Relic is the first novel in the Agent Pendergast series. It was published by Tor Books in 1995 and marked the first full-length Preston-Child collaboration.
Plot Summary Edit
"Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human...
But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.
Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who—or what—is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?"
- Aloysius Pendergast
- Vincent D'Agosta
- Margo Green
- Bill Smithback
- Greg Kawakita
- Spencer Coffey
- Whitney Frock
Film Adaptation Edit
Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights to the novel and released The Relic in January of 1997, starring Tom Sizemore as Vincent D'Agosta and Penelope Ann Miller as Margo Green. The film makes significant deviations from the source material, including moving the setting to Chicago and eliminating the characters of Special Agent Pendergast and Bill Smithback.