Vertical Burn

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Ballantine Books, 2003 - Fiction - 390 pages
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Six months after firefighter John Finney fought his way out of a burning Seattle warehouse to get help, no one remembers him giving the directions that pinpointed his partner’s position inside. No one can remember anything about Finney except that he left his friend to die. But Finney doesn’t believe the fire was an accident. And he doesn’t believe the campaign against him is one either. Trying to reconstruct the events from that tragic day, Finney uncovers suspicious actions by men at the scene. With only one person on his side—a female firefighter who is herself an outcast in the department—Finney begins to piece together an astounding conspiracy that will turn friends into suspects and every man inside the department into a potentially deadly enemy. And the most horrific fire is yet to burn.

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What a great book! Chapters were short so it seemed to be a fast read. Basically, the hero, John Finney, is a great firefighter but someone wants to get a lot of money by setting buildings on fire and ... Read full review

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Emerson's 24 years as a Seattle firefighter and the assurance gained from writing 11 previous novels merge into a complex tale of smoke, flame, and murder. After John Finney, a second-generation ... Read full review

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Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department. He is the Shamus Award—winning author of the Thomas Black detective series, which includes The Rainy City, Poverty Bay, Nervous Laughter, Fat Tuesday, Deviant Behavior, Yellow Dog Party, The Portland Laugher, The Vanishing Smile, The Million-Dollar Tattoo, Deception Pass, and Catfish Café. He lives in North Bend, Washington.

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