The Room of White Fire Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“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 best seller 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)
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 14 minutes|
|Author||T. Jefferson Parker|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 22, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #71,782 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#452 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#544 in Military Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,069 in War & Military Fiction
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Readers of the book’s Amazon reviews will learn quickly what the book is about, but let me alert readers to possible SPOILERS before I go further. I will not reveal any of the plot details. As I always tell my students, there are two things which are pivotal to a crime story: ‘what it is about’ and ‘what it is really about’ (= subject, theme). THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE is about black sites for enhanced interrogation and the techniques developed by non-military, non-CIA psychologists. In this case, the site is in Romania. What it is really about is the traversing of the line that separates good from evil; Parker’s brief but explicit references to Conrad’s HEART OF DARKNESS say it all. As Roland comes to see, there are actions so horrific that they lead some to lose their souls but save their minds, while others lose their minds in order to save their souls.
The reader should be warned that there are two extended scenes detailing the nature of specific forms of torture. These are very explicit and will be too strong for some readers.
The bottom line is that this is a superb novel with fascinating characters, a strong sense of setting, a piledriver plot (with a crescendo ending complete with aftershocks) and heavy thematic freight which, at some points, rises to the level of prose poetry. TJP is back and we can only hope that we will see Roland Ford again, and soon. Some have felt that TJP had temporarily lost his voice; if that is true he has found it once again, along with the crime fiction chops on which he built his career and reputation.