Fever Dream

Fever Dream

Large Print - 2010
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At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning-and dreadful-discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?
With Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta's assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife's murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. Helen Pendergast had nursed a secret obsession with the famed naturalist-painter John James Audubon, in particular a long-lost painting of his known as the Black Frame.
As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle-the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou-he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2010.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780446566858
0446566853
Characteristics: 661 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln

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Rene Auberjonois continues his skilled narration of Preston and Child's suspense series featuring FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. Twelve years ago, Pendergast's beloved wife, Helen, was killed by a lion in Africa, and her bizarre death still haunts him, but now he's discovered something ex... Read More »


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EljayJohnson
Jul 27, 2019

This was a different kind of Pendergast adventure. It was much more of a straight, by-the-numbers whodunit. Pendergast finds out his wife's "accident" was really a murder and, with D'Agosta's help, tries to solve the crime. There was none of that supernatural, wow-my-own-house-feels-creepy-when-I'm-reading-this-late-at-night feeling. So, I liked it - these authors are pros at the well-written thriller game - but it was missing that inspired, close to terrifying vibe that made Still Life with Crows, Cabinet of Curiosities, Cemetary Dance, etc. so great.

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ellybook
Oct 10, 2016

a little bit slow in places but still a good read...a bit more believable than some of his later Pendergast books. Eager to find the follow up book that tells what happens to the obvious loose end.

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rslade
Sep 11, 2014

Getting a bit formulaic as the series goes along ...

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rahmmie
Mar 25, 2014

It was good but I don't think it is one of their best works. Somehow the book seemed to lose momentum about 2/3's of the way in and never regained it back, ending with a very lacklustre and unsatisfying conclusion

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Blaine_the_mono
Jan 24, 2013

The best Pendergast novel in quite a while.

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gvinejim
Oct 09, 2012

read fever dream first and then read cold vengeance second and then wait till december to read the last book in the trilligy

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c210flyer
Aug 30, 2012

Terrific book, highly recommend. 9 of 10 for me.

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skibum22
Jul 15, 2011

I like novels with endings, not cliff-hangers with the authors hoping to sell another book. Very disappointing.

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nhoj
Jul 01, 2011

A Pendergast story but too much detail and and not enough plot - maybe starting to wear thin.

Natillez Mar 05, 2011

revenge for murder

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