White Fire by Douglas Preston


10 Critic Reviews

Jaded crime fiction buffs might find the premise hyperbolic, but beneath the overwrought headlines, Pendergast solves captivating mysteries.


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.

About Douglas Preston

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The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publisher's Weekly). Coauthors of the famed Pendergast series, their books Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the 100 greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number one box office hit movie. They are also the authors of Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance and Gideon's Sword. 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 four novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. The authors welcome e-mail from their readers; you can visit their website at www.prestonchild.com.
Published November 12, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Dec 01 2013
Weeks as Bestseller
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Above average
on Jul 21 2013

Jaded crime fiction buffs might find the premise hyperbolic, but beneath the overwrought headlines, Pendergast solves captivating mysteries.

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Publishers Weekly

on Sep 02 2013

Lee Child, Clive Cussler, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub have all supplied blurbs for this installment, which easily stands on its own with only passing references to Pendergast’s complex backstory.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Nov 22 2013

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will devour Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s latest thriller...Readers will race toward the final page and, once there, will thirst for more.

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Above average
Reviewed by Joyce Morgan on Dec 01 2013

Although student Corrie’s impetuousness and poor judgment can be annoying, Pendergast and the unexpected twists more than make up for it. A remarkable plot...a secret Sherlock Holmes story and a meeting between Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle keep readers glued to the page.

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Above average
Reviewed by Amy Raymond on Nov 17 2013

“White Fire” is a pleasant departure from tales centering on Pendergast's messed-up clan. Readers who enjoyed earlier novels — but may have walked away around “Dance of Death” — should give the series another chance.

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Hutchinson Leader

on Nov 22 2013

It all comes together in the end, but it's quite a tale. It was good enough that I'm curious to read more books with Pendergast.

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Raging Biblioholism

Above average
on Dec 01 2013

If the ending left a bit to be desired, if it felt too clean and too easy… well, sometimes that’s the way mysteries come to a close. It doesn’t make it a bad book, just keeps it from being truly excellent.

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Reviewed by Lori on Nov 12 2013

I was reading White Fire while out of town and found myself aching for time to finish it, which says a whole lot. I'm hoping to see more of some of the characters in White Fire in a future Preston and Child novel.

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The Speed of Write

Reviewed by Maria on Nov 18 2013

I even liked the Sherlock Holmes aspects of this story. Overall, this was a great installment to the series and I’m happy to see Pendergast getting back to his old self.

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Reviewed by Amy Lignor on Nov 17 2013

...Amazing; excellent; exhilarating - name an adjective! The only wish from readers like me is that Pendergast could have a book every month. But he IS always worth the wait! Outstanding, once again, gentlemen - thank you!

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