White Fire – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

White Fire – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child


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.

My Thoughts

While this is a Pendergast book, this story is very much centered on Corrie Swanson. Though the flow of the book was a bit out of sorts for a Pendergast tale, I was quite excited to see more and more of the progress Corrie has made through the books. She’s now quite the exquisite young forensic criminologist – I love it.

This story didn’t necessarily have the jaw-dropping, “holy crap” elements of other Pendergast tales, but it was still just as mind-bending and twisted as the others. While I found this book a bit more predictable than the others, the end had me in tatters – for a while.

The whole sordid mystery is solved rather cleanly, and lacks the general “who cares for the rules” aire that Pendergast exudes, but that’s just fine by me – not better way for Corrie to begin her career in law enforcement!!

After this tale, I’m looking forward to the next Pendergast adventure! I’m sure it’s going to be a good one.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 27, 2013.

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