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First Degree Burn

Lance, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0425156982 / ISBN 13: 9780425156988
Published by Berkley Books, New York, NY, 1997
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Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 384 p. A fire rages in SoHo. A priceless painting is destroyed. And a young woman lies dead in the ashes. When the victim's abusive boyfriend is killed resisting arrest, the police close the case. But Eddie Burke can't let it go. He knows that the arsonist was a pro, not jealous lover. And he knows that the torch--whoever he is--is still out there. From Wikipedia: "Peter Lance is an American journalist and author. He is a five-time winner of the News & Documentary Emmy Award, the recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and other accolades detailed below. In April, 2010 Lance was appointed Research Scholar at The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara." From Wikipedia: "Harold Robinson Bruno Jr. (October 25, 1928 November 8, 2011) was an American journalist and political analyst, who worked as the political director of ABC News from 1980 to 1999. He served as the moderator of the 1992 vice presidential debate between Dan Quayle, Al Gore, and James Stockdale. Hal Bruno was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 25, 1928. [2] His father sold housewares for a living. He became a volunteer firefighter during the 1940s. Bruno earned his bachelor's degree in 1950 from the University of Illinois, where he worked as a sportswriter for the university's newspaper, The Daily Illini, alongside Shel Silverstein, Bud Karmin, Gene Shalit, Hugh Hough and Robert Novak. He also worked for the Champaign News Gazette during weekends while in college. He served in the Korean War as an Army intelligence officer. Bruno then earned a Fulbright scholarship to study in India after the war. He married his wife, Margaret "Meg" Christian Bruno, on November 12, 1959. Bruno launched his professional career as a reporter for Chicago area newspapers and news agencies. His first job after his graduation was for Advertising Age before becoming the sports editor of the The Daily Chronicle. He temporarily left his profession in order to serve in the Korean War. Bruno returned to Chicago after the war and joined the staff of the Chicago City News Bureau as a police reporter. He joined The Chicago American in 1954. In 1956, Bruno earned a Fulbright Scholarship in India to study Indian media. He worked as a South Asian correspondent for the International News Service while in India. Bruno covered some of the biggest news stories of the 1950s, including the 1956 Suez Crisis, the Our Lady of the Angels School fire in 1958, and the Cuban revolution in 1959. He joined the staff of Newsweek magazine in 1960. Bruno worked as a reporter, foreign correspondent, news editor and chief political correspondent for Newsweek for 18 years. One of his first assignments at the magazine was the 1960 president election between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. [ His foreign reports included the 1962 Sino-Indian War. He rose to become Newsweek's Chiacgo bureau chief and later the magazine's political editor in Washington D.C. Bruno joined ABC News in 1978 after leaving Newsweek. He oversaw ABC News' election and political coverage during the 1980s and 1990s. As political director, Bruno packaged much of the political headlines presented by ABC's best known reporters, including Ted Koppel, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, and Peter Jennings. Colleagues, such as Donaldson, have described Bruno as personally knowing nearly every major party county chairman in the United States. While much of his work at ABC took place off-screen, Bruno was invited onto news and talk shows owing to his political expertise. Bruno also hosted the weekly radio show, Hal Bruno's Washington, on ABC Radio until 1999. Bruno received public attention as the moderator of the 1992 vice presidential debate in Atlanta on October 13, 1992. The debate took place between incumbent Republican Vice President Dan Quayle, Democrat Al Gore, and Independent retired Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, who was the running m. Bookseller Inventory # 68448

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Title: First Degree Burn

Publisher: Berkley Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Mass-market paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Fire Marshall Eddie Burke, Jr., begins an investigation after a SoHo arson fire destroys a priceless painting and kills a young woman, a case that is complicated by the death of the victim's abusive ex-boyfriend. Original.


If you like the Mac Fontana firefighter books by Earl W. Emerson (The Dead Horse Paint Company), you'll also enjoy this thriller from TV journalist Peter Lance, who has obviously been to a lot of fires. His protagonist, New York City fire marshal Eddie Burke Jr., son of a hero cop, is trying to get out from under his father's shadow. In First Degree Burn his path to the truth about an art restorer's death takes him through every layer of the city's social structure.

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