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Publisher Description

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
Cynthia Farrell
hr min
January 12
Hachette Audio

Customer Reviews

Melody Joy ,

Great story - unfortunate narration

As always, P&C deliver action and history. Once again, though, narration is just painful and distracting. Narrator makes the women sound plaintive and lame and actually turns Pendergast into a Brit at the end. Please just use Rene - even if it is a Nora or Corrie story.

stillpeggy ,

Good Read

Another interesting story with solid, interesting characters and history brought to life

twister4040 ,


Worst writing ever. Horrible narrator. Waste of money.

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