White FireeBook - 2013
In 1876, in a mining camp called Roaring Fork in the Colorado Rockies, eleven miners were killed by a rogue grizzly bear. Corrie Swanson has arranged to examine the miners' remains. When she makes a shocking discovery, town leaders try to stop her from exposing their community's dark and bloody past.
Just as Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI arrives to rescue his protege, the town comes under siege by a murderous arsonist who-with brutal precision-begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast discovers a long-lost Sherlock Holmes story that may be the key to solving both the mystery of the long-dead miners and 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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I loved Pendergast's stories and read from Relic to White Fire, 7 in all. In addition I read the author's other 6 books as well. When reading those books, I gave the authors benefits of the doubt on the special ability and mysticism of Pendergast. In White Fire, the story was in fact one the authors' best in mho. The pace was constantly moving; the events were realistic (greedy developers; mercury poisoning, veteran challenges, Pendergast's deductions) other than meeting between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Oscar Wilde. With that said, like all writers, they do not bottomless well of fresh ideas. Relative to other "very seasoned" writers, Preston & Child books remain engaging for new or faithful fans, in mho. May I ask what other writers preserve their "fine" standard better? Lastly, we may not love the self centered young woman who did not fit a heroine ... and that was part of the essential story line to bring on Pendergast's involvement etc. Further, there are plenty of such "ungrateful" people around us.
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Moving an old cemetery for a new club house started Pendergast's investigation: The attorney for The Heights rose and gave his presentation in a nasal drone. The Heights, he said, proposed to rebury the disinterred remains in a field they had purchased for just such a purpose on a hillside about five miles down Route 82. This surprised Jenny; she had always assumed the remains would be reburied within the town limits. Now she understood why so many people were there.
The attorney went through some legal gobbledygook about how this was all perfectly legal, reasonable, proper, preferable, and indeed, unavoidable for various reasons she didn’t understand. As he continued, Jenny heard a slow rising of disapproving sounds, murmurings—even a few hisses—from the public area. She glanced in the direction of the noise. The proposal was, it seemed, not being greeted with favor.
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