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Still Life With Crows ➹ [Download] ➵ Still Life With Crows By Douglas Preston ➼ – Thomashillier.co.uk When a series of murders strikes small town Kansas, FBI Special Agent Pendergast must track down a killer or a curse either way, no one is safe A small Kansas town has turned into a killing groundIs i When a series of murders strikes small town Kansas, FBI Special Agent Pendergast must track down a killer or a curse either way, no one is safe A Still Life PDF/EPUB ² small Kansas town has turned into a killing groundIs 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 heartlandNo one is safe.

  • Hardcover
  • 435 pages
  • Still Life With Crows
  • Douglas Preston
  • English
  • 12 August 2019
  • 0446531421

About the Author: Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in , and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school Still Life PDF/EPUB ² he was almost immediately expelled he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle the loss of his two front teeth to his brother Richard s fist and various broken bones, also incurred in dust ups with Richard Richard went on to write The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event, which tells you all you need to know about what it was like to grow up with him as a brother As they grew up, Doug, Richard, and their little brother David roamed the quiet suburbs of Wellesley, terrorizing the natives with home made rockets and incendiary devices mail ordered from the backs of comic books or concocted from chemistry sets With a friend they once attempted to fly a rocket into Wellesley Square the rocket malfunctioned and nearly killed a man mowing his lawn They were local celebrities, often appearing in the Police Notes section of The Wellesley Townsman It is a miracle they survived childhood intactAfter unaccountably being rejected by Stanford University a pox on it , Preston attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy before settling down to English literature After graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as an editor, writer, and eventually manager of publications Preston also taught writing at Princeton University and was managing editor of Curator His eight year stint at the Museum resulted in the non fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, edited by a rising young star at St Martin s Press, a polymath by the name of Lincoln Child During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T Rex, Child turned to Preston and said This would make the perfect setting for a thriller That thriller would, of course, be RelicIn , Douglas Preston piled everything he owned into the back of a Subaru and moved from New York City to Santa Fe to write full time, following the advice of S J Perelman that the dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he s given the freedom to starve anywhere After the requisite period of penury, Preston achieved a small success with the publication of Cities of Gold, a non fiction book about Coronado s search for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola To research the book, Preston and a friend retraced on horseback , miles of Coronado s route across Arizona and New Mexico, packing their supplies and sleeping under the stars nearly killing themselves in the process Since then he has published severalnon fiction books on the history of the American Southwest, Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road, as well as a novel entitled Jennie In the early s Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels Relic was the first, followed by several others, including Riptide and Thunderhead Relic was released as a motion picture by Paramount in Other films are under development at Hollywood studios Preston and Child live miles apart and write their books together via telephone, fax, and the InternetPreston and his brother Richard are currently producing a television miniseries for ABC and Mandalay Entertainment, to be aired in the spring of , if all goes well, which in Hollywood is rarely the casePreston continues a magazine writing career by contributing regularly to The New Yorker magazine He has also written for National Geographic, Natural History, Smithsonisan, Harper s,and Travel Leisure,among otherstp uscmillan author dougla.



10 thoughts on “Still Life With Crows

  1. Ginger Ginger says:

    YES Another great addition in the Pendergast series I m sure you can you tell I m excited to do this review, right You ve got to understand that my enthusiasm for this book is also for the series Almost all the books in this series are entertaining, fun and thrilling The tension is just lights out.The books are just so good I mean, isn t that what we want when we read To be entertained Thanks Terry for another great buddy read while we travel down Pendergast lane So, how does this book st YES Another great addition in the Pendergast series I m sure you can you tell I m excited to do this review, right You ve got to understand that my enthusiasm for this book is also for the series Almost all the books in this series are entertaining, fun and thrilling The tension is just lights out.The books are just so good I mean, isn t that what we want when we read To be entertained Thanks Terry for another great buddy read while we travel down Pendergast lane So, how does this book start It starts in a small town in Kansas with rows of corn ready for harvest and a killer on the loose I really thought the setting of Kansas would not work for me in this book and oh boy, I was wrong.Let me paint a scene for you so you ll get the idea.You re running and gasping through 12 rows of corn in the darkest of night Trying not to trip, you re completely isolated and lost There s a killer racing behind you You can hear their heavy footsteps as they pace you in the darkness while they scream MuuuuuuUUUUUUHHHHHHHH Yeah, corn can be frightening folks Next time you eat some corn on the cob, make sure no one s breathing loud next to you o.OPreston and Child are masters at scaring the shit out of you Seriously, I hope this is on their tombstones when they die because it will be fitting.I read horror books a lot and there were moments in this book that scared the living bejesus outta me.In regards to my ridiculous and sporadic review, this book was great And awesome And I loved every damn, corn eatin minute of it

  2. Matthew Matthew says:

    Why are you reading this review instead of a Pendergast book These books are soooooo damn good SuspensefulmysteriousgoryterrifyingMost books have just one or two chapters of suspenseful climax The entire last third of this book had me on the edge of my seat.If you like Michael Crichton and Dan Brown but are looking for something a bithardcore, look no further than Preston Child Do yourself a favor and start reading the Pendergast series Why are you reading this review instead of a Pendergast book These books are soooooo damn good SuspensefulmysteriousgoryterrifyingMost books have just one or two chapters of suspenseful climax The entire last third of this book had me on the edge of my seat.If you like Michael Crichton and Dan Brown but are looking for something a bithardcore, look no further than Preston Child Do yourself a favor and start reading the Pendergast series

  3. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    Corn.Food metaphors have been the order of the day pun intended thus far in reviewing Messrs Preston and Child s Pendergast series hot dog, anyone , and so I m compelled to continue that tradition, because if I don t, I have absolutely no framing device for this review For a Kansas set book that takes place amidst acres and acres of oppressive and unrelenting corn fields, there could be no other choice well, there are some other thematically appropriate foods I could select based on the p Corn.Food metaphors have been the order of the day pun intended thus far in reviewing Messrs Preston and Child s Pendergast series hot dog, anyone , and so I m compelled to continue that tradition, because if I don t, I have absolutely no framing device for this review For a Kansas set book that takes place amidst acres and acres of oppressive and unrelenting corn fields, there could be no other choice well, there are some other thematically appropriate foods I could select based on the plot, some of which involve boiling and sugaring, but they are considerablyunsavory, and I don t want to offend those with delicate stomachs and or those who have an aversion to the consumption of human flesh philistines.Think of corn at its best corn on the cob in the peak of summer, sweet and succulent, cooked, buttered, and salted to perfection and you ve got the best parts of Still Life with Crows a stormy and Midwestern Gothic atmosphere, a taut and tense hunt for a particularly creepy killer, Pendergast doing Pendergastian things, and a supporting cast that feelsthree dimensional or, at least two dimensional than most thrillers Think of corn at its worst the overcooked, off season stuff you got in your elementary cafeteria, or maybe creamed corn I m perfectly capable of masticating my own food, thank you very much, and don t need someone to do it for me, regurgitate it into a tin can, and dump some poor facsimile of actual cream over the top of it to try to make it palatable and you ve got the less stellar elements of the book the occasional one dimensional character, a killer whose abilities take far too much advantage of a reader s freely given willing suspension of disbelief, and so much CORN.Most of the book, though, is somewhere in the middle think popcorn at the movie theatre, slathered in glowing orange butter flavored nuclear waste faux food product delicious, addictive, but maybe not as salubrious as would be optimal Compared to its predecessors in the series, Crows lacks the same atmospheric ambiance the corn fields of Kansas make for a much less interesting place to contemplate shady doings than a massive museum or a freakish cabinet of curiosities , breadth of danger a few random killings in the midst of a lightly populated rural town doesn t create the same sense of tension as serial killings in the middle of a thriving metropolis , and familiar cast of supporting characters wither now, Bill Smithback But, I wholeheartedly applaud the authors for trying something different and finding a way to leverage their interest in and knowledge of Native American history on display in Thunderhead as well in the service of what is, on balance, an entertaining and wonderfully macabre yarn that features some truly pulse pounding moments.I d probably rank this as my least favorite of the first four Pendergast books, but it wasthan sufficiently entertaining to keep me going, so it ll be onto the next book sometime later this year See you soon, Pendy Overall, we ll call it 3.5 stars

  4. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    Revisited ReviewOn the back of my edition of Still Life With Crows there is a blurb that states These guys are masters at scaring the hell out of people Turns out they actually are In this case, it was certainly true I d been reading a slew of horror and suspense novels, and this one was certainly one of the scariest Some other reviewers weren t too fond of the setting, but I loved it I ve always enjoyed Small Town Horror settings No, this isn t quite the same thing as Salem s Lot Revisited ReviewOn the back of my edition of Still Life With Crows there is a blurb that states These guys are masters at scaring the hell out of people Turns out they actually are In this case, it was certainly true I d been reading a slew of horror and suspense novels, and this one was certainly one of the scariest Some other reviewers weren t too fond of the setting, but I loved it I ve always enjoyed Small Town Horror settings No, this isn t quite the same thing as Salem s Lot or Ghost Story, but neither does it pretend to be Agent Pendergast, the protagonist, has been around a while, so not too much page space is spent on fleshing out his character While this book can certainly be read as a stand alone novel, it is part of a series and it would only be fair to approach it with that fact in mind I found it a gripping read It is extremely atmospheric and contains some of the creepiest corn field scenes you re ever likely to read Is there such a thing as Terror Fiction This would fit the bill quite nicely So, if you like hackle raising goodness that races along at breakneck speed through a dazzling twist or two, you ll likely enjoy this novel as much as I did It s got corn fields, for crying out loud, what s not to like Recommended Added to Favourites

  5. Emma Emma says:

    3.5 stars Pendergast is a great character This series can be pretty creepy actually and this one was no exception The books make a good occasional read for when I ve overdosed on one type of book usually fantasy in my case These books are always suspenseful, not too demanding but also not too predictable.

  6. TS Chan TS Chan says:

    I am officially addicted to Pendergast So much so that I didn t even feel like writing this quick review and want to jump straight into Brimstone Book 5 The Pendergast series has so far been highly entertaining and full of creepy and chilling suspense It is just what I wanted for the month of October without going full blown horror The character of Pendergast continues to intrigue and delight me to no end I love how his refined eccentricity throws everyone he encounters out of their comfo I am officially addicted to Pendergast So much so that I didn t even feel like writing this quick review and want to jump straight into Brimstone Book 5 The Pendergast series has so far been highly entertaining and full of creepy and chilling suspense It is just what I wanted for the month of October without going full blown horror The character of Pendergast continues to intrigue and delight me to no end I love how his refined eccentricity throws everyone he encounters out of their comfort zone So learned, competent and just so strange, he exudes a certain charm which I find very alluring He still does not many point of view chapters, which probably adds to the whole mysterious persona And if even the cool city slickers in New York can be unnerved by Pendergast, just imagine what it will do to a small corn farm community in Kansas While not as deeply atmospheric as the scenes in New York s museums, underground tunnels and cabinet of curiosities, the cornfields of Kansas can still conjure up some spine chilling images The main characters in the little town of Medicine Creek are well fleshed out and are less annoying than the some of those we ve met in the city that never sleeps Finally, we do not have that most infuriating incompetent cop cliche that was present in the last three instalments As for the conclusion of this book, the climactic scenes were slightly less suspenseful than the previous volumes Notwithstanding, the final revelation of the plot was really quite sad, but at the same time disturbing as hell and chilled me to the bone Again, not wholly unpredictable but it is still one great ride that is hard to put down

  7. Bobby Underwood Bobby Underwood says:

    You can smell the farmland and hear the Kansas winds rustling through fields of corn as the erudite FBI agent with a touch of the supernatural about him, Pendergast, brings to the heartland his dark suit, 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, and seemingly endless knowledge of the strange and otherworldly.Squeezed between The Cabinet of Curiosities and Brimstone, two of the best in the series, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child created another terrific novel that is part mystery, part thriller, and par You can smell the farmland and hear the Kansas winds rustling through fields of corn as the erudite FBI agent with a touch of the supernatural about him, Pendergast, brings to the heartland his dark suit, 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, and seemingly endless knowledge of the strange and otherworldly.Squeezed between The Cabinet of Curiosities and Brimstone, two of the best in the series, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child created another terrific novel that is part mystery, part thriller, and part horror story Other than Relic Reliquary and Dance of Death Book of the Dead, which are best read in conjunction with each other, the series can basically be read as stand alone novels Readers who had, however, been following this intriguing series since the first one, had very high expectations because of the prior efforts Fortunately those expectations are met in Still Life With Crows.Pendergast is solo this time out, with only allusions to Wren, an ill gotten inheritance, and his urgent need to return to New York connecting in any way to the incredible amount of history readers of the series know so well Though I recommend reading from the beginning, Still Life With Crows makes an adequate introduction to the series because the focus here is mainly on Pendergast himself, who you need to know the most about to get the series.Pendergast shows up in Kansas shortly after a ritual killing in a cornfield, and immediately we are immersed in a story as gripping as it is enjoyable Though on vacation, Pendergast unofficially looks into a case with supernatural aspects dating back to a Cheyenne massacre by ghost warriors in the late nineteenth century Immediately at odds with Sheriff Hazen, Pendergast investigates in his own unorthodox style which includes something akin to remote viewing as things become ever gruesome on the Plains.A new type of corn for which the town is competing in an effort to remain alive, and a serial killer unlike any Pendergast has encountered create urgency and tension Humor abounds as well albeit dark at times, but hilarious nonetheless Pendergast enlists a blue haired outcast named Corrie as his secretary Scenes of her driving Pendergast around in her beat up Gremlin bring a smile to the reader s face A deadly chase through caverns goes terribly wrong and gruesomely bloody, leading to an exciting and horrific conclusion Like all the entries in this incredibly entertaining series, it is obvious some of the relationships will linger and spill over into other books.Atmospheric, exciting, horrific, and withcharacter driven humor than readers of a novel about dark and horrific crimes in America s heartland have any right to expect, this is a great read, and can be enjoyed even if you have not read any prior entries However, this recommendation comes with a caveat Still Life With Crows is a very unusual entry in the series up to this point in that all the characters readers had come to love, from Margo to D Agosta, are nowhere to be found Usually, at least a couple of the main planets orbiting the world of Pendergast are involved in the enthralling stories, if not all.While I enjoyed this one a great deal, this eventually became the norm for the series and I stopped reading it Unlike many, who complained about keeping track of so many characters and divergent things going on, this was one of the aspects I liked best about the series As the cast was trimmed, possibly to accommodate those readers and probably make the books less involved to write some characters seemed to disappear into the woodwork, others only occasionally making a cameo appearance The series eventually lost some of that which I loved about it There are several books before this happens, however, and I highly recommend this one The final scene will remind readers with a knowledge of such things, of a pulp story of weird menace A great read

  8. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    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

  9. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    Because truth is the safest lie I m in love this book has now pushed itself to the top of the line of the first four novels from the talented team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Pendergast actually leaves New York and travels to a small, dying town that s covered in cornfields and old Indian Legend When the dust settles, it s clear they have a demented killer at hand At first the sheriff blames an outsider, but it soon become apparent it s someone nearer to them than thatthe onl Because truth is the safest lie I m in love this book has now pushed itself to the top of the line of the first four novels from the talented team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Pendergast actually leaves New York and travels to a small, dying town that s covered in cornfields and old Indian Legend When the dust settles, it s clear they have a demented killer at hand At first the sheriff blames an outsider, but it soon become apparent it s someone nearer to them than thatthe only question that seems to remain for Pendergast to solve, is the monster even human While New York and its impressive museum provided a playground of fascinating riddles and exploration options, I was ready for a breather and break from the big city This small town with it s backward appeal was the perfect solution Hopefully it s not just me who thinks of the creepiness from Children of the Corn whenever cornfields are involved They re used effectively in a lot of horror movies and scenes for good reason I loved the mystery of this story,but the setting makes it impressive with the fragile and uptight innkeeper Pendergast stays with, the greasy spoon Pendergast shocks by making a steak tartar ew, but probably wise decision considering the food options There s also the town s side story of trying to become the choice of genetically engineered corn This brings up research to ponder later when the book is closed Pendergast is kind of the James Bond of the FBI Although I could do without the weird laying down and solving crimes scene where he almost supernaturally travels in the past what is that , the quiet mannered and effective detective is still addictive Corrie as his assistant was a nice touch since the purple haired sidekick proved to be intriguing and fun loved the ending with her The crime is not solved merely by chance, but by visiting town residents and settling deep into the history of the place, from an aged Indian massacre, town politics and hidden mine systems The killings are definitely brutal, and like Pendergast I couldn t find rhyme or reason on the solution The ending was a delight because it shows something hidden under all our noses the entire time, a twisted twist for sure that made the book even closer to achieving perfection.Even the sheriff s office provesinteresting than you d first thing At first I was ready to hate the overbearing sheriff with his brutish ways and sympathize with the simple Tad, but it grew evencomplex than this one dimensional plot trope, coming okay at the end.Definitely my favorite of the first four, Still Life with Crows is creative with its story line, keeps you guessing, has plenty of tense moments, dishes out a perfect ending, and features plenty of Pendergast Throw in the creepy small town setting and some well done side characters, and call me a serious fan of this book Unlike The Cabinet of Curiosities, the generous page count is warranted with this one

  10. J.K. Grice J.K. Grice says:

    Another stellar mystery involving Special Agent Pendergast.

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