Douglas Preston Books In Order

Agent Pendergast Books In Order

  1. The Relic (1995)
  2. Reliquary (1997)
  3. The Cabinet of Curiosities (2002)
  4. Still Life with Crows (2003)
  5. Brimstone (2004)
  6. The Dance of Death (2005)
  7. The Book of the Dead (2006)
  8. The Wheel of Darkness (2007)
  9. Cemetery Dance (2009)
  10. Fever Dream (2010)
  11. Cold Vengeance (2011)
  12. Two Graves (2012)
  13. White Fire (2013)
  14. Blue Labyrinth (2014)
  15. Crimson Shore (2015)
  16. The Obsidian Chamber (2016)
  17. City of Endless Night (2018)
  18. Verses for the Dead (2018)
  19. Crooked River (2020)
  20. Bloodless (2021)

Wyman Ford Books In Order

  1. Tyrannosaur Canyon (2005)
  2. Blasphemy (2007)
  3. Impact (2009)
  4. The Kraken Project (2014)

Gideon Crew Books In Order

  1. Gideon’s Sword (2011)
  2. Gideon’s Corpse (2012)
  3. The Lost Island (2014)
  4. Beyond the Ice Limit (2016)
  5. The Pharaoh Key (2018)

Nora Kelly Books In Order

  1. Old Bones (2019)
  2. The Scorpion’s Tail (2021)
  3. Diablo Mesa (2022)


  1. Jennie (1994)
  2. Mount Dragon (1996)
  3. Riptide (1998)
  4. Thunderhead (1999)
  5. The Ice Limit (2000)
  6. The Codex (2003)


  1. Gaslighted (2014)
  2. Gone Fishing (2017)

Non fiction

  1. Dinosaurs in the Attic (1986)
  2. Cities of Gold (1992)
  3. Talking to the Ground (1995)
  4. The Royal Road (1998)
  5. The Monster of Florence (2008)
  6. Trial By Fury (2013)
  7. The Forgotten Killer (2014)
  8. The Lost City of the Monkey God (2017)

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Douglas Preston Books Overview

The Relic

The book that started the New York Times bestselling collaboration of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…

But the museum’s directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who or what is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?


When police find two skeletons locked in a bony embrace deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, Natural History Museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid in the investigation. She soon realizes that the expertise the cops want is the result of her ordeal last year, battling the horrific beast loose in the baseme*nt corridors of the Museum. Because the skeletons show signs, not only of foul play, but of abnormalities point to thing: the awakening of a slumbering nightmare. Aided by Lieutenant D’Agosta, the enigmatic FBI agent Pendergast, and the brilliant scientist Dr. Frock, the search for answers will take Margo and her team far beneath the city of Manhattan, into an underworld few know exist – and fewer still would dare to go.

The Cabinet of Curiosities

In 19th century New York, the public flocked to collections of strange and grotesque oddities called ‘cabinets of curiosities.’ Now, in lower Manhattan, a modern apartment tower is slated to rise on the site of one of the old cabinets. But when the excavators break into a baseme*nt, they uncover a charnel pit of horror: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. In the aftermath, museum archaeologist Nora Kelly is visited by an enigmatic, silver eyed FBI agent who is obsessed with the mystery of the bodies. Together, Special Agent Pendergast and Nora Kelly embark on an investigation that will take them from the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan to the crumbling archives of the museum, from a mass grave under a Chinatown brownstone to a house of abominations on Riverside Drive. Their search unearths the faint whisper of a mysterious doctor who once roamed the city…
a genius who carried out medical experiments on living human beings. But just as Nora and Pendergast begin to unravel the clues to the century old killings, a fresh spree of copy cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them.

Still Life with Crows

New York Times bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child return with a suspenseful midwest Gothic thriller about a serial killer who terrorizes a small town. Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. A small, quiet place, the primary occupation is still farming, Main Street is a stretch of old and dusty businesses, and the nearest mall is 200 miles away. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town’s greatest mysteries: who was behind the Medicine Creek Massacre of 1865. Now, Pendergast must discover the twisted secret hiding within a four generation Kansas family before someone else is murdered.


Agent Pendergast returns in a new suspense thriller from New York Times bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of Brimstone is everywhere…
and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due. Teaming with Police Officer Vincent DAgosta The Relic, Agent Pendergast is determined to solve this case that appears to defy everything except supernatural logic. Their investigation takes them from the luxury estates of Long Island to the crumbling, legend shrouded castles of the Italian countryside, where Pendergast faces the most treacherous and dangerous adversary of his career. Preston and Childs most recent hardcover, Still Life with Crows Warner, 7/03, has close to 80,000 copies in print to date and hit the New York Times extended bestseller list. It will be published in Warner mass market in 7/04. The protagonist of Brimstone, Agent Pendergast, was introduced in the New York Times bestseller The Relic Tor, 1996, which sold over 910,000 paperback copies and was the basis for the Paramount movie. Both The Cabinet of Curiosities Warner, 6/02 and The Ice Limit Warner, 2000 hit the New York Times extended bestseller list and the USA TODAY list. The Cabinet of Curiosities was also a Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller. The authors five novels for Warner have more than two million copies in print combined. Available as a Time Warner AudioBook.

The Dance of Death

FBI Special Agent Pendergast lives! Following the New York Times bestselling Brimstone like a one two punch, DANCE OF DEATH pits Pendergast against his most personal foe yet his brother Diogenes. Praised as a ‘ruthless descendant of Holmes’ Publishers Weekly, Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction’s most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother. But how can he stop a man that is his intellectual equal one who has had 20 years to plan the world’s most horrendous crime?

The Book of the Dead

DESCRIPTION: The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back…
ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison. To quell the PR nightmare of the gem fiasco, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb of Senef. An astounding Egyptian temple, it was a popular museum exhibit until the 1930s, when it was quietly closed. But when the tomb is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening, the killings and whispers of an ancient curse begin again. And the catastrophic opening itself sets the stage for the final battle between the two brothers: an epic clash from which only one will emerge alive.

The Wheel of Darkness

FBI Special Agent Pendergast is taking a break from work to take Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she’s missed. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. As a favor, Pendergast agrees to track and recover the relic. A twisting trail of bloodshed leads Pendergast and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Britannia, the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

Cemetery Dance

Pendergast the world’s most enigmatic FBI Special Agent returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult.

William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan‘s Upper West Side. Eyewitnesses claim, and the security camera confirms, that the assailant was their strange, sinister neighbor a man who, by all reports, was already dead and buried weeks earlier. While Captain Laura Hayward leads the official investigation, Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta undertake their own private and decidedly unorthodox quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them to an enclave of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive, reclusive cult of Obeah and vodou which no outsiders have ever survived.

Fever Dream

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?

Cold Vengeance

Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife’s betrayers a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana he is also forced to dig further into Helen’s past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder. Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined and everything he’s believed, everything he’s trusted, everything he’s understood…
may be a horrific lie.

City of Endless Night

Audio CD, Grand Central Pub

Tyrannosaur Canyon

A stunning new archaeological thriller by the New York Times bestselling co-author of Brimstone and Relic.
A moon rock missing for thirty years…

Five buckets of blood-soaked sand found in a New Mexico canyon…

A scientist with ambition enough to kill…

A monk who will redeem the world…

A dark agency with a deadly mission…

The greatest scientific discovery of all time…

What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?
The stunning new novel from the acclaimed bestselling author, recently hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as ‘better than Crichton.’


Deep in an Arizona mountain, the world’s largest supercollider will probe what happened at the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The brainchild of Nobel laureate Gregory North Hazelius, the supercollider, given the name Isabella, is the most expensive machine ever built. Some people think it may unlock the mysteries of the universe. Some think it will create a mini black hole that will suck in the earth. Powerful televangelist Don T. Spates thunders that Isabella is a satanic attempt to disprove Genesis and challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven. He’ll do anything to stop Isabella from reaching its goal. When Hazelius and his team of twelve scientists start up Isabella, they make an extraordinary discovery one that must be hidden from the world at all costs. Wyman Ford, ex monk and CIA operative, is hired by the US government to wrest from the team their dark secret. A secret that will either destroy the world…
or save it. ‘This baby roars…
the pages simply fly’ ‘Publishers Weekly’ ‘A superb read! A page turning thriller about science and religion in which good and evil collide at the speed of light. You’ll be up all night with this book’ Jeffrey Deaver.


Wyman Ford is tapped for a secret expedition to Cambodia…
to locate the source of strangely beautiful gemstones that do not appear to be of this world. A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast…
and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the Impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing. High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars…
and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

Gideon’s Sword

Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief

Gideon’s Sword

At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.

At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother’s bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.

Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father’s destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.

But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon’s special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.

For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning…

Gideon’s Corpse

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack. Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse far worse than mere Armageddon.


On a research trip to West Africa, Dr. Hugo Archibald of the Boston Museum of Natural History encounters an orphaned baby chimpanzee. Archibald decides to bring the ape, whom he names Jennie, back to Boston and raise her alongside his own two young children as a kind of scientific experiment. Jennie captures the hearts of everyone she encounters. She believes herself to be a human being. She does almost everything a human child can, from riding a tricycle to fighting over the television with her siblings to communicating in AmericanSign Language. Told from shifting points of view of those closest to Jennie, this heartwarming and bittersweet novel forces us to take a closer look at the species that shares 98 percent of our DNA and ask ourselves the question: What does it really mean to be human?Jennie, based on the real story of the chimpanzee who inspired Curious George, is the celebrated novel that was recently made into the award winning Disney television film The Jennie Project. It was translated into many languages and became a worldwide bestseller.

Mount Dragon

Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world’s foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne’s high security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true. Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans, and Carson’s job is to stabilize the virus. But Carson starts to wonder if this is justifiable, even for the most noble medical cause. Altering genes is a risky job, and the possibility of creating another killer virus is very real. What’s more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.


For centuries, treasure hunters have sought the lost horde of the notorious English pirate, Edward Ockham. Clues led to the mysterious water pit on Ragged Island, Maine but a curse left behind by the long dead pirate still seems to be working. Every expedition has failed with the treasure seekers dying in gruesome fashion. Now, however, a new expedition has been mounted with state of the art computer technology and backed by millions of dollars. It will all be worth it if the treasure is found. But modern technology may not be enough to overcome the deadly secrets of the water pit.


Archaeologist Nora Kelly is adrift in her career and her personal life when a violent, inexplicable incident leaves her in possession of a mysterious letter. Written by her father, who vanished sixteen years ago in the remote desert, the letter reveals the location of a legendary site hidden in the red rock canyon country of southern Utah: Quivira, the Anasazi Indians’ wondrous lost city of gold. BOOK JACKET. ‘Convinced that her father truly had found Quivira, Nora puts together an expedition and takes a team up Lake Powell to the mouth of Serpentine Canyon. In the stark labyrinth of canyons and slickrock desert she will find the answer to both her greatest hopes and her deepest nightmare. For hidden in the shadows of the sunbaked cliffs are untold treasures, the solution to the greatest riddle of American archaeology and implacable, suffocating death.’ BOOK JACKET.

The Ice Limit

Billionaire Palmer Lloyd is accustomed to getting what he wants andwhat he wants for his new museum is the largest meteorite on earth. Unfortunately for Lloyd, it’s buried on an inhospitable Chilean island justnorth of The Ice Limit in the most brutal, unforgiving seas in the world. Fortunately for Lloyd, he knows people people like Eli Glinn, the hyper focusedpresident of Effective Engineering Solutions, Inc.; Glinn’s nonconformist,genius of a mathematician, Rachel Amira; and the uncannily able constructionengineer, Manuel Garza. Lloyd’s also tapped the brilliant but disgracedmeteorite hunter, Sam McFarlane, and the exceptional supertanker captain, SallyBritton, whose career was unshipped by intemperance and a reef. Of course, sucha team has a hefty price tag:Lloyd’s broad features narrowed. ‘And that is…
”One hundred and fifty million dollars. Including chartering the transport vessel. FOB the Lloyd Museum.’Lloyd’s face went pale. ‘My God. One hundred and fifty million…
‘ His chin sank onto his hands. ‘For a ten thousand ton rock. That’s…
”Seven dollars and fifty cents a pound,’ said Glinn. EES’s plan is to obtain mining rights to the island, secure the allegiance ofvarious Chilean functionaries via blinding sums of money, disguise a state of the art supertanker as a decrepit ore rig, mine the rock, slip it into the ship,and zip back to New York to thunderous notoriety. Unforeseen, however, are arogue Chilean naval captain, seas to make Sebastian Junger boot, and a blood redmeteorite of undetermined pedigree and a habit of discharging billions of voltsof electricity for no apparent reason. Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s earlier collaborations Relic,Thunderhead, and others, The Ice Limit tools along swiftly,blending nicely drawn characters excepting, regrettably, the book’s trueprotagonist, the meteorite, a reasonably exciting narrative, and enoughgraspable science and plausible seeming theories to bring readers happily up tospeed and keep them climax bound. Not the authors’ best effort, certainly, but a fine diversion nonetheless. Michael Hudson

The Codex

‘Greetings from the dead,’ declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over a half a billion dollars’ worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing along with his entire collection from his mansion in New Mexico.

At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: As a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their fabulous inheritance, they must find their father’s carefully concealed tomb.

The race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. This secret is so astounding it cannot be kept quiet for long. With half a billion dollars at stake, as well as an ancient Mayan codex that may hold a cure for cancer and other deadly diseases, others soon join the hunt and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods.
The bestselling coauthor of such page turning thrillers as Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities, Douglas Preston now spins an unforgettable tale of greed, adventure, and betrayal.

Dinosaurs in the Attic

Dinosaurs in the Attic is a chronicle of the expeditions, discoveries, and scientists behind the greatest natural history collection every assembled. Written by former Natural History columnist Douglas Preston, who worked at the American Museum of Natural History for seven years, this is a celebration of the best known and best loved museum in the United States.

Cities of Gold

This riveting true story recounts the author’s journey on horseback across Arizona and New Mexico, retracing Coronado s desperate search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. First published in 1992 and now available only from UNM Press, this classic adventure tale reveals the Southwest as it was when Europeans first saw it and shows how much, and how little, it has changed. The great myth of the American West, Preston writes, is that there was a winning of it.

Talking to the Ground

In 1992 Doug Preston and his family rode horseback across 400 miles of desert in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. They were retracing the route of the Navajo deity Naay ‘ neizgh n , the Slayer of Alien Gods, on his quest to restore beauty and balance to the Earth. More than a travelogue, Preston’s account of the journey is a tale of two cultures meeting in a sacred land. ‘A gripping adventure that blends Navajo mysticism, prophecy and the epic story of creation with the day to day account of a family’s physical struggle across the Southwest’s deserts and mountains and their spiritual struggle to find their place in the world.’ Phoenix Gazette ‘As fresh and charming as it is originally conceived and smartly executed.’ Outside ‘A thought provoking study of the intricate relationships among geography, religions and cultures in the modern Southwest…
. Preston, a superb researcher, presents difficult concepts in lucid language.’ Susan Lowell, Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Royal Road

In 1598 the conquistador Juan de O ate led the first permanent European settlers to what would become the United States, traveling from Mexico along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, The Royal Road of the Interior. In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of this arduous journey, the husband and wife author/photographer team of Douglas and Christine Preston, seasoned travelers on the Camino Real, invite us to join them as they journey by car and horseback and on foot along this ancient road, which began thousands of years ago as a series of Indian trails. Christine Preston’s photos show wild places that have hardly changed over the centuries as well as churches, ruins, villages, and modern cityscapes. Douglas Preston s text chronicles the history of the road and its travelers. Jos Antonio Esquibel provides fascinating historical information on the pioneer settlers of New Mexico including the origins and genealogies of old New Mexico families from Abeyta to Zamora.

The Monster of Florence

In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best selling suspense novels. All that changes when he discovers that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of the most infamous double murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known only as The Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, joins up with the crack Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to solve the case. The Monster of Florence tells the true story of their search for and identification of a likely suspect, and their chilling interview with that man. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation into the murders. Preston has his phone tapped and is interrogated by the police, accused of perjury, planting false evidence and being an accessory to murder and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy’s grim Capanne prison, accused of being The Monster of Florence himself. The Monster of Florence, which reads like one of Preston’s thrillers, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, suicide, carnival trials, voyeurism, princes and palaces, body parts sent by post,’s ances, devil worship and Satanic sects, poisonings and exhumations, Florentine high fashion houses and drunken peasants and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in the crossfire of a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta. NOW AVAILABLE AS A VALUE PRICED audio edition.

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