Relic (by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child) c.1995

Just days before a massive new exhibit opens at the New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s labyrinthine secret passages. With the museum’s administrators determined to go forward with the opening, it’s up to Assistant Curator Margo Green and FBI Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast to figure out who, or what, is responsible for the killings. Otherwise, with the museum packed with VIP’s for the exhibit opening, things could go horribly, horribly wrong…

Relic is the first of 10 books to feature Special Agent Pendergast, and is one of my favorite thrillers. The plot is involving, the museum setting wonderfully evoked. It should come as no surprise to the reader that the writer’s were working at a similar museum in New York City when they conceived the idea for the book. Like author Michael Crichton, who sadly passed away in 2008, Child and Preston excel at taking the reader two steps beyond the edge of modern science. Though both have written books separately, and though these books are often very readable, their joint works are easily the best. There are a few graphic moments, but the authors do not dwell on them. It is the atmosphere, loving crafted, rather than the gore, that gives this book it’s thrills and chills.

Pros: Atmospheric setting, a monster that deserves his own movie, a gem of a sleuth in Special Agent Pendergast.

Cons: May be a bit dark and graphic for some readers.

Availability: Relic is available from the Lake Bluff Public Library as a book and as an eAudiobook. Click here to check on the availability!

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