Книга: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child «White Fire»

White Fire

Производитель: "Vision"

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his prot&233;g&233;e, 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.

Издательство: "Vision" (2014)

Формат: 105x190, 512 стр.

ISBN: 978-1-4555-2584-3

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Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston (born May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American author who has written seventeen popular techno-thriller and horror novels, four alone and the rest with Lincoln Child. He also has authored several non-fiction books, both alone and one with Italian author Mario Spezi.



A graduate of the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, and Pomona College in Claremont, California, Preston began his writing career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In addition to his collaborations with Child, he has written several novels and non-fiction books of his own, mainly dealing with the history of the American Southwest. He is a contributing writer for Smithsonian, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker magazines. He has two brothers: David Preston (a medical doctor) and Richard Preston, also a best-selling fiction/non-fiction author.

Most of Preston's five nonfiction books and thirteen novel were bestsellers and have been translated into many languages. With his frequent collaborator, Lincoln Child, he has co-authored such bestselling thrillers as The Cabinet of Curiosities, The Ice Limit, Thunderhead, Riptide, Brimstone and Relic. Their novel, The Book of the Dead, which came out in June 2006, was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks. Preston writes about archeology for the New Yorker magazine and he has also been published in Smithsonian magazine, Harper's, and National Geographic. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards. He has created the character Wyman Ford, an ex-CIA agent who appears in many of his solo novels.

From 1978 to 1985, Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a writer, editor, and manager of publications. He served as Managing Editor for the journal Curator and was a columnist for Natural History magazine. In 1985 he published a history of the museum, Dinosaurs In The Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History, which chronicled the explorers and expeditions of the museum's early days.

In 1986 Preston moved to New Mexico and began to write full-time. Seeking an understanding of the first moment of contact between Europeans and Indians in America, he retraced on horseback Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's violent and unsuccessful search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. That thousand mile journey across the American Southwest resulted in the book Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest. Since that time Preston has undertaken many long horseback journeys retracing historic or prehistoric trails. He has also participated in expeditions in other parts of the world, including a journey deep into Khmer Rouge-held territory in the Cambodian jungle with a small army of soldiers, to be the first Westerner to visit a lost Angkor temple. He once had the thrill of being the first person in 3,000 years to enter an ancient Egyptian burial chamber in a tomb known as KV5 in the Valley of the Kings.

Preston counts in his ancestry the newspaperman Horace Greeley and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. He and his wife, Christine, live in Maine with their three children.

Involvement in the "Monster of Florence" case

Preston moved to Florence, Italy with his young family and became fascinated with an unsolved local murder mystery involving a serial killer, the Monster of Florence case. Both the case and his problems with the Italian authorities are the subject of his 2008 book: The Monster of Florence.

Involvement in the Amanda Knox case

Preston has criticized the conduct of Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini[1] in the trial of American student Amanda Knox, one of three convicted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007. In April 2009, Preston appeared in a segment of 48 Hours on CBS, in which he argued that the case against Knox was "based on lies, superstition, and crazy conspiracy theories".[2] In December 2009, after the verdict had been announced, he appeared on Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN and described his own interrogation by Mignini. Preston said of Mignini, "this is a very abusive prosecutor. He makes up theories. He's obsessed with satanic sects."[3]

Solo works



  • 1986 Dinosaurs In The Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History
  • 1988 Death Trap Defies Treasure Seekers for Two Centuries[4]
  • 1992 Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado[5]
  • 1996 Talking to the Ground: One Family's Journey on Horseback Across the Sacred Land of the Navajo
  • 2004 We throw stones, not Quarks (essay that later became his solo novel "Blasphemy")[6]

Novels with Lincoln Child

The Pendergast novels

The Gideon Crew series

  • Gideon's Sword (2011)[7]
  • Gideon's Corpse (2012)

Other novels

Works with Mario Spezi


  • The Monster of Florence (2008)

See also


  1. ^ Tales from Italy’s Dark Side: Interview with Douglas Preston http://www.nuok.it/2010/05/tales-from-italy-s-dark-side-interview-with-douglas-preston/
  2. ^ American Girl, Italian Nightmare from CBS News
  3. ^ American Student Convicted of Murder in Italy; President Obama's Approval Numbers Sliding, Anderson Cooper 360° transcript
  4. ^ Death Trap Defies Treasure Seekers for Two Centuries; Douglas Preston, Smithsonian Magazine, June 1988.
  5. ^ Douglas Preston (1992). Cities of Gold: A journey across the American southwest in pursuit of Coronado. Simon and Schuster. pp. 480. ISBN 0617737597. 
  6. ^ Wabbel, Tobias Daniel (ed.): Im Anfang war (k)ein Gott - Naturwissenschaftliche und theologische Perspektiven, Patmos Publishers, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2004, ISBN 3491724775
  7. ^ "Grand Central in New Deal with Preston/Child". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. February 1, 2010. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/41887-grand-central-in-new-deal-with-preston-child-.html. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 

External links

Источник: Douglas Preston

Lincoln Child

Lincoln Child (born 1957) is an author of techno-thriller and horror novels. Often paired with writing partner Douglas Preston, many of their novels have become bestsellers and one, "Relic", was adapted into a feature film. Child and Preston's books are known for their thorough research.

Born in Westport, Connecticut, but now a New Jersey resident, Child graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a major in English.

Soon afterwards in 1979, he secured a job as an editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press. By 1984, Child would achieve the position as full editor. While in this position, Child edited hundreds of books, most titles being American and English fiction.

In 1987 after founding the company's mass-market horror division, Child left the St. Martin's Press to become a Systems Analyst at MetLife. While in this position, Child's first novel, "Relic", was published. He left the company a few years later to write full time.

Child is now a resident of Morristown, New Jersey. [Rohan, Virginia. [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-22386886.html "THE MONSTER ON THE DOODLE PAD -- LINCOLN CHILD'S `THE RELIC' IS THE PRODUCT"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", January 28, 1997. Accessed December 5, 2007. "When Lincoln Child was just a lad, his mother handed him a big black notebook. First, he doodled in the front. Then, the Morristown novelist recalls, 'I turned to the back, and I drew something so frightening I could never look at it again.'"]

Novels with Douglas Preston

The Pendergast novels

* "Relic" (1995)
* "Reliquary" (1997)
* "The Cabinet of Curiosities" (2002)
* "Still Life with Crows" (2003)
* "Diogenes Trilogy"
** "Brimstone" (2004)
** "Dance of Death" (2005)
** "The Book of the Dead" (2006)
* "The Wheel of Darkness" (2007)
* "Cemetery Dance" (forthcoming in 2009)

Other novels

* "Mount Dragon" (1996)
* "Riptide" (1998)
* "Thunderhead" (1999)
* "The Ice Limit" (2000)

olo works

* "Utopia" (2002)
* "Death Match" (2004)
* "Deep Storm" (2007)
* "Terminal Freeze" (2009)

ee also

*List of horror fiction authors
*Agent Pendergast
*Vincent D'Agosta


External links

* [http://www.prestonchild.com/ The Official Douglas Preston - Lincoln Child Web Site]

Источник: Lincoln Child

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