The Third Gate

Lincoln Child. Doubleday, $25.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-385-53138-2
Bestseller Child (Terminal Freeze) more than succeeds in making a mummy’s curse terrifying in this superb supernatural thriller. Yale medieval history professor Jeremy Logan has such a reputation as a professional “enigmalogist” (someone who investigates ghosts and mythic creatures) that wealthy treasure hunter Porter Stone recruits Logan to assist his team with a dangerous excavation in Egypt. Stone believes he’s found the location of the tomb of Narmer, a legendary pharaoh, but it’s in the forbidding area known as the Sudd, a huge inaccessible swamp. Stone’s expedition has been plagued by a series of bizarre events, from equipment failure to the disappearance of 200 pounds of meat, occurrences that may be the result of a warning Narmer inscribed in stone of the fate awaiting those who violate his final resting place. Child evokes fear through understatement, and his characters are much more than the paper-thin puppets of similarly themed novels. Readers will hope to see more of Logan in a sequel. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/09/2012
Release date: 06/12/2012
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 418 pages - 978-0-7393-7835-9
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Open Ebook - 209 pages - 978-0-385-53139-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-307-87717-8
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-61587-546-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 416 pages
Compact Disc - 978-0-399-56887-9
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