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
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
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
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
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
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
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 on White Fire
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 on White Fire
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) on White Fire
These dynamic authors' best thriller to date.
— White Fire was one of Library Journal's Top 10 Thrillers of 2013
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 on White Fire
“Those who have grown to love Agent Pendergast will not be disappointed in the newest installment of his series by Preston and Child. The sharp wit and secretive demeanor of Pendergast are both amusing and mystifying to readers, and the plot unfolds in twists that will keep readers guessing right up to the end. Although this is written as a continuation of the Pendergast novels, it can stand alone for readers unfamiliar with this most unusual, and memorable, character.”
— RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“[This] Aloysius Pendergast thriller from bestsellers Preston and Child gets
off to a dramatic start…Pendergast’s search for [the] murderer takes him to
California’s isolated, eerie Salton Sea, which is skillfully evoked by the
— Publishers Weekly
Kirkus ReviewsPreston and Child return with
another adventure for modern crime fiction’s most esoteric detective, FBI agent
Aloysius Pendergast…[in] Pendergast’s deconstruction of a deadly conspiracy
originating with patent medicine and ending with bizarre battles—triflic acid,
poison darts, and Sumatran buckthorn as weapons—at the museum and the Brooklyn
Botanic Garden…Great character-driven crime fiction—readers new to the series
won’t be entirely lost, and Pendergast patrons will be thoroughly satisfied.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Two cases intertwine and hit home
for FBI agent Pendergast who, in his own slightly misanthropic way, sets out to
solve them. Rene Auberjonois makes this book what it is. No characters have
remotely similar vocal qualities; all shine—from a nasal-sounding lab
researcher to various police officers and a foreign official. But it’s
Pendergast whom Auberjonois really embraces with a consistent narration. The
character’s voice is methodical and controlled. At one point, while trying to
get close to a source, he imitates an entirely different voice, and Auberjonois
shifts smoothly between Pendergast’s temporary identity and the source.”
“What Preston and Child are so good at are…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, praise for the authors
“Preston and Child have created a terrific mix of
mystery and the unexpected.”
— Clive Cussler, praise for the series