Incendiary Designs: A Caleb & Thinnes Mystery (Caleb & Thinnes Mysteries)

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Arson, passion, and religious fanaticism set Chicago ablaze in the deadliest summer on record.

While jogging through Chicago's Lincoln Park, Dr. Jack Caleb runs into murder―a mob setting a police car on fire― with the officer still inside. Caleb rescues the man, but later the cop's partner is found stoned to death. Detective John Thinnes is assigned to investigate.

Evidence points toward members of a charismatic church, but too many of them die in arson fires before the cops can round them up. When arson kills the apparent ring leader, it's too much coincidence. The remaining cop killers plead guilty; the case seems to be closed. But as Chicago heats up in the deadliest summer on record, it becomes clear that a serial arsonist is still at large.

A physician friend of Caleb's is implicated when some of the fire victims are found to have been drugged. To exonerate the man, Caleb sets a trap for the killer, and Thinnes and Caleb are nearly incinerated when the doctor's trap brings the case to a fiery finish.

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As the O.J. Simpson case smolders half a continent away, Chicago Detective John Thinnes battles an equally sizzling case: a seemingly endless series of suspicious fires. The trouble begins when a friend of Thinnes's, psychiatric consultant Dr. Jack Caleb, out jogging, runs into an angry mob bent on torching Patrolman Paul Nolan's car while Nolans inside. But the patrolman, rescued by Caleb, turns out to be luckier than his partner, Arlette Banks, who's found beaten to death in a nearby vacant lot. Since there's no trouble identifying several of the white-robed arsonists as members of the mail-order Church of the Divine Conflagration, the case seems straightforward, if horrific. But neither Brian (a.k.a. Wiley) Fahey, the ex-chauffeur serving as the Divine Conflagration's current spiritual leader, nor Sister Serena, the psychotic congregant who's only too eager to confess her role in the apocalyptic slaughter, seems capable of the kind of planning that's behind the siege of arsons waiting in the long, long summer ahead. Not surprisingly, Jack Caleb's flirtation with a prospective patient, worried because his marriage is on the skids, will end up having a direct bearing on the deep-seated plan behind the fires; also not surprisingly, Caleb's pain and hope will come through more clearly than the dizzyingly complex plot. Lightning flashes of insight and compassion dot what's otherwise the most conventional of Dymmoch's three mysteries so far (The Death of Blue Mountain Cat, 1996, etc.). -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Chicago homicide detective John Thinnes and gay psychiatrist Dr. Jack Caleb, the unlikely and slightly mismatched stars of Dymmoch's well-received The Man Who Understood Cats and The Death of Blue Mountain Cat, continue their somewhat uneasy alliance in this third installment. The solid, sometimes tedious but always believable details of Thinnes's investigation of a series of arson murders serve as ballast for some heavy coincidences that ground the plot line. The first of these is used to connect the pair and describes Caleb's heroics when, jogging in Lincoln Park one morning and coming upon a band of cultists trying to burn a cop car, he fends them off long enough to pull out the cop who has been locked inside. Thinnes is put on the case. Another obviously convenient twist is Caleb's developing relationship with a man who becomes one of the suspects in an arson-for-hire scheme. Murders proliferate as the investigation intensifies; all the while Dymmoch weaves a compelling tapestry of various Chicago neighborhoods and their cultures. In the end, the pace of the plotting, the absorbing action scenes and the appeal of most of the cast compensate for the handy serendipities. Agent, Ray Powers.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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