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The Forgotten Room
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The Forgotten Room
Jeremy Logan Series, Book 4
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Another page-turning installment in the Jeremy Logan series: A long-lost experiment of unknown intent ... a hidden room in a vast seaside estate ... an investigator marked for danger ...
 
On a sprawling estate on the coast of Rhode Island, at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious think tank, an unfathomable tragedy takes place. No one knows what to make of the disturbing evidence left behind. Then reports begin to surface of increasingly bizarre behavior among the organization’s distinguished scientists.

Called upon to investigate these strange happenings, history professor and analyst of inexplicable phenomena Jeremy Logan comes across an ingeniously concealed room in a long-dormant wing of the mansion. What he discovers within may provide answers—and, in the process, unleash a new wave of catastrophe.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Another page-turning installment in the Jeremy Logan series: A long-lost experiment of unknown intent ... a hidden room in a vast seaside estate ... an investigator marked for danger ...
 
On a sprawling estate on the coast of Rhode Island, at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious think tank, an unfathomable tragedy takes place. No one knows what to make of the disturbing evidence left behind. Then reports begin to surface of increasingly bizarre behavior among the organization’s distinguished scientists.

Called upon to investigate these strange happenings, history professor and analyst of inexplicable phenomena Jeremy Logan comes across an ingeniously concealed room in a long-dormant wing of the mansion. What he discovers within may provide answers—and, in the process, unleash a new wave of catastrophe.
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  • Chapter One 1

    It was perhaps the most unusual sight ever beheld on the august and stately grounds of the Glasgow Institute of Science, founded in 1761 by grant of charter from George III. A large podium, studded with microphones, had been erected on the Great Lawn, directly in front of the administration building. Before it had been set some three dozen folding chairs, on which sat reporters from local newspapers, the Times of London, Nature magazine, Oceanography, Time, and a host of others. To the right of the podium were two television cameras, one from the BBC and the other from CNN. To the podium’s left was a large wooden scaffold, upon which sat a large, strange-­looking machine of dark metal: a cross between a cigar tube and a pincushion, about thirty feet long, with a bulky attachment protruding from its upper edge.

    The restless chatter among the reporters grew muted as the main doors to the administration building opened and two men stepped out into the September afternoon sunlight. One was plump and short, with a shock of white hair and wearing a thick tweed coat. The other was tall and quite thin, with rather severe features, light brown hair, and alert gray eyes. Unlike the first man, he was dressed in a conservative dark suit.

    The two approached the podium and the older man cleared his throat. “Ladies and gentlemen of the press,” he began, “thank you for coming. I am Colin Reed, provost of the Glasgow Institute of Science, and to my right is Jeremy Logan.”

    Reed took a sip from a glass of water on one side of the podium, cleared his throat again. “You may well know of Dr. Logan’s work. He is perhaps the only, and certainly the preeminent, enigmalogist operating in the world today. His job is to investigate, interpret, and explain the—­for lack of a better word—­unexplainable. He throws light upon riddles of history; he separates myth from truth and the natural from the supernatural.”

    At Reed’s side, Jeremy Logan frowned slightly, as if uncomfortable at this bit of panegyric.

    “About two months ago, we contacted Dr. Logan on his home ground of Yale University and asked him to undertake an assignment for us. That assignment can be briefly explained: to definitively prove, or disprove, the existence of the creature popularly referred to as the Loch Ness monster. Dr. Logan has spent the last six weeks in Inverness, doing precisely that. I will now ask him to share his findings with you.”

    Reed stepped back from the microphones and Logan approached. He surveyed the crowd of reporters for a moment, then began to speak. His voice was relatively low and mild, the mid-­Atlantic accent contrasting with Reed’s Scottish burr.

    “The Loch Ness monster,” he began, “is the most famous of all the supposed Scottish lake monsters, perhaps the most famous of all cryptids. The institute’s aim in hiring me for this particular task was not to stunt the local tourism industry or to put peddlers of Loch Ness iconography out of business. Rather, it was to put a stop to the amateur and misguided attempts at searching for the creature—­attempts that have been on the increase recently and, at least twice in the last year, have resulted in deaths by drowning.”

    He took a sip from his own water glass. “I quickly realized that proving the existence of the creature required only one thing—­observing it in its element. Proving that the creature does not exist, however, would require a great deal more work. Technology would be my greatest ally. Hence I persuaded the United States Navy, of which I was...
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  • Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of The Third GateTerminal FreezeDeep StormDeath Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, most recently White Fire. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 23, 2015
    In bestseller Child’s chilling sequel to 2012’s The Third Gate, Gregory Olafson, the director of Lux, “the nation’s oldest and most prestigious policy institute,” summons “enigmalogist” Jeremy Logan to the group’s headquarters, a mansion in Newport, R.I. Ten years earlier, Logan was expelled from Lux for his unconventional methods, but now Olafson needs his help on a case: computer scientist Willard Strachey inexplicably attacked his assistant before committing suicide in a particularly gruesome way. In a recording of Strachey’s last words, he complains about voices that “taste like poison.” Logan suspects that Strachey’s behavior may be connected to his overseeing renovation work on an abandoned wing of the mansion. The paranormal investigator subsequently discovers a hidden room containing some odd equipment. Near the fireplace is a burned scrap of paper bearing the words Project Sin; the sound of disturbing music adds to the room’s eeriness. Child makes the most of the creepy setting, his unusual lead character, and an intricate plot. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor.

  • Booklist

    May 1, 2015
    Jeremy Logan, the enigmalogist who has starred in three previous novels, is asked to look into the apparent suicide of a noted researcher who worked at America's oldest think tank. Logan soon discovers evidence that the man didn't kill himself, including a mysterious, boarded-up room that the dead man apparently went to great lengths to conceal. Although Logan is known professionally as an investigator of the supernatural, the story here is more of a scientific mystery, with a decades-old think-tank project apparently linked to strange goings-on in the present day. A solidly written, very imaginative story for those who prefer a soft blending of mystery and paranormal.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2014

    In this stand-alone from Child, who also coauthors the Pendergast series with Douglas Preston, enigmalogist Jeremy Logan (he specializes in investigating inexplicable phenomena) probes strange happenings at the Newport, RI, mansion that houses the Symposikon think tank. Logan's last sighting: 2012's The Third Gate, which debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times best sellers list.

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from April 15, 2015

    Yale professor Jeremy Logan, an "enigmalogist" specializing in solving problems of a seemingly inexplicable or supernatural origin, receives an urgent invitation to a Newport, RI, mansion where a distinguished member of a respected think tank has committed a highly bizarre suicide after days of increasingly erratic and even violent behavior. Hints of a research project, "Project S," which was mothballed in the 1930s, and a "forgotten" room in the complex indicate connections to the death. But before Jeremy can identify the link, the institute is rocked by violent catastrophic incidents that revolve around the room and the project. Jeremy wonders whether the mysterious venture has started up again. VERDICT Successfully mingling science and history with the potentially paranormal, Child's latest solo thriller shows off the author's skill at immediately grabbing and holding the reader's attention. Jeremy, who appeared in The Third Gate and Deep Storm, is a quirky but believable character. He develops into an intriguing protagonist as he works through an electrifying plot that is one of Child's best yet. Fans of James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Matthew Reilly will love this book. [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/14.]--Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • The Florida Times-Union "Intriguing. . . . Lincoln Child is a master at mystery plots."
  • Library Journal (starred review) "Electrifying . . . One of Child's best yet."
  • Associated Press "Reflects the best of the 'mad scientist and locked room' mysteries of the early twentieth century . . . Fun and intriguing."
  • Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Man "Lincoln Child's novels are thrilling and tantalizing."
  • The Washington Post Book World "Child's characters are first-rate, as is his writing."
  • Kirkus Reviews "The genius-touched Child writes paragraphs of polymathic detail. . . . Terrific."
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