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Burning Paradise by Terry Hughes


The former captain of San Francisco’s Ladder


Nine is a man haunted by dreams of arsonists. Fire- setters that kill good men, like the two he lost in the warehouse fire that drove him into early retirement. Now the company he works for, Arson Investigators and Associates, has contracted with the city of Santa Marta to catch their firebug. It won’t be easy, but Monte Raleigh is a man on a


mission. He has heroic tendencies, but he isn’t per- fect, as his ugly divorce attests to. Still, he soldiers on: “Something about


the case got to me. Santa


Marta had been dealing with wild-land arson for years now, but the Paradise Incident was different. There were bodies this time, and I couldn’t let that go unpunished. “I cruised south with the music blaring, thinking


about the incident and the city. Santa Marta backs up to the steep mountains of a national forest, and her urban sprawl crawls up a brush terrain. What once was sage and chaparral was now a surburbia of large homes covered with trendy yet flammable cedar shakes. The hillsides of Santa Marta, previously brush and fauna, were now dotted with redwood and cedar-siding houses tucked in steep canyons overlooking the ocean. Somewhere along the line, a serial arsonist had taken it upon himself to burn out the homes in the mountains, and was doing a decent job. In just three years, over a thousand homes had been lost in his various fires. And now, with the latest incident, five hundred homes and five deaths were added to the total.” This book is an enjoyable armchair romp through


a fictional but reality-based fire, like the ones that seem to strike California every summer. The narra- tor’s voice rings with authority when detailing the technology and politics of fighting fire, delivering true-to-life spats between City Council members, the news media and agencies like the U.S. Forest Service with its complicated bureaucracy. An action-packed read. Published by Grey Dog


Press, paperback, $15.95 Terry Hughes is a former Chief of the Paradise Volun-


teer Fire Department and based the fist incident in this novel on an actual Painted Cave Incident radio tran- script. That fire, set by an arsonist in 1990, destroyed over five hundred homes. Hughes lives in Spokane.


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