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Douglas Preston

USA flag (b.1956)
Brother of Richard Preston

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. His first job was as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. His stint at the museum resulted in his first nonfiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, as well as his first novel, Relic, co-authored with Lincoln Child, which was made into a movie by Paramount Pictures. Relic was followed by a string of other thrillers co-written with Child, many featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast. Preston spends his free time riding horses in New Mexico and gunkholing around the Maine coast in an old lobster boat. He counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough.

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
December 2023

The Lost Tomb
April 2024

July 2024

Angel of Vengeance
(Agent Pendergast, book 22)
Agent Pendergast (with Lincoln Child)
   1. The Relic (1995)
   2. Reliquary (1997)
   3. The Cabinet of Curiosities (2002)
   4. Still Life with Crows (2003)
   5. Brimstone (2004)
   6. Dance of Death (2005)
   7. The Book of the Dead (2006)
   8. The Wheel of Darkness (2007)
   9. Cemetery Dance (2009)
   10. Fever Dream (2010)
   11. Cold Vengeance (2011)
   12. Two Graves (2012)
   12.5. Extraction (2012)
   13. White Fire (2013)
   14. Blue Labyrinth (2014)
   15. Crimson Shore (2015)
   16. The Obsidian Chamber (2016)
   17. City of Endless Night (2018)
   18. Verses for the Dead (2018)
   19. Crooked River (2020)
   20. Bloodless (2021)
   Aloysius X. L. Pendergast: A Mysterious Profile (2022)
   21. The Cabinet of Dr. Leng (2023)
   22. Angel of Vengeance (2024)
Wyman Ford
   1. Tyrannosaur Canyon (2005)
   2. Blasphemy (2007)
   3. Impact (2010)
   4. The Kraken Project (2014)
Gideon Crew (with Lincoln Child)
   1. Gideon's Sword (2011)
   2. Gideon's Corpse (2012)
   3. The Lost Island (2014)
   4. Beyond the Ice Limit (2016)
   5. The Pharaoh Key (2018)
Nora Kelly (with Lincoln Child)
   1. Old Bones (2019)
   2. The Scorpion's Tail (2021)
   3. Diablo Mesa (2022)
   4. Dead Mountain (2023)
   Jennie (1994)
   Mount Dragon (1996) (with Lincoln Child)
   Riptide (1998) (with Lincoln Child)
   Thunderhead (1999) (with Lincoln Child)
   The Ice Limit (2000) (with Lincoln Child)
   The Codex (2003)
   Fourteen Days (2023) (with others)
   Extinction (2024)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Gaslighted (2014) (with Lincoln Child and R L Stine)
Non fiction show
Douglas Preston recommends
Leave no Trace (2024)
(National Parks Thriller, book 1)
A J Landau
"Leave No Trace is an outstanding thriller, from its explosive opening to the final twist at the end. Highly, highly recommended!"
Deep Freeze (2024)
(Revival , book 1)
Michael C Grumley
"A propelling story that seizes the reader from the opening and doesn't let go until the last shocking sentence. John Reiff, revived from the dead, is given a second chance at life, only to realize that something is very, very wrong... and he embarks on a quest to find the truth. A truly gripping read--I highly recommend it."
The Puzzle Master (2023)
(Mike Brink, book 1)
Danielle Trussoni
"The Puzzle Master is one of the most insanely compelling novels I've read in ages. This story has all the elements I love - dark histories, gothic settings, murder, vivid characters, and a twisty, unpredictable plot. I am normally a jaded reader, but I could not put down this book. . . . Highly, highly recommended."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Douglas Preston
FaceOff (2014)
edited by
David Baldacci
The Lineup (2009)
The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives
edited by
Otto Penzler
Thriller (2006)
Stories To Keep You Up All Night
(Thriller, book 1)
edited by
James Patterson

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