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The Scorpion's Tail by Lincoln Child

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Hardcover / e-Book / audiobook
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Hardcover / e-Book
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Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
Old Bones, August 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Hardcover / e-Book
The Pharaoh Key, June 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
Beyond the Ice Limit, January 2017
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
Beyond The Ice Limit, May 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
Folrgotten Room, May 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
The Lost Island, August 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
White Fire, November 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
Gideon's Sword, March 2011
Hardcover / e-Book
Cemetery Dance, June 2009
Hardcover
Terminal Freeze, March 2009
Hardcover
The Wheel of Darkness, September 2007
Hardcover
The Book of the Dead, July 2007
Paperback (reprint)
Deep Storm, January 2007
Hardcover
The Book of the Dead, May 2006
Hardcover
Brimstone, August 2004
Hardcover
Cabinet of Curiosities, June 2003
Paperback (reprint)
The Relic, January 2003
Paperback (reprint)

The Scorpion's Tail
Lincoln Child

Nora Kelly Book 2
Grand Central Publishing
January 2021
On Sale: January 12, 2021
480 pages
ISBN: 1538747278
EAN: 9781538747278
Kindle: B089SP432J
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Thriller | Fiction

From #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child comes a thrilling novel following archaeologist Nora Kelly and FBI Agent Corrie Swanson as they work together to solve a twisted crime that reaches far beyond any of their worst fears.


Following the acclaimed debut of Old Bones, this second "happily anticipated" new thriller in Preston & Child's series features Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, as they team up to solve a mystery that quickly escalates into nightmare (Booklist).

A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death. She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body and lend her expertise to the investigation, and together they uncover something unexpected and shocking: the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, with a rictus of horror frozen on his face.

Hidden on the corpse lies a 16th century Spanish gold cross of immense value.

When they at last identify the body - and the bizarre cause of death - Corrie and Nora open a door into a terrifying, secret world of ancient treasure and modern obsession: a world centered on arguably the most defining, frightening, and transformative moment in American history.

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