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The scorpion's tail / Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

Preston, Douglas J., (author.). Child, Lincoln, (author.).
Series: Nora Kelly ; 2

Available copies

  • 1 of 6 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 3 copies available at Northwest Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Greenbush Public Library PRE (Text) 35500006454662 New In transit -
Hallock Public Library PRE (Text) 35500006436834 Main Checked out 05/10/2021
Red Lake Falls Public Library PRE (Text) 35500006437535 Main Checked out 05/19/2021
Bagley Public Library PRE (Text) 33500013329644 New Checked out 05/10/2021
Moorhead Public Library PRE (Text) 33500013329651 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library PRE (Text) 33500013329669 New Checked out 05/27/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538747278
  • ISBN: 1538747278
  • Physical Description: 401 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Sequel to: Old bones.
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Summary, etc.:
A sequel to "Old Bones" finds FBI agent Corrie Swanson and Santa Fe archaeologist Nora Kelly investigating the mummified corpse of a long-dead victim who died in agony while holding a mysterious sixteenth-century gold cross.
A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Junior FBI Agent Corrie Swanson needs to ID the body, and determine cause of death. When archaeologist Nora Kelly lends her expertise to the investigation, they uncover that the deceased died in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, a rictus of horror frozen on his face. And hidden on the corpse is a sixteenth 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.-- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 January #1
    In Old Bones (2019), Preston and Child teamed up supporting characters from other books, FBI agent Corrie Swanson and archaeologist Nora Kelly. Their first case was a little rocky—thanks to personality conflicts between the sleuths—and this new outing shows every sign of continuing that trend. After a near-fatal incident during a hostage situation, Swanson, who's still only eight months out of the academy, is assigned what should be a straightforward case: human remains have been found at a New Mexico ghost town, and she simply needs to determine whether homicide was involved. She turns to Kelly, a senior curator at the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute. Reluctantly, Kelly agrees to help out, not knowing she is putting her life at risk (again). The authors bring the same rigorous plotting and deft characterizations to this novel as they do with their Special Agent Pendergast books (happily, Pendergast makes an appearance here), and the Kelly and Swanson pairing is certainly engaging. It seems the duo might be settling in for a good, long run. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Crooked River, Old Bones, Verses for the Dead, and City of Endless Night.

In addition to his novels, Douglas Preston writes about archaeology for The New Yorker and National Geographic magazines. Lincoln Child is a Florida resident and former book editor who has published seven novels of his own, including bestsellers such as Full Wolf Moon and Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Subject: Kelly, Nora (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation > Officials and employees > Fiction.
Archaeologists > Fiction.
Mummies > Fiction.
Museum curators > Fiction.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) > Fiction.
New Mexico > Fiction.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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