Publication Date: July 26, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: A beautiful forensic engineer hiding a tragic past reluctantly teams up with a troubled cop to stop a serial arsonist targeting churches.
Dr. Anja Toussaint believes that her own dreadful youth foretells who the arsonist is and the shocking motive behind the fires. But Detective Gil Dolan stubbornly sets his sights on a white supremacist previously convicted of arson and just released from prison.
Unfortunately, when Anja blocks his efforts the arrogant cop sets his own plan into motion that leads them both into a fiery trap.
Review: FIRE SIGN is a novella which introduces the reader to Dr. Anja Toussaint. She’s a forensic engineer who is called in to determine the origin and cause of some recent fires. While Anja believes the perpetrator has a haunted past, the police detective she’s paired with is fixated on a paroled white supremacist. They’re both stubborn and this leads them right into a trap from which they may never escape. I liked Anja and her no-nonsense attitude and her confidence which cover up a multitude of hurts inflicted on her over her lifetime. FIRE SIGN is a well-written novella which serves to whet the appetite for a full-length novel. I’m looking forward to more stories featuring Dr. Anja Toussaint and her particular brand of investigation.