Fiction (all genres) and Nonfiction about fire, arson, and firemen/firewomen.Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
- Fahrenheit 451
Author: Bradbury, Ray
Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743247221 Date: 2003
Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do....
Suggested Reading: Books About Books
Author: Chazin, Suzanne
Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399150536 Date: 2003
FDNY fire marshal George Skeehan hunts a killer walking the streets of Manhattan in this five-alarm thriller and third in the series.
Also: The Fourth Angel, 2001 and Flash Over, 2002
Author: Emerson, Earl
Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345462882 Date: 2004
From the bestselling author of Vertical Burn and Into the Inferno comes a pulse-racing thriller based on startling true events involving arson and murder.
- Into the Inferno
Author: Emerson, Earl
Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345445910 Date: 2003
Firefighter Jim Swope responds with his crew to a truck collision on an icy freeway. Six months later, the firefighters succumb to unexplained ailments. Jim doesn't realize it yet, but he has only seven days to determine how he and his fellow firefighters have been poisoned and to discover an antidote.
- Vertical Burn
Author: Emerson, Earl
Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345445899 Date: 2002
When Seattle firefighter John Finney has no memory of the warehouse fire in which his partner perished, grave questions arise: Was Finney responsible for the death of his partner? As more deadly fires erupt, Finney is ultimately accused of arson. But is he guilty? Or has he somehow fallen into a tangled net of conspiracy?
- Home Fires Burning
Author: Maron, Margaret
Publisher: Mysterious List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 089296656 Date: 1998
North Carolina judge Deborah Knott engages in her own investigation of an arsonist in the midst of her campaigning for reelection in this sixth installment of this award-winning series.
Author: Hautman, Pete
Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743200195 Date: 2002
When Nick Fashon's clothing shop and apartment burn to the ground, Nick is left with nothing but his grandfather's strange plastic contrivance called the "HandyMate." With a cast of colorful characters and a plot with more twists and turns than the HandyMate itself, Doohickey is a stylishly funny mystery from a master storyteller.
- Beyond Recognition
Author: Pearson, Ridley
Publisher: Hyperion List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0786862408 Date: 1997
In this new, white-hot thriller by the author of nine bestselling novels, brilliant forensic investigator Police Sgt Lou Boldt returns to battle a mysterious arsonist. Its's a deadly, taunting game of cat-and-mouse, where the stakes are raised to a burning point that might spell disaster for Boldt - and the city of Seattle.
- Broken Places
Author: Perabo, Susan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684862344 Date: 2001
With this elegant and psychologically penetrating novel, Perabo invites readers into the world of Paul Tucker, a 12-year-old boy profoundly burdened by his family's rich tradition of conspicuous valor and heroism. Subtly heartbreaking and wise, The Broken Places is a masterful exploration of the precarious intersection of honor, duty, and family.
- Weeping: A Fritillary Quilter Mystery
Author: Reuben, Shelly
Publisher: Justin Charles $ 13.99 (paper) ISBN: 1932112200 Date: 2004
Tilly Quilter, a sassy, opinionated New York fire investigator, knows that something's amiss when a victim's family doesn't seem at all interested in helping get to the bottom of a fatal fire.
- Spent Matches
Author: Reuben, Shelly
Publisher: Scribner $ 21 ISBN: 0684801078 Date: 1996
In this novel by fire forensics expert Shelly Rueben, Wylie Nolan and attorney Max Bramble probe three puzzling fires. In the first, five large paintings at the Zigfield Museum go up in smoke, abruptly ending a controversial exhibition. The second series of fires targets Wylie and Max's friend, attorney Miranda Yee. While beautiful Georgiana Weeks, guest curator at the mueseum, is the unknowing catalyst for yet a third fire.
- Death Du Jour
Author: Reichs, Kathleen J.
Publisher: Scribner Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0684841185 Date: 1999
Using her forensic skills - from the crime scene to the morgue to the lab - Tempe Brennan probes a mystery that begins with horrifying deaths in a fire in Quebec and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown.
Suggested Reading: Crime Scene Investigations
- Playing With
Author: Robinson, Peter
Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 006019877x Date: 2004
Multiple-prize-winning and international bestselling author Robinson returns with a new novel of burning suspense, as a deadly case of arson leads Inspector Banks into his most dangerous case yet.
- Masters of Illusion
Author: Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone
Publisher: Warner $ 28 ISBN: 0446518069 Date: 1994
The author of Lament for a Silver-Eyed Woman now presents a beautifully crafted novel that goes beyond the actual events of a terrible fire to tell a story that is part suspense, part obsession and, as it unravels the emotional and physical scars of the past, part remarkable testament to life and love.
- The Rescue
Author: Sparks, Nicholas
Publisher: Warner $ ISBN: 0446525502 Date: 2000
Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden couldn't bring himself to take one risk: to fall in love. When he meets single mother Denise Holton, who's involved in a near-fatal car crash during a violent storm in their small North Carolina town, Taylor must look into his past and see if it's not too late to take a chance on the future.
- Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights
Author: Straight, Susan
Publisher: Hyperion $ 21.95 ISBN: 0786860030 Date: 1994
I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots established Straight as one of America's foremost chroniclers of African American life. Now, with this novel, she becomes one of the first novelists to write about the dangers and complexities facing young African American men today. Darnell Tucker works as a firefighter fighting brush fires and as a handyman when he can find the work, as he tries to support his young family while most of the friends he grew up with are succumbing to drugs and violence.
Fire and Life
Author: Winslow, Don
Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0679454314 Date: 1999
From the author of The Death and Life of Bobby Z comes an unstoppable new novel about a Southern California Gold Coast conflagration of greed, deceit, and murder, and the one man trying to fight it.
Suggested Reading: Mobbed Up
- Triangle: the Fire That Changed America
Author: Von Drehle, David
Publisher: Atlantic $ 26 ISBN: 0871138743 Date: 2003
This poignantly detailed account explores the 1911 factory fire that horrified the country and changed the course of 20th-century politics and labor relations.
by Junger, Sebastian
Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393010465 Date: 2001
Kirkus Publishers Weekly
For readers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take readers places they wouldn't dream of going to on their own.
- Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire
by MacLean, John N.
Publisher: William Morrow & Company Inc ISBN: 0-688-14477-2 $ 24 Date: 1999
MacLean takes a long, hard look at the July 3, 1994, fire at Storm King Mountain in Colorado, where 14 firefighters, including four women, were killed. Fire on the Mountain offers deeply moving insights into the lives of the smoke jumpers, hot shots, and helitacks who fight forest fires and put their own well being on the line as part of their jobs.
- Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
Author: O'Donnell, Edward T.
Publisher: Broadway $ 24.95 ISBN: 0767909054 Date: 2003
Ship Ablaze is the extraordinary, untold story of the 1904 maritime disaster that took the lives of more than a thousand New Yorkers.
- The Circus Fire: A True Story
by O'Nan, Stewart
Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385496842 Date: 2000
One of America's most acclaimed novelists turns to nonfiction in this powerful recreation of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944 which took the lives of 167 people and forever changed the city.
- Working Fire: A Memoir
Author: Unger, Zac
Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200017
This remarkable memoir, by turns funny and deeply moving, explores one man's coming into his calling and his transformation from ambivalent Ivy League grad to skilled and dedicated firefighter.
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.