Book 2 in the Agent Pendergast series
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (1997)
Publisher: Tor Books
Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast.
When the police find two skeletons united in an embrace in a Manhattan river, Margo Green, curator of the Museum of Natural History, is invited to collaborate in the investigation, not only for her anthropological knowledge but for her experience the previous year when she faced with a horrendous beast that was loose in the cellars of the museum.
The skeletons show signs of violence and grotesque abnormalities that point to only one thing: the awakening of a dormant nightmare. To the mystery of the skeletons is added a series of brutal crimes.
With the help of a police lieutenant, an enigmatic agent of the FBI and an eminent scientist, Margo investigates the origin of the murders. The investigation will take you to a terrifying labyrinth of tunnels, sewers and galleries bordered under Manhattan.