Fever Dream was the first book I’ve read by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It features FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast who I pictured in my mind a young Col. Sanders. He is a Southern gentleman who comes from a once-wealthy family. Though Fever Dream isn’t the first book featuring Pendergast, this one delves into his discovery that his wife, who has believed was killed accidentally on a safari a dozen years earlier, was actually murdered.
He calls on his friend, NYPD Detective Vincent D’Agosta, to help him try and investigate a case that has long since grown cold. It also appears to be linked to a long-lost painting done by the famous naturalist John James Audubon while he was in a sanitarium. As the investigation continues, Pendergrast is forced to admit that he did not know his wife as well as he thought he did.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I got into it quickly and was able to get up to speed on the characters, though I still unsure of how some of the relationships were formed. For instance, D’Agosta’s girlfriend seemed very suspicious of Pendergast because of his past actions. I am guessing there is some justification for this if I read some of the earlier books.
The one thing I didn’t like about the book is that it seems to leave you hanging. I hope it is something that is tied up in the book that follows, but it left me a little unsatisified and disappointed.