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, into a leave of absence that includes travelto Africa as well asthe American South.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. Once again,the bestselling authors show they have few peers at creating taut scenesof suspense. Their restraint inthe book's early sections makethe payoffsall the more compelling. Pendergast's wife (I KNOW you're thinking: He hada wife?!) diedin Africa and he gets to find out, 12 years later, thatshe was MURDERED!
It's Preston & Child ... and as expected, they've gottenthe
suspense thriller genre down pat. Expect sleepless nights until you get this book done. In fact, do yourself a favor and saveit fora weekend so you don't cometo work all bleary-eyed and unproductive!The last few chapters seem a bit "hurried," though,and don't expecta 100% satisfying ending because it's justthe firstof three novels. Can't wait to read what's nextin line!