“Suzanne Chazin will do for firefighting what Patricia Cornwell did for forensic science . . . A white-hot debut from a tremendous new talent” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times–bestselling author).
When an inferno in Manhattan claims fifty lives, Georgia Skeehan, a rookie marshal with the New York City Fire Department, is thrust into command of the investigation. Georgia suspects the fire may have been started by something New York has never seen before: HTA, a kitchen-sink concoction with the thermal power of rocket fuel. HTA fires—though rare over the last decade—are so ferocious that they can melt a building’s steel and concrete framework in minutes.
Georgia soon unearths another startling possibility: The blaze may be connected to three other unsolved New York fires—and to several eerie, scripture-laden letters from a madman who calls himself the “Fourth Angel.” As she races to unravel the clues before more lives are lost, she is troubled by the erratic behavior of her partner and by the betrayal of another marshal—a man she trusted with her heart and her life.
As Georgia battles for respect in the nearly all-male bastion of the FDNY, the Fourth Angel tightens his grip on his real quarry—and plots an even more catastrophic and fiery finale.
“Chazin dazzles with her knowledge of pyrotechnics and comes up with plot twists aplenty.” —People
“A red-hot debut.” —USA Today