Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke

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The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life. Neighbors and relatives would help the Hales rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena beheld the fire's brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would understand and master its terrible force-and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power-and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge…When Reena finally joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested-although sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. But she can't always blame the men-after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life-with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins-of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction-she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced.

From the incomparable Nora Roberts, Blue Smoke is a tale of gut-level fear, human triumph, and the bonds that carry us through our darkest times.



Baker & Taylor
Pursuing a career as an arson investigator after a fire destroys her family's pizzeria, Reena Hale embarks on a relationship with Bo Goodnight and finds herself targeted by an arsonist who taunts her with threatening phone calls.

Blackwell North Amer
The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would study, struggle and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force - and one day become an investigator herself.
But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well - and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, and using it to exact vicious revenge.
When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested, though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared with her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her - some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can't always blame them - after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.
Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life - with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins - of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction - she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced.

Baker
& Taylor

Pursuing a career as an arson unit investigator after a fire destroys her family's pizzeria, Reena Hale embarks on a relationship with Bo Goodnight and finds herself targeted by a ruthless arsonist who taunts her with threatening phone calls and a string of violent crimes. By the author of Northern Lights. 750,000 first printing. Lit Guild & Doubleday Main.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005.
ISBN: 9780399153068
0399153063
9780515141399
0515141399
9780425278420
Characteristics: 437 p. ; 24 cm.

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mudflapflossy
Jul 14, 2012

Talk about high drama! I stayed up all night reading this one. I actually envied the main character Reena Hale’s strong supporting family. Without them she would never have been able to deal with the insanity of having a serial arsonist on her trail. One real criticism I have was that the villain was SO obvious, a 3 year old could have figured it out sooner than Reena did. I found it really annoying that she took so long. Other than that, real page turner.

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