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Fire's Edge: A Novel

Siporin, Alan

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ISBN 10: 097228060X / ISBN 13: 9780972280600
Published by Wounded Bear Press, Eugene, Oregon, 2002
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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October 2002 First Edition, stated. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page: "For Howard Zinn / Your work and words have served me well--I hope I can return the boon--even a bit / In solidarity / Alan Siporin." An interesting association copy, from the personal library of the radical historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010), author of a score of books, including the best-selling "A People's History of the United States." Bound in black cloth-covered boards with red lettering on the front board and spine. Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $22.00); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006184

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Title: Fire's Edge: A Novel

Publisher: Wounded Bear Press, Eugene, Oregon

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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A thriller you can't put down. From award-winning writer and former NPR reporter Alan Siporin, a riveting novel of suspense and cravage where people, good and bad, are tested by hate in Oregon's skinhead underworld. This book has received great reviews.

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"Hatred in the name of God," Mad says, explaining to Hannah why bullet holes puncture the farmhouse home of a group of lesbians. Despite the racist murder of one of her favorite students, Jewish teacher Hannah Turnfeld still believes any kid, no matter how lost, can be redeemed. Fil Childs, a young black man who tracks hate groups because he fears their burgeoning power, wonders if unloved eleven-year-olds, already, are too far gone.

Fil and Hannah will meet when she stands up to three skinheads intimidating a frail old man in line for the trial of neo-Nazi boss, Robert Hanson. This is the way the Holocaust started, her grandmother had told her, picking us off one by one, allowing the Nazis to grow bolder. But the trio’s leader, Billy the Kid, turns on Hannah, and Fil intervenes, sending Billy into a rage. The revenge he craves will materialize when their paths cross again in remote rural Oregon. As his fury mounts more lives will become endangered, including the lives of Hannah’s young nieces.

In this riveting thriller, award-winning writer Alan Siporin probes the dark underbelly of racist and homophobic hate in the Pacific Northwest, providing a terrifying peek into the troubled souls of alienated young skinheads, the people they prey on, and the neo-Nazi leaders who prey on these alienated youth.

It’s a fast-paced ride from urban to rural Oregon where people, good and bad, are tested by the forces of hate. Beneath the mounting tension they must confront their doubts of involvement and isolation, and question how they keep their own children from going astray.

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