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The Forgotten Room

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The Forgotten Room

Jeremy Logan Series, Book 4
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A LONG-LOST EXPERIMENT OF UNGUESSABLE INTENT

A SECRET ROOM, INGENIOUSLY HIDDEN INSIDE A VAST SEACOAST MANSION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LINCOLN CHILD AT HIS RIVETING BEST
Professor Jeremy Logan (the quirky and charismatic "enigmalogist" who specializes in solving problems of the strange or seemingly supernatural variety) receives an urgent summons from the director of Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America. An unexplainable tragedy has taken place in the sprawling compound located on the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island. One of Lux's most distinguished doctors, overcome by erratic behavior, violently attacked his assistant before meeting with a gruesome self-inflflflffllflicted end. Deeply shaken by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind from the doctor's final project—as well as recent troubling behavior among several of the think tank's other scientists—Lux fears there is something more sinister occurring within its walls and looks to Jeremy Logan to investigate.
Logan quickly makes a surprising discovery. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, he uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room, unknown and untouched for decades. The room is essentially a time capsule, fiffiilled with eerie machinery and obscure references to a top-secret experiment known as "Project S." As Logan attempts to unravel its meaning, he begins to discern what transpired in that room—and why the frightening project was suddenly abandoned and sealed off many years before. As his work draws him ever deeper into harm's way, Logan soon unleashes a series of catastrophic events upon the rest of Lux . . . and himself.
One of Lincoln Child's most thrilling novels to date, The Forgotten Room is replete with exhilarating action, veiled history, and mesmerizing science—making for a truly intelligent page-turner.
From the Hardcover edition.
A LONG-LOST EXPERIMENT OF UNGUESSABLE INTENT

A SECRET ROOM, INGENIOUSLY HIDDEN INSIDE A VAST SEACOAST MANSION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LINCOLN CHILD AT HIS RIVETING BEST
Professor Jeremy Logan (the quirky and charismatic "enigmalogist" who specializes in solving problems of the strange or seemingly supernatural variety) receives an urgent summons from the director of Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America. An unexplainable tragedy has taken place in the sprawling compound located on the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island. One of Lux's most distinguished doctors, overcome by erratic behavior, violently attacked his assistant before meeting with a gruesome self-inflflflffllflicted end. Deeply shaken by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind from the doctor's final project—as well as recent troubling behavior among several of the think tank's other scientists—Lux fears there is something more sinister occurring within its walls and looks to Jeremy Logan to investigate.
Logan quickly makes a surprising discovery. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, he uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room, unknown and untouched for decades. The room is essentially a time capsule, fiffiilled with eerie machinery and obscure references to a top-secret experiment known as "Project S." As Logan attempts to unravel its meaning, he begins to discern what transpired in that room—and why the frightening project was suddenly abandoned and sealed off many years before. As his work draws him ever deeper into harm's way, Logan soon unleashes a series of catastrophic events upon the rest of Lux . . . and himself.
One of Lincoln Child's most thrilling novels to date, The Forgotten Room is replete with exhilarating action, veiled history, and mesmerizing science—making for a truly intelligent page-turner.
From the Hardcover edition.
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    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 once a part, to lend me this one-­man research submersible." And Logan waved at the...
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  • Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of The Third Gate, Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death 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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    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.

  • AudioFile Magazine It's tough on narrator Jonathan McClain that this third outing for Professor Jeremy Logan, "enigmalogist," begins in Scotland. McClain makes a valiant attempt at the Scottish accents, but it's a great relief when Logan leaves the Loch Ness Monster behind and heads back to the U.S. At a prestigious think tank in Newport, Rhode Island, a researcher has killed himself in a bizarre fashion.The decision to bring Logan in to investigate divides the staff. McClain gives convincing voices to academics old and young, male and female. It seems almost cruel that Child throws in a Cockney maintenance man to keep his narrator off-kilter. Nonetheless, this is a solid thriller. C.A.T. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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