The Scorpion's Tail - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

The Scorpion's Tail

By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

  • Release Date: 2021-01-12
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,188 Ratings


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.


  • Treasure aplenty

    By Magick666
    Great fast paced read complete with fabled antiquities but an abrupt ending that left much unfinished. Bring on the next chapter.
  • Scorpion’s Tail

    By robin snipe
    Very good except Agent Pendergast’s part was a little clumsy and contrived. A very enjoyable read. Highly recomend
  • Great page turner

    By R U sure u r saved
    Incredible book with many twists and seemingly random characters that take on a life of their own. Couldn’t get enough, as always really good tie in at the end. Love his writing style and binge read till the end!
  • Scorpions Tail

    By Allan osborn
    As with every Preston and Child book, I want to place the world on hold until I devour every word. All their books are exciting and intriguing. I always wait impatiently anticipating their next book. Please keep them coming!
  • Very good read

    By Lyttles
    It has a slow start but it gets better. The details are amazing and I liked the wrap up at the end of the book.
  • Scorpions tail

    By raydacvs
  • Slow start, Quick ending, easy see through plot

    By Xchange04
    Nice and fun story. Pretty short though. But it was very clear what the main plot was, and who-done-it, by the middle of the story. Some suspense. Some excitement. But the end was so abrupt it left me seriously wondering why it’s so well rated. A small surprise at the end didn’t help it at all either.
  • The Scorpion’s Tail

    By Donna Susan
    Engrossing with perfect charactiers - a dynamic ending with the good guys winning. Corrie and Nora are exceptional characters and would love to see them work together again.
  • I could not put this book down!

    By HaloDoc
    When you start reading The Scorpion’s Tail you had better have a light schedule as you won’t want to do anything else until you finish this intriguing story. The facts behind the story were well researched and accurate. Even the geography was accurately described.
  • Great read

    By Ingoamriiiiiiiiiingoamri
    Great storyline. History and geography described in a way to want to google them all! I love the characters Corrie and Nora. Females I can relate to. None of the usual wink and nod gals.