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Douglas Preston

Author of Relic

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About the Author

Douglas Jerome Preston was born on May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College in 1978. His career began at the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked as an editor and writer from 1978 to 1985. He also was a lecturer in English show more at Princeton University. He became a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction books in 1986. Many of his fiction works are co-written with Lincoln Child including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse. His nonfiction works include Dinosaurs in the Attic; Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado; Talking to the Ground; and The Royal Road. He has written for numerous magazines including The New Yorker; Natural History; Harper's; Smithsonian; National Geographic; and Travel and Leisure. He became a New York Times Best Selling author with his titles Two Graves and Crimson Shores which he co-wrote with Lincoln Child, and his titles White Fire, The Lost Island Blue Labyrinth and The Lost City of the Monkey God. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

This author is Douglas Preston. DO NOT COMBINE THIS PAGE WITH ANY JOINT PAGES OF DOUGLAS PRESTON AND LINCOLN CHILD Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are two different people, who have written books collaboratively and separately. Their author pages should not be combined with each other, or with any of the variants using both their names. Please see "Who Should/Shouldn't Get combined" on the Author wiki page. Thank you.

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Works by Douglas Preston

Relic (1995) 5,250 copies
The Cabinet of Curiosities (2002) 4,016 copies
Reliquary (1997) 3,593 copies
The Book of the Dead (2006) 3,515 copies
Brimstone (2004) 3,390 copies
The Wheel Of Darkness (2007) 3,095 copies
Dance of Death (2005) 3,058 copies
Still Life with Crows (2003) 3,034 copies
The Monster of Florence (2008) 2,605 copies
Cemetery Dance (2009) 2,360 copies
Thunderhead (1999) 2,245 copies
Fever Dream (2010) 2,219 copies
Riptide (1998) 2,146 copies
Tyrannosaur Canyon (2005) 2,076 copies
The Codex (2003) 2,071 copies
The Ice Limit (2000) 1,958 copies
Mount Dragon (1996) 1,726 copies
Blasphemy (2008) 1,630 copies
Cold Vengeance (2011) 1,568 copies
Two Graves (2012) 1,510 copies
Gideon's Sword (2011) 1,403 copies
White Fire (2013) 1,397 copies
Impact (2010) 1,325 copies
Blue Labyrinth (2014) 1,229 copies
Crimson Shore (2015) 1,086 copies
Gideon's Corpse (2012) 908 copies
The Obsidian Chamber (2016) 901 copies
City of Endless Night (2018) 873 copies
The Lost Island (2014) 814 copies
Old Bones (2019) — Author — 773 copies
Verses for the Dead (2018) 747 copies
Beyond the Ice Limit (2016) 595 copies
Crooked River (2020) 581 copies
The Kraken Project (2014) 515 copies
Bloodless (2021) 514 copies
The Scorpion's Tail (2021) 508 copies
The Pharoah Key (2018) 492 copies
Diablo Mesa (2022) 350 copies
The Cabinet of Dr. Leng (2023) 323 copies
Extraction (2012) 277 copies
Jennie (1994) 215 copies
Dead Mountain (2023) 184 copies
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel (2022) — Editor; Contributor — 97 copies
The Lost Tomb (2023) 80 copies
Extinction: A Novel (2023) 15 copies
The Forgotten Killer (2014) 15 copies
Riptide [abridged audiobook] (1998) — Author — 4 copies
Le Cabinet du Dr Leng (2023) 2 copies
O ‰vÂirus do apocalipse (2013) 2 copies
L'antre du diable (2022) 2 copies
La costa cremisi (2016) 1 copy
Il fiume del male (2023) 1 copy
Strangers 1 copy
Desperation 1 copy
A sötétség kereke (2008) 1 copy
Nel fuoco 1 copy
Kirjavaliot (2007) 1 copy

Associated Works

Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night (2006) — Contributor — 756 copies
FaceOff (2014) — Contributor — 501 copies
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Foreword — 112 copies
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020 (2021) — Contributor — 99 copies
In Search of Ice Age Americans (2002) — Foreword — 27 copies
National Geographic Magazine 2015 v228 #4 October (2015) — Contributor — 18 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 1998 v06 #240 (1998) — Author — 9 copies
Válogatott könyvek (2000) 4 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Preston, Douglas J.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
New York, New York, USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Round Pond, Maine, USA
Pomona College
Cambridge School of Weston
manager of publications
research associate
School of American Research (Boardmember)
Preston, Richard (brother)
Dickinson, Emily (Ancestor)
American Museum of Natural History
The Atlantic Monthly
The New Yorker
Laboratory of Anthropology (Santa Fe)
PEN New Mexico
Eric Simonoff (Janklow & Nesbit Associates)
Matthew Snyder
Short biography
Douglas Preston is the author of thirty-five books, both fiction and nonfiction, twenty-two of which have been New York Times bestsellers, with several reaching the number 1 position. He has worked as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. His first novel, RELIC, co-authored with Lincoln Child, was made into a movie by Paramount Pictures, which launched the famed Pendergast series of novels. His recent nonfiction book, THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE, is also in production as a film. His latest book, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD, tells the true story of the discovery of a prehistoric city in an unexplored valley deep in the Honduran jungle. In addition to books, Preston writes about archaeology and paleontology for the New Yorker, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. He is past co-president of International Thriller Writers and serves on the board of the Authors Guild. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards in the US and Europe, including an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Pomona College.
Disambiguation notice
This author is Douglas Preston. DO NOT COMBINE THIS PAGE WITH ANY JOINT PAGES OF DOUGLAS PRESTON AND LINCOLN CHILD Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are two different people, who have written books collaboratively and separately. Their author pages should not be combined with each other, or with any of the variants using both their names. Please see "Who Should/Shouldn't Get combined" on the Author wiki page. Thank you.



I liked the premise of this book. 30 different authors contributed to people telling stories on the roof of an apartment building in NYC during the initial days of the pandemic. The profits from the book are for the benefit of the Authors Guild of America. At some points the stories dragged for me but as I finished a chapter I consulted the back of the book to see who wrote. It almost always made sense!
kayanelson | 4 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
The Lost Tomb is a very interesting book composed of several real life unsolved murders concluding with the find of a lifetime. Douglas Preston has gotten to live a fascinating life in having the opportunity to visit and research with the most highly acclaimed people in various locations. It is the type of book that works very well as an audiobook. This book is highly recommended and sure to impress and teach the reader about situations that he/she never knew. Four stars were given to this review.… (more)
lbswiener | 5 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |
Created by The Authors Guild for their foundation funding the book is collectively written by 36 American and Canadian authors whose work spans a variety of literary genres. This isn't a cohesive story unless the parameter is coping with the shutdown. Worth the read for a modern example of a “frame” narrative, for anyone that loves stories and storytelling.
MM_Jones | 4 other reviews | Feb 26, 2024 |
I wanted to love this book, as I am a lover of true crime. But I didn't. It was likeable to a point, but about midway through it became an effort to read. This is the story of a serial killer in Florence in the 1970's-1980's. It's really more about the bungling antics and corruption of the Italian police than the actual killer. Really, it is not surprising that the killer was never found what with evidence being switched, politicians inserting themselves into the investigation, etc. It made me think of the Amanda Knox goings on in the early 2000's. Even the author was arrested (and then released) as a possible accomplice in these murders, although he didn't live there when they began! A convoluted mess that I'm sure will never be solved at this late date. It is sad that there seems to be no justice for the victims' families or the perpetrators. I took a BB for this book from Tanya. I listened to this on audio, 9 hours 47 minutes.… (more)
Tess_W | 107 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |



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