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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
January 12
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Magick666 ,

Treasure aplenty

Great fast paced read complete with fabled antiquities but an abrupt ending that left much unfinished. Bring on the next chapter.

byrdeyes47 ,

Good fun

I read one of their books years ago and really got involved with it. Good characters involved in an interesting story. I remember enjoying certain chapters that made you feel you were there with the characters. I am sure Roadside is booked by them but I’m not sure… I am sure I will be reading more of them. This is a quick read with interesting characters with a treasure hunt! Plus the FBI and a sheriff that totes six shooters! Lots of fun. Recommend.

Old Coqui ,

Typical Preston and Child!

As is typical with every novel written by Preston and Child, the Scorpions Tail is a well thought out, tightly woven story with exquisite detail. I seriously doubt anyone would question the entertainment value of yet another exceptional novel. Well done!

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