Pendergast Novels In Order by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Last Updated on January 19, 2023 When it comes to reading the Special Agent Pendergast books in order, having read the whole book series so far, I suggest you read the Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Pendergast books in order of publication, starting with Relic. The reason is that, while most of the stories can stand on their own, there is a continuity involving the characters (especially surrounding the FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast) that you don’t want to miss.

Here are the Pendergast novels in order by the authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Leng

The Cabinet of Dr. Leng  (Pendergast #21), 2023

List of the Pendergast Books in Order of Reading and Publication

  1. Relic (Pendergast #1), 1995
  2. Reliquary (Pendergast #2), 1997
  3. The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast #3), 2002
  4. Still Life with Crows (Pendergast #4), 2003
  5. Brimstone, (Pendergast #5, Diogenes #1) 2004
  6. Dance of Death (Pendergast #6, Diogenes #2), 2005
  7. The Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7, Diogenes #3), 2007
  8. The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast #8), 2008
  9. Cemetery Dance (Pendergast #9), 2009
  10. Fever Dream (Pendergast #10), 2010
  11. Cold Vengeance (Pendergast #11), 2011
  12. Two Graves (Pendergast #12), 2012
  13. Extraction (Pendergast #12.5), 2012
  14. White Fire (Pendergast #13), 2013
  15. Blue Labyrinth (Pendergast #14), 2014
  16. Crimson Shore (Pendergast #15), 2015
  17. The Obsidian Chamber (Pendergast #16), 2016
  18. City of Endless Night (Pendergast #17), 2018
  19. Verses for the Dead (Pendergast #18), 2018
  20. Crooked River (Pendergast #19), 2020
  21. Bloodless (Pendergast #20), 2021
  22. The Cabinet of Dr. Leng (Pendergast #21), 2023

The first three in the book series, Relic, Reliquary, and Cabinet of Curiosities could be included in the New York City book series due to the fact that they all take place in New York City (around the New York Museum of Natural History) and the characters are also present in each, including one of my favorite earlier characters, William Smithback.

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Should We Read the Pendergast Books in Order?

Agent Pendergast is an FBI special agent who can easily pick and choose his tasks and can travel wherever he wants whenever he wants. A highly intelligent individual who is gifted in many fields has been often called the spiritual successor to Sherlock Holmes.

In the first few techno thriller books of the Pendergast series, I felt that the authors wanted to make the novels standalone to allow us to read them separately from the rest. However, as various new characters got added in each new book – most of which would feature in subsequent novels as well, it became quite difficult not to want to read the next book in the series to see what happened with x, y or z character next.

For example, once Constance Greene is thrown in the mix, you will want to know about her (very odd) history, age, relationship with Aloysius and his brother, and what she is doing there anyway. In the latest Pendergast books, Constance’s character will be really fleshed-out and well-defined.

The more books you read where Constance is included or just mentioned, the easier it will become to learn more about this very interesting and exquisite person and the easier it becomes to feel attached to her and feel compassion for her. She really grew on me over the years. Thankfully Crimson Shore, the 15th Pendergast novel, is all about Constance. And our favorite FBI agent. And did I mention…her? Yay!

Diogenes, his brother, is another of those characters that as evil as he might be, he is nevertheless a very interesting participant in the whole family story. And let’s not forget about Helen, who appears in some later novels, and her story continues from there on, even long after she…but I won’t spoil it for you more.

It’s not only about the characters’ backgrounds, but also the relationship that develops and grows over time, where seemingly unrelated small events in the lives of some characters will produce major ripples over time in the lives of others.

Each book reveals a bit more about Aloysius, about Constance Greene, about Diogenes, about Margo Green, and even his wife, Helen, about the secretive Dr Leng, as well as about the various serial killer individuals involved at various times. While some of the main protagonists might appear in a few books only, they are always there, in the background, with the author revealing bits and pieces about them, allowing us to put a larger puzzle together.

So yes, reading the Pendergast books in order is something I’m glad I did right from the first book I have read many years ago, called Relic. The book got me hooked on the entire book series, making it one of the most anticipated mystery series every year.

So, all in all, I highly recommend you read the series in order from the very first one, Relic, and go through the list as shown above. You will be privy to some information and clues that those who read the books out of order will likely miss, along with a lot of back-stories that makes this world as rich and interesting as it is.

Each book flows seamlessly into the next without any interruption and if you read them out of order you might feel the whole story disjointed and let’s face it, much less fascinating.

One of my favorite ones in the book series is City of Endless Night, available from early 2018. For those who want to start reading this wonderful and addictive thriller series, above is the order of each book to get you started with. The numbering after the book titles denotes the order of the novels.

City of Endless Night starts with the search for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a billionaire who owns DigiFlood in the tech sector. Initially, it is supposed that she took off the way she often does, but things go from bad to much worse when a decapitated body is found.

Out beloved Vincent D’Agosta takes the case, and when Aloysius wants to help, Vincent is more than happy with the additional support, especially since diabolical forces are at work here, and probably regular police work will not suffice in solving this case.

This book goes back to the traditional style of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, which I enjoy so much. However, there are not many recurring characters in this book except for Aloysius and Vincent. Constance and Vincent’s wife only appear briefly.

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  1. Sandi says:

    I have read all 21 books of the Pendergast series and am anxiously awaiting the next. Leaving Dr. Leng as a cliffhanger, ugh! So please hurry with the next. I have also read the books by Preston and Childs by themselves. Excellent reads in my opinion. My favorite authors by far but I really love the Pendergast Series!

  2. Vivien says:

    Love these authors’ books. I trying to rad them in order. Thank you dry much

  3. Evelyn Roe says:

    Novels aren’t my favorite genre until I stumbled across one of Preston & Child. Now I’m hooked; have already read at least 9 of them (read the one I stumbled across, ordered the rest of the Pendergast series and am anxiously awaiting what comes after Bloodless. Does anyone know if “Extraction” is available in anything other than Kindle. I can’t find it. Thanks very much.

  4. Joe Goedhart says:

    Adrian Brody or Tom Hiddleston hands down.

  5. Will says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch with dyed hair would be my pick to play Pendergast. Would love to see a television series or a string of movies like that

  6. Ruth says:

    Hmmmmmm, tv series or movie with Alan Cumming as Pendergast. I too read Book of the Dead a long time ago and have rediscovered Agent Pendergast.

  7. Jacquie says:

    Where in the series is Thunderhead? Which book comes before it and which book comes afterwards?

  8. MaryAnn Bakowski says:

    The first time I read a Pendergast novel was Book of the Dead. A friend gave it to me because of how much I enjoy Ancient Egypt. From that point on I was hooked. I read all the books prior to Book of the Dead and I have not missed a single one Additionally, I have read all the Crew novels and now Nora Kelly.
    Of course, I eagerly await the next Pendergast always. I have to say my least favorite character is Cori Swanson. Thanks to the authors for these wonderful and interesting books.

  9. Jean Luc says:

    What is Agent Pendergast favorite drink that included simple syrup and bitters?

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