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Still Life with Crows April 23, 2007

Posted by batduck in Books.

posted Mon, 04/23/07

Still Life with Crows

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Date: June, 2004   —   $7.99   —   Book

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From Publishers Weekly
This latest Preston and Child thriller, even in abbreviated form, offers gore galore, mutilations, bizarre ritual murders, an obstreperous sheriff, a young woman in jeopardy, a town consumed by terror and a spooky local legend-in short, an abundance of traditional suspense novel ingredients. Compensating for this apparent lack of imagination is the thriller’s remarkable hero, Special Agent Pendergast, who’s on leave from the FBI. This somewhat ethereal, cerebral specialist in macabre murders is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Mulder of The X-Files, but with his courtly Southern manner and combat expertise, he’s very much his own man. Narrator Auberjonois, a familiar stage and screen presence, uses an appropriately silky accent and a playfully sarcastic tone for Pendergast. Auberjonois is equally successful with the other characters, especially the hard-headed but good-hearted Sheriff Dent Hazen, who emerges as a Wilfred Brimley minus the bluster; 18-year-old town rebel Corrie Swanson; and the killer, whose method of communication would challenge any vocal interpreter. Equally important, Auberjonois narrates the tale with the sort of mesmerizing intensity that can, and does, turn a fairly familiar yarn into a scary campfire chillfest.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

From Battysgirl
This is the first I’d heard of these two authors, but Bob from next door passed this and another book (review to follow) over the fence to me with high praise.  I read Still Life With Crows in two days… It was good.  I am looking forward to more by these two. 

At first, I was worried that, since this is written by two different people, that I would be able to differentiate between the two authors and their writing style as I went along, but this wasn’t the case at all.  The writing was smooth and I never felt like I had hit a speed bump or could notice where one author started and the other stopped.

In reviews by others of this book, they’ve said that Relic and other books by this duo were better… if that’s the case, I can’t wait to read them!



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