In White Fire, the latest Agent Pendergast novel, Preston and Child set the scene in an exclusive Colorado town and ski resort (Aspen?) in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Corrie Swanson takes center stage and has come to the area to study the bones of early miners for her John Jay College of Criminal Justice thesis. Initially, things appear to be moving in the right direction, but then roadblocks are thrown in her way. Corrie, her funds running out and desperate to study the bones, decides to bypass the law and gets into big trouble.
Agent Pendergast to the rescue. On arriving, Pendergast (that ghostly polymath and weirdly attractive Gothic figure) discovers that there is more to Corrie's problems in Roaring Fork than are at first apparent and that a deadly arsonist is at work.
As usual, the events are bizarre and unbelievable, but as addictive as ever. I liked the touch of the dinner in which Oscar Wilde relates a true horror story to Arthur Conan Doyle, which of course, will feature in the problems besetting contemporary Roaring Fork.
Fans and followers of Pendergast will enjoy the latest in the series, but each book does stand alone and having read the previous novels is not necessary.
Release date is in November, but the first 9 chapters are available for free on Amazon. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC ebook.
NetGalley/Grand Central Publishing.
Mystery/Thriller. Nov. 12, 2013. Print length: 384 pages.