Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Romantic suspense queen Roberts (Blue Dahlia, etc.) lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson. Eleven-year-old Reena Hale, watching her family's restaurant go up in flames, decides to become an arson investigator. The fire shapes another child's destiny, too, as Joey Pastorelli sees his father go to prison for setting the blaze. Reena's close-knit Italian family rebuilds; Reena grows up and completes police and firefighter training. Despite inheriting her mother's good looks, Reena proves unlucky in love, mainly because her beaux tend to die in fires, but her fortunes look up after she meets hunky carpenter Bo Goodnight. Bo gets along with Reena's family, friends and co-workers, and handles the demands of her career with patient humor, so nothing stands in their way except an obsessed, pyromaniac stalker determined to kill any man Reena loves. Although it does take Reena an inordinately long time to identify her nemesis, Roberts portrays investigative procedure more accurately than her many imitators. Well-sketched supporting characters with potential subplots of their own suggest that the prolific Roberts will put her feet to the fire again. Main selection, the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“In typical Roberts style, she captivates readers with strong, likable characters. Her fans won’t be disappointed: Blue Smoke lures the reader in a quick-paced style that makes it impossible to put down.”—Richmond Times Dispatch
“A BOOK THAT BINDS YOU IN ITS SPELL.”—The State
“SUSPENSEFUL…IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN.”—Richmond Times Dispatch
“CLASSIC ROBERTS.”—Library Journal
The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life. Now as a fire investigator, she tries desperately to trace the origins of the taunting phone calls she's receiving, the fires, and the hatred aimed in her direction. In doing so, she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced.
Reena Hale is an arson investigator who steps into an inferno of madness when a man begins to haunt her life with astring of horrifying crimes.
The incomparable #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers a tale of gut-level fear, human triumph, and the bonds that carry us through our darkest times
Reena Hales destiny was shaped in the destructiveyet fascinatingly beautifulfire that leveled her familys pizzeria when she was young. Now an arson investigator, she finds her strength and wits constantly tested, although sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. But she cant always blame the men. After all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isnt the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. Hes been trying to find Reena for years, and now that shes close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.
Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reenas lifewith taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the originsof the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her directionshe will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced
About the Author
Nora Robertsis the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including Northern Lights, Birthright, Chesapeake Blue, Three Fates, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. The first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, Roberts has more than 280 million copies of her books in print.