You bet I would. I like them. I just don’t like this story.