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Still Life with Crows (2003)

de Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Sèrie: Pendergast (4)

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When the farm community of Medicine Creek, Kansas, is terrorized by a series of disturbing murders, FBI agent Pendergast discovers a link between a moonshine operation and an unsolved killing from more than 150 years earlier.
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  5083mitzi | Mar 18, 2021 |
Gruesome murders are occurring in a small Kansas town. The first victim is found scalped, mutilated and displayed in a cornfield surrounded by authentic Indian arrows. Each subsequent killing gets more bloody and bizarre. A strangely pale, soft spoken FBI agent appears to investigate the case. Local authorities don't like Agent Pendergast. He asks too many questions and points out their inadequacies. But, Pendergast, with his slow southern drawl and finicky eating habits, is an almost supernatural sleuth. If anyone can figure out what's happening in southern Kansas, it's Pendergast and his local goth teenager side-kick.

I love this series! Preston and Child's books are beautifully creepy! I grew up in Kansas. In the late summer, we used to wait til dark, wander out into the corn and have a blast trying to find our way out again, scaring the crap out of each other as we ran through the rows. The whole time I was reading this macabre story about something lurking out in the fields, I kept thinking about how freaking creepy it is to be lost out in the middle of row after row of corn. Definitely creepy as hell.

Pendergast reminds me of The Shadow, a character from old radio and movie serial fame. His almost supernatural appearance and detective skills make him almost as creepy a character as the monsters he investigates. There are 16 Agent Pendergast novels. Still Life With Crows is the fourth. Readers who enjoy creepy, supernatural thrillers will love this series!

It isn't completely necessary to read the series in order, but the story does refer back to some prior occurrences from the first 3 novels. I really recommend starting at the beginning and reading forward, but the references aren't major plot points. It would be possible to start with this book without reading the prior books.

For more information on the authors and their books, check out their website here.

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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Contains Spoilers!!!

What a fascinating, well-researched study of the human psyche this novel is! Being extremely interested in what makes people who/what they are, I was held literally spell-bound by this novel. (I listened to the audio book, which was read by Rene Auberjonois, the actor. )

Being I have a quite vivid imagination, this storyline was not difficult to follow at all. In fact, after finishing the audiobook this afternoon, while walking my dog, I had an imagining of what the two novelists who wrote this novel might have said to each other, maybe over coffee one day. I wondered if maybe one of them had picked up an old children's book of nursery rhymes, and read one of two of them out loud.... And then exclaimed at the violence that is what we think now-a-days, to be found therein these old, well-known rhymes. And maybe, one of them wondered, what if someone, while a child, thought these nursery rhymes were more of an.... instruction manual, on how to act...? Maybe, in some way to please the loving mother, from whom he/she gets little attention from? But then the other author might have exclaimed that this would only be possible, if the child in question had no moral compass what-so-ever; no idea of the difference between right from wrong- and no teachings. And since we, as children, are shown by example what is right, and what is wrong, maybe this poor child had no one to show him, and only the bare minimum of support at all..... The other author would exclaim, with a snort of some kind, that this child would have had to have been brought up in a hole in the ground.... Maybe this is how the basic storyline of this novel started out. Yeah, I have a weird mind, I admit it. (And I don't care.)

Even though I have had issues with listening to audiobooks before this one, I had no problem at all, with 'Still life With Crows'. Auberjonois is utterly perfect for the reading of this audiobook. There are many, many characters in this novel, but Auberjonois had no problems giving each and every character a different voice, with their own affectations, And cadence. I started this audiobook last evening, and didn't want to stop listening when it was time for bed. As soon as I was able to, I went back to it, greedy for more...It was as satisfying as being read to by your parents. Auberjonois warms to the subject matter at hand quick easily and quickly, and proceeds to take you down a twisted and scary rabbit hole.

At the beginning of this novel, I did wonder for a very short while, how it was that Agent Pedergast seems to find himself in just the right place, at just the right time. He literally got off a greyhound bus, while the sheriff of this back-water town of just over 300 , was giving a sound byte to the press about the very first killing. But soon this tiny issue, and any others I might have had about the plausibility of this happening, no one knowing it had happened, or was happening, and the end scene just drift away in a cloud of folksy charm and mounting suspense. I knew who the killer was by around half-way, to two-thirds through the book, I knew who the killer was related to at the same time, and yet somehow, I could not wait to figure out, and hear how it was all wrapped up in the end. The penultimate scene in the caverns was quite the feat of timing and surprise, and the ending, -My God, what an ending!! The ending, with the old and well-known nursery rhymes being read out loud was chilling. My mouth was literally hanging open, and all I could think of was, 'Oh my God.....'.

The story itself is nearly impossible to put down. The murders are quite frightening, the plotting ingenious...and when I discovered the reasoning behind it all, I was very creeped out. There are many amazing scenes, including one at a turkey plant that will change the way you see the food that arrives at your table. This duo really knows how to tell a story, adding in many elements to take it from a simple detective tale to a full blown experience.

Well done, Preston and Child's!!! It's not often that happens. And Rene Auberjonois' voice rendition of Special Agent Pendergast is quickly becoming my favorite. Well done, and highly recommended. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
A mutilated, ritually-displayed, corpse found in a cornfield draws the series protagonist, Agent Pendergast to Medicine Creek, Kansas or how the locals like to call their town, Medicine Crick. Pendergast's intrusion into Sheriff Hazen's county is not welcomed; however, he believes that he can't prevent the FBI agent's investigation. Another thorn in his side is the fact Pendergast has hired an adolescent misfit to transport him around the town and to provide information about the history of the town and its residents. When additional murders occur, Pendergast begins to wonder if the murders could be related to an old curse associated with the ancient Indian burial mounds located near town.

The audiobook I listened to was produced well. Scott Brick was skilled in narrating this book; he effectively juggled the many characters, male and female, of this book. His voice added to the suspense of this novel. I hope that he narrates the other novels. ( )
  John_Warner | Jul 12, 2019 |
I love several books in the Pendergast series. But, I think Still Lif with Crows is my personal favorite. It has an interesting and engrossing plot and best of it all we are introduced to Corrie Swanson, who besides Pendergast is my favorite character in the series! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
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That FBI Special Agent Pendergast, one of the most charismatic thriller heroes in memory, dominates this latest novel from Preston/Child is the good news; that he's working the least interesting case of his literary career (other outings include The Cabinet of Curiosities and Reliquary) is the bad...This may be minor Preston/Child, but it is major Pendergast; those for whom he's the cup of tea will drink deep.
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Preston, Douglasautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Child, Lincolnautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Auberjonois, ReneNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Marjamäki, PekkaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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