The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston
(Pendergast, Book 3)

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In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered.
Inside are thirty-six bodies--all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago.
While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city.
The nightmare has begun.

About Douglas Preston

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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
Published June 1, 2002 by Grand Central Publishing. 496 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction

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In seven bestselling novels (from Relic to The Ice Limit), Preston and Child have delivered a body of science-based thrillers

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THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES reveals much --- but by no means all --- about Pendergast's background, and he continues, even at the conclusion, to be one of the more interesting contemporary characters in adventure fiction.

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Preston and Child, who penned RELIC and other novels, use the American Museum of Natural History as a backdrop for their historical mysteries.

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The evidence points towards the same person who committed the gruesome crimes over a century ago still operating today as it appears a nineteenth century scientist may have unleashed Frankenstein's monster while unlocking the puzzle of immortality.

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Sometimes it means going back and reading our earlier books, because we wrote RELIC 15 years ago, and I really can’t remember what’s in that book.

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