At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning-and dreadful-discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting... read more
For 12 years, Pendergast has believed that the death of his wife, Helen, in the jaws of a ferocious red-maned lion in Zambia was just a tragedy, but his chance examination of the gun she carried on the fateful day reveals that someone loaded it with blanks. Pendergast drags his longtime NYPD... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
For 12 years, Pendergast has believed that the death of his wife, Helen, in the jaws of a ferocious red-maned lion in Zambia was just a tragedy, but his chance examination of the gun she carried on the fateful day reveals that someone loaded it with blanks. Pendergast drags his longtime NYPD ally, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta and Captain Laura Hayward to help investigate the murder of his wife. The motive for Helen's murder appears to be linked to her fascination with John James Audubon and her quest for a mysterious lost Audubon painting. Pendergast has to recreate Helen's investigation with the paintings, which he discovers the Audubon's paintings were done so skillfully due to a neurological disease not outstanding artistry. He also discovered that her brother Judson, recruited her and a team of pharmaceuticals to study this disease, but when the secret project began to cut corners, she tried to back out. She was then killed for trying to expose the project to the general public. Pendergast tracked down all the members involved.
“"You Bastard"”Captain Hayward to Pendergast in the hospital before she decks him with her fist.
“"Would you care to know what I think?" Pendergast said. "I think you are an embonpoint swine."”
I remember him saying the man was evil, and that the sign of a truly evil man was his ability to draw good people into his maelstrom.Highlighted by 32 Kindle customers
“Fuck you.” “I’ve always found that a curious expression when used pejoratively.”Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
scrofulous appearance. “It’sHighlighted by 16 Kindle customers
to a shabby Creole cottage on Dauphine Street, New Orleans, where they lived in penury.”Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
verisimilitude. “ThisHighlighted by 15 Kindle customers
précis.” Pendergast paused, composing his thoughts. “Audubon was the illegitimate son of a French sea captain and his mistress. Born in Haiti, he was raised in France by his stepmother and sent to America at the age of eighteen to escape conscription in Napoleon’s army. He lived near Philadelphia, where he took an interest in studying and drawing birds and married a local girl, Lucy Bakewell. They moved to the Kentucky frontier where he set up a store, but he spent most of his time collecting, dissecting, stuffing, and mounting birds.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
amanuensis. His researcher. He found my language abilities useful.”Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
AN AUDIO PREVIEW OF GIDEON'S SWORD To Jaime LevineHighlighted by 10 Kindle customers
desuetude, and neglect hung over the house and grounds. A curious gentleman emerged from the Mercedes, short and stocky, wearing a black cutaway with a white carnation in his boutonniere. He looked more like a maître d’ from an Edwardian men’s club than a New Orleans lawyer.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
The painted plaster walls; the slack, dry flesh; the weave of the bed linens; even the motes in the dusty air were meticulously observed, rendered with pitiless clarity and confidence—spare, stark, and elegiac.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
Middle School and up readers could enjoy this book. There are only a few graphic descriptions. The story line moves and keeps the reader interested in turning the page. A good mystery. I do not agree with the reading level. The female character gets into a situation with a mob of men that I would not want my 9 year old reading.
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