Preston & Child’s Next Pendergast Novel gets a New Cover Ahead of February Release

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On February 4th, 2020, Agent Pendergast returns in Crooked River, the latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. 

As if there was ever any doubt he’d be back, Agent Aloysius Xingu L Pendergast, who was last seen in the late 2018 novel Verses for the Dead, will be a welcomed sight for readers and fans of Preston & Child, especially with the uncertainty surrounding the future of their Gideon Crew series moving forward. 

The dynamic writing just served up the first book in a potential new series starring Nora Kelly—a supporting character in past books—witOld Bones, which dropped on August 20th, 2019, but still, Pendergast remains their biggest draw and best character to date. And while it will be just over a year between releases, the wait sure seems like it’ll be worth it this time around, as Pendergast, a lone wolf who doesn’t always play nice with others, is forced to re-team with Junior Agent Coldmoon in order to work a mysterious case involving severed limbs that all share a puzzling connection.

Check out the cover art and plot details below.


Crooked River New Cover#1 New York Times bestselling authors Doug Preston and Lincoln Child return with their next blockbuster Pendergast novel as he and Junior Agent Coldmoon race to uncover the mystery of several blue-shoe-clad severed feet found floating in the Atlantic.

Dozens of identical blue shoes are found in the ocean off the southwestern coast of Florida, all with a severed human foot inside, all exhibiting unmistakable signs of violence. They appear out of nowhere one day, floating in on the tide as if appearing out of nowhere.

Called off the tarmac from his return flight back to New York City, Pendergast reluctantly arrives on Captiva Island and is quickly drawn into the mystery. A preliminary pathology report indicates the feet were wrenched from their bodies in the crudest of ways. As the days continue, more wash in until the number tops one hundred.

Soon, Pendergast and his partner, junior agent Coldmoon find themselves squaring off against an adversary more powerful and deadly than they’ve ever encountered.



The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child “stand head and shoulders above their rivals” (Publishers Weekly). Preston & 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 Verses for the DeadCity of Endless NightThe Obsidian Chamber, and Blue Labyrinth.

Readers excited to jump on the pre-order train can already submit orders for Crooked River here or anywhere else books are sold. 



Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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