I read the reviews for Balefire (here on Amazon) after reading First Evidence. When I started reading the book, I had doubts that I would lose interest, given the fact that Balefire was written back in the 1980's. However, Mr. Goddard wrote Balefire in a way that it felt like the book was written regarding the current 2000 olympics!
The story line takes a few pages to get established, but the author does not spend time presenting information to you that you would never reflect on again. (example: the key being placed in the radio.)
Even the ending is unpredictable...so it's well worth the 400 pages in the paperback you will go through to reach the ending!
I totally recommend this book to readers of mystery and action.