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Returning to print after a six-year hiatus, former LAPD detective sergeant and bestselling author Wambaugh (The Onion Field, etc.) focuses on firefighters rather than his usual police beat. It's a surprising switch, but Wambaugh's regular readers will not be disappointed, since sparks fly throughout this potent probe into the life of arson investigator John Leonard Orr. Fascinated by fires in his L.A. childhood, Orr learned fire fighting in the air force. An eccentric loner with few friends and a womanizer with a string of failed marriages, he was rejected by the LAPD and LAFD. In 1974 he joined the Glendale Fire Department, where his gun-toting, crime-crusading capers earned him the label "cop wanna-be" from both police and firemen. Rising in the ranks, Orr became well-known as an arson sleuth. He had a sixth sense for tracking pyros, but there was one serial arsonist, responsible for the deaths of four, who remained elusive. In 1990, during the worst fire in Glendale's history, some noted that Orr's behavior "seemed very peculiar." That same year, Orr was appointed fire captain and began writing a "fact-based novel" about a serial arsonist who turns out to be a firefighter and in it Orr revealed certain facts about the unsolved arson case that he couldn't have known through his work. Was Orr the serial arsonist? Wambaugh recreates these events for a suspenseful, adrenaline-rush account of what one profiler dubbed "probably the most prolific American arsonist" of the 20th century.
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A tale of two men a respected fire chief and a prolific arsonist who turned out to be one and the same.
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I think he could have written in 200 words or less that he hated John Orr, thinks cops are better than firemen, and thinks prosecutors should always have the upper hand. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003
This is the first Wambaugh book that I've read. I've heard lots of good things about his books. I work in law enforcement and have enjoyed other true crime books written by... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003
Fire Lover has a depressing and sad beginning, but later on, turns into a wonderful novel worth reading. Mr. Read morePublished on July 15 2003
Fire Lover is the story of arsonist John Orr and the long investigation and prosecution it took to bring him to justice. Read morePublished on June 8 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
I have enjoyed Wambaugh's other true crime books, and watched for this one to go on the Best Seller lists. When it didn't, I decided to buy it anyway.....And I wish I hadn't. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002
As has been true with Wambaugh's other non-fiction books, the story is captivating and intense. The Wambaugh fan is treated to more of the author's earthy prose. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002 by Tony Sanchez
Until Fire Lover, it had been too long since Wambaugh presented us with a new book. If you liked his other stories, you will like this one, too. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2002 by Steven L. Turner
Whether you liked Fire Lover or not you won't want to miss reading 'Points of Origin...playing with fire' the book written by the criminal profiled in Fire Lover. Read morePublished on July 31 2002 by clarifier
Rather than go into an in-depth review, I'll just make note of a couple of things that I found to detract from this book. Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by Amazon Customer