1956 -

Writing as: Douglas Preston

According to Wikipedia: "Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, and Pomona College in Claremont, California, Preston began his writing career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

From 1978 to 1985, Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a writer, editor, and manager of publications. He served as managing editor for the journal Curator and was a columnist for Natural History magazine. In 1985 he published a history of the museum, Dinosaurs In The Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History, which chronicled the explorers and expeditions of the museum's early days. The editor of that book at St. Martin's Press was his future writing partner, Lincoln Child. They soon collaborated on a thriller set in the museum titled Relic. It was subsequently made into a motion picture by Paramount Pictures starring Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, and Linda Hunt.

In 1986, Preston moved to New Mexico and began to write full-time. Seeking an understanding of the first moment of contact between Europeans and Native Americans in America, he retraced on horseback Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's violent and unsuccessful search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. That thousand mile journey across the American Southwest resulted in the book Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest. Since that time, Preston has undertaken many long horseback journeys retracing historic or prehistoric trails, for which he was inducted into the Long Riders' Guild. He has also participated in expeditions in other parts of the world, including a journey deep into Khmer Rouge-held territory in the Cambodian jungle with a small army of soldiers, to become the first Westerner to visit a lost Angkor temple. He was the first person in 3,000 years to enter an ancient Egyptian burial chamber in a tomb known as KV5 in the Valley of the Kings. In 1989 and 1990 he taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. Currently, he's an active member of the Authors Guild, as well as the International Thriller Writers organization."

Series Books
Wyman Ford Tyrannosaur Canyon (2005)
  Blasphemy (2008)
  Impact (2010)
  The Kraken Project (2014)
Other Cities of Gold [NF] (1992)
  Jennie (1994)
  Relic [Agent Pendergast] (1995)
  Dinosaurs In the Attic (NF) (1996)
  Talking to the Ground [NF] (1996)
  Mount Dragon (1996)
  Reliquary [Agent Pendergast] (1997)
  The Royal Road [NF] (1998)
  Riptide (1998)
  Thunderhead (1999)
  The Ice Limit (2000)
  The Cabinet of Curiosities [Agent Pendergast] (2002)
  Still Life with Crows [Agent Pendergast] (2003)
  The Codex (2004)
  Brimstone [Agent Pendergast] (2004)
  Dance of Death [Agent Pendergast] (2005)
  The Book of the Dead [Agent Pendergast] (2006)
  Ribbons of Time [NF] (2006)
  The Wheel of Darkness [Agent Pendergast] (2007)
  Cemetery Dance [Agent Pendergast] (2009)
  Fever Dream [Agent Pendergast] (2010)
  Cold Vengeance [Agent Pendergast] (2011)
  Gideon's Sword [Gideon Crew] (2011)
  Two Graves [Agent Pendergast] (2012)
  Gideon's Corpse [Gideon Crew] (2012)
  White Fire [Agent Pendergast] (2013)
  Trial By Fury [NF] (2013)
  Blue Labyrinth [Agent Pendergast] (2014)
  The Lost Island [Gideon Crew] (2014)
  The Black Place [NF] (2014)
  Crimson Shore [Agent Pendergast] (2015)