From Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: Pendergast will answer ten strange questions


Hugh Paxton’s Blog received this rather enigmatic message from best-selling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. And they suggested that I pass it on. I am doing that right now! Two days late, true, but I’ve had (strange) reasons for my irresponsible delay. No strange questions to me about that! My lips are sealed! If you enjoy their books you will have fun with this one! If you haven’t read their books I’d start with “Still Life with Crows” or “Wheel of Darkness”.

Gripping! And I mean really! Gripping!

Cheers from Hugh! (in Bangkok and the fighting here is nearly over! Apart from in the south where it will never stop)

From: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child []
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 5:12 AM
Subject: Pendergast will answer ten strange questions

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Hello all good readers!

As you might imagine, we’re always getting asked questions about the elusive Agent Pendergast. What are his favorite foods? Does he ever go to the movies? What is his shoe size? What exactly did he do in the armed forces, anyway?

The problem is, Pendergast is notoriously private. He doesn’t like answering questions from us, his own chroniclers, let alone those of strangers.

But we’ve had a stroke of luck. Linc met with Pendergast recently, and it seems the agent has agreed to be a little more open—temporarily. (It probably has something to do with the case of Chateau Latour we sent him for his birthday.) He has consented to answer just ten questions from our readers.

…So here’s your chance to find out more about that one mystery, that tic, that shadowy hint, regarding Pendergast, which you’ve always wondered about. Send in the one question of your choice to PendergastQuestion. We’ll select a dozen to forward to him (as there will no doubt be at least two questions he’ll refuse to answer). We will present you with his responses in next month’s Pendergast File.

Remember, Pendergast has only agreed to answer ten questions, so your question may not get picked. But there’s always a chance that it will…

Instructions: Do not reply to this email. Instead, use the special email address, PendergastQuestion. Please put your question in the “Subject” line of the email, and try to keep it short — long-winded questions are likely to irritate Pendergast. In the body of the email, please include the name you’d like to have your question ascribed to in the next newsletter (e.g., “Jennifer from Houston” or “Poindexter Snodgrass III”).

Best of luck!

Until next time,

Doug & Linc

And now a note from Doug:

Dear Friends,

As you may know, my solo novel, The Kraken Project, will be published on May 13. I will be personally signing and inscribing 300 first-edition hardcover copies for anyone who wants one. These are available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore at the regular retail price, plus shipping. (They will ship almost anywhere in the world). If you would like to get a copy for Father’s Day, or for yourself, please use this link. (You can indicate exactly what you want me to write in the “Instructions” box as you check out.)

Some random Preston & Child links:

Our new website


Our Facebook page

Doug’s recent piece in Slate magazine on skiing with the Dalai Lama

Painting by Caspar David Friedrich, "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog," 1818

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
P.O Box 162 | Convent Station, NJ 07961 US

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