I saw the movie "The Relic" when it was released in 1997. I really enjoyed the film and it was years later, while rummaging through a bookstore, that I stumbled across the original novel by Preston and Child. It introduced me to the coolest literary hero since Sherlock Holmes, Aloysius Pendergast, and I was instantly hooked. The movie, as it turns out, took out the character of Pendergast (the main character and star of the book) and turned his sidekick, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta into the star of the film. The book quickly became one of my favs and the movie dropped a couple hundred notches in my mental list of favorite films.
I couldn't get enough of this Pendergast character and quickly read through "Reliquary," "Cabinet of Curiosities," and "Still Life with Crows," and I followed the remaining series up through the current release "Fever Dream." The books are labeled as mysteries, but have tinges of horror, the supernatural and plenty of action. Reading one of Preston and Child's books is like watching a great, fast paced adventure movie.
And back to the character of Pendergast, the FBI uber agent. He's spooky, super-intelligent and mysterious. With a honey-tinged, proper-gentleman Louisiana accent, he is usually three steps ahead of the villains and solves crime with deduction that would stagger Mr. Holmes. Yes, the stories get a little far-fetched at times, but that's what makes them so fun. Part Holmes, part James Bond, part CSI, these books will light the fire in even the most jaded reader.
Preston and Child have also written novels not featuring Pendergast, and I have read and enjoyed each and every one.
Check out "The Relic" and see if you don't agree!