The Cabinet of Curiosities, 2003, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
I recently reread most of the “Agent Pendergast” series, and related cross-overs, while taking a break from the Connolly books because of school (I can knock one of these out in two days, in between classes), but this was my first exposure to the books. Found it in a store and thought “Hey, a thriller set in a cabinet of curiosities? I’m intrigued.”
Preston and Child are very readable, but Pendergast is such a cypher that he doesn’t make for a compelling hero. And at the point I’ve stopped, two of the most interesting characters have been written out of the series. And boy howdy do they rely on the “killer creates huge spectacle to distract from the real goal” plots. But the sheer ludicrousness of the plots is entertaining.