BOOK REVIEW: Cemetery Dance

Posted on June 2, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

Cemetery DanceCemetery Dance actually has nothing to do with cemeteries or dancing per se. It does, however, involve people being brutally murdered and then showing up from the dead to throw New York City into chaos. The lead characters are Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta and Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast, Vincent’s charming foil. They are charged with solving the gruesome murder of William Smithback Jr. and also the safety of his widow, Nora Kelly, who was also the victim of attempted murder. The case seems open and shut. However, the meat of this story begins when nothing is as it seems.
Immediately, it seems that the person who murdered Mr. Smithback has been legally dead for ten days prior to the murder. How can a dead man commit a gruesome murder? Also, how can all the witnesses and the security camera in Nora’s apartment building be wrong? They all say the guilty party is one Collin Fearing who lived in Nora’s apartment building. The story picks up steam from there.

Lieutenant Vincent plays the part of a very skeptical and bungling New York cop who somehow gets the job done when unavoidable obstacles crop up. Nora Kelly plays the damsel in distress who tries to solve her husband’s murder herself. It is a joy to watch Vincent stumble and Pendergast pick up the pieces.

The charm of this story is that is seems to be the plot of a B movie when it is leading in an entirely different direction. I don’t want to give away details, but just when you think you see where this story is heading, you will be wrong. It is a lot of fun to get taken in and given this thrill ride of a story to enjoy.

This book was a fun, gripping, fast read. It kept me entertained the whole time and gripping my seat at other times. If you like detective stories and/or the undead this is a gripping story made to order. I would say Preston and Child have created a winner here and it gets my big thumbs up.

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