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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

Ingoamriiiiiiiiiingoamri ,

Great read

Great storyline. History and geography described in a way to want to google them all! I love the characters Corrie and Nora. Females I can relate to. None of the usual wink and nod gals.

HaloDoc ,

I could not put this book down!

When you start reading The Scorpion’s Tail you had better have a light schedule as you won’t want to do anything else until you finish this intriguing story. The facts behind the story were well researched and accurate. Even the geography was accurately described.

b3$t0tw ,

Preston & Child score big again

Scorpion’s Tail is a wonderful read - the story builds steadily in anticipation of the climax. The characters are 3 dimensional and interesting. By the end you care very much about what will happen and who will survive. Thank you to an exceptional writing team for another treasured tome.

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