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Crimson Shore    by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child order for
Crimson Shore
by Douglas Preston
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Grand Central, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This latest Agent Pendergast novel includes a stolen cache of expensive wine, a corpse that's been hidden away in a basement for too long a time, and a community secret that dates back to the Salem witch trials. It's a challenging proposition for the indomitable Pendergast to tackle, but certainly one he is more than up to.

With his ward, Constance Greene, along, Pendergast visits Exmouth, Massachusetts, where the local salt marshes hide some intriguing secrets and legend suggests the real Salem witches once called this hostile environment home.

As this investigation comes to its surprising conclusion, Pendergast makes an admission one doesn't usually find in this series. He admits to Constance that this was a case that offered elements he had never encountered before.

'It's nothing I've come across in the serial killer cases I have worked,' he states, explaining that he never saw or realized there was a deeper level of evil at work here on the coast.

Of course, this also opens the door for further adventures since the authors don't provide an air-tight conclusion for this case. Don't be surprised if this remarkable consulting FBI agent isn't back in New England before too long.

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