Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke

Book - 2005
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The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life. Neighbors and relatives would help the Hales rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena beheld the fire's brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would understand and master its terrible force-and one day become an investigator herself.
 
But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power-and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge…When Reena finally joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested-although sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. But she can't always blame the men-after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.
 
Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life-with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins-of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction-she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced.
 
From the incomparable Nora Roberts, Blue Smoke is a tale of gut-level fear, human triumph, and the bonds that carry us through our darkest times.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2005
ISBN: 9780399153068
0399153063
Branch Call Number: FIC Rober 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 437 p

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mudflapflossy
Jul 14, 2012

Talk about high drama! I stayed up all night reading this one. I actually envied the main character Reena Hale’s strong supporting family. Without them she would never have been able to deal with the insanity of having a serial arsonist on her trail. One real criticism I have was that the villain was SO obvious, a 3 year old could have figured it out sooner than Reena did. I found it really annoying that she took so long. Other than that, real page turner.

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