In an engaging and enlightening conversation, celebrated authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child discuss their 20th Agent Pendergast book, “Bloodless,” as well as their decision to set the story in Savannah. They mentioned that they wanted to continue the partnership between Pendergast and Agent Coldmoon, and felt that Savannah, as “probably the most creepy city in America, if not the world” was a fittingly eerie and atmospheric setting for the story.
The novel follows Pendergast’s investigation into a series of blood-drained bodies that spark rumors of vampirism, although “Pendergast does not believe in vampires, or at least he’s pretty sure they don’t exist.”
Preston and Child delve into the partnership between Pendergast and Agent Coldmoon, highlighting their dynamic as they navigate the mystery. Their unlikely partnership emerges as a central theme, characterized by tension and collaboration while Constance contributes research skills and expertise that complement Pendergast’s enigmatic nature.
They also acknowledged the impact of the popular book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil on attracting tourists to Savannah, and expressed their hope that their book will bring more attention to the city while also providing an entertaining mystery.
Drawing inspiration from the infamous DB Cooper hijacking, the authors delved into meticulous research to accurately depict the 1971 airplane technology. Their commitment to authenticity shines through as they weave historical events into their storytelling.
One of the key challenges the authors navigated was crafting a story that concealed the identity of DB Cooper while intertwining supernatural elements with investigative intrigue. The result is a complex narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
Throughout the conversation, Preston and Child revealed insights into their writing routines and the collaborative process that has fueled their partnership for 15 years. Their passion for writing and meticulous revision highlights the dedication behind their work. Their work involves between six and eight rounds or revision.
As the discussion concluded, the authors reflected on the beauty of exploring cemeteries around the world – a fitting end to a conversation that journeyed through mystery, supernatural elements, and the intricacies of character dynamics.
With Bloodless, Preston and Child continue to captivate readers, offering an immersive experience that combines historical inspiration, supernatural intrigue, and the enigmatic allure of their beloved characters.