First printing of Preston and Child's spooky archaeology thriller, signed by Preston.
Fine in fine jacket.
"Gecko, you say?" Frock murmured in mild surprise. "And it eats the hypothalamus.... how extraordinary."
First book in Preston & Child's series featuring the suspicious Aloysius Pendergast, special agent investigating cursèd relics at New York's Museum of Natural History, as well as a fearsome "Museum Beast" which turns out to be something even worse than a difficult curator: a mutated man-reptile creature who skulks in underground tunnels and emerges intermittently to lash out with supernatural strength at museum staff and tourists alike. The basis for a 1997 film starring Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore; the adaptation relocates the setting to Chicago, a city presumably less touchy about gaining a reputation for harboring Museum Beasts in the bowels of its beloved institutions.
New York: Forge / Tom Doherty Associates, (1995). 9'' x 6.25''. Original half yellow cloth with marigold yellow boards. In original unclipped ($22.95) dust jacket. Jacket art by Jim Thiesen. Signed by Douglas Preston on title page, dated 2/11/96. 382 pages. Laid in is an original pre-order bookmark for the title, also signed by Preston.
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