Pendergast Books in Order: How to read Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s series?

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What is the Pendergast series?

Written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, The Pendergast is about Aloysius Pendergast. He is a special agent with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and works out of the New Orleans branch.

Pendergast is a tall and eccentric man, but he is also highly intelligent and knowledgeable, a master of psychological manipulation, disguise, and improvisation. In his work, he investigates cases which interest him, especially the ones appearing to be the work of serial killers.

Pendergast Books in Order:

Pendergast appeared in several stand-alone novels and stars in two trilogies. Also, in the first two books, he was not the main protagonist of his series.

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  1. Relic – 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…
  2. Reliquary – Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.
  3. The Cabinet of Curiosities – In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are thirty-six bodies – all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city.
    The nightmare has begun. Again.
  4. Still Life with Crows – A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America’s heartland. No one is safe.

The Diogenes trilogy

The next three books need to be read in order.

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  1. Brimstone – A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate. There is a claw print scorched into the wall, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air. When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable.
  2. Dance of Death – Two brothers. One a top FBI agent. The other a brilliant, twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can…
  3. The Book of the Dead – An FBI agent, rotting away in a high-security prison for a murder he did not commit. His brilliant, psychotic brother, about to perpetrate a horrific crime. A young woman with an extrodinary past, on th edge of a violent breakdown. An ancient Egyptian tomb with an enigmatic curse, about to be unveiled at a celebrity-studded New York gala… Memento Mori.

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  1. The Wheel of Darkness – A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence. An ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning. An FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most – himself…
  2. Cemetery Dance – William Smithback, a reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment. Eyewitnesses claim that the assailant was their strange, sinister neighbor – a man who 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 quest for the truth.

The Helen trilogy

The next three books need to be read in order.

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  1. Fever Dream – Yesterday, Special Agent Pendergast still mourned the loss of his beloved wife, Helen, who died in a tragic accident in Africa twelve years ago. Today, he discovers she was murdered. Tomorrow, he will learn her most guarded secrets, leaving him to wonder: Who was the woman I married? Why was she murdered? And, above all… Who murdered her?
  2. 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, 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.
  3. Two Graves – When a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels-perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture-NYPD Lieutenant D’Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife’s kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?

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  1. Extraction (Short Story) – Pendergast tells the story of how Diogenes and he encountered a local urban legend as children, a man acting as the Tooth Fairy.
  2. White Fire – In 1876, in a mining camp called Roaring Fork in the Colorado Rockies, eleven miners were killed by a rogue grizzly bear. Today, Corrie Swanson has arranged to examine the miners’ remains. When she makes a shocking discovery, town leaders try to stop her from exposing their community’s dark and bloody past. Just as Special Agent Pendergast arrives to rescue his protege, the town comes under siege by a murderous arsonist.
  3. Blue Labyrinth – A long-buried family secret has come back to haunt Pendergast. It begins with murder. One of Pendergast’s most implacable, most feared enemies is found on his doorstep, dead. Pendergast has no idea who is responsible for the killing, or why the body was brought to his home. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased.
  4. Gaslighted: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast (Short Story) – Pendergast wakes up in Stony Mountain Sanatorium and confronts himself with a great dilemma: is Slappy the Dummy part of his dream? Or is reality itself the dream of an insane man?
  5. Crimson Shore – Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history.

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  1. The Obsidian Chamber – After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, Pendergast’s ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive – only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast’s longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance’s kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
  2. City of Endless Night – When Grace Ozmian, the daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman’s body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CD’Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D’Agosta is delighted when Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.
  3. Verses for the Dead – After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI, Pendergast is forced to work with a partner.With junior agent Coldmoon, they are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them-along with cryptic handwritten letters.

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  1. Crooked River – Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach-each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene-and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle.
  2. Bloodless – On the evening of November 24, 1971, D. B. Cooper hijacked Flight 305 — Portland to Seattle — with a fake bomb, collected a ransom of $200,000, and parachuted into the night, never to be seen again… Perhaps. Fifty years later, Agent Pendergast takes on a bizarre and gruesome case: in the ghost-haunted city of Savannah, Georgia, bodies are found completely drained of blood–sowing panic and reviving the infamous legend of the Savannah Vampire.

36 thoughts on “Pendergast Books in Order: How to read Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s series?”

  1. I’m a fan of Aloysius Pendergast from Cabinet of curiosity, wich i read before Relic a lot of year ago. Cabinet is for me the best of the saga, and here we can see the first hints of Constance Greene, in my opinion the best character after Pendergast. She become his Word in Brimstone, and book after book, we can see her character trasforming in something more and more important for the protagonist. Though some readers dont’ like her, i ‘ m sure she is the only perfect woman for our strange Agent.

  2. Let’s hope Pendergast lives forever. I listen on Audible, sorry to hear reader has passed – he was the best – and sometimes listen all day as I can’t wait to hear what is going to happen next.

    I’m relistening to many. Ilene 2020

  3. I worked for Douglas Preston at his home in Round Pond, ME. At that time I had just begun to read his books, not knowing that he was the author. When I realized who he was, I told him all the books that I had read and he gave me an advanced signed copy. This was about 10 years ago

  4. Like many of you it seems, I am a long time fan of A X L Pendergast. Can’t recall now when I started with the series, but was trying to find an author(s) comparable to my all time favorite, P D James. I loved the intricacies that James could create which made everything “real”. Well, boy did I find that in the Preston and Childs books. Had, however put them aside for a bit and them rediscovered in Blue Labyrinth. After then reading the order of “read” suggested above, I began again, in part because I don’t recall reading Relic or Reliquary? I have many of the others in hardback, but strange, I don’t recall much about them. Suffice to say that I’ve purchased a 1st Edition Relic with authors signatures for my collection, so have become “serious”. Presently now on Cemetery Dance, but have read a few past this

  5. I too, like many here, started with Cabinet of Curiosities and quickly became hooked. I then proceeded in order. I’ve yet to read Crooked River but plan to soon. I have read and reread these books and recommended to friends. Pendergast is my favorite fictional character. The only negative comment I can make concerning the authors is they cannot seem to write novels fast enough!

  6. I stumbled upon Brimstone a few years back … what can I say, since then I’ve read and acquired every book in the series on Pendergast – and many more of Preston Child books both from one author or the other. Love the writing of both these author’s – I’m done reading I need something else … when’s SmithBack’s next installment coming (book)

  7. Evelyn
    I happened to pick up “Fever Dream” at a garage sale . I enjoyed it so much and then realized there were more. I found 2 more soon after and then had my son put as many as he could find on my e reader . I then read the other two in the Helen Trilogy and enjoyed them very much. Just recently I found a lot more at a garage sale and bought them. I have now found your website and made a list of the order to read them. I have them all but Brimstone, The two short stories and the latest one “Crooked River” I just read Relic and Reliquary and am going to read the rest in order, even the ones I have already read.I hope you keep writing more.

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