White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
(Grand Central Publishing, 2013, 368 pages)
I’ve never read any books in this series and truthfully I only picked this one because I needed something to listen to and this one was available from the library; also the tie in to Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle caught my eye. Even though it is part a series, I enjoyed it without knowing anything about its main character, Pendergast. The parts about Doyle and Sherlock Holmes were great but some of the plot was a little bit predictable.
“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.” – Amazon.com