Cemetery Dance Review
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New York Times reporter Bill Smithback had been digging into the Ville, a closed-off society that has squatted on a piece of Manhattan property for over a century. His findings led him to write a couple of articles on alleged animal cruelty and sacrifice before he and his wife, Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, were attacked by a man who supposedly died ten days earlier. The zombii-like creature killed Bill and left Nora hospitalized.

FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta team up to investigate Smithback’s murder. It leads them to the Ville and a secretive cult of Obeah and Vôdou (voodoo), where intruders go in but rarely ever escape. Something terrifying is going on in the woods around Manhattan, and if the zombii doesn’t get you first, a voodoo curse will.

  
 
Once an animal rights activist group gets involved, things take a major turn for the worse, leaving Pendergast and D’Agosta caught in the middle of a confrontation that could turn deadly at any second.

With a mixture of mystery, horror, suspense, and the occult, Cemetery Dance draws readers into the dark world of Obeah and Vôdou, where corpses are reanimated to walk among the living as a zombie, doing the bidding of its master.

FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast is as unorthodox as ever in his methods. He’s there to save the victim, and going by the book doesn’t always work in certain situations. He’s willing to take a look into the implausible, leaving no clue unturned, and he doesn’t care who he upsets to solve a case. He gets the job done, and that’s what matters.

Lieutenant D’Agosta ends up in more trouble than not when he follows Pendergast headlong into cases that defy categorization—cases that you might see on an episode of The X-Files. Still, Pendergast gets results, and D’Agosta can’t ignore that.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child write together in perfect accord, and the result is an exceptional mystery with a dash of the supernatural to give the plot bite. Aloysius Pendergast is a remarkable and memorable character, unique in his style, which will make readers salivate for more of him.

With Cemetery Dance, you get it all—action, mystery, the creeps, and an ostentatious, in-depth, supernatural plot. For this reader, that’s a great bowl of fiction vegetable soup.

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