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Crooked River (Pendergast, #19) (edição 2020)

por Douglas Preston

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Racing to uncover the mystery of several light green-shoe-clad severed feet found floating in the Gulf of Mexico, Agent Pendergast is faced with the most inexplicable challenge of his career in this installment of the #1 NYT bestselling series. A STARTLING CRIME WITH DOZENS OF VICTIMS. Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach--each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. A GHASTLY ENIGMA WITH NO APPARENT SOLUTION. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene--and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive? A WORTHY CHALLENGE FOR A BRILLIANT MIND. In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who--in a cruel irony--ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research.… (mais)
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Título:Crooked River (Pendergast, #19)
Autores:Douglas Preston
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FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is one of my favorite law enforcement characters in fiction. I really like his weirdness and unconventional methods of investigation. “Crooked River” was an enjoyable continuation of the Pendergast series and pairs him up once again with Agent Coldmoon, who was introduced in the previous novel “Verses for the Dead.”

In “Crooked River” Pendergast investigates a mysterious and grisly case where a number of severed feet still in their shoes wash up on the shore of Captiva Island in Florida. With the help of the local chief of police, Agent Coldmoon, and Pendergast’s ward Constance Greene, Pendergast finds himself getting deeply involved in the case while butting heads with the Coast Guard, which has theories of their own as to what had happened.

Although I found the severed foot case only mildly interesting, I enjoyed following Pendergast, Coldmoon, and Constance as they investigated. The pace of the book picked up quite a bit in the last 75 or so pages as Preston and Child packed in the action - an unexpected but welcome development, as the authors do not typically include extended action-packed sequences.

Overall, this was an entertaining book, if not 100% in the spirit of typical Pendergast. The end of the book has a clear lead-in to he next novel “Bloodless.” I look forward to reading that one, too. ( )
  niaomiya | Sep 8, 2021 |
Crooked River
(Pendergast #19)
by Douglas Preston

This was an exciting read but it was a bit over the top too! I enjoyed the main plot mostly. I like the main characters, especially Pendergast because he reminds me of Holmes without the British boring attitude. My favorite was Constance who is petite and deadly when need be.

I found it unnecessary for the first scenes to have a cop shoot his dog. Minus a star for that. Why was that even in there? It really had nothing to do with the story. Poor form to make your readers mad right off the bat.

The story had feet in green shoes floating up on the shore. (The blurb say blue but book says green.) The ending, I had mixed feelings. I love Constance's part but didn't feel Pendergast's scientists friends were dealt fairly. Oh well.

It was exciting and never boring. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Aug 24, 2021 |
Agent Pendergast and his ward, Constance Green, are recuperating in Florida when he is asked to look into why severed feet are washing ashore on Captiva Island. Quickly, he is dragged into a Task Force, run by exactly the kind of imperious man that rubs Aloysius the wrong way. Naturally, he investigates on his own, befriending the local police chief, assisting the coroner with some thoughtful lines of inquiry, hiring a crazy pair of scientists to study ocean drift, and eventually reaching out to recruit Special Agent Coldmoon to return as his investigative partner. Eventually, Constance Green gets bored by herself and decides to come to Captiva, despite her misgivings/revulsions about the case. Things go badly wrong, starting with the torture of a man sent to China to determine the source of the unusual footwear, and there is a daring rescue by someone deadly with nerves of steel in the middle of weather most foul. My kind of hero. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This is the 19th book I've read in the series. I've been a fan. Quality has been a bit uneven lately, but I've continued to read them. This may be the last one, though. It was grotesque. A secret group develops a drug that causes victims to chop off their own foot. Crazy ex-military men, mad scientists, crazy experiments, sacrificial victims - no thanks. The new narrator, Jefferson Mays, does a good job; not an easy task following René Auberjonois ( )
  A2Seamster | Apr 9, 2021 |
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Racing to uncover the mystery of several light green-shoe-clad severed feet found floating in the Gulf of Mexico, Agent Pendergast is faced with the most inexplicable challenge of his career in this installment of the #1 NYT bestselling series. A STARTLING CRIME WITH DOZENS OF VICTIMS. Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach--each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. A GHASTLY ENIGMA WITH NO APPARENT SOLUTION. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene--and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive? A WORTHY CHALLENGE FOR A BRILLIANT MIND. In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who--in a cruel irony--ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research.

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