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Cemetery Dance (Special Agent Pendergast Series #9)

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13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

a great taut tale

In Manhattan, New York Times William Smithback and his wife Museum of Natural History anthropologist Nora Kelly arrive home after celebrating their first anniversary with plans to do more rejoicing. Instead they are attacked in their apartment building by a neighbor, o...
In Manhattan, New York Times William Smithback and his wife Museum of Natural History anthropologist Nora Kelly arrive home after celebrating their first anniversary with plans to do more rejoicing. Instead they are attacked in their apartment building by a neighbor, out of work British actor Colin Fearing. To the horror of Kelly; her beloved spouse is killed during the assault while his crazed killer leaves.----------------

NYPD obtains testimony from Nora and others who saw Fearing murder Smithback and the building's surveillance tape captures Fearing leaving dripping blood everywhere. The case is solved except for one problem as FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast and New York Police Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta learn; Fearing died two weeks ago having been found in the Hudson River.--------------------

Fans will be stunned with the opening sequence when long time secondary character Smithback is killed. That just sets the table for a great tense police thriller as Agent Pendergast investigates how could a dead man commit murder? The above paragraphs are the beginning of a great taut tale that fans will appreciate and newcomers will look for Aloysius' back cases (see THE WHEEL OF DARKNESS).----------------------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on April 25, 2009

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3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Cemetery Dance

What a disappointment! I have read all the 8 books Preston & Child have written and enjoyed them thoroughly. But not this one. It is a total bore. In fact, half way through, I have given up. I closed the book and will donate it to a book fair. Foolishsly, I purcha...
What a disappointment! I have read all the 8 books Preston & Child have written and enjoyed them thoroughly. But not this one. It is a total bore. In fact, half way through, I have given up. I closed the book and will donate it to a book fair. Foolishsly, I purchased two signed copies months before publication. Rick Whitaker

posted by RickHunter on May 17, 2009

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    Cemetery Dance

    What a disappointment! I have read all the 8 books Preston & Child have written and enjoyed them thoroughly. But not this one. It is a total bore. In fact, half way through, I have given up. I closed the book and will donate it to a book fair. Foolishsly, I purchased two signed copies months before publication. Rick Whitaker

    3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

    Yet another book by writers who have no understanding of Caribbean culture

    It remains amazing that so many "educated" persons still do not get that Obeah is a Jamaican cultural form while Voodoo is Haitian. There is NO correaltion beyond the fact that both had African slavery origins. Voodoo is actually linked with Catholicism and has a very structured system of gods. Obeah is linked to the spiritual world in that it provides protection for its belivers against evil forces through work of the practioners. Practioners provide believers with protection charms and there is sometimes use of bible verses. I would recommend that non-Caribbean people, who do NOT understand the difference and who are not willing to do the work to research their subjects thoroughly, really ought NOT to write about things they do not undertand.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    Preston & Child Phone It In

    I'm a fan of Lincoln and Child. To date, I have read all they have written together. Highly recommend all of their books, just not this one or the "Wheel of Darkness". Cemetary Dance is poorly written. The writing in most of the chapters reads as if it were the product of a 14 year old. Don't take my word for it though,just read any of the first 10 chapters yourself. Too lazy to write something new they recycle scary bits from their book "Relic". How much milage can you get from characters trapped in museum offices while the "bad guy" jiggles the door knob? What happened to DeAgosta? Supposedly a smart cop and previously wonderful character (read Brimstone) reduced in this novel to a ranting short-tempered idiot. Hard to see what the sphinx Pendergast sees in him. Why kill off Smithback? Next to Pendergast, he was the most interesting and complex character in the series. While all the Lincoln and Child books require that the reader suspend reality when it comes to the plot and story line, this one was just plan silly. For example, in one chapter a zombie attempts to climb through a window of a high-rise appartment to murder one of the main characters and gets his clothing caught on a NAIL! Please! How many modern Manhattan high-rises have wooden window sills with nails! I've seen more interesting episodes of the old Scooby Do. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS ONE. BETTER TO READ "STILL LIFE WITH CROWS", "CABINET OF CURRIOUSITIES", "THUNDERHEAD" or "BRIMSTONE".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2010

    Too pricey for Nook users

    Won't even download since the cost is more for a Nook user than buying paperback!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    Don't waste your money on this book

    Dull, Dull and some more Dull! What a disappointing book....

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