Old bones

by Preston, Douglas J.,

Format: Large Print 2019.
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Summary
The #1 NYT bestselling authors Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in this thrilling novel of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Preston and Child combine archaeology, cannibalism, and murder in this launch of a new series featuring archaeologist Dr. Norah Kelly and rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson. Historian Clive Benton, descended from a Donner Party family, approaches Kelly about locating the purported third, or lost, Donner Party camp. He's also interested in finding a treasure in gold coins thought to have been carried by someone in the party. The camp is found, and the dig goes well until a wrangler in the group, offended by what he views as sacrilege, vandalizes the site and is found murdered. Swanson, on her first case, is sent to investigate and sets out to link the skull of Albert Parkin, who died at the lost camp, to the wrangler's death. The skull is the only item missing after the vandalism, and gravesites of other Parkin descendants are being robbed around the world. Special Agent Pendergast, star of Preston and Child's best-known series, makes an appearance, as significant as it is brief, after mortal danger is averted. But this outing belongs to two dedicated women, whose future adventures will be happily anticipated.--Michele Leber Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Archeologist Nora Kelly takes center stage in this intriguing series launch from bestsellers Preston and Child (the Aloysius Pendergast series, in which Kelly's been a supporting character). She is contacted by historian Clive Benton, who claims to have located a diary written by the wife of George Donner, who led the doomed Donner Party in 1847. Benton believes that entries in the diary could identify the location of a lost third camp set up by some of the Donner Party, and hopes that Kelly will lead a search for it. As Kelly and her team begin their work in the California mountains, fledgling FBI agent Corrie Swanson, another member of the Pendergast-verse, looks into the murder of a man found in the exposed grave of Florence Regis, who also has a link to the Donner Party. Swanson's inquiries lead her to Kelly, and the suspense rises as they get closer to the truth. The two strong female protagonists share a dynamic reminiscent of that between Pendergast and his friend on the NYPD, Vincent D'Agosta. Preston and Child have recaptured some of their old magic. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Series Nora Kelly series
Features Nora Kelly, an archaeologist and museum curator
#1 - Old bones
Subjects Kelly, Nora (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Museum curators -- Fiction.
Historians -- Fiction.
Archaeologists -- Fiction.
Donner Party -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.) -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York, NY :2019.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Child, Lincoln, author.
Language English
Description 498 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9781538733844
1538733846
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