Cable-TV mogul Stanfield Standish wrote the book and broke the rules in the news and entertainment industry. When his charred body is found inside the burnt-out remains of his classic 1930 Duesenberg sedan, his family files a $52 million damage suit.
They blame the fatal “accident” on Courtland Motor Company, the firm that restored the antique. That’s when Courtland’s attorney, Max Bramble, takes over, suspicions sharp and asking questions. His first move: Hire private detective and ace arson investigator, Wylie Nolan. If there’s a flame, Nolan will discover the source. As Nolan brilliantly dissects the fascinating anatomy of a fire, Bramble digs deep into the Standish empire, and discovers that the media tycoon scalded many on his way up the ladder. It’s just possible that one of them paid him back with hot-blooded murder, cleverly plotted and fiery in its execution.
Successful on every front is Reuben's second novel, following her Edgar-nominated Julian Solo. When media mogul Stanfield Standish's antique Duesenberg ignites, with him behind the wheel, rejoicing is pretty much universal among his family, associates and those taking a dim view of his inflammatory politics and his plan to use computer technology to morph marginally talented stars into classic movies. Even so, a few family members quickly sue the company that restored the classic car just prior to the fire. The company then hires lawyer Max Bramble, who calls on fire investigator Wylie Nolan, who can spot arson from a mile away. The car explosion is suspect, and the odious Stanfield was surrounded by a varied crew of hangers-on with reasons to do him in. Giving us two unforgettable sleuths in the sharp and savvy Max and Wylie, Reuben also brings specialized lore of antique cars and arson to the rapt attention of her readers.
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