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Past and present collide in Preston and Child's most thrilling novel ever . . .


Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who--with brutal precision--begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort's very existence.

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story--one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack--and Corrie's life suddenly in grave danger--Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.

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The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.

Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

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Tung, December 11, 2013 (view all comments by Tung)
"White Fire" is the 13th novel by writing Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child to star their enigmatic superdetective/FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, who invariably inserts himself into the latest bizarre mystery/thriller with more than a touch of horror. At this point, the Preston/Child universe (which extends beyond the Pendergast novels to include several other standalone thrillers) has become developed enough that there are a number of other secondary characters who take their turns stepping into a major role in different books. In "White Fire," it's Pendergast's protegee, Corrie Swanson, who figured prominently in "Still Life With Crows" (2003). Back then, Corrie was a hellraising teenager, but with Pendergast's assistance (financial and moral), she's now enrolled in a criminal justice program and working toward becoming a law enforcement officer. For her thesis, she's decided to investigate a century old series of killings of Colorado miners, supposedly at the paws of a ferocious grizzly bear. Due to a resort town's development plans, the skeletons have been disinterred and are now available for study. What ensues is a satisfying blend of small town politics/conspiracy, serial killer/arsonist on the loose, and exploration of Sherlock Holmes and Oscar Wilde. The serial killer's identity wasn't too hard to guess, but Preston and Child are more about thrills than mysteries, as well as about Pendergast's odd but effective investigative methods.

Unlike some of the more recent Pendergast novels, this one does stand on its own. As I noted earlier, "Still Life With Crows" introduces Corrie Swanson, but it's not necessary to have read it, as the mystery in that book doesn't figure into this one at all; and the relevant aspects of Corrie's past are recapped adequately here. I'd rate this one as more or less in the middle of the Pendergast series.
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Preston, Douglas
Grand Central Publishing
Auberjonois, Rene
Preston, Douglas J.
Child, Lincoln
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
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Mass market paperback
Agent Pendergast series
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9.5 x 6.5 x 2 in 1.82 lb

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