- Reliquary (novel)
Infobox Book |
name = Reliquary
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
language = English
genre = Thriller
pages = 480
isbn = ISBN 0-812-54283-5
preceded_by = Relic
The Cabinet of Curiosities
"Reliquary" is the
1997New York Times Best Selling sequel to "Relic", by Douglas Prestonand Lincoln Child. The legacy of the blood-maddened Mbwun lives on in "Reliquary", but the focus is shifted from the original museum setting to the tunnels beneath the streets of New York City.
The story picks up where the epilogue of "Relic" left off. Two skeletons are found in the
Harlem River. They are headless and when more headless murders followed, there is suspicion of a second Mbwun monster. Everyone in the original books plus more team up to solve the puzzle. The mystery soon leads underground to the Mole Peopleand even deeper towards mysterious beings, called the Wrinklers. Soon, they realize that the wrinklers are led by Frock, who has taken a modified version of the mbwun plant to regain the use of his legs. He also gave the drug to the people who were to become the wrinklers. After going underground, the group kills them with an explosion and a flood.
Many major characters from "Relic" return:
Captain Vincent D'Agosta- New York Police Department, initially in charge of the investigation.
* Dr. Margo Green - now assistant curator of the
New York Museum of Natural History
Aloysius Pendergast- Special Agent for the FBI
* Bill Smithback - journalist, now crime reporter working for the "
New York Post"
* Dr. Whitney C. Frock - Margo Green's former PhD mentor, evolutionary biologist, retired from the museum.
* Dr. Ian Dunbar- D'Agosta's FBI protector
* Sergeant Laura Hayward - New York police officer who worked on a unit to roust the homeless; a published author working on her
Masters Degreein Sociologyat New York Universityand an expert on the underground societies of New York. The second and third sections of the novel are preceded by excerpts from a paper she wrote that is awaiting publication.
* Captain Jack Waxie - D'Agosta's superior; takes over the investigation
* Anette Wisher - mother of murdered
socialitePamela Wisher, who then leads a crusade to save the city from crime.
* Redmond Horlocker - Chief of the New York Police Department
* Mephisto - the leader of an underground community beneath
* Dr. Simon Brambell - Chief Medical Examiner (his brother appears in other novels by Preston & Child)
* Bryce Harriman - crime reporter for the "
New York Times"; Smithback's rival
* [http://www.prestonchild.com/reliquary/reliquary.htm Official Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child website]
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