"New York Times" bestselling authors Preston and Child return with a suspenseful midwest Gothic thriller. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus."New York Times" bestselling authors Preston and Child return with a suspenseful midwest Gothic thriller. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2011-09-26 When a Kansas farming community is beset by a series of unusual murders, eccentric FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast finds himself navigating cornfields and dealing with hostile local cops in order to unmask the killer in this fourth installment in the thriller series from Preston and Child. Although narrator Scott Brick takes a little while to hit his stride-some of the voices he lends to supporting characters are generic and his Midwestern accents are at times questionable-his narration proves effective and many of the characters he creates are colorful and appropriate. Among the highlights are his chilling depiction of the book's mysterious killer and his rendition of an arrogant scientist researching genetically modified corn. While not every aspect of this production qualifies as a home run, Brick's significant talents shine through and make for an enjoyable listening experience. A Grand Central paperback. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-10-06 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. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Forecasts, June 2). (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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