Heat Signature: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 22, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Sam Brown sets out on a road trip from his home in a small California desert town to the cooler, greener climes of the Northwest. He tells himself he just needs a break, from his father, a dead-end relationship with a stripper, his job as a nurse, and his troubled best friend. But what he can't escape, no matter how many miles he travels, is the memory of his mother, July, who was brutally murdered sixteen years earlier and visits him regularly in his dreams. Sam's grief is sorely renewed when he learns July's murderer is soon to be released from prison.

Overcome by strong feelings of panic and revenge, he turns to women. He reconnects with a former patient in Los Angeles. In Santa Barbara he meets a sage/philosopher who inspires him to put order in his life. In Oregon, he falls in love with an arborist whose woodsy home provides peace and refuge-at least for a while. Simultaneous with Sam's journey, his mother's story unfolds, coming to a climax when the details of July's grisly murder are revealed. Through a fast-paced, gripping narrative, Heat Signature explores the complexities of family and friendship, love and loss, race and sexuality.

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This ambitious, richly imagined novel tackles loss, recovery, and friendship. Sam is a young man haunted by the grisly murder of his mother many years ago. After learning that her killer has just ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
18
Section 3
28
Section 4
35
Section 5
37
Section 6
55
Section 7
63
Section 8
66
Section 21
124
Section 22
127
Section 23
137
Section 24
145
Section 25
155
Section 26
157
Section 27
159
Section 28
161

Section 9
68
Section 10
70
Section 11
72
Section 12
77
Section 13
82
Section 14
88
Section 15
93
Section 16
98
Section 17
101
Section 18
102
Section 19
109
Section 20
111
Section 29
178
Section 30
181
Section 31
193
Section 32
201
Section 33
206
Section 34
225
Section 35
229
Section 36
237
Section 37
242
Section 38
245
Section 39
249
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Lisa Teasley is the author of the award-winning story collection Glow in the Dark and a novel, Dive. She lives in Los Angeles.

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