Five Star, Dec 2004, 25.95, 242 pp.
Houston's Union Fidelity Insurance hires arson investigator John Bolt to investigate a particular fire in Paloma Blanca, population of 327 in South Texas. However, though his client is interested in only one fire, a serial arsonist has burned several buildings, most of which have not been in use and are owned by wealthy rancher Jim Deveraux who married into money years ago not long after his wife's parents died in a plane crash.
In Paloma Blanca, Jim makes inquiries and visits the sites of the fire. He learns a lot about how, but not who or why except someone must be angry with Jim. And the latest fire kills a woman.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner