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Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child - Author

About the Author

Douglas Preston was born in Massachusetts in 1956. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle and the loss of his two front teeth to his brother's fist.

After graduating, Preston worked at the American Museum of Natural History. His stint at the Museum resulted in the non-fiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, edited by a young star at St. Martin's Press, Lincoln Child. When Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, in the darkened Hall of Dinosaurs, under a looming T. Rex, Child turned to Preston and said: "This would make the perfect setting for a thriller".

Finally after several non-fiction books, Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels. Preston and Child live 500 miles apart but write their books together via telephone, fax, and the Internet.
Preston continues a magazine writing career, contributing regularly to The New Yorker. He has also written for National Geographic, Natural History, Harper's and Travel & Leisure, among others.

He counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. Preston and his wife, Christine, have three children, and live on the coast of Maine.

 

 

After a childhood that is of interest only to himself, Lincoln Child majored in English. Discovering a fascination for words, and their habit of turning up in so many books, he made his way to New York intent on finding a job in publishing. Over the next several years, he clawed his way up the publishing hierarchy, becoming an editor at St. Martin's - with titles as diverse as The Notation of Western Music and Hitler's Rocket Sites - but focused primarily on popular fiction. Lincoln's own nascent interests in writing only came to fruition after he left publishing. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

A dilettante by natural inclination, Lincoln's interests include: pre-1950s literature and poetry; post-1950s popular fiction; playing the piano, various MIDI instruments, and the 5-string banjo; English and American history; motorcycles; architecture; classical music, early jazz, blues, and R&B; exotic parrots; esoteric programming languages; mountain hiking; bow ties; Italian suits; fedoras; archaeology; and multiplayer deathmatching.

Featured books by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Crooked River

Crooked River

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2020

Before he can return to New York from Miami, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is called to investigate something very strange that has happened on the west coast of Florida. Dozens of human feet, identically clad in blue have washed up on beaches. All exhibit unmistakeable signs of violence. Beyond that, nothing is known about the feet, except that they are fresh and haven't been in the water long. Pendergast reluctantly makes his way to the barrier islands off South Florida to investigate a case he believes to be outside his area of expertise and his interest. Once there, he finds the case both disturbing and intriguing, and is drawn into the mystery almost against his will. A preliminary pathology report indicates the feet were chopped, torn, or even wrenched from their bodies in the crudest of ways. Over the next few days, still more continue to wash in, until the number tops one hundred. Soon the case begins to take a most surprising and complex turn, and Pendergast finds it necessary to call in Special Agent Armstrong Coldmoon for a risky and very specific undercover assignment. And when, at last, the true origin of this awful gift from the sea becomes clear, the former partners are forced to confront an enemy, and a horror, more powerful and deadly than any they have faced before.

Crooked River

Crooked River

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2020

Before he can return to New York from Miami, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is called to investigate something very strange that has happened on the west coast of Florida. Dozens of human feet, identically clad in blue have washed up on beaches. All exhibit unmistakeable signs of violence. Beyond that, nothing is known about the feet, except that they are fresh and haven't been in the water long. Pendergast reluctantly makes his way to the barrier islands off South Florida to investigate a case he believes to be outside his area of expertise and his interest. Once there, he finds the case both disturbing and intriguing, and is drawn into the mystery almost against his will. A preliminary pathology report indicates the feet were chopped, torn, or even wrenched from their bodies in the crudest of ways. Over the next few days, still more continue to wash in, until the number tops one hundred. Soon the case begins to take a most surprising and complex turn, and Pendergast finds it necessary to call in Special Agent Armstrong Coldmoon for a risky and very specific undercover assignment. And when, at last, the true origin of this awful gift from the sea becomes clear, the former partners are forced to confront an enemy, and a horror, more powerful and deadly than any they have faced before.

Old Bones

Old Bones

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

The latest pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestsellers Preston & Child. Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called 'Lost Camp' of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder-and cannibalism. Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it - to reveal its long-buried secrets. Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case... only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.

The Obsidian Chamber

The Obsidian Chamber

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE. After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. A SHOCKING RETURN Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, pursuing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown. BUT IN THIS WORLD, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying mechanism has stirred - and it may already be too late...

Verses for the Dead

Verses for the Dead

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the unorthodox lone wolf must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new cohort, Special Agent Coldmoon, are dispatched to Florida to investigate a rash of ritualistic murders. A killer is carving out the hearts of his victims, and depositing the stolen organs alongside the headstones of existing graves. Accompanying each heart is a cryptic letter, signed by a 'Mr Brokenhearts'. There is one more intriguing aspect to Mr Brokenhearts' macabre modus operandi: the chosen graves all belong to women who have committed suicide. As he searches for the connection between the old suicides and the new murders, Pendergast realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: that he faces a conspiracy of death reaching back decades. 'Fast-moving, sophisticated and bursting with surprises ... There's nothing else like them' WASHINGTON POST. 'One of thrillerdom's most exciting and intriguing series leads, and it remains among the most reliable in the genre' BOOKLIST.

Old Bones

Old Bones

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2019

The latest pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestsellers Preston & Child. Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called 'Lost Camp' of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder-and cannibalism. Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it - to reveal its long-buried secrets. Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case... only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.

Old Bones

Old Bones

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

The latest pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestsellers Preston & Child. Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called 'Lost Camp' of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder-and cannibalism. Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it - to reveal its long-buried secrets. Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case... only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.

The Pharaoh Key

The Pharaoh Key

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

The latest pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestsellers Preston & Child. There's no such thing as too great a risk for a man living on borrowed time. Gideon Crew is out of a job but it is the least of his worries: his doctor has just told him he has only months to live. Time enough for one last adventure. For a century, the infamously enigmatic hieroglyphs etched into the Phaistos Disk have defied interpretation. But now, after five long years of computer-aided code-breaking, Gideon has a lead on an undiscovered civilization, long-lost beneath the sands of the Egyptian Sahara. As a man facing the end of his days, Crew needs little persuasion to pack up and head out into the heart of the desert. 'Sit back, crack open the book and get ready for the ride of your life' DAVID BALDACCI. 'A collision between past and present that will leave you breathless' LEE CHILD. 'Relentless mayhem ... [A] thrill-a-minute read' KIRKUS. 'Their most expertly executed entertainment yet ... A big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific movie' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. 'Will keep you reading into the late hours of the night' CLIVE CUSSLER.

Verses for the Dead

Verses for the Dead

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2018

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the unorthodox lone wolf must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new cohort, Special Agent Coldmoon, are dispatched to Florida to investigate a rash of ritualistic murders. A killer is carving out the hearts of his victims, and depositing the stolen organs alongside the headstones of existing graves. Accompanying each heart is a cryptic letter, signed by a 'Mr Brokenhearts'. There is one more intriguing aspect to Mr Brokenhearts' macabre modus operandi: the chosen graves all belong to women who have committed suicide. As he searches for the connection between the old suicides and the new murders, Pendergast realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: that he faces a conspiracy of death reaching back decades. 'Fast-moving, sophisticated and bursting with surprises ... There's nothing else like them' WASHINGTON POST. 'One of thrillerdom's most exciting and intriguing series leads, and it remains among the most reliable in the genre' BOOKLIST.

Verses for the Dead

Verses for the Dead

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2018

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the unorthodox lone wolf must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new cohort, Special Agent Coldmoon, are dispatched to Florida to investigate a rash of ritualistic murders. A killer is carving out the hearts of his victims, and depositing the stolen organs alongside the headstones of existing graves. Accompanying each heart is a cryptic letter, signed by a 'Mr Brokenhearts'. There is one more intriguing aspect to Mr Brokenhearts' macabre modus operandi: the chosen graves all belong to women who have committed suicide. As he searches for the connection between the old suicides and the new murders, Pendergast realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: that he faces a conspiracy of death reaching back decades. 'Fast-moving, sophisticated and bursting with surprises ... There's nothing else like them' WASHINGTON POST. 'One of thrillerdom's most exciting and intriguing series leads, and it remains among the most reliable in the genre' BOOKLIST.

The Cabinet of Curiosities

The Cabinet of Curiosities

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

In downtown Manhattan, workers on a construction site breach a long-forgotten basement, unearthing a charnel house: thirty-six bodies, systematically dismembered and carefully immured at least 130 years ago. It's just the kind of case to intrigue the unorthodox and enigmatic FBI agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast. But he's not the only interested party. Soon after the bodies are discovered a killer strikes. Their victim's corpse bears the same precise mutilations as the bodies in the basement. The nightmare has begun. Again. 'Fast-moving, sophisticated and bursting with surprises ... There's nothing else like them' WASHINGTON POST. 'Sit back, crack open the book and get ready for the ride of your life' DAVID BALDACCI.

Relic

Relic

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The New York Museum of Natural History is built over a subterranean labyrinth of neglected specimen vaults, unmapped drainage tunnels and long-forgotten catacombs. And there's something down there. When the mutilated bodies of two young boys are discovered deep within the museum's bowels, Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta of the NYPD fears a homicidal maniac may be at large. FBI agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast believes they may be facing something much worse. As the death toll mounts, and with the opening of the museum's new 'Superstition' exhibition just days away, the two men must work together to prevent a massacre. 'Sit back, crack open the book and get ready for the ride of your life' DAVID BALDACCI. 'White-hot bestselling suspense. Simply brilliant!' LISA GARDNER.

Reliquary

Reliquary

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Two skeletonized corpses are pulled from the sewage-choked waters of Manhattan's Humboldt Kill. Both are headless, their bones scored with teethmarks. It is by no means certain the teethmarks are postmortem. Believing that the bodies must have been washed out of the city's sewers, Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta of the NYPD, FBI agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast and anthropologist Dr Margo Green descend into a dark labyrinth of tunnels and subterranean galleries forgotten by those who walk the streets above. They will be led deep underground, far from the light, to confront their very worst fear... 'A collision between past and present that will leave you breathless' LEE CHILD. 'A positively delicious serving. Great fun to the last page' ANNE RICE.

The Pharaoh Key

The Pharaoh Key

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The latest pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestsellers Preston & Child. There's no such thing as too great a risk for a man living on borrowed time. Gideon Crew is out of a job but it is the least of his worries: his doctor has just told him he has only months to live. Time enough for one last adventure. For a century, the infamously enigmatic hieroglyphs etched into the Phaistos Disk have defied interpretation. But now, after five long years of computer-aided code-breaking, Gideon has a lead on an undiscovered civilization, long-lost beneath the sands of the Egyptian Sahara. As a man facing the end of his days, Crew needs little persuasion to pack up and head out into the heart of the desert. 'Sit back, crack open the book and get ready for the ride of your life' DAVID BALDACCI. 'A collision between past and present that will leave you breathless' LEE CHILD. 'Relentless mayhem ... [A] thrill-a-minute read' KIRKUS. 'Their most expertly executed entertainment yet ... A big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific movie' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. 'Will keep you reading into the late hours of the night' CLIVE CUSSLER.

The Pharaoh Key

The Pharaoh Key

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2018

City of Endless Night

City of Endless Night

Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Grace Ozmian, missing daughter of a tech billionaire has been found. Most of her. Her head is still missing. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta knows his investigation will attract fierce media scrutiny, so he's delighted when his old acquaintance FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is assigned to the case. But neither man is prepared for what lies ahead. A diabolical presence is haunting New York City and Grace is only the first of many victims to be murdered... and decapitated. As the first snows of winter sweep across the city, it will take all of Pendergast's skill and strength to unmask this most dangerous foe - let alone survive to tell the tale.

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