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Old Bones
20 Aug 2019 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781838931056

Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in a thrilling blend of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 384 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
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Old BonesNora Kelly, 1by Douglas Preston, by Lincoln Child

The latest pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestsellers Preston & Child.

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.

Douglas Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and National Geographic magazines, as well as novels and nonfiction works (such as The Lost City of the Monkey God). With Lincoln Child, he writes international #1 bestselling thrillers, including the Agent Pendergast adventures.
Lincoln Child is a Florida resident and former book editor who has published seven novels of his own, including such bestsellers as Full Wolf Moon and Deep Storm. With Douglas Preston, he writes international #1 bestselling thrillers, including the Agent Pendergast adventures.

The first in a new series from the authors of a number of international #1 bestselling thrillers.

Starring two characters from the celebrated Pendergast series.

MARKET: Clive Cussler; James Rollins.


PRAISE FOR PRESTON & CHILD:
'Another clever and compelling tale ... The stellar writing is still in abundance, and Preston and Child balance the line between page-turning suspense and ancient history' Associated Press.
'The action zigzags like an out-of-control rocket toward a double-deceptive conclusion' Kirkus Reviews.
'Sit back, crack open the book and get ready for the ride of your life' David Baldacci.
'White-hot bestselling suspense. Simply brilliant!' Lisa Gardner.
'A positively delicious serving. Great fun to the last page'
Anne Rice

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