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The Fourth Angel

Chazin, Suzanne

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ISBN 10: 0399147055 / ISBN 13: 9780399147050
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2001
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Title: The Fourth Angel

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A woman fire marshal hunts the arsonist behind a series of strange and deadly New York City fires in this sizzling thriller debut.

When an inferno in SoHo devours a small building and consumes fifty lives, Georgia Skeehan, a rookie marshal with the New York City Fire Department, is thrust into command of the investigation. Georgia suspects the fire may have been started by something New York has never seen before: HTA, a kitchen-sink concoction with the thermal power of rocket fuel. HTA fires, though rare over the last decade, are so ferocious that they can melt a building's steel and concrete framework in minutes.

Georgia soon unearths another startling possibility: the blaze may be connected to three other unsolved New York fires-and to several eerie, scripture-laden letters from a madman who calls himself the "Fourth Angel." But before she can begin to unravel the clues, she is torn apart by the bizarre behavior of her partner and by the seeming betrayal of another marshal-a man she has begun to trust with her heart. As Georgia battles for respect in the nearly all-male bastion of the FDNY, the "Fourth Angel" tightens his grip on his real quarry-and plots an even more catastrophic and fiery finale.

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Suzanne Chazin's harrowing thriller follows rookie fire marshal Georgia Skeehan's efforts to solve a series of baffling high temperature fires that look to her like the work of a serial arsonist. The blazes have already incinerated more than 60 victims and threaten to claim the careers of many of Georgia's colleagues.

Still suffering guilt over her failure to save her partner in an earlier fire, Georgia knows she won't win any popularity contests when she's promoted over more senior members of the department and put in charge of the investigation. There are plenty of reasons for their resentment. Not only is she a woman in a milieu that's still determinedly masculine, but she's also too dedicated to the department's mission to comply with the code of silence that's concealed the fact that these seemingly unrelated fires are not only connected but may have been started by someone inside the NYFD. It takes a long time for Skeehan to trace the relationship between the self-styled Fourth Angel--the madman who announces his intentions in letters rife with biblical allusions--and the real perpetrator of the arsons. Before she gets to the bottom of things the reader is drawn into the backroom politics of the department, the unimaginable bravery as well as the locker room bravado of its members, and the technical details of how to reduce a skyscraper to ashes with ingredients almost anyone can assemble.

The wife of a NYFD firefighter, Chazin's access to the firehouse culture and firefighting technique gives this well-written story its verisimilitude. Her skills at character development make Georgia a complex heroine who can carry the series her creator expects to build on this debut. --Jane Adams

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