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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: Crimson Shore

Crimson Shore Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

REVIEW: CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

I am ecstatic to discover with CRIMSON SHORE that my decades of fascination with the elusive, eccentric, and deep FBI Special Agent A. F. X. Pendergast (of New Orleans) has returned, after 2014's BLUE LABYRINTH (which I still haven't completed). CRIMSON SHORE unfolds with the high quality and puzzling multiple mysteries of which Pendergast is past master. Incited by a theft case at the isolated Massachusetts lighthouse residence of a sculptor and oenophile. Where the useless police chief is clueless, Pendergast uncovers mystery after mystery, this time allowing his ward Constance Greene to accompany him in the investigation.

The small Massachusetts community near the sculptor' s home immediately reminded me of Lovecraft' s Innsmouth, that fishy seaside community, and indeed, as Pendergast and Constance soon discover, Exmouth has over the centuries been noted for its contingent of evil, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. Pendergast uncovers evidence of demonisn and a 19th century ship disappearance. Quickly it's evident that the wine theft was not the point, but a cover-up for the actual theft.. .and the brutal and bizarre murders continue

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