Still Life with Crows

  • by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by Rene Auberjonois
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Medicine Creek, Kansas. In a town where nothing changes, where Main Street is a two-block stretch of old and dusty businesses, a ghastly murder has taken place. The unknown victim has been placed in a small clearing in a sea of corn, mutilated and arranged in an elaborate tableau. Within twenty-four hours the sheriff is assuring a flood of reporters and tense residents that this is an isolated death - until Special Agent Pendergast arrives in the stifling August heat to declare it the work of a serial killer. Soon neighbors begin to disappear - only to reappear as the lifeless centerpieces of unspeakable displays. Convulsed with terror, the townsfolk whisper of the legendary Curse of the Forty-fives. No one is safe from a killer who stalks his prey in the blackness of night...and whose grotesque crimes are revealed by circling buzzards under the cruel summer sun. With the help of Corrie Swanson, an eighteen-year-old misfit, Pendergast unearths the secrets of this isolated town - from the dark histories of its inhabitants to the darker mysteries hidden in the endless cornfields. And ultimately, as he unravels the local curse and the truth of Medicine Creek's greatest enigma, the Ghost Warrior Massacre of 1865, Pendergast comes face-to-face with the unimaginable evil that lies at the heart of this small town.

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What the Critics Say

"The Preston-Child team scores another big winner, perfect for the summer; highly recommended..." (Library Journal)
"Yummy beach reading." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Special agent Pendergast is cool!

This book is sooooo gripping. I loved Cabinet of Curiosities and because Special Agent Pendergast was in this book too, I decided to download it. I wasn't disappointed - it was even better than Cabinet of Curiosities and that's saying something! I am now firmly in love with Agent Pendergast and just itching for more. He's such a weird and fascinating character!

The atmospheric music was brilliant, and the ending was especially satisfying - I never saw it coming. Rene Auberjonois (the narrator) is especially good - able to create separate voices for each character in an exceptionally talented way. Just close your eyes and he will transport you to the scary corn fields. This book has one of the best openings I have ever heard. It gripped me from the start and I couldn't stop listening.

I have downloaded lots of books from Audible and this one will go down as one of my all time favourites. A ripping yarn, scary, atmospheric, gripping and delicious.
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- V. S.

good book - shame about the presentation

I liked the book itself, but the frequent background music pretty much ruined it for me. Lincoln & Child have got enough talent to create atmosphere with their writing alone, so there is certainly no need for "mood music".
If anything, it threatened to distract from the rythm of the writing and was frequently very, very irritating. While I love audio books, in this case, I'd definitely recommend the paper version.
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- Kerstin F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2003
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio