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The Cabinet of Curiosities In downtown Manhattan, a gruesome discovery has just been made an underground charnel house containing the bones of dozens of murder victims Research reveals that a serial killer was at work in New York s notorious Five Points neighborhood in the s, bent on prolonging his lifespan by any means When a newspaper story on the old murders appears to ignite a new series of horrifyingly similar killings, panic overtakes New York City Now, FBI agent Pendergast, journalist Bill Smithback, and archaeologist Nora Kelly join forces to protect themselves from a vicious killerbefore they become the next victims These guys really come into their own with this novel Spectacular story, multiple things going on, and a very satisfying ending that leaves enough unanswered questions about our hero I m compelled to keep reading just to see who he is This was less campy then the first two Pendergast books and I really appreciate the maturity they bring to their writing so no matter how fantastical things get they keep things grounded in reality somewhat , and I like how the supporting cast of characters chan These guys really come into their own with this novel Spectacular story, multiple things going on, and a very satisfying ending that leaves enough unanswered questions about our hero I m compelled to keep reading just to see who he is This was less campy then the first two Pendergast books and I really appreciate the maturity they bring to their writing so no matter how fantastical things get they keep things grounded in reality somewhat , and I like how the supporting cast of characters changes from book to book with people coming and going within its own shared universe Five no doubt about it stars Thus far, I have, for whatever reason, been comparing the Pendergastian works of Messrs Preston and Child to food see, for example, here and here It s entirely possible I have a tapeworm That said, in keeping with that theme, let s call Cabinet of Curiosities a pumpkin spice latte On a crisp late October day with the leaves overhead a blaze of orange, red, and yellow, there are fewsublime experiences than sitting outside and sipping a pumpkin spice latte while you enjoy that blaze of Thus far, I have, for whatever reason, been comparing the Pendergastian works of Messrs Preston and Child to food see, for example, here and here It s entirely possible I have a tapeworm That said, in keeping with that theme, let s call Cabinet of Curiosities a pumpkin spice latte On a crisp late October day with the leaves overhead a blaze of orange, red, and yellow, there are fewsublime experiences than sitting outside and sipping a pumpkin spice latte while you enjoy that blaze of color good company or a good book might, of course, further enhance the experience The weather, flavor, and mood all mingle together perfectly, complementary parts whose whole is considerably greater than the proverbial sum of its parts Sure, you know you re drinking something flavored with an artificial substance that s probably equal parts carcinogen, extract of gecko, and stray cat urine, but you re not worried about that you re just enjoying the moment because you re exactly where you want to be doing exactly what you want to do while drinking exactly what you want to drink.What happens, however, if we contemplate having that same drink on a sunny and sweltering mid July day, when, in the immortal words of Meat Loaf or Jim Steinman, really , the skin on the streets is a gleaming with sweat and the redolent stench of rotting garbage stings your nostrils because the moment anyone puts anything curbside, it heats instantly to the point of putrefaction Suddenly, not only are weather, flavor, and mood not happily mingling, but they re actually engaged in open hostilities the PSL, of course, would be lobbing pumpkin bombs at the others, Green Goblin style , and you want no part of any of them.It should go without saying that this is, of course, solely my exceedingly subjective view, but Cabinet is the type of book that, when you re in the mood for it, is like that first pumpkin spice latte of the season that you just can t drink fast enough If you re not in the mood, though, it s the kind of thing where, after a few sips, you want to dump the thing, kick yourself for essentially setting five dollars on fire, and then rectify the problem with an iced mocha point of fact an iced mocha can generally be used to rectify any problem regardless of severity, season, or circumstance Fortunately, I was, by and large, in the mood when I embarked on reading Cabinet, though that mood waxed and waned a bit as I read, which made the less superb parts of the book flat characters, overly nefarious villains, lengthy descriptive passages, improbable coincidences leap outthan they might have under other circumstances That said, this is a thrilling addition to the Pendergast oeuvre, and the first book where he really takes center stage which is good, because he s by far the most compelling character here We get to see Pendergast in his Sherlockian mind palace yes, I know the concept predates the BBC s Sherlock, but I don t think it s unfair to suggest that the show has popularized the idea a fair bit , learn a bit about his family s crazy history, and see him in ahuman light than we have thus far Cabinet of curiosities was the term used to describe private collections of esoteric natural history miscellanea often of dubious origin that men of means and a scientific bent as well as hucksters of the first order put on display in the days before natural history museums existed they were, in fact, precursors to those worthy institutions such collections might include everything from a giant whale bone to the shrunken head of a cannibal to a yeti penis see previous comment re dubious origin The book introduces us to perhaps the creepiest and most comprehensive cabinet of curiosities ever assembled well, fictionally, anyway , and while I don t want to spoil anything, let s just say that it s not a place I d like to hang out despite my affinity for natural history The book is not without flaws, and it drags at times for being a fast paced thriller, but, by and large, Preston and Child are master craftsmen who continue to build a phenomenal series around a Sherlock type who s rapidly evolving into a character worthy of his place in the pantheon of great fictional detectives I m not sure when I ll be ready for my next pumpkin spice Pendergast, but rest assured that I ll be in the mood at some point, and will continue the journey This book was fantastic The Pendergast series has been awesome so far Well researched Twists and turns Suspense Gore Diabolical bad guys Perilous situations Last minute salvation I am so glad this series has a lotbooks because I don t want it to end 5 creepy, terrifying stars Thanks Terry for the great BR on this book I m really enjoying our mutual trip down Pendergast horror lane Alright, where do I start That s right, we start in New York City in an ancient tunnel full of 36 dead bodies So, where did these bodies come from and why are they there Great question and you re about to find out.FBI agent Aloysius X.L Pendergast whew, what a name decides to investigate this site with the dead bodies and enlist Dr Nora Kelly to help w 5 creepy, terrifying stars Thanks Terry for the great BR on this book I m really enjoying our mutual trip down Pendergast horror lane Alright, where do I start That s right, we start in New York City in an ancient tunnel full of 36 dead bodies So, where did these bodies come from and why are they there Great question and you re about to find out.FBI agent Aloysius X.L Pendergast whew, what a name decides to investigate this site with the dead bodies and enlist Dr Nora Kelly to help with the archaeology part of the investigationQuick side note that I learned from one of my good friends here on Goodreads Try reading Thunderhead before you take on The Cabinet of Curiosities.In Thunderhead , you ll meet Dr Nora Kelly and how she meets Bill Smithback, our ambitious New York Times journalist Reading Thunderhead before was worth it for me and helped with the flow of the book Thanks Matthew for the great advice Okay, back to these dead bodies Mau ha ha ha The investigation goes into the direction of a Jack the Ripper type of serial killer, a new copycat killer in NYC that s duplicating the murders and learning all about curiosity collections back in the 1800s Imagine two headed calves, mammoth penises, shrunken tribal heads to a creepy doll owned by a Voodoo priestess Get the idea This book was great, creepy and super suspenseful I had no idea where the plot twists were taking me They were taking me for a tense and finger nail biting ride, that s for sure One last thing, what an amazing house for a setting Someone needs to take notes and make that come to life for Halloween o.O

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