Books by Lincoln Child

THE PHARAOH KEY by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"When the end of a book with a dying hero makes the reader laugh, that's a neat trick. This is a great cap on the series."
Doomed by a fatal illness, Gideon Crew embarks on one wild, series-ending adventure (Beyond the Ice Limit, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"One of the best in the series—tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow."
Preston and Child's (The Obsidian Chamber, 2016, etc.) eccentric FBI special agent A.X.L. Pendergast is still on his boss's bad side, which means his next assignment is to aid in what seems to be a routine, albeit bloody, New York City murder investigation. Read full book review >
FULL WOLF MOON by Lincoln Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Mixing timeless legends of lycanthropy into a Jekyll-and-Hyde dynamic won't be everyone's cup of tea, but there's enough reading fun to while away an afternoon."
As he brings back his favorite "enigmalogist," Dr. Jeremy Logan, Child (The Third Gate, 2012, etc.) adds DNA manipulation to a prehistoric legend to create a very modern werewolf. Read full book review >
THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes-fantastical flair."
Aloysius Pendergast, an enormously wealthy FBI special agent with a go-it-alone, 007-like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York City's Riverside Drive. Read full book review >
CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Pendergast is a modern Sherlock Holmes, albeit one preferring absinthe to cocaine. The conclusion of this compelling two-prong mystery assures another crime conundrum is sure to wash ashore."
Amid the salt marshes near Exmouth, Massachusetts, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast finds an antique medallion of Morax, a demon. Is there a connection to the deliberate sinking of the cargo ship Pembroke Castle by desperate town folk in 1884? Read full book review >
BLUE LABYRINTH by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Great character-driven crime fiction—readers new to the series won't be entirely lost, and Pendergast patrons will be thoroughly satisfied."
Preston and Child (White Fire, 2013, etc.) return with another adventure for modern crime fiction's most esoteric detective, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast.Read full book review >
THE LOST ISLAND by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Preston and Child keep an eye out for the legendary and introduce Cyclops, mystical humanoid, to stretch the boundaries of the action-adventure novel."
Preston and Child (Gideon's Sword, 2011, etc.) sail Gideon Crew into his third adventure for Effective Engineering Solutions, a "company specializing in failure analysis" that's the brainchild of Eli Glinn, a banged-up ex-military genius who pilots his enterprise from a power wheelchair. Read full book review >
WHITE FIRE by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Jaded crime fiction buffs might find the premise hyperbolic, but beneath the overwrought headlines, Pendergast solves captivating mysteries."
Preston and Child (Two Graves, 2012, etc.) bring back FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, expert in the psychology of serial killers and other criminal deviants. Read full book review >
TWO GRAVES by Douglas Preston
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"Pendergast—an always-black-clad pale blond polymath, gaunt yet physically deadly, an FBI agent operating without supervision or reprimand—lurks at the dark, sharp edge of crime fiction protagonists."
Preston and Child's (Cold Vengeance, 2011, etc.) thriller completes the Helen trilogy featuring the weird and unworldly Aloysius Pendergast, special agent for the FBI. Read full book review >
THE THIRD GATE by Lincoln Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2012

"Think, a Dan Brown-ian adventure amongst Pharaohs ready with a pocket full of curses."
When setting out to investigate Near-Death Experiences, it's best to employ an "enigmalogist." Read full book review >
GIDEON'S CORPSE by Lincoln Child
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"With sufficient Crews back story to give new readers the low-down, the authors adhere to a winning formula."
When a scientist from Los Alamos' nuclear weapon Stockpile Stewardship Team endures a nasty divorce, converts to a jihad religion and then takes hostages in the borough of Queens, it should be no surprise that he's radioactive.­­ Read full book review >
GIDEON'S SWORD by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"While the fun is, for the most part, worth the outlandish coincidences, exceedingly stupid adversaries and/or superhuman feats, it is not worth it by a large margin. Still, Crew is a great character, and this series holds promise."
A shadowy quasi-governmental organization hires a highly resourceful art thief-turned-physicist to obtain plans for a mysterious weapon in the first book in Preston and Child's (Fever Dream, 2010, etc.) new series. Read full book review >
FEVER DREAM by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2010

"Stylish, dark and tense."
Another moody Agent Pendergast novel from powerhouse duo Preston and Child (The Book of the Dead, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
TERMINAL FREEZE by Lincoln Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Child (Deep Storm, 2007, etc.) depicts his frigid setting with greater authority than his characters, diminishing his thriller's impact. Far from a classic, but a minor-league Jurassic."
Furry prehistoric beast thaws, then makes up for lost meals with human victims. Read full book review >
DEEP STORM by Lincoln Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Mildly chilling techno-thriller."
Deep drilling in the North Atlantic brings discovery of considerably greater interest than the usual crude oil. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF THE DEAD by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"Fast, punchy and relentlessly action-packed."
Brazenly convoluted, swift-going last title in the Pendergast trilogy (after Dance of Death, 2005) features FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast in murderous rivalry with his brother Diogenes. Read full book review >
DANCE OF DEATH by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2005

"Goes down like cheddar-flavored potato chips."
Second in the series featuring mysterious, ultrawealthy, polymathic FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. Read full book review >
BRIMSTONE by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 2004

"As good as the genre gets. Don't miss it."
An outrageously entertaining thriller from these accomplished co-authors (Still Life With Crows, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
DEATH MATCH by Lincoln Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 2004

"Terrific writing—though the climax, overly spun out, sticks to thriller format."
Second solo work by Child, who writes mighty thrillers with Douglas Preston (Still Life with Crows, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
STILL LIFE WITH CROWS by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2003

"Yummy beach reading."
Holmesian FBI Special Agent Pendergast returns, silver-eyed and cadaverous as ever, to take on a bizarre serial murder case in the cornfields of Kansas. Read full book review >
UTOPIA by Lincoln Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 24, 2002

"There are worse ways to kill a few hours than with Utopia, but, oh, what it could have done with a batch of hungry velociraptors."
A book that was much better when it had dinosaurs in it. Read full book review >
THUNDERHEAD by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Spellbinding as ever."
Since joining forces, Preston and Child have hit pay dirt, especially with 1995's wild and woolly Relic (subsequently filmed as an Alien clone, with a monster loose in the basement of Chicago's Field Museum); its follow-ups, Mount Dragon (1996) and Reliquary (1997); and the unstoppably thrilling Riptide (1998). Read full book review >
RIPTIDE by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 1998

"Unstoppable suspense and mystery."
Thrilling adventure of dredging for pirate treasure on an island off the Maine coast, by the authors of the best-selling Relic (1995) and Reliquary (1997). Read full book review >
RELIQUARY by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 1997

The doughty crew that bested Mbwun, a flesh-eating Amazonian creature that stalked its victims through Manhattan's Museum of Natural History, in Relic (1994), faces a new but all too familiar threat. Read full book review >
MOUNT DRAGON by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Didactic at times, but, still, the thrillfest runs full-force to (almost) the very last page. (Author tour)"
Following fast on the heels of 1995's Relic—the scariest thriller ever set in the American Museum of Natural History— dynamic duo Douglas and Child once again demonstrate their mastery of the genre, this time hopping the killer-virus bandwagon to evoke plenty of healthy bioparanoia. Read full book review >
RELIC by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish."
An eccentric, grisly, thoroughly original thriller sure to please doctoral candidates and gore junkies alike. Read full book review >