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The Scorpion's Tail

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Cynthia Farrell

11 Hours 58 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

January 2021

Audio Book Summary

From #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child comes a thrilling novel following archaeologist Nora Kelly and FBI Agent Corrie Swanson as they work together to solve a twisted crime that reaches far beyond any of their worst fears.
Following the acclaimed debut of Old Bones, this second 'happily anticipated' new thriller in Preston & Child's series features Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, as they team up to solve a mystery that quickly escalates into nightmare (Booklist).

A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death. She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body and lend her expertise to the investigation, and together they uncover something unexpected and shocking: the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, with a rictus of horror frozen on his face.

Hidden on the corpse lies a 16th century Spanish gold cross of immense value.

When they at last identify the body -- and the bizarre cause of death -- Corrie and Nora open a door into a terrifying, secret world of ancient treasure and modern obsession: a world centered on arguably the most defining, frightening, and transformative moment in American history.

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  • I’m not even sure what to say! I have read every book in the Pendergast series and mainly because I enjoy this character tremendously. It would have been better to leave him out completely than to turn him suddenly into an Englishman. I am flabbergasted.......he is one of your most iconic characters and completely and utterly Southern until now. I’m offended actually that you think your readers so trivially involved with your writing that this would not matter to us. Disappointed......

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  • ssxprss

    Just as fun as before

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  • Kitty Riggs

    Disappointed in the narrator. Also, why interject FBI SPECIAL Agent A.X.L.Pendergast into the stories when his fans know him so well and come to expect better characterization of this Iconic person. Best to save him and not interject him into someone else's story.

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  • Anonymous

    Good fun. Well written and narrated. Likeable heroine.

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  • Kathy T.

    Enjoyable and look forward to next book in series.

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  • Philip H.

    We love the Pendergast books and have read them all. While I enjoyed this book it was a bit slow in spots and lacked the usual panache and mystery of Preston and Child efforts. Still a worthwhile listen or read. Throwing in Pendergast at the end wasn't necessary and his appearance was not in character with what we have become used to from him.

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  • Randel Scharf

    Delightful and sort of a surprise ending. RAS

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  • Anonymous

    Great listen

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