"From Don Winslow, the bestselling author of" Savages "(now an Oliver Stone film).
Jack Wade was the rising star of the Orange County Sheriffs Department's arson unit, but a minor scandal cost him everything, except his encyclopedic knowledge of fire. Now working as an insurance claims investigator, Jack is called in to examine a suspicious claim: real estate millionaire Nicky Vale's house has burned to a crisp--with his young and gorgeous wife in it. Jack follows the evidence into the crime infested inferno of the California underworld, filled with Russian mobsters, Vietnamese hoods, American crooks, and enough smoldering vice to char the entire gold coast. Things get so hot and deadly that Jack might not make it out alive . . . that is until he decides to fight fire with fire.
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2007|
|Number of Pages:||337|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75|
Don Winslow was born in New York City on October 31, 1953. He received a degree in African history from the University of Nebraska. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a movie theater manager, private investigator, safari guide, actor, theater director and consultant. His works include A Cool Breeze on the Underground, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, The Winter of Frankie Machine, Savages, and the Neal Carey Mysteries series. His novel California Fire and Life won the Shamus Award. He has also written for film and television.
Taking its title from a fictional insurance company, California Fire and Life is a skillfully constructed novel about a claims adjuster whose discovery of an arson fire draws him into ever-deepening intrigue. One might not expect details of an arson investigation to keep one engrossed for 12 hours, but Winslow's long experience in that very field gives his book an unmistakable authenticity that magnifies its intensity. Investigator Jack Wade is a maverick but an honest man who confronts all he can handle with the Russian Mafia, crooked cops and politicians, and shady colleagues in his own company. All in all, a very satisfying book made even better by Ron McLarty's energetic reading. If your patrons like Elmore Leonard's books, they'll love this thriller. DKent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
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A house goes up in flames, a body is found in the ashes, and claims adjuster Jack Wade wonders why the police keep insisting it's an accident and why the man whose wife died in the conflagration is rushing the claim. Another from the author of The Death and Life of Bobby Z.
Winslow's latest novel is a complex tale of murder and insurance fraud that keeps the reader alert and guessing right to the end. Jack Wade is working as an insurance adjuster specializing in fire investigation when he stumbles into a huge insurance scam involving the Russian Mafia and what seems like half the state of California. Writing in a gritty shorthand style that perfectly evokes the hard-nosed and dogged detective, Winslow carefully and painstakingly educates the reader about the life and characteristics of fire both accidental and intentionally set.
Amazingly, he does this in a way that isn't the least bit dry or dull by giving the fire its own personality. Winslow is the author of several Neal Carey mysteries as well as The Life and Death of Bobby Z. (LJ 4/1/97). This latest thriller won't disappoint. Recommended for all public libraries.
- Caroline Mann, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR
(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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