This highly acclaimed debut novel introduces readers to Georgia Skeehan, New York City Fire Department marshal. Her mission: stop a brilliant serial arsonist before he ignites Manhattan in a cataclysm of flames. "A red hot debut." (USA Today) "Will do for firefighting what Patricia Cornwell did for forensic science." (Lee Child, bestselling author of Echo Burning.)
"Fans of the hit television series Third Watch, about the men and women of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), will enjoy this first novel in a projected series. The author's husband is an FDNY deputy chief, and consequently, her book has a remarkable level of accuracy and verisimilitude. It's also a good, well-plotted yarn in which Fire Marshal Georgia Skeehan helps investigate a series of deadly (and apparently deliberate) high-accelerant fires (HTAs). The author overdoes the underdog theme a little bit--not only is the main character a woman trying to make it in the male-dominated FDNY, but she is also the only person who believes the HTAs may spell arson. Still, Georgia is a strong, talented character, and she certainly won\qt be an underdog for long. Chazin's debut is ideal not only for Third Watch fans, but also for fans of such older TV series as Emergency! or Quincy, M.E., not to mention, of course, readers of forensic-investigation novels by Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell. --David Pitt"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"First-time novelist Chazin dramatizes her husband's real-life firefighting vocation in what Putnam is eagerly touting as a new series, with the adage, "He fights them, she writes them." At the start of this straightforward first thriller, fire marshal and single mom Georgia Skeehan is shanghaied onto the fire commissioner's special task force to investigate a string of suspicious, superhot fires so destructive they can melt steel and fuse concrete into glass. Thrown headlong into the cutthroat world of New York Fire Department politics, Skeehan (the lone female firefighter in the department) spunkily stands up to her sneering male colleagues and gives them something to chew on when she unearths evidence of a coverup connected to the fires within the department. Unassisted by her kvetching, retirement-age partner, she networks with contacts within the firefighting community, from Jimmy Gallagher, the strapping smoke-eater whom her live-in mother is dating, to Walter Frankel, a wheelchair-bound forensics expert. Is the arsonist really an FDNY employee, or is a slick, philanthropic real estate millionaire involved? Skeehan's worst fears are confirmed when a blaze engulfs a building next to a firehouse while all its firefighters are getting sloshed at a keg party off-premises. Her contacts begin turning up dead, and she herself becomes a target. Chazin's depiction of the rough Irish-Italian world of the FDNY is informative, and her descriptions of a superhot fire's potential for destruction in crowded New York City are frighteningly vivid. Her gradual revelation of a harrowing event in Georgia's past is convincing and makes up for more shallow portraits of supporting characters. With time and seasoning, Skeehan could prove to be a refreshing new face in the growing legion of female investigators. Agent, Matt Bialer. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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