The Room of White Fire by T. Jefferson Parker

The Room of White Fire

T. Jefferson Parker

Three-time Edgar Award winning author T. Jefferson Parker delivers an exciting thriller pitting investigator Roland Ford against immensely powerful and treacherous people.

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“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
“A fast-paced, beautifully written thriller."—The Washington Post
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.
Also look for SWIFT VENGEANCE, a new Roland Ford novel available now from T. Jefferson Parker

Advance Galley Reviews

Rating: 3 of 5 stars. The "secret" isn't much of a surprise but the storyline is well crafted and written. Greed, patriotism, violence, and more combine in this story to draw you into events following 9/11. Lies of old men cause the death of young men holds true in this book like many other times before.

A very dark and psychological novel. Not my normal choice of genres but I still thought it was decent. The plot was a little too slow moving and it took awhile for me to get into it without stopping. Not a very happy story revolving around a former marine turned PI. Takes on the very serious topic of what is acceptable during a war, torture and when and where it should occur. Violent. Interesting but also somewhat absurd at times.

I wasn't able to get into the storytelling style of the author and decided to give it up for a lost cause. Just didn't have the excitement level I was expecting.

This is a great book. It is very well written. It is full of action, mystery, and suspense. This book really delves into the human mind, and what happens to it as a result of war. It does have some intense scenes, which may not be for everyone.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. It is action packed and full of surprises! Really makes a person wonder how much of this kind of cover ups might really happen! Very well written!

This was the first book that I read by T. Jefferson Parker, but I didn't find myself sucked into the story. I ended up just giving up reading it. Maybe I'll try to read it again once it is released, but I am not entirely sure.

A former Marine and policeman, Roland Ford is now a private investigator, called in to help locate a young man missing from a mental health care facility in California, called Arcadia. The missing man, Clay, served in the air force in Iraq, and had difficulty returning to his life after his service. As Roland starts gathering background information on Clay he meets with the doctor who took care of him at Arcadia, as well as the owner and the head of security there. Roland figures out pretty quickly that something strange has been going on with Clay at Arcadia. Clay's military records appear to have been altered, and everyone Roland speaks to has a different story about Clay's behavior. As Roland learns more about Clay's time in the military, and the things he saw and did there, he realizes that Clay's in more danger than he thought. Roland needs to figure out how to find him, and then he needs to decide whether or not to return him to Arcadia, or to help him tell his story. This was a well written, fast paced thriller. I wouldn't call it a mystery, as you understand pretty quickly what Clay must have been through and why he escaped from Arcadia. I will say that this book is not for the faint of heart. There are several violent scenes, including the torture of Muslim prisoners by the U.S. military. I don't know that the book's ending is all that realistic, but realism isn't really what I'm looking for in a summer thriller, so that's okay with me.

T. Jefferson Parker has once again shown what an outstanding storyteller he has become. The Room of White Fire should be an Egar winner this year. This story of the devastation that can occur during the stresses of war to the mind is a reminder of where we are putting our young everyday. This is really shown when the rules are off the rails. This is a great read and ride of the type of material that Parker is at his best in providing. I was not sure of the title of this story but it well fits after you have completed the book. Hard truths are only perceived in the eye of the reader, so read it.

This is the first book that I have read by T. Jefferson Parker, but it will not be the last. From its' opening to its' final scenes the story moved quickly with short chapters that fly by. Roland Ford, a PI who is still getting over the loss of his wife, is hired to find a patient who has escaped from Arcadia mental hospital. Clay has been diagnosed as bipolar and delusional who is violent at times. His doctor, the hospital's owner and the head of security have all requested that they be notified first when he is found for their own reasons. Clay is on the run to retrieve proof of a black op that involved torture at a secret prison in Romania, run by the current owner of Arcadia. The more Roland discovers about Clay, the more he doubts the diagnosis and treatments that he received. Cover-ups, greed and a heartbreaking story of torture must be revealed, but how can Roland achieve this and still protect Clay? There is also the question of who he can trust, making this an exciting read.

I have been a huge fan of T. Jefferson Parker since I first read Laguna Heat back in the 80's.I have faithfully read all of his books. His latest may be his best in a while. I was hooked right away. His characters are very well drawn in this compelling tale. I sincerely hope that he writes more books with Roland Ford. This would be a great first book in a new series. Bravo T Jefferson!

3 stars. 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. I received a copy of this book from First To Read and chose to leave a review for other readers.

This is the first book by T. Jefferson that I've read and I really liked it. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved every part of this book

This was my first time reading T. Jefferson Parker. I know his reputation as an excellent thriller writer and that he had tremendous success with his Charlie Hood series among other works. The Room of White Fire is the first in a new series featuring private investigator Roland Ford. My biggest criticism is a lack of imagination with regard to his protagonist: Ford was a marine (joined up after 9/11), a cop, a boxer, and now a private investigator … and also he’s still grieving the death of his wife. In other words, he’s a cliché for fictional Southern California PI’s. On the plus side, the writing is excellent. Parker has a way with words that really resonates with his readers. The plot was interesting for the most part – a former soldier escapes from a mental institution, and then threatens to release information to the world about things the U.S. did in its fight against terror. However, my second criticism is that the antagonist – the wealthy owner of the institution, who was also one of the key figures that developed harsh interrogation measures used in the war on terror – behaves so irrationally that it’s unbelievable and even laughable. A CIA figure involved with the plot behaves similarly and it really detracts from an otherwise good story. Overall it’s pretty good – but I’m not sure if I’ll read future works in this series: 3/5 stars.

Private investigator Roland Ford, a former Marine and police officer, has been hired to help locate a young man, Clay Hickman, who served in the Air Force in Afghanistan. After his discharge, Hickman began showing signs of PTSD, and his family placed him in a private sanitorium from which he escaped. After interviewing several residents and bystanders, Ford was told that Clay Hickman had repeatedly said, "My mission is to bring white fire to Deimos”. As his search for Clay Hickman continues, Roland Ford begins to suspect that this assignment is more than a missing persons search. Author T. Jefferson Parker slowly reveals the true meaning behind Clay Hickman’s “mission”. The reader is drawn in to a cat and mouse search that grows more dangerous with every day that passes. This book is not for the faint of heart as some parts incorporate graphic violence. It is a suspenseful and fast paced novel that is a real page turner. Thank you to First to Read, G.P. Putnam's Sons, and author T. Jefferson Parker for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this novel.

Take one enigmatic, former marine, former detective, current PI add in a spooky mental hospital for the uber-rich run by a well-known former CIA torture expert and have the task at hand be the retrieval of an escaped patient, dangerous, armed and possibly psychotic. What seems like a straight forward task quickly becomes something altogether different the longer our protagonist continues the search for the missing patient/soldier. This is a taut, tense story where the discrepancies appear slowly at first and then with more speed as the book progresses. Bad guys seem to appear out of nowhere. Our hero needs to step up his game. It's hard to put the book down after about the mid-point, it just gets that good. I received my copy from Penguin's First to Read Program and appreciate the opportunity to read an author I've never read before.

Totally engrossing. Enough mystery to intrigue. Enough action to excite. Characters you can't quite relate to but wish you could. The male characters, for the most part, have pasts that should allow them to understand each other, but are separated by their personal reactions to similar circumstances. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of the First to Read program. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

Private investigator Roland Ford is hired to find Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, who has escaped from a mental institution. As Ford begins to track down this veteran on the run, he meets with conflicting stories from everyone he meets. What did Clay do? Why was he there? Was there a cover-up and if so, who is covering up what? Who can Ford believe? What does Hickman know? And who or what is threatened by what he knows? Secrets and twists abound, keeping the momentum moving forward right up until the end.

Having never read this author I didn't know what to expect. I found the story to be gripping enough that I never wanted to put it down and was always ready to jump back into it. There are some strong military torture scenes that might be a put-off for some readers. I liked the characters although there wasn't a whole lot of character development or arc in the story. Lots of broken characters but that was the point of the story so it worked just fine for me. The story was well developed and moved quickly as a good thriller should. I would definitely give T Jefferson Parker another read.

Fast paced and keeps you involved. It only took me two days to finish. Sadly, the story line is completely plausible and believable. This novel was very well written and keeps you guessing. I would recommend it!

I had some confusion figuring out the agendas of each of the different parties related to Clay. I think that the story was drawn out and it seemed that Ford was never going to actually complete his mission. The characters seemed contrived and impersonal especially that of Sequoia. I think that there was just too much going on for me to really get on board with being invested in this book.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fast moving thriller that left me guessing how it would end. Although the subject matter was unpleasant, I'm glad I read it.

This book introduces a great new character that I hope becomes part of a new series for T. Jefferson Parker. It moves at a pace which it give the impression of sharing with the main character. The sense of time and place is incredible with great ancillary characters. As he always does, Mr. Parker’s characters and situations are authentic and great reads.

Thank you for the ability to download and/or read this book. I use Kindles and have tried every possible way to convert or transfer the book - it would not download into Adobe Digital Editions because it says my copy is already registered to someone else. Yes, it is - my other computer, and my tablet or laptop will not recognize the registration info. I do not want to stand in front of my old computer to read a book. I have spent about 8 hours on this now - even with Adobe themselves. They have made it impossible to use their program since last I tried over a year ago. I have uninstalled / reinstalled and tried program on laptop to no avail. My Kindle Fire won't recognize anything I've done. Sorry to report such bad info, but I can translate ePub files that were not originally an acsm; otherwise, the ePub data is not recognized by translator software. I will wait for Amazon's release if I can't figure something out by then. Love your books! - And thanks for all of them over many years. Barbara Lewis, Sr. Citizen retired in Grants Pass OR


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