In Fireplay, Georgia Skeehan is forced to work with an arsonist turned informant - a man she believes is a master "torch" whose crimes have remained unsolved for years - and investigate the scene of a vicious New York City blaze. As the informant draws her deeper and deeper undercover, she witnesses the meeting of a shadowy group plotting a crime of unprecedented proportions an...
In Fireplay, Georgia Skeehan is forced to work with an arsonist turned informant - a man she believes is a master "torch" whose crimes have remained unsolved for years - and investigate the scene of a vicious New York City blaze. As the informant draws her deeper and deeper undercover, she witnesses the meeting of a shadowy group plotting a crime of unprecedented proportions and is shocked to see someone from her past among the participants - a lover she hasn't seen in years.
Finding closed doors and higher-ups who don't trust her at every turn, she must confront a particularly painful unsolved case - the fire that killed someone very dear to her - in order to unlock the answers behind this most recent catastrophe. As Georgia gets closer to the truth and her own personal vengeance, she discovers a killer she would have never suspected.
From Publishers Weekly
This third novel in the series featuring Georgia Skeehan (Flashover) has the FDNY fire marshal investigating a fire in a swank Manhattan restaurant that kills two veteran firefighters. Skeehan initially suspects notorious extortionist Mike McLaughlin. McLaughlin, known as the Freezer (because "that's where his victims always ended up") used to run with an Irish street gang in Hell's Kitchen before going solo. He's long been shaking down the owner of Cafe Treize and may have torched the restaurant when the owner got too far behind in his payments. But there's a catch: the FDNY can't investigate McLaughlin because he's an informant for the FBI-he helps the Feds spy on a radical environmentalist group called the Green Warriors, who have been contracting out their acts of sabotage to McLaughlin. Skeehan has to go undercover in a joint FDNY-FBI investigation of both the restaurant fire and the Green Warriors, who may have some connection to the fire, and she's torn between her loyalties to the two organizations. Other complications include a firefighter who wants to avenge the death of his two comrades, and the odd behavior of Skeehan's partner, Randy Carter, who appears to be holding out on her as the investigation unfolds. There's also Rick DeAngelo, the estranged father of Skeehan's son, who turns out to be working for the New Jersey mob, and Skeehan's romance with another FDNY marshal Mac Marenko. Chazin once again offers an inside view of the FDNY and visceral descriptions of firefighting, but the complex plot is not as tight as it could be, and the characters-apart from Skeehan herself-are not memorable. Instead of blazing, this third installment merely smolders.
Fire Marshal and single mother Georgia Skeehan returns in her third mystery-adventure about New York's bravest. When two firefighters are killed in a deliberately set restaurant blaze, Georgia and her veteran partner, Ray Carter, find the culprit, a slick, vicious arsonist-for-hire who has a knack for staying out of jail. This time, it seems, he's an informant for the FBI, and the only way the FDNY can keep tabs on him is for Georgia to go undercover with the bureau. Unfortunately, during a meeting with eco-terrorists, she spots her ex-boyfriend, the father of her child. Is Rick a terrorist? For her son's sake, Georgia has to be sure before she turns him in. The fire-fighting detail is both horrifying and fascinating, and there are some moments of solid suspense, but this time Chazin has trouble controlling her plot. She manages to pull things together fairly well by the close--but not without some obvious groaning and stretching. Georgia is a winning character, tough but vulnerable; let's hope for a tighter story line for her next time. Stephanie Zvirin