“Mesmerizing and haunting.”—Lisa Gardner
“T. Jefferson Parker is the poet of American crime fiction, and The Room of White Fire absolutely proves why.”—C.J. Box
In this stirring thriller from New York Times bestseller and award winner T. Jefferson Parker, P.I. Roland Ford must hunt down a soldier who is damaged by war, dangerous, and on the run.
Roland Ford—once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator—is good at finding people. But when he’s asked to locate an Air Force veteran who’s escaped from a mental institution, he realizes he’s been drawn into something deep and dark. What he doesn’t know is why a shroud of secrecy hangs over the disappearance of Clay Hickman—and why he’s getting a different story from everyone involved. In a flash, what began as just a job becomes a life-or-death obsession for Ford, pitting him against immensely powerful and treacherous people and forcing him to contend with chilling questions about truth, justice, and the American way.
“A fast-paced, beautifully written thriller."—The Washington Post
Bestseller Parker (The Famous and the Dead and five other Charlie Hood novels) provides a glimpse into the shadowy, disturbing, and morally indefensible world of outsourced interrogation in this excellent series launch. PI Roland Ford, a former cop, has what seems like a simple case: find Clay Hickman, a patient who escaped from Arcadia, a private mental hospital in San Diego County. Like Ford, Hickman is a veteran, but his wartime experiences working in secret prisons and torture have scarred him deeply. Hickman may or may not be insane, but he has a real mission: to "bring white fire to Deimos." What this means becomes horrifyingly clear as the narrative unfolds. Ford picks up Hickman's tracks quickly and pursues him from San Diego to Ukiah, in Northern California's wine country. He also runs up against doctor Briggs Spencer, Arcadia's founder, who coauthored a "torture book" for the CIA. Like many Parker heroes, Ford is a decent human being with more than a hint of sadness about him. Author tour. An earlier version of this review incorrectly listed the book's title.
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This is the first book by T. Jefferson Parker that I have read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a interesting storyline and a different type of thriller. This can be read as a standalone and there isn't a cliffhanger ending. There is violence and descriptions of torture.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all info here. The author did a good job of explaining what is going on and describing the settings of the story. The characters, even though I couldn't stand some of them, were for the most part well written and multidimensional. There are a lot of clues in the storyline that keep you guessing what twists and turns will be revealed next.
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I usually enjoy this author, but I quit half way through this book. Characters very one-dimensional and contrived. Found myself uninterested in what happened next.