Still Life with Crows by Douglas Preston
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A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heartland.
 

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The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publisher's Weekly). Coauthors of the famed Pendergast series, their books Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the 100 greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number one box office hit movie. They are also the authors of Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance and Gideon's Sword. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published four novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. The authors welcome e-mail from their readers; you can visit their website at www.prestonchild.com.
 
Published July 1, 2003 by Grand Central Publishing. 458 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Pendergast hires a purple-haired teenager with a tongue ring to be his assistant—and for the authors to put in peril when the monster at last shows up, all hairy and barefoot, in totally unexplored Kraus Kaverns, tunnels second in size only to the famed Carlsbad cave system, for a very long clima...

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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 interestin

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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.

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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.

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(As Pendergast explains to Corrie, he arrives at this conclusion through a "form of mental concentration, one of my own devising, which combines the memory palace with elements of Chongg Ran, an ancient Bhutanese form of meditation.") Not surprisingly, the relatively hick local cops don't like Pe...

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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 interestin

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Ignoring my usual inclination to put unsolicited acquisitions at the bottom of the “must read” pile, I decided I’d better get around to doing just that before she stopped recommending books altogether.

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STILL LIFE WITH CROWS transports readers to the cornfields of.

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The story revolves around a series of murders and FBI Special Agent Pendergast who is trying to track down the killer.

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The local cops and politicians don't like Pendergast digging into the town's secrets.

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His main concern is with keeping KSU's money in the town and keeping the town safe from an outside killer.

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