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Product Details

  • Series: Pendergast
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455525839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455525836
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,366 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Sherlock Holmes fans will relish Preston and Child's 13th novel featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2012's Two Graves), one of their best in this popular series. In the prologue, set in 1889 at a London restaurant, Oscar Wilde not only advises Conan Doyle on how to improve the character of Holmes, who so far has appeared only in A Study in Scarlet, but also tells a horrible tale about a mining camp that the aesthete visited during his American tour a few years before. The details of Wilde's story gradually come out in the main, present-day narrative, in which Pendergast's protégé, Corrie Swanson, a student at Manhattan's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is undertaking a large-scale study of perimortem trauma on human bones inflicted by a large carnivore. Her starting point will be Roaring Fork, Colo., where a bear killed and ate 11 miners in 1876. Corrie's arrival in Roaring Fork coincides with a serious of grisly murders that Pendergast later comes to believe are related to the 19th-century bear attacks. 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. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Nov.)

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"These dynamic authors' best thriller to date."—One of Library Journal's Top 10 Thrillers of 2013

"Corrie teams up with her mentor, none other than the investigative genius and series stalwart Aloysius Pendergast, in unearthing a web of deceit, conspiracy, and cover-up. He's never been better, and neither have the ever-reliable Preston and Child. "White Fire" blazes on high heat from the first page to the last, a wholly satisfying and relentlessly suspenseful tale."—Providence Sunday Journal

"Small-town politics, murder, a century-old conspiracy, arson and a detective who embodies a modern-day Holmes add up to an amazing journey."—Associated Press

"A remarkable plot that ties together multiple killings - some more than a century old - a secret Sherlock Holmes story and a meeting between Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle keep readers glued to the page."—RT Times

"Sherlock Holmes fans will relish Preston and Child's 13th novel featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2012's Two Graves), one of their best in this popular series...easily stands on its own with only passing references to Pendergast's complex backstory."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fans of Sherlock Holmes will devour Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's latest thriller, not only because of its connection to Conan Doyle, but because Pendergast bears a striking resemblance to the iconic detective, and has powers as eerily uncanny as Sherlock's. Readers will race toward the final page and, once there, will thirst for more."—BookReporter.com

"Another highly entertaining and genuinely thrilling story from Preston & Child starring their romantic, faintly gothic, and always mysterious FBI agent, Aloysius Pendergast. As always the prose is elegant, replete with exquisite descriptions, and this time we're treated to dashes of historic characters Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, as well as a positively delicious serving of the great Sherlock Holmes. Through myriad shocks, surprises, twists and turns, the suspense never lets up. Great fun to the last page."—Anne Rice

"Preston and Child have done it again! WHITE FIRE continues their white hot streak of bestselling suspense as the most eccentric and ruthlessly clever FBI agent in the business, Pendergast, takes on old money and even older secrets with some literary help from Sherlock Holmes. Simply brilliant!"—Lisa Gardner

"The best Pendergast book yet - a collision between past and present that will leave you breathless."—Lee Child

"What Preston and Child are so good at are exemplified here: solid research, clear swift prose and enough twists to fill a jar of pretzels. Sit back, crack open the book and get ready for the ride of your life."—David Baldacci

"WHITE FIRE is a perfect introduction for any reader not yet acquainted with A.X.L. Pendergast, one of the most memorable detectives in contemporary thrillerdom."—Steve Berry

"I've read every Pendergast thriller. This is the most suspenseful and most horrifying of them all. This book holds chills you can't imagine. I'm still shuddering. I promise-- you'll shudder, too."—R.L. Stine

"A mile-a-minute thriller with a deeply entertaining plot and marvelous characters, in a setting that will chill your blood, and not only because it's 10 degrees below zero and covered with snow. My copy is full of crumbs because I couldn't put it down long enough to eat."—Diana Gabaldon

"WHITE FIRE is as incandescent as its title, a beautifully organized, tautly paced book that really did just yank me in and demand that I keep reading. I'm very grateful for the experience."—Peter Straub

"Preston and Child have created a terrific mix of mystery and the unexpected that will keep you reading into the late hours of the night. They promise a great read and they have delivered."—Clive Cussler

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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Armando Santiago on November 14, 2013
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I am a big fan of the series, I did like the book, and I read it more or less fast. But at times it was disappointing.
As for the things I did like:

A) In my opinion, the Pendergast series works best in stories dealing with the macabre, as opposed too relying too much on action based narrative, and in that sense this book delivers.

B) The exchanges between Doyle and Wilde are, quite simply delightful.

C) Pendergast has a chance to display his ability to totally subdue pompous arrogant jerks in his usual fashion.

D) This book interweaves not one, nor two, but three mysteries, in effective fashion.

E) I like that continuity is respected. In one on other level, we are reminded of the fact Pendergast is still dealing with the ramifications of past events, and that other interesting characters inhabit this universe.

F) We are gifted with a fake bonus Sherlock Holmes story, that was authentic enough, that really took me back.

What I did not like:

A) This is really disappointing, and in my opinion, this by itself costs the book one star. The resolution of the whole affair relies on the old fashion escape route of having one of the main characters acting like a complete idiot.

B) I don't know if this is my own fault or not, but ever since reading Roger Ebert's principle of the unnecessary character (or however he used to call it), I have become more likely to guess who the mystery bad guy is. I guess that the authors could do a bit more of an effort to disguise those characters.

C) And well, the book is short. I think the premise was strong enough that it deserved a more intricate story.

All in all, fans should buy the book of course, but new readers should find some of his earlier stand alone efforts, too really appreciate what a good Pendergast novel is about.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Shane - AFR on November 5, 2013
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I must admit that I don't usually stray too far away from my usual genre of science fiction, but on occasion I will be tempted to find a book that can break up the monotony. Typically I stray to books like Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures, but I will also see what the combo of Preston and Child have come up with in their ongoing Pendergast series. When offered the chance to once again visit that realm, I jumped at it and quickly found that the story they have written in White Fire is one of the best Pendergast novels to date.

Without spoiling the book, a habit I take seriously in my reviews, I will try to give a generalized summary of what the potential reader will find within. The book follows the budding career of a young student bent on proving herself in not only the eyes of her peers, but in the eyes of her mentor as well - Pendergast. After hearing of a remarkable mystery surrounding the recently exhumed remains of mine workers, she sets out to solve a centuries old mystery that points to a horrendous animal with the taste for human flesh. As her quest for answers progresses, she finds that the town she is working in presents its own dangers, and the towns people are not to kind to her investigation.

Consumed by her work she takes incredible risks, risks that come back to haunt her later. But when all seems lost a mysterious FBI agent comes to the rescue and helps to push her investigation on. Meanwhile in the town, acts of savage murder send shock waves through affluent residents, and an overwhelmed sheriff calls on the help of our trusted law enforcement officer. As the investigations near their end, the dominoes set up by Preston and Child begin to fall and all is revealed in stunning ways.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Maxine McLister on November 14, 2013
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White Fire opens with a prologue set in London in 1889. Oscar Wilde tells Arthur Conan Doyle a story he had heard in America so horrible that Doyle immediately feels compelled to leave.

In the present, Corrie, Pendergast’s young protégé and Criminology student has stumbled upon the perfect tale for her thesis. Roaring Fork, an uber-rich ski resort in Colorado, has moved a century-old graveyard to make way for a new development. Among the uncovered bones are those of some miners which appear to have been eaten by a grizzly. However, Corrie may have bitten off more than she can chew as her investigation takes her in some rather unanticipated directions which soon land her in jail. In desperation, she contacts Pendergast for help. He arrives in the town just as the first of a series of brutal arsonist attacks occurs. Soon, it becomes apparent to Pendergast that these crimes are linked to the attacks against the miners a century earlier and, with a winter storm setting in, things are about to get much, much worse.

White Fire has to be one of the best, most kick-ass, certainly the most delicious edition to the Pendergast series yet. For anyone who believes that the series was losing its edge, this will definitely revive your faith in it and, for anyone who has never read the series, White Fire will definitely whet your appetite for more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Fink on January 5, 2014
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While I enjoyed the premise and most of the plot, the excessive suspension of belief and lack of attention to details left a bad impression. While I am used to suspending belief in some of the previous Preston & Child books, but this one dealt with non-supernatural events so there should be little suspension required. As a resident of the Rocky Mountains (and very familiar with 'Roaring Fork'), the final sequences were very inaccurate, bordering on ludicrous (specifics below).

**Spoilers alert**

The town of Roaring Fork is obviously Aspen. The authors use real place names otherwise (Basalt, Leadville, etc), so why not call it Aspen? And Mt. Elbert is not visible from Aspen/Roaring Fork.

The Matchless Mine is in Leadville, not Aspen/Roaring Fork.

Rattlesnakes are rarely seen above 9,000 feet in Colorado, it is too cold. And if someone comes across a den of hibernating rattlesnakes, they are unable to go from hibernating to very active. They are cold-blooded and are very sluggish until they are able to warm up (not going to happen in a dark, cold mine shaft). As a plot device, it added nothing and only took away from the action.

Driving a snowmobile in the dark, along an avalanche chute, along a steep mountain face at 45 miles per hour? And 2 snowmobiles cross the area no problem...but 2 gunshots set off an avalanche? And a man is found in the avalanche debris within minutes?

Shafts from different mines intersect? Miners were very possessive and territorial, even to the point of bloodshed.

Ted has never shown any signs of psychosis, but suddenly turns violent when Corrie shows up?

The story line of the rich and powerful doing anything they want...until 'threatened' with desecration of a corpse and they fold?
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