Still Life With Crows

Still Life With Crows

Book - 2003
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When a serial killer turns Medicine Creek, Kansas into a hunting ground, FBI Special Agent Pendergast faces the most harrowing case of his career and comes face-to-face with the unimaginable evil that lies at the heart of a small town.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9780446531429
0446531421
Characteristics: viii, 435 p.
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln

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rswcove
Sep 21, 2015

The feeling I had reading Still Life with Crows was that it was a character study that got out of hand. FBI Special Agent Pendergast is a too cool to exist kind of character in the vein of House M.D., inspector Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes and a host of other eccentric geniuses who are a level above the rest of us plebes. Pendergast works, because Preston and Child are good at character writing, but the book stumbles because they seem to view credibility of plot as a weakness endured by other writers.

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rahmmie
Mar 19, 2013

Definitely not one of my favourites by Preston and Child. It felt like the book dragged along and the plot was not well thought out in advance

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chartman454
Feb 20, 2013

One of my favorites. This book made me want to read more from Preston and Child.

Incinerated_Newt Mar 10, 2011

One of my favorites. Very creepy and keeps you guessing.

teacupfaerie Mar 01, 2011

Creepy kid raised in a cave + loony mom + bizarre killing+ goth girl adopted by AP. What's not to love?

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carolefort
Jul 13, 2011

When a killer turns the heartland of America into a hunting ground, FBI Special Agent Pendergast faces the most harrowing case of his career. Medicine Creek, Kansas. In a town where nothing changes, where Main Street is a two-block stretch of old and dusty businesses, a ghastly murder has taken place. The unknown victim has been placed in a small clearing in a sea of corn, mutilated and arranged in an elaborate tableau. Within twenty-four hours the sheriff is assuring a flood of reporters and tense residents that this is an isolated death, until Special Agent Pendergast arrives in the stifling August heat to declare it the work of a serial killer. Soon neighbors begin to disappear, only to reappear as the lifeless centerpieces of unspeakable displays. Convulsed with terror, the townsfolk whisper of the legendary Curse of the Forty-fives. No one is safe from a killer who stalks his prey in the blackness of night...and whose grotesque crimes are revealed by circling buzzards under the cruel summer sun. With the help of Corrie Swanson, an eighteen-year-old misfit, Pendergast unearths the secrets of this isolated town, from dark histories of its inhabitants to the darker mysteries hidden in the endless cornfields. And ultimately, as he unravels the local curse and the truth of Medicine Creek's greatest enigma, the Ghost Warrior Massacre of 1865, Pendergast comes face-to-face with the unimaginable evil that lies at the heart of this small town. From the hardcover edition.

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