The Book of the Dead

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The Book of the Dead

Format:  Paperback,

621 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Pub

Publish Date: Jul 2007

ISBN-13: 9780446618502

ISBN-10: 0446618500

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An FBI agent, rotting away in a high-security prison for a murder he did not commit...
His brilliant, psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime...
A young woman with an extrodinary past, on th edge of a violent breakdown...
An ancient Egyptian tomb with an enigmatic curse, about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala...
Memento Mori


Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Publish Date: Jul 2007
ISBN-13: 9780446618502
ISBN-10: 0446618500
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 621
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.7

About the author

Biography of Child, Lincoln

Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut in 1957. He received a degree in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After graduation, he obtained a position as an editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press and eventually became a full editor in 1984. While at St. Martin's Press, he assembled several collections of ghost and horror stories including Dark Company (1984) and Dark Banquet (1985). In 1987, he left St.

Martin's Press for a job at MetLife and began writing. He has co-written numerous books with Douglas Preston including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse. In 2003, he published his first solo novel entitled Utopia and has since written several others including Death Match and Deep Storm. He made The New York Times Best Seller List twice in 2012 with his title's The Third Gate and his title Two Graves written with Douglas Preston.

Biography of Preston, Douglas

Douglas Preston was born on May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College in 1978. His career began at the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked as an editor and writer from 1978 to 1985. He also was a lecturer in English at Princeton University. He became a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction books in 1986. Many of his fiction works are co-written with Lincoln Child including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse.

His nonfiction works include Dinosaurs in the Attic; Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado; Talking to the Ground; and The Royal Road. He has written for numerous magazines including The New Yorker; Natural History; Harper's; Smithsonian; National Geographic; and Travel and Leisure. He became a New York Times Best Selling author with his title Two Graves which he co-wrote with Lincoln Child.


Review by Library Journal (2006-05-15)

Preston and Child's Pendergast series, which began with Brimstone and Dance of Death, ends in grand style with this intense and shocking conclusion. FBI agent Pendergast's psychotic brother, Diogenes, has plotted for years to achieve his goal of destroying his brother, and he sees his opportunity at last at the New York Museum of Natural History. An Egyptian tomb buried by the museum staff more than 70 years ago is about to be unveiled in a bold extravaganza.

The tomb was believed to have been cursed, and signs show that this possessed evil still haunts the exhibit. As Diogenes unleashes his plan, his brother is nowhere to be found to stop him. Accused of the murders that Diogenes committed, Agent Pendergast lies in an escape-proof prison and must dodge the inmates who want him dead. With this final installment, Preston and Child have truly saved the best for last. Every story thread thrills, and the novel seems too short, despite the large page count. Readers will want to see Pendergast and friends again quickly; an essential purchase.

-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2006-11-01)

The combination of Preston and Child has produced one best-selling thriller after another and has created one of the most intriguing characters in contemporary fiction: FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast. This honey-voiced, seemingly supernatural G-man has faced danger in past novels, but this time he truly seems to have been outsmarted by his diabolical brother, Diogenes. As the book opens (the third in an apparent trilogy), Aloysius is in solitary confinement in a maximum-security prison, Diogenes is plotting a heinous crime against New York's Museum of Natural History, and Aloysius's NYPD friend Vince D'Agosta is in danger of losing his job.

When an anonymous donor contributes an incredible sum of money to the museum to enable it to open a long-lost Egyptian tomb buried in the basement, it seems like the perfect time to distract the public from a massive diamond theft from the museum. Master storyteller Scott Brick has read many Preston-Child novels and voices just the right amount of drama and excitement to maintain the incredibly high level of suspense. Highly recommended for every library.

-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2006 (United States)

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