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 880 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.


  • 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.
  • Preposterous

    By Dgb65
    A mind numbing jumble of aborted history and inconceivable coincidence - Prendergast should be embarrassed to even have had a cameo role.
  • Preston & Child score big again

    By b3$t0tw
    Scorpion’s Tail is a wonderful read - the story builds steadily in anticipation of the climax. The characters are 3 dimensional and interesting. By the end you care very much about what will happen and who will survive. Thank you to an exceptional writing team for another treasured tome.
  • Scorpion’s Tale

    By Lareding
    I was desperate for a good read. I took a chance on this book based on some previous ones. It is one of the few books that I couldn’t put down. It won’t win awards but it will be well worth your money. It reads easy. Give it a shot.
  • Great book!

    By Grambo5
    This is a true page turning delight with many unexpected twists and turns. Can’t wait for the next book from these talented storytellers