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Georgia Skeehan, FDNY fire marshal, battles her own emotions while trying to catch an arsonist bound for revenge of a covered truth of a fire long past. She continually puts herself in danger to uncover this truth and protect those she loves.
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Putnam, May 2002, 22.95, 352 pp.
ISBN 0399148507

    Georgia Skeatan was a firefighter before she became a fire marshal. Her supervisor and lover Mac Marenko is having a little commitment problem as well as a major legal fight, but otherwise Georgia's life is perfect. At least it is until her latest arson case involves two doctors who served on the One B Board, a committee of physicians who judge whether a firefighter is eligible for a three-quarters disability pension.

    The arson team doesn't even have a chance to investigate the fires before it's handed over to a unit of the police force. It seems the two deceased doctors were involved in a dispute with firefighters who were injured in a warehouse fire that involved hazardous chemicals. Nobody involved got a three-quarters pension in that affair. Now somebody who vividly remembers that fire which happened twenty-five years ago is threatening to blow up a big chunk of the city unless he gets $1 million dollars. He wants Georgia to deliver the money while she is worrying that Mac might be tried for the murder of his ex- girlfriend and Georgia's best friend.

    FLASHOVER is a fantastic thriller that showcases the spread of corruption and the pain it causes even over a twenty-five year period. Remnant of Turk 186, it's evident the author knows the inner workings of the fire department because the minute details come across as believable and realistic. The heroine is a great role mode as a person who crashes the gender ceiling while adhering to her personal values.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   chasing a bomber/arsonist

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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