This is the 18th Pendergast novel. Amazing. There has not been one of these that I’ve not enjoyed, and while I have my favorites, I am in awe of the depth and constant high quality of this series. Verses for the Dead is no exception. It is splendid in every way; exciting and frightening, and cleverly plotted. Preston & Child can still surprise me. Verses for the Dead is a stand-alone entry in the series and follows agent Pendergast and his new partner, agent Coldmoon, in their effort to track down a serial killer. Pendergast isn’t pleased to have a partner, but he handles it with his usual mysterious flare. Coldmoon is a great character but I don’t know if the authors plan on using him again. I hope so. There are some other surprises here as well, including one involving a character named Smithback. I don’t like revealing plot details and spoilers, so all you need to know is that the suspense and tension never let up. There are two editions of this book – the regular edition which is available as a signed copy from the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Arizona (while supplies last), and the special Barnes & Noble edition which includes a very short epilogue not found anywhere else. I bought the B&N edition. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child can do no wrong by me. I buy everything they publish in hardcover, and I don’t do that any longer with many authors at all. This includes the books they publish separately. I wait eagerly for each release and this is one happy, avid bookhound and reader. With their fabulous talent at creating suspense, superb characters, and unrelenting action, Preston & Child are the true masters of suspense thrillers in fiction today. Kudos!