Two Graves (Special Agent Pendergast Series #12)

Two Graves (Special Agent Pendergast Series #12)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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Two Graves (Special Agent Pendergast Series #12) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.

But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels-perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture-NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife's kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?

When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that-rather than having been eradicated-is stirring anew... and with potentially world-altering consequences.

Confucius once said: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446554992
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #12
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publisher's Weekly). Coauthors of the famed Pendergast series, their books Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the 100 greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number one box office hit movie. They are also the authors of Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance and Gideon's Sword. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published four novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. The authors welcome e-mail from their readers; you can visit their website at

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Two Graves 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 352 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not the whole book that's's the first 7 chapters.
KGL More than 1 year ago
Two Graves is RIVETING!! I wanted to devour it all in one read, and yet read tiny little bits of it at a time to slowly savoring it!!!  For those that follow the Special Agent Pendergast series, of course you have to read this one!  It ties of all of the loose ends and unanswered questions from the previous books. I find it very hard to put down any Preston & Child book, but this one has you on the edge of your seat!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, i read the book so fast that I can only fault for being over too soon. My favorite characters appeared along with meeting a new one and a new villian. And as always my vocabulary is tested and happily increased!
topcat2 More than 1 year ago
love loved it .didn't want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding This was a great trilogy. Read the whole series in just a few days. Would love to see another book added to the series. GREAT!!!
SuiteMary More than 1 year ago
I could not be more thrilled to have Agent Pendergast back!!! Very unexpected story twists, and typical Pendergastian originality. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn't put it down!!!!!!! It has everything!! Suspense, wrenching twists and turns and a vocab stretching!!!! This is Preston and child at their very best!!!! A top notch book!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is for the serious fan of good, solid, literary fiction. It is the culmination of several Pendergast novels and the best one yet. Each page of the 517 nook pages was a true "turner." I could not put it down. I only missed some of the peripheral characters that usually take part in his adventures. Many questions were answered and resolved and each time a new novel comes out we learn more about the very complicated Penergast and his family. I highly recommend this read to all serious followers of Preston and Child. I can't wait or the next one to appear. If I were still teaching English, I would love to do a psychiatric evaluation with my students about Aloyisus Pendergast! Thumbs up all around.
Kyle1 More than 1 year ago
Love anything these guys write and I love the Pendergast books. Preston and Child you need to write faster, I love all your books. Two Graves is great I love it...Hurry up with your new book...I love all your books you write., Keep them coming.
Gaffroz More than 1 year ago
This is the best Pendergast novel to date. It completes at least one plot story, while leaving open at least one. We see a different side of Aloysius but his Bond-ish style is still present. Character development of others continues, giving the reader incentive to keep reading this great series. I'm always amazed that two writers can collaborate on complex story lines and make it appear to be written by one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Preston and Child have once again crafted a wonderful ride of a story! It is very weel written and extremely captivating! I couldn't put it down and now desperately await another tale of their creation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, right up front there are two "OH NO, I can't believe this happened" moments and then Agent Pendergast is off on another wild adventure. As usual, its spellbinding. Have not finished yet and resent having to work when I could be reading about Agent Pendergast! Oh, and Carrie too (love her). If you are contemplating buying a book other than this one, then DON'T!
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
THIRD IN THE TRILOGY This book follows up on “Fever Dream” and “Cold Vengeance”. It features a darker side to Aloysius Pendergast. He is transported from a suicidal depression to an all encompassing obsession for revenge which powers nearly superhuman feats that would make James Bond proud. D’Agosta, the vulgar, outspoken, New York Detective, plays a lesser role than usual due to a temporary rift with Pendergast. Several threads run through the story that have little to do with the main plot line. One involves the background of his ward, Constance Greene, currently residing in an institution for the criminally insane, and the efforts of her psychiatrist, Dr. Felder, to risk life and limb to verify her seemingly impossible tale. Another less interesting thread involves Corrie Swanson, the young Goth in hiding for pilfering Nazi documents pertinent to Pendergast’s quest, and her quest to prove her father’s innocence on a bank robbery charge. The plot takes several unexpected twists and turns which serve to introduce a new ward who can be expected to continue under Pendergast’s care and a new villain which will undoubtedly resurface in the future. This book is a satisfying ending to the trilogy featuring the apparent death of Perdergast’s wife Helen associated with medical experimentation with a rare avian virus with Nazi involvement, and Pendergast’s quest to save Helen and punish and thwart those responsible. However, this book would be much less satisfying to those who had not read the first two books of the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the Preston and Child novels, especially the agent Pendergast series. this one had all the twists and surprises I've come to expect. couldn't stop reading it - it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always these two gentlemen know how to put a story together!
LouLou605 More than 1 year ago
Kind of bummed that I paid for pre-order and it is free today!!! Enjoyed I love all the books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Total chapters/32 pages?  This is a preview not a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading all of the Preston & Child novels. I actually had to read the first novel over in this trilogy. So I read them all back to back. It was a great way to enjoy the story of Pendagast and his wife. Highly recommend this book and any others by the authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
12 books into this series and still going strong. Reading a Preston and Child book is like strapping yourself to a rocket and taking off. The pages fly by - the story never lets up and the reader gets swept along with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't bother reading 7 chapters.
Ignite_the_Night More than 1 year ago
I have read this series from the beginning and some of my favorite book have been a part of it. I pre-ordered for my Nook, and anxiously awaited to read  the next installment in Agent Pendergast's life. Sorry to say I was very disappointed this time. The only reason I finished the book is because I thought  there might be some tidbit I would need in future books. There are a few....but I won't spoil the plot. I'm sure someone else has already.  This was the last book, to my understanding, in the Helen trilogy. I hope the story will move on now to my entertaining fiction and the clever characters I have grown to love.
blinsc More than 1 year ago
I've read all the other Pendergast novels and while Relic will probably always be my favorite, Two Graves may be my last. I typically don't review books simply because it is hard to be critical without spoiling the book. This book does not have the same feel as the previous entries in the series, and the four sub-plot storylines have no bearing on the main story at all. They just don't. Also, the explanation given for the primary antagonist's abilities was paper thin. I don't know if this book was somehow rushed, or what happened, but I absolutely hated this book and this is coming from a big Pendergast fan.
franm More than 1 year ago
This is the last chapter in the trilogy and, if you read of the other books in the series, you defiently don't want to miss this one!! Just FAB!!!!!
SMILINBILL More than 1 year ago
CCFL More than 1 year ago
A good read, the plot was solid -- not sure why the authors worked Corrie Swanson into this novel at all -- it was more of a distraction than an integral part of the plot or plots in this case.  You get a deeper look at Pendergast (and some of his cracks or weaknesses, a deeper look at Constance Green and even Proctor's character gets more detail.  Overall, just a great read, again the only part that didn't really belong in the book (unless the authors felt she was a loose end) was Corrie Swanson.