The Book of the Dead takes up where Dance of Death leaves off. Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast sits in
solitary confinement in prison, charged with three murders committed by his brother, Diogenes. He has said nothing that
Special Agent Coffee can use to convict his rival of the murder of another agent, thereby invoking the death penalty.
So, Coffee decides to soften up Pendergast psychologically by putting him in the cell next to a mentally ill inmate
known as "the drummer." The drummer drums and taps constantly, every minute he is awake. He seldom sleeps.
Outside the prison, Vincent DíAgosta keeps vigil along with Pendergastís chauffeur, Proctor, and Eli Glenn, trying
to find a way to break Pendergast out of an escape-proof prison. He has a disciplinary hearing coming up that will decide
whether or not he keeps his badge.
At the Museum of Natural History, Nora Kelly has been called away from her research project to oversee the reopening of
the ancient Egyptian tomb of Senef, which was walled off in the depression era. It is hoped that the gala event will
distract the public from the scandal over the museum's diamond collection being stolen by Diogenes, then returned reduced
to powder. A sound and light show has been planned to recreate the moment when the tomb was robbed centuries before.
As usual, Preston and Child have woven a story that keeps the listener
on the edge of his or her chair waiting to see how Special Agent
Pendergast will extract himself from this predicament. Also, just
what does Diogenes have in mind as he visits Pendergastís ward,
Constance Green? Will Pendergast be convicted of his diabolical
brotherís perfect crime? Or does Diogenes have another thing in
mind? Listen to The Book of the Dead. Itís a horror thriller
you wonít easily forget.
of other titles in this series
of Curiosities, #3 [audio
1 ] [audio
Still Life With Crows, #4 [book]
Brimstone, #5 [audio
Dance of Death, #6 [book]
Book of the Dead, #7 [audio]
Wheel Of Darkness, # 8 [book]
Cemetery Dance, #9 [book]
Fever Dream, #10 [book]
Cold Vengeance, # 11 [audio]