Malibu Burning

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Jun. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781662500671. $28.99. THRILLER
Master thief Danny Cole has a fatal flaw: He doesn’t want to see anyone innocent get hurt during one of his cons. That’s what landed him in prison in California, where he worked in the inmates’ wildfire-fighting program. He’s out now and is determined to avenge the needless death of a fellow prison firefighter. Danny pulls together his old crew to take advantage of October and the wildfires that make that season hell in Southern California. Danny plans to aim the firestorm at one rich, entitled man’s neighborhood. During the chaos, he will steal invaluable possessions, destroy the houses, and provide for a widow. What’s standing in his way? Arson investigator Walter Sharpe, who knows every trick when it comes to arson. And Sharpe’s new partner, former U.S. Marshal Andrew Walker, knows all of Danny’s tricks. Walker is able to put together a few clues, and he recognizes a Danny Cole plan. None of the three realizes that the flames will trap all of them with several innocent teens and a deadly enemy.
VERDICT The author of the Eve Ronin mysteries returns with a fast-paced, over-the-top caper that entertains while keeping readers guessing.
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