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Publisher's Summary

At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle - her only protection from the beast - had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

With Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta's assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife's murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. Helen Pendergast had nursed a secret obsession with the famed naturalist-painter John James Audubon, in particular a long-lost painting of his known as the Black Frame.

As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle - the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou - he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?

©2010 Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"Once again, the bestselling authors show they have few peers at creating taut scenes of suspense. Their restraint in the book's early sections make the payoffs all the more compelling." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Strange title for a strange tale

First allow me to say that I am a huge Preston & Child / Agent Pendergast fan. I am usually thrilled by the tales of this quirky, eccentric Sherlock-Holmesian FBI agent and his unorthodox approach to crime solving. This story was not one of my favorites however. I think it was the fact that this tale was very personal for the sleuth. One of the things I like about the Pendergast stories is that he seems so detached from the drama in the story. But in this story, it is all about him and his own tragic love and loss. Don't get me wrong, Pendergast is Pendergast. I'm not saying that I am disappoointed. I'm just saying that, IMO, it is not one of his better adventures.

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Shortens my commute!!

Loved it!!!! Loved it!!! Very exciting and fun why does my review have to be so long won't review again

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

some continuity pls. more believable plot. better ending

Has Fever Dream turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

with what he had to work with. nothing

Was Fever Dream worth the listening time?

no

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