Crimson Shore (Pendergast Series, Book 15) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

A mystery chamber.
A mysterious shipwreck.
A homicide within the desolate salt marshes.
A likely user-friendly inner most case seems to be even more complicated-and sinister-than unique Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever may have anticipated.
Pendergast, along with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the old fashioned seashore village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to enquire the robbery of a useful wine assortment. yet contained in the wine cellar, they locate anything significantly extra tense: a bricked-up area of interest that when held a crumbling skeleton.
Pendergast and Constance quickly research that Exmouth is a city with a truly darkish and bothered historical past, and this skeleton should be simply the 1st trace of an historical transgression, saved mystery a majority of these years. yet they are going to observe that the sins of the earlier are nonetheless a great deal alive. neighborhood legend holds that in the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the genuine witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep within the surrounding salt marshes, the place they persisted to perform their depraved arts.
Then, a murdered corpse turns up within the marshes. the single clue is a chain of mysterious carvings. may well those demonic symbols undergo a few relation to the traditional witches' colony, lengthy believed to be abandoned?
A bad evil lurks underneath the outside of this sleepy seashore town-one with deep roots in Exmouth's grim heritage. And it can be that Constance, along with her personal bothered earlier, is the single one that actually comprehends the grim probability that she, Pendergast, and the citizens of Exmouth needs to face . . .

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