Fever Dream (Agent Pendergast series)

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Yesterday, designated Agent Pendergast nonetheless mourned the lack of his cherished spouse, Helen, who died in a sad coincidence in Africa twelve years ago.

Today, he discovers she was once murdered.

Tomorrow, he'll study her so much guarded secrets and techniques, leaving him to ask yourself: Who used to be the lady I married? Why used to be she murdered? And, peculiarly . . . Who murdered her?


Revenge isn't really candy: it truly is crucial.

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Wisley was once a tall redhead with a brand new Zealand accessory. “It used to be after lunch,” he all started. “We had twelve visitors in camp—a complete condo. ” As he spoke, Pendergast unzipped the canvas sporting case and got rid of his gun, a Holland & Holland . 465 “Royal” double rifle. He broke the motion and started cleansing the weapon, wiping off airborne dirt and dust from the lengthy force. “What used to be lunch? ” “Sandwiches. Roast kudu, ham, turkey, cucumber. Iced tea. We constantly serve a gentle lunch through the warmth of the day. ” Pendergast nodded, sprucing the walnut inventory. “A lion have been roaring many of the evening off within the bush, yet through the day it settled down. we frequently pay attention roaring lions—it’s one of many sights of the camp, truly. ” “Charming. ” “But they’ve by no means troubled us sooner than. I simply can’t know it. ” Pendergast glanced at him, then again his awareness to the gun. “This lion, I take it, was once no longer neighborhood? ” “No. we now have a number of prides here—I be aware of each person by way of sight. This was once a rogue male. ” “Large? ” “Large as hell. ” “Big sufficient to make the booklet? ” Wisley grimaced. “Bigger than whatever within the ebook. ” “I see. ” “The German, a fellow named Hassler, and his spouse have been the 1st to depart the desk. i feel it was once round . They have been heading again to their rondevaal when—according to the wife—the lion leapt from the canopy alongside the riverbank, knocked her husband down, and sank his enamel into the negative man’s neck. The spouse begun screaming bloody homicide, and naturally the terrible bloke used to be screaming, too. all of us got here working, however the lion had dragged him off into the bush and vanished. I can’t let you know how negative it was—we may well listen him scream, time and again. Then all went quiet aside from the sounds of…” He stopped suddenly. “Good God,” stated Helen. “Didn’t a person fetch a rifle? ” “I did,” stated Wisley. “I’m now not a lot of a shot, yet as you recognize we’re required to hold rifles in the course of outings with travelers. I didn’t dare keep on with him into the lengthy grass—I don’t hunt, Mr. Pendergast—but I fired a number of instances on the sounds and it looked as if it would force the lion deeper into the bush. maybe I wounded him. ” “That will be unfortunate,” acknowledged Pendergast dryly. “No doubt he dragged the physique with him. Did you protect the spoor on the scene of the assault? ” “Yes, we did. after all, there has been a few preliminary disturbance through the panic, yet then I blocked off the world. ” “Excellent. And nobody went into the bush after him? ” “No. all people used to be easily hysterical—we haven’t had a lion killing in many years. We evacuated all yet crucial employees. ” Pendergast nodded, then glanced at his spouse. She, too, had wiped clean her rifle—a Krieghoff . 500/. 416 “Big Five”—and used to be listening carefully. “Have you heard the lion because then? ” “No. It was once bloody silent all final evening and this day. probably he’s long past off. ” “Not most likely, till he’s comprehensive his kill,” stated Pendergast. “A lion won’t drag a kill greater than a mile. you'll be certain he’s nonetheless round. Did a person else see him? ” “Just the spouse. ” “And she stated he was once red-maned? ” “Yes. before everything, in her hysteria, she acknowledged he used to be soaked in blood.

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